Clun Valley Voices & Discovering Clun Castle
A Heritage Lottery Fund 'All Our Stories' project
July 1: Caring for Peter at the same time as ordering bins for litter, rubbish bags and a skip to remove it all. Walkie Talkies to communicate with First Responders have arrived and we have to work out how to use them.
July 2: Numerous emails between Kent Tomey and us to clarify final details. Everything seems to be in place but what have we forgotten?
July 3: Printed out timetables for both days and got them laminated. Weather forecast for very hot weather over the weekend.
July 5: Day of the concert by Fleurs de Lys. We could not go as Peter was not up to it, but went to Clun for a short while and put up HLF banner, parking cones for First Responders and delivered good luck card to the Fleurs at the church.
Left Kent waiting for Conroi de Vey to arrive from Nottingham.
Next day, we received reports that the concert had gone well and was much enjoyed. Almost instantly received invoice from Church, saying they could have delivered posters around the churches which might have brought more people in! Offer was a bit late. Keith Bramich of Orion Computers and Music and Vision Daily wrote an excellent review of the concert. This can be seen at http://www.mvdaily.com/2013/07/clun.htm
July 6: Arrived at 8.45 and the Playing Fields were a transformed sight with white A-shaped tents dotted along the edge. The Continental Cafe van and the pizza wood fired clay cob oven were all being set up.
At 10.00 Philip Dunne, the MP for the area, visited the Museum in the town Square and from there processed to the Memorial Hall with two musicians from Squeakes Noyse going in front. And they did make a 'noyse' to try and around the folk of Clun to come to the event.
The MP then declared, after a trumpet call to attention, the event open. He went on to visit the different displays and then joined a walk around the town and the castle.
A steady stream of visitors came during the day and enjoyed talking to the group and asking them about what they were doing. As the day got hotter, the musicians announced with trumptet and drums that the warriors were about to start their battle; the fighting men were extremely warm in their woollen clothes, chain mail and helmets. The baddies were booed and the goodies cheered and everyone had a good time.
Overs the two days, pizzas were served from the oven, burgers, ice creams and drinks from a van and walks were led around the town and to the Castle: one with Stephen Treasure who had worked on the conservation of the ruins and the other with Richard K Morriss, an archaeologist who has written reports about the site.
We were very relieved that it all went well. The First Responders dealt with two cases of people being affected by the heat, little rubbish was left around and comments included: 'It was great fun and I learnt a lot from the group; they were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their various areas of expertise that they were really enjoyable to talk to'.
To listen to recordings made of the Living History team over the weekend of July 7 and 8, visit www.dogrosesound.org