Saturday, 7 May 2016

Bank Holiday Eating And Drynkking

The annual Shipdham Drynkkings Fair is named after the brewing of beer in All Saints’ Church, which took place during the 15th and 16th century because the water was so unhealthy to drink. “Drynkkings” was the name given to these church ales. According to history, a village event was held each year around May to celebrate the beer that had been produced. The custom lapsed, and was revived in Millennium year.

We all went on Monday at lunchtime. It was a small but enjoyable village fete - with Kemp's Morris Men, and a local community choir. There were the usual stalls [Garden Club, Knitting Group, School Tombola etc] plus vans selling burgers, pasties, teas, coffee...and the ice cream van doing a great trade in 99s

Here is Marion enjoying the shepherd's hut. Eat your heart out, Lynda Snell. Technically it's not a shepherd's hut - it's where the man who drove the steamroller around lived when he was 'on the road'. Inside it's equipped with a bunk [cupboards underneath], plus a table, chair and a little stove for heating and cooking. The kettle was whistling away on Monday. Meanwhile, Bob, Jon and Ade were discussing the relative merits of bicycles

We all walked up to the Parish Church, where they have a wonderful bier for transporting coffins! Rosie was hungry, so Liz sat quietly in the back pew and gave her lunch, we were confident Jesus would not mind His House being used for such a purpose. Then we all strolled back to Adrian and Marion's place, where we had parked the cars.

One other sign which amused me, spotted in the village shop. Is this group for novices, or for people who can only arrange flowers which are budding? Normal for Norfolk!!

1 comment:

  1. It's so nice to think that the old traditions are continuing in villages.


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