Centenary Evening: A Date for Your Diary

In case you missed this message the first time around:

NEW DATE: Thursday 22nd July – 7.00 pm

At the Village Hall

An Evening to Explain and Celebrate the Centenary of the Sale of the Wootton Courtenay Manor and Estate

Licensed bar, table exhibition, illustrated talks and a fun mock auction

The much Covid-postponed but much awaited Centenary Evening will now take place one hundred and one years and ninety-three days after the event. It is planned to be jollier and even more interesting than the Sale itself. To set the scene, to elucidate and to entertain, there will be a modest but instructive exhibition, of photographs, artefacts and plans on a couple of tables; three brightly illustrated talks – historical, infrastructural, economical and social; and a major and fun mock auction of some carefully selected properties among those sold by auction 101 years and 93 days ago. As a concession to the British currency of the years before 15th February 1971 (and in the interests of historical precision), bidding will not, as previously advertised, be in guineas, but in £.s.d.

The event will begin at 7pm with a drink, purchased by ticket holders to aid their viewing of the exhibition. Thereafter, the further entertainment will begin in earnest, to be introduced by your MC for the Evening, Peter Clapham, to include the already-advertised illustrated talks, to culminate in the Mock Auction by the specially commissioned Village Auctioneer, Eddie Bishop; and thereafter probably to conclude with an informal but doubtless genteel get-together.

To comply with probable Track and Trace requirements, entry to this Exceptional Event will be by Free Ticket, available to first come, first served, during shop-opening hours at the Villagers’ Stores, from Thursday 1st July.

The Free Tickets do not exclude a voluntary donation in the usual bowl on your way out, to defray costs and to support the Air Ambulance.

It is very good to be able to resume village community activities. Already some are happening or in hand with Thinking Allowed, a Gardening Club talk, the Porlock Art Trail, a planned ballet screening from the Royal Opera House, and Table Tennis. The Village Sale Centenary Evening on 22nd July will be another opportunity to welcome new villagers; and to have village fun.

Chris Binnie, Eddie Bishop, Roger Carrick, Peter Clapham, Patrick Hoyte