Stoke Bruerne Village at War Weekend
Stoke Bruerne’s annual Village at War event, the only wartime vintage themed canal festival, is taking place this year over the earlier weekend of 14-15th September.
The WWII weekend, organised by the Friends of The Canal Museum, kicks off at 7pm on Friday evening with the fabulous Lola Lamour singing some nostalgic songs of the 40s in The Navigation pub (table booking advised on 01604 864988). The wartime theme continues with tea dances and vintage fashion shows in the Church, a Black Market (get your nylons here), tanks and other military vehicles, a battle and firepower demonstration and other re-enactments from living history groups.
Children will be watching the Punch and Judy Show whilst some of the older boys plan to try a little ‘off ration’ fishing by the lock. With news of a band playing in the afternoon, dances which are so popular in the ballrooms these days such as the Foxtrot and a few Novelty Dances, will be taught at the Village Hall.
More musical entertainment and 40s glamour will be provided by George Formby (aka Paul Casper), and Lola Lamour and Churchill (aka Peter Austwick will be very much in evidence inspecting the troops. There will be plenty to do for everyone with a Summer Produce Show and Health and Beauty Display (1940's style keep fit classes) on the Village Green (aka Museum Green) and as usual there will be plenty of historic boats in attendance, including the Museum boat Sculptor which saw action in London as a fire boat in the Blitz.
On Saturday a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be buzzing the skies over the village and in the evening festival goers can attend a Swing Dance with Sticky Wicket’s big band sound at nearby Roade Village Hall (tickets £18 each including a light supper + £2 for coach transport to and from Stoke Bruerne).
The cost of a day ticket is £5 per person (accompanied children under 16 are free) and weekend passes are £10. Parking in village car parks is an extra £2 payable to the car park operator). All surplus proceeds from the event will be donated to The Friends of the Canal Museum registered charity and other village and not-for-profit groups also benefit. Full details of the Village at War Weekend and advance booking forms can be found on the Friends website at: www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk
The event is organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum in partnership with the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne and the local community to raise awareness of the Museum and all that the canal side village has to offer.