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Parwich Wakes 2011

Parwich Wakes Sunday 3 July 2011The sun has shone brilliantly all weekend, apparently there are more Nottingham campers and caravaners than ever and the Oddfellows Dinner had a record turn out yesterday (so I’m told).

It has been a busy and fun time for everybody and the Carnival and Rec. Committee has done us all proud once again. Our attendance has ben a bit sporadic as, after a buy day yesterday we missed all the evening jollities including our neighbours’ annual barbecue and the fancy dress parade last night as we had been invited to a very lovely party just outside Lichfield to say goodbye to Peter (the headmaster) and Ros Allwood (his very supportive wife) who are leaving the Cathedral School after a number of successful years there. More later, but back to Parwich where we did not return ourselves until lunch time today, having stopped overnight with friends in Lichfield; busy catching up we ducked out of the treasure hunt here this evening but tried to make up for our absence by offering helpful suggestions to the rather perplexed hunters wandering along past the house.

John always takes plenty of photos on these occasions and as their unofficial ‘Official Photographer’ he felt very honoured to be asked by Mick Edge to attend the midday ‘Feast’ of the local Oddfellow ‘Loyal Laurel and Crown Lodge’ as a guest.You can get an idea of the parade and general occasion by looking at the Parwich blog entry which saves me repeating it all!

While all this was going on there was a village market on the green with various stalls and attractions. My main responsibility was to help Sue Hughes on the 1st Responders’ site, selling heart-shaped biscuits and letting people practice or learn how to do CPR (chest resuscitations) on the two limbless Annies lying on the grass! We were most impressed by the children – they all, even six and seven year olds knew what to do, much more confidently than many of the adults. Apparently thay are taught it at school as part of life-saving, which I remember we did too, all those years back, although ours was largely to do with recuing people from drowning; we weren’t allowed to swim in the school pool (this was in Africa) until we had passed our life saving test.

Only one photo from us tonight. This is Parwich pulling Nottingham which sounds rather like David and Goliath! It passed me by, who actually won, but we do have some strong men so possibly it was Parwich!

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