"Works Outing" to North Wales
23-24 July 2005
We've got into a routine of arranging a weekend trip at the end of the "summer term".
This year we went to visit North Wales, and centred the trip at The Cross Foxes in Garndolbenmaen. The pub is the home of Martin and Jan from Wicket Brood, and provided a "base camp" for the weekend. Many of us stayed at The Nant Heddwch guest house where Dave and Eileen did us proud.
OBJ invited Clerical Error to join us for the day on The Festiniog Railway. Clerical Error and The Festiniog helped make the trip a great success
Present were: Anne, Chris, Colin, Dave K, Dave Y, Diane, Ian, Jenny, Jill, Linda, Mike G, Mike S, Nikki, Pam, Rob, Susie, Tiffany and Vera, plus a supporting cast of family members etc
start the story at the Cross Foxes at Garndolbenmaen
This little chap presides over the bar
Off to Portmadoc to meet up with Clerical Error for our trip on the Festiniog Railway
Colin discusses arrangements for the day
Below left: Linda and Chris support a wall by the harbour
Below right: OBJ and CE did a few dances while we awaited our train. A particularly violent "Brimfield" in progress
We stopped off at Tan-y-Bwlch for a spot of lunch and a lot of dancing. Readers may be interested to know that this is where Mrs Trellis of North Wales lives.
Below left: The Clerical Error Band
Below right: Clerical Error dancing what looks rather like "Much Wenlock"
Right: OBJ dancing "the Hitchhikers Guide to Bracknell". Jill, Susie and Jenny
Below: Witchmens Thistle. Susie, Chris and Mike G in foreground
Below right: something really quick. Jenny, Nikki, Rob and Susie
Right: Preparing to dance Sheepskins around the munchkins. Nikki, Rob, Chris, and my left shoulder are visible
Below: Sheepskins in progress. Susie, Diane and Jenny dancing the hey
Below right: the middle munchkin. Cute or what?
CE asked us to teach them our version of Brimfield which they seemed to believe was "more interesting" than the standard version.
Below left and right: After the dance had been taught, we danced a mixed set of OBJ and CE
|Below left and right: CE's first solo flight. There is a move in the hey which we call "roundabouts" as it conforms to the normal rules for traffic priority. It may be wise to be extra careful at roundabouts in North Wales.|
We finished the session at Tan-y-Bwlch with an East Acton
Right: the dance in progress
Below: the same dance viewed from above
Below right: one of the younger participants, helped by his daddy
The ride on the Festiniog Railway in progress
Right: Colin checking the locomotives ability to haul Morris Dancers
Below: in between tunes
Below Right: Dave K sings one of his twelve songs about going to the toilet (CD due next year)
The Royal Goat at Beddgelert
On arrival it was - to say the least - damp. We gathered inside the pub for a bit of music and singing.
Below left: The Hotel Receptionist is singing the Welsh National Anthem to Pams accompaniment
Below right: Vera, Jenny, Lyn and Chris join in with "Men of Harlech"
ventured out to dance eventually, but even our efforts
could not stop the rain.
Below left: the band found one of the hotel porches an ideal spot.
Below right: we discovered that most of our dances can be performed underneath a large umbrella. If you enlarge the picture you will see the rain cascading around us.
Back to The Cross Foxes
It was still raining (it is Wales after all) so with Martin and Jans encouragement, we stripped the furniture from one of the bars and danced there.
Martin (in red) and Jan (in purple) joined in
Right: The band wedged itself in behind the bar. Pam (part of), Colin, Ian, Martin and Jan
Below: Sheepskins. Jill, Dave K, Nikki, Diane and Chris
Below right: Witchmens Thistle. Jill, Jenny, Dave K, Linda
|The rain eased to a downpour, so we performed one (very quick) Worcester Monkey outside, then posed for a picture before darting back inside|
|The Cross Foxes
The pub became home-from-home for the weekend and we spent many happy hours there.
These pictures were taken at various times during the weekend.
|Martin and Jan|
A bit of a session in progress on the Saturday night
Below left: Nikki, Jill and Paul
Below: Pam and Diane
Anne makes a fuss of Sid (Martin and Jans dog). "Sid"
is evidently short for "Stupid"
Below left: Colin and Chris
Below right: It sometimes just got too exciting. Colin and Rob enjoying some zzzzz's
|The Nant Heddwch Guest house
Many of us stayed here and enjoyed Dave and Eileens hospitality
Below left: the inmates
Below right: Josh (Dave and Eileens grandson)
Chris makes use of the amenity
Many of us managed a visit
|The Welsh Highland Railway is being
re-constructed between Caernavon and Portmadoc.
So far the railway runs for 12 miles from the Caernavon end to the halfway point. It offers stunning scenery, and Beyer-Garrett locomotives.
Martin and I share a common interest in all railways so we took a ride on the Monday.