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Support Your Local Fete!


I just love a good village fete. There is something very ‘Darling Buds of May’ about a decent fete in fabulous weather. Ive been lucky enough to go to 2 so far this summer (One performing, one pleasure) and have another in the diary too. It is wonderful how a little place can rally together and create something lovely each year!

Snitterfield Village Fete was yet again great. This year had a light Back to the Future theme, with the presence of a DeLorean and the compare dressing as Doc! I just wish that they had a better variety of vintage cars and stalls there. Maybe a carboot area would work well? They have some great entertainment from a choir, ukulele group…myself obviously…and even a mini Crufts. Eatery wise, they had a pig roast (yum!), cream teas and more.

I happened to be invited along to a very quaint fete in Pershore this weekend just gone. My friend’s daughter was one of the May Pole dancers and I couldn’t wait to go and see! It was a great set up, right in the heart of the village, either side of a little brook. There were even a couple of stall in people’s gardens! This one had a dog show too, a couple of guys playing guitar and a duck race. It was lovely to have some real bric-a-brac stalls to rummage through , but not enough of a selection of savouries to eat unfortunately. Luckily our friend had made us a slap up lunch, so we just wanted an ice cream in the shade!

So here are some photos of both days for you. I do hope you support your local fairs? Usually they are raising money for a village fund, school, youth club or the like, so it really is important to have you there.

retro teacup ride

Teacup ride with Betsy! I got waaaay too dizzy on this, but she loved it. Snitterfield 2017

delorean

In the DeLorean with Doc and Betsy! Snitterfield 2017

May Pole Children Pershore Fete

In line, ready for May Pole. Pershore 2017

May Pole Children

The May Pole in Pershore 2017

Cooling off in dappled shade! 31 flipping degrees!

The Big O Vintage Festival 2017


Well it’s nearly that time again! Nestled in Priory Gardens in Orpington, this fantastic free event celebrated everything from the 1940’s to the 80’s! From vintage cars to fairground rides… entertainment to stalls and eateries, The Big O is a must for families.

You can find out all you need to know HERE!

Miss Bamboo Clothing


miss bamboo sailor dress

I seem to have a real love for nautical themed clothing at the moment! Having hankered after another sailor dress and being unimpressed about the quality and fit of various ones I’ve found, I thought I would give Miss Bamboo a go.

Boy am I glad I did! The fit is great and I have not only gone to the beach in this, but have done gardening and plan to wear it to an event too! Made in the UK and based on an original 40’s version found in Life Magazine, it has been lovingly recreated for today’s figures. Machine washable and featuring a matching belt, I just wish it came in the white version too…but I wouldn’t be gardening in it…

So check out her website, it even features some great men’s Hawaiian shirts too! You can also find Miss Bamboo on Facebook.

 

Ironbridge WW2 Weekend 2017


Well it’s not long now until I get to sing at this exciting event! I am especially excited as this will be my first time at the Ironbridge WW2 Weekend! Singing on Saturday only, on the main stage at 12.45. I hope to see you all there!

Wartime in the Cotswolds 2017


I am overjoyed to announce that I will be singing at this fantastic 1940’s railway event this year!

Having not been to this particular event before, I am excited to see all the sites and sounds myself. Wartime in the Cotswolds starts at Cheltenham Racecourse station…and luckily for you, that is where I will be starting my singing sets!

9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

1.30 and 2.30 at Gotherington.

For more information on this event click here!


Photo from the GWSR website.

Crich Tramway WWII Weekend 2017


Although I’ve had a migraine since last Tuesday, we were hell bent on getting a nice family outing in this Easter weekend!

Luckily Crich is only around 90 minutes from us, so doable with a 21 month old. It was Betsy’s first time at the open air museum and she LOVED the ride on the tram!

I think most people were shocked at the fact we actually had a ‘real live person’ inside our vintage pram as we trundled across the cobbled streets. It was lovely to see familiar faces from past events, but the weather was a little chilly and we found it hard to stand still for too long (even in my coat!).

So here are a few photos from this year. I should’ve taken more, but was had to keep my eye on Queen B at the same time!

jayne darling

Jayne Darling, 1940’s singer

Myself with Jo Francis. Was lovely to catch up with this truly lovely lady!

‘The stand off’…

History on Wheels Museum


I had been to this fantastic little gem with the MVT many years back! We were lucky enough to be shown around by Tony Oliver himself, who collected the amazing range of First World War and WWII pieces in the cabinets as well as all the vehicles. When you arrive at the site, you may be mistaken for thinking that you have arrived in the middle of a giant police raid, but all the cars inside and out are available for (or have been used) in a variety of television shows and movies. As well as police cars there are military vehicles, bicycles and motorbikes from many different eras. The main exhibit focuses on 1900’s to 50’s, with a great collection of WWII vehicles (including Lt.Gruber’s ‘Little Tank’ from Allo Allo and another vehicle used in Indiana Jones!). General MacArthur’s Cadillac is gorgeous and there is also a very pleasant USO Shows exhibit too!



If you aren’t fussed about cars and bikes, there are so many other things to admire. From the resident pussy cat to vintage prams, wartime sweetheart jewellery to the lovely little cafe selling homemade apple pie, there is something for everyone.

 


My favourite was definitely the gallery of wall cabinets. Full of dusty old wonders from the world wars, you can see uniforms, souvenirs, toys, paraphernalia and medals from Allied and Axis forces. There is even a taxidermy dog that was once found by Mr. Nicholas and his ambulance crew, whom were part of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the first war. They named him Tiny and he stayed with them throughout their time in France. Mr. Nicholas was permitted to take his doggy pal home, but unfortunately Tiny was struck by a car years later. He now sits and stares at all the visitors as they enter the museum!

There is a rather quaint (but out of place) Princess Diana exhibit of souvenirs and memorabilia owned by another member of the family and also a little Anderson shelter, 30 seat cinema and living room set up too.

It’s a bit dusty, a little damp and yes, there is bird poo on a few posters and flags, but you can see the pure joy and commitment that Tony had whilst building his fascinating collection. It is wonderful that the family are still looking after it and opening the museum doors once a month to the public!

This doll was found in a bin in the 40’s. A man cleaned it up, made a dress out of parachute silk and gave it to his daughter.


Hitler Puppet

Hitler Puppet for Punch and Judy


WW2 Peddle Cars and Tank

WW2 Peddle Cars and Tank


First World War Chalkware Figurine

First World War Chalkware Figurine

The museum is generally open on the last Sunday of each month. Their website is currently not up to date, so it is best to call in advance: tel:07850 38136

You’ll find the museum on Common Rd, Eton Wick, SL4 6QY.

PLEASE NOTE:The museum doesn’t take card, only cash! We did manage to pay via PayPal, which was handy!