Old Day School, Bluntisham

Too much sunshine? Have a barbeque!

Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group

Too much sunshine? Have a barbeque!

In 2013 a crack acting unit was sent to the Old Day School in Bluntisham to commit crimes against frozen meat products.  These men promptly cowered under an awning in the playground.  Today, still wanted by the director, they survive as chefs of fortune.  If your garden is looking dry or your lawn is a bit lifeless… if no-one else can help… and if you can prompt them… maybe you can hire… The BaCStage BBQ-Team…
The morning of Saturday, May 4th dawned bright and sunny over Bluntisham.  By mid-morning the sun shone radiantly down from a clear blue sky onto the footballers in the park, the dog walkers (and their dogs), while others washed their cars, mowed their lawns or simply stared in confusion and awe at the big shiny round thing in the sky.  Old timers recalled having witnessed a similar phenomenon back in the long hot summer of ’76, while some of the more pale and pasty residents reported that bits of them had turned slightly pink.
All of that had changed by half past one in the afternoon.
The sky had reverted to its trademark slate grey.  Cold drops of rain fell in their multitudes, whipped about by a capricious breeze.  Lawn-mowers were stashed away in sheds and garages and the freshly-washed cars received several extra rinsings.  As one the village occupants shook their fists in futile gestures at the angry heavens and cursed the reckless fools who had caused them to open so repeatedly and emphatically.
Everybody knew that someone, somewhere, had lit a barbeque.
Over at the Old Day School the guilty parties cooked merrily on, oblivious to the silent invectives of their sun-deprived neighbours.
Later in the afternoon there were reports that the sun had come back out, but these proved to be unfounded.
It was just Peter’s shirt.
We may not have had much sunshine but we did see a rainbow, thanks to Becky’s marvellous cake.
In the best of British barbeque tradition a good time was had by all, despite the best efforts of the weather.
But what of the BBQ Team?  Well, it would seem that the legendary Handrail Team have some serious competition!  Come to think of it, we haven’t been able to find them lately…


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  1. […] Ours is doing rather well despite the dry summer.  Head gardener John has been keeping it well watered until such time as we have another barbecue. […]

  2. […] A couple of weeks later, when we’ve all had time to go away and think about what we’ve done, we meet up at the ODS and have a big old tidy-up.  It helps if the weather gods are on our side when we do this, so that we can put everything out on the yard.  Today the weather gods must have been in a good mood as the weather was good enough for a BBQ, which tends not to happen when we want to have a BBQ. […]

  3. […] BaCStage.  It wouldn’t be the first time we have adversely affected the weather.  We haven’t had a barbecue lately, but our next production is set in early spring and heavy snowfall does play a small part in […]

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