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An illustrated talk by Nastya Kovaliova with tastings, and craft activities suitable for all the family.
September 1915 saw the start of one of the greatest battles of the First World War – the Battle of Loos.
Jim Purfield enlisted in Hitchin in September 1914 and returned to his native Kent to join his local battalion. He kept a daily diary for the next year, and from this, his Battalion records and official war records, we tell the story of his year which included the decimation of his battalion at Loos
In this illustrated talk we follow the personal record of this young man, who, along with thousands of others, was drawn into the hell of that war.
Venue open at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm
(Ticket only event)
Doors open 7.15pm for 8.00pm start
Join Jamie from Hedley Wright and your host Rob Scahill for an evening of wonderful wines. Ten wines will be available for tasting, with a small amount of cheese and biscuits to reset the palate between tastings. The bar will be open before the event. Feel free to bring your own cheese, biscuits and grapes too!
You are strongly advised to have eaten beforehand, and not to drive after this event.
An afternoon organised around the two books, Baldock Voices and Baldock Scrapbook, which were compiled from interviews with people in Baldock in the 1990s. A wealth of detail on Baldock going back almost a century, with readings and photographs.
Perfect for any gin-lover, and those who would like to discover the pleasure. This year the tasting will be run by enthusiasts from the Festival Committee. You will be invited to sample up to six unusual, fine gins starting by sampling their aromas to detect the botanicals used and moving through the subtleties they contribute to the final taste and what you should garnish your drink with for maximum enjoyment. A firm favourite from last year’s Festival come and join this gin extravaganza. There are only 80 tickets available so come to buy early!
North Hertfordshire’s archaeologist, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, will be looking at what happened to the site of the old town following its abandonment by the Romans, trying to work out where everyone went and why it’s not apparently recorded in Domesday Book. He will look at archaeological evidence, place names and what few documents survive from the period.
The Baldock Street fair is one of the must attend days in the Calendar, with stalls and free shows down the high street and around town.
Fifty craft and local charity stalls (with many stallholders in costume!) to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Free drinks will be available for those who dress up to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Visit the Festival Stall for a free drinks voucher. (While Vouchers last)
The Baldock Street Fair Highlights Throughout the day:
- ‘Tricky Micky’ will be giving five 30-minute performances which will include a Punch and Judy show, Magic Show and Ronnie Rabbit Puppet.
- LEG II AVG – A leading Roman living history group, who have done countless TV Documentaries and provided props for film and TV, will be setting up camp in the High Street for the day. Their latest documentary with which they were involved – Epic Warrior Women Gladiatrix – won an award at Cannes for best historical accuracy and re-enactments. Come and meet fiercesome gladiators and soldiers!
- Fairground rides. James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
- School Choirs from Hartsfield JMI School and St John’s Catholic Primary School will perform during the day. There will also be traditional maypole dancing from Hartsfield School.
- Zumba display in the arena too.
- Pupils for the Andrews School of Dance will be performing
During the day judges will be visiting all the stalls to choose the one they think has most entered into the spirit of the day by dressing up to represent a period of Baldock’s past, and awarding a cash prize.
(Sponsored by Baldock Community Association.)
The Baldock Society will display old photos of Baldock in the Community Centre as part of the Street Fair. Come and find out more about the Society and what they have achieved for Baldock over the past year.
Baldock Country Market
Normally found at The Cock on a Friday morning, Baldock’s local friendly Country Market will be in the Community Centre with locally made cakes, cookies, jams, fresh seasonal vegetables and free range eggs as well as hand-made crafts.
You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches etc at lunchtime in the large hall. The bar will also be open.
Tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
New display looking at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research; illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of NHDC Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.
St Mary’s Church Hall, (Behind the Church in the Churchyard).
The St Mary’s Church Coffee Bar has been going strong for over 30 years, serving Baldock with a selection of Coffee and Cakes every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 12.00pm.
As part of the Street Fair Day the Coffee Bar will have extended opening to 4pm.
Children must be over eight years of age and, if under 16 years, must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sensible footwear must be worn. All proceeds to Church Restoration Funds. The main area of the church will also be open for free for people to look round.
Subject to weather there may also be additional events taking place – see facebook.com/StMaryTheVirginBaldock for more info.
Hosted by Baldock Midnight Morris, this Day of Dance will take place on the High Street and at other venues around the town. These traditional Morris sides and other groups from all over the east of England will bring music, dance, fun and colour to add to the fantastic atmosphere of the Street Fair.
There will be a number of History Tours of the Church. There will be 2 tours one at 11am and one at 3pm.
Come and join us for a Royal Wedding Garden Party in our beautiful garden. We will be serving homemade cream teas, sandwiches and cakes. There will also be a traditional childrens games hall in the church, so try your luck at splat a rat, tin can alley, pin the crown on the queen and many more. Come along and join the fun!
We have all looked up at the night sky and marvelled at the stars and the moon swirling above us. Some of us may have used binoculars or a telescope to look in more detail.
But how many of us have looked at the sun?
Not very many………..Why?
Well, it’s very bright, hurts your eyes, and if you put a lens in the way will burn and start fires! It’s dangerous!
Letchworth and District Astronomical Society (LDAS) in conjunction with The Baldock Festival have organised a solar viewing day to change this!
Come along between12:00 and 16:00 when there will be specialist equipment and members of LDAS available to let you look at the sun safely and join the small group of people who have observed the sun!
This variety concert, staged by Herts Variety, will include lots of songs for you to join in with. The concert will be in aid of charity.
I know lots of you missed us at Christmas so I hope you will join us during the Festival where all the money raised from the shows will go to the Garden House Hospice. Dorrie Randall will be available for orders on 01462 628219 or you can get tickets at Baldock Community Centre.
See also Friday 18th May