Christchurch Folk Festival
5-6 July 2003
For the first time, we appeared at Christchurch Folk Festival, and were even invited to do the ceilidh spot. The combination of good weather, a well-organised festival, and a delightful location, made this a weekend to treasure. The festival was hosted by Boghoppers and Bushbeaters, who deserve our warmest thanks.
The highlight of the weekend was the boat trip downriver from Christchurch to Mudeford Quay - although it was disrupted by unexpected tidal conditions (there was a low tide and the ferry ran aground), we just hung in there and enjoyed it while the organisers tore their hair out.
Present were: Anne, Chris, Colin, Doug, Ian F, Ian O, Jenny, Jill, Kelly, Linda, Mike G, Mike S, Nikki, Pam and Tiffany. Tony and Liz joined us for the Sunday.
in Saxon Square
Pam is trying to work out how to dance the Craven Stomp
Nikki, Colin, pam, Jenny, Jill and the band
|Doug getting 40 or 50 winks.|
spot on Saturday, and a Worcester Monkey is in progress
linda, Tiff, Chris, Colin, Jill and Mike G
Boat-house on Saturday
Brimfield, with Tiff in foreground, Jenny on the left and Jill on the right
procession on Saturday - which wasn't too bad after all.
Tiff, Jenny and Nikki on the left, Kelly and Mike G on the right.
In the band, Doug, Ian O, Pam and mike S are visible. Ian F and Anne are there somewhere.
the best spot on Saturday was lunchtime at the Thomas
Jenny's banner makes is first appearance.
Pam, Vera and Mike G at rest.
on the quay - probably on Sunday morning
This is the Valiant Soldier
Nikki and Jenny in the foreground.
The boat trip about to get under way. The seasick pills had been duly taken at breakfast time.
Right: Liz, Nikki and Chris on the right
Below left: Kelly and Jenny
Below right: Nigel, Colin, Ian O and Jill
|The conversation went something like
"wouldn't it be fun to have a picture of all of you
taking pictures of all of us taking pictures of all of
Three members of Wild Hunt Morris (Sorry, I don't know your names), with and without cameras.
I imagine theres a similar kind of picture on Wild Hunt's web site.
Smithy on the quay at Mudeford
Colin and Jenny (who became a man on this occasion)
"East Acton" at Saturday nights ceilidh seemed
to work well enough and avoided a lot of strenuous effort
on our part.
Ian from Wickham Morris asked if we could do it all over again on Sunday, so we duly obliged.
We were joined by some members of the public and everyone in Wild Hunt and Bideford Phoenix Morris.
Ian is on the right of the picture below. Kelly and Jenny are in the foreground of the picture below right.
having her war-paint forcibly removed by Doug and Colin.
Perhaps it's as well that the hat obscured her contorted face.
after Nikki, Tony and Jill had left us, someone said
"why don't we take a team picture?"
The back row: Doug, Mike G, Ian O, Anne, Mike S, Pam, Ian F, Colin, Chris and Linda.
The front row: Liz, Vera, Jenny, Kelly and Tiffany.