Culture Club. 24 June 2017.
Once again the Culture Club tent hosted a wide range of entertainment at the 2017 CBFestival.
The choirs of Charlbury Primary School sang a selection of their favourite songs.
Kris Butler of the Boston Map Society talked about drinking around the world, and gave away an amazing array of craft ales.
Dr Romola Parish and Christine Elliott talked about mapping the local landscape.
Professor Fiona Stafford talked about her acclaimed book The Long, Long of Trees.
Mike Webb talked about the debate to save Charles I’s life at the end of the Civil War.
And there was a ‘Meet the brewer’ session with Mattias Sjöberg of the Shotover Brewing Company.
Thank you to them all.
A poem for the festival.
Romola Parish returned as our first Poet in Residence and shared her thoughts on the day:
Hog roast and poppadums,
tea, cake and glass cosies,
Aunt Sally – wild cricket lobbing stumps at the ball.
Footballs on elastic strings like the mittens kids used to have,
determined face of one young lad
at the Top Score stall
aiming his right foot at the ball
hoping his score at the end of the day
will be the highest of all.
I met a man and his wife from Illinois
who’ve come for the last four years,
and an Aussie on stopover who said
it was well worth the effort to come,
a lady who spoke of American beer
and shared it with those who were there,
and a lady who talked of legendary trees
and a man on the killing of kings.
And the sun came and went
and the wind flapped the tent
and the red-shirted workers toiled on
in every small niche
of the green cricket pitch
save the tent wherein gurgled the beer.
I’m Comfortably Numb on my seat in the sun
and a Punch in the Face slipped down a treat,
watched the Morris men mingle and jingle their feet
like they’re chasing a Russian Rare Bit.
I’m way over the yard arm and needing my bed
but the Friendly Rottweiler’s awake,
so I hope that the White Horse that’s stalking my glass
can see its way home in the dark.