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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
This Teddy Bears’ Picnic, organised by Weston Way Nursery School, is for children aged seven and under who must be accompanied by an adult.
Entertainment will be provided by Phil Perry and there will also be a raffle.
Bring your own picnic and teddy, too. If wet, the event may be cancelled; phone Weston Way Nursery to check: 01462 892172.
Come and join the family fun trail around Hartsfield School grounds. Lots of exploring and activities. Everyone who completes the trail receives a prize!
The Annual Book Fair will take place again in the Community Centre in aid of Garden House Hospice
Come and pick up a bargain at the Festival’s Big Book Sale.
If you would like to donate books, in good condition only, please leave them in the box in the Community Centre coffee bar or, if you live on Clothall Common, phone Marilyn on 641663 and she will collect them from you.
Bring the kids down for a fun and eductional lesson in the art of Pizza Making!! Learn from our profesionally trained Pizza Chefs, and enjoy eating something that you created!
Arrive from 16:00, kids will be given pizza dough and a range of toppings will be provided. Create your own pizza, get it cooked in our wood-fired oven and then eat your delicious creation.
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.
The ever growing Baldock Classic Car Show will once again be part of Baldock Festival and is open to any vehicle over the age of 20 years old and ‘interesting’ newer vehicles are also welcome. As usual we will have of prizes on offer awarded by our expert judges for best in class. We will have a BBQ with quality burgers and bacon sandwiches, a Cider Bar run by Apple Cottage, teas and coffees provided by Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre with cakes on sale by the Brownies/Guides. All the proceeds from this event will be going to charity so please if you are just spectating please donate some money to the charity boxes as all the team are working for free.
- Classic Bikes and Commercials welcome
- Parking Starts from 10:00 and the runs from 11:00-16:00
- Brown and Gammons will opening their doors for you to take a look around.
- Entry price for displaying a vehicle will be a minimum of a £2.00 donation per vehicle and is payable upon your arrival.
- If you can pre-enter for this event, as entry will be on a first come basis with entry forms getting priority.
- Forms will be available on the day to be completed or download one from this website.
- Prizes have been donated by Baldock Independent Beer Festival and Apple Cottage Cider.
- Don’t forget that the open gardens event is on the same day, so can take a look around some of the splendid Baldock hidden gems.
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All proceeds will go support the running and development of Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre.