It seems quite a while since BrightFest but the weather stays rather unsettled to say the least. I think most people are in agreement that moving BrightFest to the Recreation Ground worked very well. We are hoping to repeat it again next year. Thank you again to all the people who helped to make it work, it wouldn’t have been possible without you. We were so lucky with the weather for most of the day and it was great to see so many people of all ages enjoying the day. It was a shame that the weather turned so inclement that the last two bands couldn’t play on the stage but many of us decamped back to the pub and the music carried on until rather too late. There was a great atmosphere so we certainly made the best of the situation.
The Street party and River Pageant definitely suffered from rain but we still had a great turnout and a good time was had by all – particularly the small children in the big puddles. We had a lot more expenses this year on the stage and sound front even though virtually everybody involved offered their time for free but we still managed to donate £185 to Save the Children.
As The Brazilians, our headline act, were rained off they have agreed to do a special ‘BrightFest Continued’ gig at the pub on Saturday 15 September to raise more money for ‘Save the Children’.This will be a ticket event including a one pot supper. We will start selling tickets in August so keep an eye out for posters as space will be limited.
Our other news is that we have changed our opening times on Sundays. We now serve lunch from 12 till 2.30 p.m. and stay open all afternoon, shutting at 9.00 p.m. This seems to make a lot of sense and has been popular so far. By the way if you are planning to come for lunch on a Sunday please ring to book as we are virtually always full.
The Jazz Jam which used to be on a Sunday is now on the first Monday of the month and we have another Jazz night with different musicians on the third Monday of the month. See below for details.
Ellie has now finished University and is managing the pub but I am afraid I am still around rather a lot – I am finding it difficult to stay away!!!
By the by if you haven’t been to the pub for a while why not pop down and have a meal, a drink or even just a cup of tea or coffee and say hello. I know how easy it is to get out of the pub way but we are a very un pubby pub (but with very good beer) and not expensive. It’s a funny thing but even though we are very busy, we are CAMRA Pub of the Year for South Oxfordshire 2012 and have lots of loyal villagers, whom we really appreciate, most of our regular customers come from outside the village. We would love to see you, we welcome children, dogs, young people, old people – just about anybody really!!. Sue Robson and Ellie Devey Robson
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