It Felt Great to Celebrate!

The trust at work

The second Celebration of our Community on 10th November proved an even bigger success than last year's. Thirty heritage and community organisations joined your Geology Trust in the Village Hall and hundreds of visitors discovered the colourful marine life off our shores, 101 uses for seaweed, tried their hand at identifying pebbles from our beach, admired the Fylingdales School banner and the huge skull of the Tarbosaurus Bataar, learned about the habits of bumblebees or what owls eat, felt the weight of the yoke, created a Christmas decoration for the Exhibition at St Stephen's Church in December, sampled the fruit of the Kaki tree or simply savoured delicious home-made pies and cakes.

It was delightful to witness the constant animation: people talking, sharing, discussing, laughing, generally enjoying themselves.

Thank you to all of you who participated: set-up tables, baked, donated tombola prizes, created displays and tended stalls, catered, visited and celebrated our rich local heritage and shared our enthusiasm for our community.

Shall we make this an annual event? Someone suggested we might need to extend the Hall!

Forward the Victorians!

Victorian Geologists

From a Celebration of our Community to a Celebration of all things Victorian, our village will turn back the clocks and welcome countless visitors from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th for our 19th Victorian Weekend organised for your pleasure by the RHB Tourism Association. Join in the fun, encounter Bawdy Wenches at street corners, beware of Pirates, learn from the first Geologists (guess who?), listen to Carollers and ghostly tales in the warm glow of the moon, follow our Master of Ceremonies Professor Fiddlesticks to the circus and an auction of curios, visit period cottages, marvel at the old crafts and Victorian games, befriend an Alpaca or take a Donkey ride and visit Santa's grotto.

And there will be more: Hand-bell ringers, the traditional RNLI Duck Race, Magic Lantern Shows and Arnold Storm Conker Competition, lucky dips, tombolas, draws, spinning demonstrations, ganseys, costume competitions, mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of music, Christmas trees, surprises and carol singing.

It is the second time, your Geology Trust will take part and portray geologists of halcyon days. William Smith and his nephew John Phillips will be joined by Elisabeth Philpot and Mary Anning. Henry de la Beche will be seen sketching whilst David Davies and Revd Dean Buckland discuss fossil life.