Yet another very successful summer meet. Thank you to all of you who attended, our regulars and lots of new faces. Also, a big thank you to Roger and Rose the landowners for continuing to allow us to use their land.
This year we had a “road” built by Roger so anyone attending with a 4×4 could drive onto the site. Other firsts were the solar shower tent and the children’s camp area.
Throughout the week Rhys the blacksmith made knives, axe heads, arrow heads and squirrel cookers with both children and adults (and took advantage of the shower tent). Eric ran the wood turning area, Gordon supervised the air rifle range and Glenn provided archery tuition. There was also leatherworking for the younger ones, spoon carving and bow string making. Al led several foraging walks and gave a lesson on how to make and cook bread using wild yeast.
Evenings were spent around the campfire with Jack and Eric singing and playing the guitar while we toasted marshmallows, cooked sausages and put the popcorn popper donated by Eric to good use.
On the Tuesday evening we had a team building communal venison stew cooked by Al. We provided the venison haunch, Aaron provided the veg, Naomi prepped the veg, Eric made dumplings from scratch while others tended the fire. Dessert was a cake made by Janet.
Wednesday was the auction and raffle in aid of our chosen charity Devon Air Ambulance who sent along a representative for the afternoon. We raised a very impressive £2546. This was followed by a ram roast.
On the Friday evening, we held the Hangi where we all enjoyed venison, lamb, chicken, courgette, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips cooked underground.
All in all, a brilliant week and we are already planning and looking forward to the next one.
You can see all the photos taken from the event here