Old Day School, Bluntisham

Chim-chimenee, chim-chimenee

Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group

Chim-chimenee, chim-chimenee

We’ve carried out some more important maintenance work at the Old Day School this month, repairing a chimney that was looking rather less sturdy than one of Nick’s stage sets (make of that what you will).
Just erecting the scaffolding was a major undertaking in itself. Once it was up, some brave souls with a head for heights and a dab hand with a trowel went up on the roof to conduct the repairs.
At about the same time we took delivery of the garden gnomes we had ordered.
“Fishing” and “Sitting on toadstool” had sold out so we were left with a job lot of “Drinking tea”.
While the builders were distracted by the camera, the munchkins they had put in the bucket to mix the cement managed to escape and attempted to hide in a small carrier bag.
Inspired by Becky’s latest cake, the lads did a great job of “icing” the top of the chimney.
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The winner of Hide and Seek is…
…still up there, as far as we know.  Good hiding place though.

Strip Poker, BaCStage-style:
The loser has to strip some woodwork and repaint it in a colour of the winner’s choosing.  Rumour has it that Nick’s underpants are colour-coded by Dulux.  The happy, smiling trauma-free faces in this picture suggest that he still had his trousers on when it was taken.
Other varieties of paint (and underpant) are also available.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
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.
Nathan Pond – getting the band back together.
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A couple of in-jokes there for our regular followers.
Here we see the finished result in all its glory:
This photo doesn’t really do justice to the amount of work carried out.  The smaller chimney pot had previously been removed; the larger one was only held in place by its own weight.  We had to remove several layers of bricks before reaching anything solid enough to build back up from.  A bit of windy weather could have brought the whole lot down through the roof, but now it is good-as-new and even more sturdy than one of Nick’s stage sets.
Another top-quality BaCStage production.


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  1. Carol Tacq says:

    Excellent photographs! Another example of the BaCStage ‘Team’ at work.

  2. Where’s the malicious posting button this site? I am being maligned! (And so are my sets) its a disgrace and somebody ought to do something about it………there will definitely be a drawbridge in the next play whatever the director says!

    • luke says:

      On the contrary my good man, you misunderstand me. Comparing mere bricks and mortar to a BaCStage set is the highest of high praise indeed! A thousand years from now, when mankind has abandoned the surface of planet Earth to live in hovering colonies staffed by robot monkey butlers, 31st-Century Time Team will descend to the blasted wasteland that once was Bluntisham and puzzle over the only two structures still standing against the ravages of time. They will ask themselves what mysterious building was so small as to have only one chimney and yet so important that it had its own drawbridge…

  3. […] we pay, we take responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the ODS.  We have undertaken some challenging tasks already, as shown elsewhere in this blog.  However, there was one job that we knew needed doing […]

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