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Coronation Hog Roast - 07th May 2023

The Residents of our two wonderful hamlets came together on Sunday 7th May, both on the lawn and on road outside the Village Hall, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

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Enjoying the road closure

The Residents’ Association organised for the road through the village to be closed from 12:00 to 9:00 pm to ensure none of the guests were run over by passing vehicles. Although that did not stop one thoughtless cyclist from trying to plough through. As they say there is always one!

In order to feed the 180+ guests the RA brought in the Spitting Pig company to cook a hog roast and to prepare and serve up the accompanying rolls, salads and chips.

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The hog is nearly ready

The selected pig was cooked overnight and then transported to the Village Hall in time for it to be carved up and be ready to serve by the appointed hour of 1:00 pm.

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Ready to serve

As is normal, the RA laid on a pay bar which not only included the usual delicious Rebellion draft beer, a selection of fine wines but also French sparkling wine to toast the newly crowned King.

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Tom and Dave man the bar

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Coronation cup cakes

Desert was in the form of coronation cup cakes prepared by the RA committee plus a delicious red, white and blue sponge cooked by resident Cath Reynolds and certainly worth a prize in any bake off competition.

And for those with a sweet tooth children from our local primary school set up a ‘pick and mix’ sweet stall and raised £80 for PTA. This was a brilliant initiative and effort from the youngsters in Crazies Hill. The RA would like to thank them and they would like to thank everyone who brought the sweets.

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Union Jack sponge

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Committee Members Anj, Phil, Dave & Liz

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Anj enjoys the fizz and samosas

Whilst the adults relaxed on the road with their food and drink, the children not involved in the sweet stall, were free to run up and down between the school playing field and the Hall. Something they took advantage off especially once the organised games on the field started.

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Games on the school fields

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The BBQ in full swing - thank goodness we closed the road

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The table tennis proves a big hit

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The road is full

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Jon, Gary, Cath, Ken and Peter

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Busy trade around the bar

By the time 6:00 pm arrived and just in case the residents were beginning to feel peckish as lunch wore off, Samosas, both meat and vegetable, were delivered from the Hawelli restaurant in Twyford.

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The samosas arrive

The samosas, the wonderful weather and some more drinks from the bar, kept everyone happy until the sun starting to sink into the western sky and the road had to be reopened at 9:00 pm.

Many thanks to the residents who helped clear everything away after what had been a truly great community and social occasion. Many thanks also to the members of the RA committee who worked so hard to ensure such a successful event.

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