- Review By Chris Smith !
July 2005, Manor Farm, EASTERGATE
But it’s a Barn!
Yep! And it’s free.
But it’s got cows and
silage and cattle feed and tractors init!
Yep its home to a large
dairy herd and all the farms heavy equipment.
But what about the food?
Richards got that sorted. We’ll
have a staffed catering unit (ChuckWagon) so we won’t have to worry
about numbers and quantities or serving or leftovers and we can offer a
discount when our guests present their tickets. We’ll set up a bar and
Scott can organise that and the Band can have a trailer as a stage.
What Tony Stone and the
guys on a trailer?
Well it’s more a Haystack
mover and it’ll be strong enough
even for Baba the Bass player.
What about lighting and
decoration and cleaning it ready for the night?
Well its just as well we’ve got
Richard for the electrics, cacti and totem poles (and the Dalek) , Barry
with his van and building savvy, Mick and Roger with their sonic
screwdrivers and lots of other ‘willing’ helpers.
So it’ll be alright on the
You bet – and it was. Despite
the strong competition from other activities (notably the Chichester
Real Ale & Jazz Festival) on the night we had just over 200 paying
guests. The Bucking Bronco Bull caused some laughs and sore backs while
Rays performance in the saddle (with Golden Handbag) raised over £130.
The Bar ran out of London Pride
quite early but there were plenty of alternatives. When the Bottle
opener broke it was lucky Chris had his Scout Knife handy – ‘I knew I’d
get to use it one day’– he was heard to say.
The Band kept the Dance floor
full all night with a great mix of Rock n Roll numbers and between their
sets the Raffle Draw was made with all nine prizes being collected on
the night-which makes a change!
The Auction of the Goodwood Revival
Tickets raised a further £90 plus a donation of £10.
The ChuckWagon seemed to be well
received as the food was of excellent quality and great variety with
guests being able to use the facility all evening including coffee and
tea. It was able to cater for wide tastes even satisfying Holly’s Mum
with a Cheese and Jam Sandwich.
The theme of Cowboys and Indians
encouraged many guests to really work hard on their outfits with some
full blooded Indians in war paint, and not a lot else, and authentic
looking Cowboys and Saloon girls, and even a Cowboy Builder.
It was good to see the City
Connection Band off duty for a change enjoying the freedom of not being
in the spot light. Many thanks to them for a great night at ‘THE VENUE’
when they raised £1040 for the MFMF.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the
which also raised a further £3000+ for Meningitis research.
Many thanks to Jim the Farmer
for all the facilities and when asked about the smell he said ‘What
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