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TWO VILLAGES, ONE HEART

LACEY GREEN & LOOSLEY ROW

LACEY GREEN & LOOSLEY ROW

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21st CENTURY

21st Century

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  • Catering
  • Visitor Report
  • Pictures

  • The Great Exhibition 2011 (Village History)

    An Exhibition in St. John's School, Lacey Green on March 5-6th displaying the work of the Local History Group

    At 2.00.p.m. on Saturday 5th March, Connie Baker, this year 102 and our oldest villager arrived in Don White's immaculate 1954 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn to open the Exhibition. She was accompanied by her daughter Jenny, and was met by her grandaughter Nancy and Pria Parker, wearing her grandmother's and great aunt's wedding dresses from the late 1800s. There was applause from all present, and many photos and videos were taken to record the event.

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    In the school foyer, Rosemary Mortham (Secretary to the History Group)gave an address of welcome, and thanked all who had helped. Connie and the girls were presented with Victorian posies. and Connie cut the tape and declared the Exhibition open.

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    About 400 people attended over the two days. Admission was only £2 (free for children), and the Group is grateful to the school and Mr De Wolf for so generously allowing the use of the premisis. Visitors were greeted at the door by Bette Tyler and Yvonne Axe, who were also selling copies of Joan West's book on the History of the School, and a new book by "Mosh" Saunders entitled "Children in a Bodgers World"

    History Group members and friends had produced an enormous display of their work and of interesting bygones. On the Sunday there was also singing from the Church Choir and Lacey Green singers, dancing from the Jane Austin Dancers,a Costume Display, a display of domestic woodworking, agricultural and byones from the forge, and a traditional Bucks lunch provided by the W.I. There was such an abundance of exhibits, that even those who attanded both days found it impossible to see everything.

    There were many favourable comments from those who attended. One visitor described it as a "200%" success. The most common request was for the Exhibition to be repeated. The organisers were exhausted, but delighted that their efforts had been appreciated so much. They will be considering whether they can reapeat the event, perhaps in smaller sections, when they have recovered!

    Congratulations and thanks must go to all the Group members, and to the many people who helped. Group members are Joan West, Rita Probert, Douglas Tilbury, Dennis Claydon, Gordon May, Norman Tyler, Leigh Axe and Rosemary Mortham. If you have any comments, information or suggestions to help them in their future research, they will be delighted to hear from you.

    Rosemary Mortham

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    Visitor's Report

    My wife Betty and I had pre-booked Kath Turner's bacon badgers for Sunday lunch at the School & we were glad we did! It was a marvellous experience for us both. It was so tasty and satisfying. In fact neither of us could manage to finish it all! The recipe doesn't succeed in telling you how marvellously distinctive it was but anyone who had one could. Kath cooked 50 of them apparently and they could have sold more, as it transpired.

    It was followed by Rosemary Mortham's appropriate cooking of baked apples, grown in her own garden, with raisins, dates and custard. Apparently most people thought it was the best baked apple they'd ever had.

    I learnt that people who hadn't pre-booked before the day had to be turned away. They were served in the school kitchen by WI volunteers Mary Hazleton, Joyce Walker, Daphne Williams and Jean Gabbitas. Kath thought Joyce's niece Connie Pinnells was an unsung hero, doing all the washing up.

    If you didn't have them, it may turn out to be a memorable enjoyable experience your life will fall short of. As will the exhibition itself if you didn't go.

    On the Saturday lunchtime the WI served more than 100 cups of tea with cakes. Some people bought two lots.

    Norman Tyler


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    Catering For The History Weekend

    When Rosemary asked the Afternoon WI to do a few cakes and one or two bacon badgers for the history weekend we, of course, said 'No problem!' (Rosemary said she would make the puddings).
    Well, a few cakes turned into tea and cake for a hundred and the bacon badgers into lunch for fifty.
    Several members rose to the challenge and a splendid array of cakes and biscuits appeared for tea on the Saturday. We served about a hundred people in an hour and a half.- some of them came round twice! There wasn't much left by five o'clock and all the helpers retired home for a quiet sit down.

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    Sunday dawned, the gang all reappeared, ovens were turned on and kettles boiled and we girded ourselves for the battle. The bacon badgers and the baked apples for fifty had all been made in advance so simply needed reheating. We would have liked to serve buttered cabbage with the badger but it is difficult to get that right when catering for large numbers, so we settled for peas and carrots which are easier to keep warm. Jean made her lovely parsley sauce at home and brought it in a flask.

    In theory, the pre-booked lunches had a time slot but of course that all awry and we just served people as they turned up. From the comments made at the time and later, everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch and, despite the hard work, we enjoyed serving them.

    I would particularly like to thank Rosemary for making the baked apples, Mary Hazleton, Joyce Walker, Jean Gabbitas and Daphne Williams (all WI members) for all their help over the weekend, but our particular thanks go to Joyce's friend Jenny and her niece Connie for their sterling work washing up. They were wonderful and we couldn't have managed without them. (No, they're not WI members but they should be!)

    I don't know where the name comes from, I'm just a northern incomer, but here is my mother-in-law's recipe for Bacon Badger:

    Suet pastry made from 8oz self raising flour,
    4oz beef suet and a pinch of salt.
    Filling made from
    1lb chopped bacon,
    1 medium to large onion, chopped,
    1 large potato, chopped and
    a teaspoon of chopped sage (or any other herb you prefer),
    plenty freshly ground black pepper but no salt.

    Mix the filling well together then make the suet pastry.
    Roll out the pastry to an oblong and spread the filling on top.
    Dampen the edges and roll up.
    Wrap in a well floured boiling cloth and tie into a neat parcel.
    Drop into a pan of boiling water and simmer for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
    Serve with a good green vegetable and parsley sauce (or whatever you like really.)

    Alternatively, use the pastry to line a large pudding basin, saving a little pastry for a lid, put in the filling, put on the pastry lid, cover and steam in a saucepan for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Which is what I did.

    Kath Turner


    The Village History Exhibition Pictures

    An Exhibition in St. John's School, Lacey Green on March 5-6th displaying the work of the members of the Local History Group

    Images courtesy of Michael Hardy, Rosemary Mortham and Norman Tyler

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