90th Anniversary Pageant a Great Success!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

About 250 Woodcraft Folk members had a great time on Saturday 13th June on the Dulwich Fort Scout site. The weather

 started off a bit grey, but then the sun came out. The adults could reminisce over old photographs, displays and films indoors, but most of the activities were aimed at children who were encouraged to do at least 8 activities to be rewarded with a cupcake decorated with the folk symbol and one of the brand new cloth badges.

But there was more, Playout offered a range of activities and the bouncy castle was popular too. The races weren’t just for kids and everybody was allowed to join in the Tug of Peace.

There was a wide range of activities, from tabard painting in the early years tent to puppet making in the environmental tent; there was a chance to learn sign language or to make a prediction of where we are going to be in 10 year’s time. Bushcraft didn’t just work with wood, they cooked pancakes over wood fires. Talking of food, the cake stall did really well and raised lots of money to help finance the day. Folk Supply were busy selling the new T-shirts as well as old favourites.

The Maypole dancing display by Chanctonbury Ring (Southdowns) District was well received and came off amazingly well given the youngest was 4 years old and one additional dancer had to be recruited on the day.

We were lucky that our celebrity guest Jeremy Corbyn found time to come all the way to South London, make a very complimentary short speech and then cut the cake. Jeremy has been involved in the Woodcraft Folk with his children and wasn’t too surprised when we actually made him work cutting up and distributing the cake.

Lots of people put a great deal of work into designing, baking, finding displays, setting up and taking down, making the PA system work and photographing it all as we went along. Special thanks to all of them.