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Hamlet holds a ‘wet-fest’

Posted on July 02 2012 at 11:40:18

Withybed Green residents

Every summer, the little hamlet of Withybed Green holds a festival. Two days before this year’s Withyfest, the heavens opened and 30mm of rain fell over Withybed in an hour, writes Mary Green.

The road became a river, and there was flooding in some places. However, the Withybed people are a stoical lot, and decided to go ahead with the festival.

The day started with a barbecue breakfast, excellently cooked by David and Lucy and including produce from Withybed farmer Adrian. The night’s rain finally stopped and the day settled down to sunshine and showers!

The field was still a quagmire so the kids’ sports became a treasure hunt instead, organised by Alison. The street party lunch moved from the field into Paul and Jan’s garden and was protected by a marquee. “The Queen” from the Alvechurch Jubilee celebrations graced it with her presence (above).

Everyone contributed to the home-made bunting in the marquee, with some very individual designs, and some had decorated their houses too.

In Sue’s large garden shed was a collection of art work by local people, including Holly, Bryan, Sue, Mary and Malcolm. This ranged from paintings to poems and photographs, and some artefacts brought over from Peru.

The planned piano recital was postponed as Jennifer’s house was cut off by floodwater. Everyone had a chance to walk round each other’s gardens, which are always very varied, and lovely at this time of year, ranging from John and Mel’s rose paradise to Clive and Ann’s tardis-like back garden.

In the evening the Alvechurch Community Choir and the Withybed Poets started off with a reduced version of Morris Side Story, performed previously in full at the Jubilee picnic.

Then local musicians, singers and poets performed a concert, organised by Paul with Leon as MC. It included new residents Annie and Andy and family, some people from far-flung Rowney Green and Hopwood, and “up the hill” and “round the corner” from Withybed, and everyone agreed that there was a wonderful range of local talent.

Those who weren’t exhausted repaired to The Crown to celebrate the pub still being open despite the Thursday floods. It was a different Withyfest from previous years, but a memorable one!

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