January on the farm. 2022

January 17th, 2022

Richard Fonge writes:

January is behaving as it should with some frosty nights as I write. The new year brings new beginnings, as well as a look back at the past.

These days we hear a lot about people coming to the countryside to live off the land. This is in most cases a life choice. But growing up as a school boy of the fifties it was still a necessity for most villagers. I think I saw the last of a village way of life, that was to change with the swinging sixties. Back then agriculture was the main industry of villages. In 1954 farm workers wages were £7 a week, so to make ends meet it was essential to have an allotment as well as a garden to grow vegetables, keep some chickens, not only for their eggs, but also for the pot or a roast depending on age. I remember the rearing of the pig  and the ritual of its slaughter and being hung up after salting In outhouses and kitchens. It has to be remembered how important the pig had been up to this time to most villagers as their main source of meat. The meat was usually about 75% fat, not good today, but back then when work was extremely physical and often entailed a bike ride or walk to work to an outlying farm it was soon burnt off. Other meat to be taken from the land were rabbits and pigeons. Potatoes were still grown in most parishes and when spun out of the ground in the autumn women and children would come in gangs to pick and put in boxes. These ladies were often very protective of their village and didn’t take kindly if the farmer recruited from a neighbouring village.

In those days with so little traffic, cattle and sheep were driven through the village and the Grafton hunt met in the village centre.

Life has obviously changed and evolved considerably in the last seventy years, but Sulgrave has retained that village community spirit. The only thing missing from those days were the rural characters, with their droll and dry wit. In Greatworth or Grit’orth as it was and is still called by some, there was a man called Freddie Bullock who, when as a baby was seen in the road with just a cloth nappy on a local called out “hello Gandhi” . From that day on he was called by that name.

Richard Fonge

Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No 24 – The Cove, Manor Road.

December 28th, 2021

Christmas Eve with anything but the hoped for Christmas weather. However, the revellers turn out as always!

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No. 23 – Kirkleys, Magpie Road

December 28th, 2021

Another family is stricken with Covid and the planned unveiling party necessarily cancelled. However, I am grateful for the permission to take a picture of the window and Graham Roberts for taking it.

Colin Wootton

Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No. 22 – The Old Chapel, Manor Road.

December 23rd, 2021

Santa dropped by and brought his fiddle (and some amplification!)

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows – No 21 – The Old Farmhouse, Manor Road.

December 21st, 2021

December 21st. The Winter Solstice, on an appropriately cold and dark afternoon. Surely everything can only get better from now on?? The revellers continue to appear and the brief “unveiling party” takes place, despite the intervention of an alien Santa Claus from another planet (Chacombe).

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Christmas on Castle Green. 12th December 2021

December 21st, 2021

Despite a rather bleak day, numbers of villagers turned up at Castle Green to enjoy stalls, games, entertainments, a prize draw and above all a visit on a tractor drawn sleigh by Father and Mother Christmas. As reported in the Village Newsletter “Over £1600 was raised for charity and special thanks were given to Caroline and Nick for putting it all together, Graham and Ryan for making the sleigh and bringing the magic for the children, Micaela for singing seasonal songs and Ian for bringing his fiddle to provide some late afternoon entertainment.” 

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No. 20 – The Old Forge, Church Street

December 20th, 2021

Disaster strikes! Paul tested positive for the coronavirus and it was decided that the unveiling party should be cancelled. This was a shame because he and Brian had created a vibrant, brightly coloured window as an antidote to the utterly miserable, dank December night. A Spanish theme. However, Paul briefly left his sick bed to wave bravely from an upstairs window whilst Brian stood guard to ensure that no revellers disturbed his recovery.

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No 18 – The Thatched House, Manor Road

December 19th, 2021

Village history recalled. The former Thatched House Tea Rooms temporarily recreated to enliven a dreary afternoon.

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows 2021 – No. 17 – Wisteria Cottage, Helmdon Road

December 18th, 2021

As always, a large crowd was attracted to Wisteria Cottage which is itself always beautifully decorated for Christmas, inside and out (and we are allowed a little peep inside!)

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Sulgrave Village Advent Calendar Windows – No. 16 – Littlecote, Little Street

December 18th, 2021

A beautifully simple, traditional Christmas theme…..

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