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Welcome to Lockdown in Rattery 2020

If you have any activities, pictures, stories, etc. of your experiences during the lockdown please email to webmaster@ratteryvillage.co.uk for possible inclusion on this page.

VE Day Friday 8 May 2020

Face masks free to villagers and made by Sue Goode. Thank you Sue!
May Day

For the last 50 years Terry has danced with the Dartington Morris Men on May Day morning helping to collect for Rowcroft Hospice. As he is keeping in isolation he walked around the village from Fairlight, Mill Cross through the Village to Alms House Cross and back wearing Champernowne (Dartington Morris Men’s hobby horse) accompanied by Dot in the Green Man coat, banging a drum and carrying a bucket to collect money for Rowcroft Hospice. He and Dot raised £200.00.



Rattery Parish Easter Egg Decorating Competition

AND…… here ARE the Results!

Many thanks to all those who contributed, both in providing the wonderful exhibits and for voting.

In line with current government advice, it has been decided that the prizes will be awarded at the next Rattery Parish Show.  Further information to follow.

Click here to view all results

Speckled Wood
Holly Blue
Early Purple Orchid
From Ian Samuel

Flower petal pictures by Anna and Elinor Toorneini

An Easter Victoria Sponge made by Debby Charman

We thought we’d share this beautiful posy with you all today.
It was made by Barbara Storey for the Easter Posy challenge. Unfortunately there were no other entrants and therefore there will be no voting.
Happy Easter.

From Pam Saunders

From Dot Underhill
My parents both came from County  Durham, where the tradition  of dying and decorating eggs at Easter was an Essential part of the  celebration, and one which they kept up after moving to Birmingham in the 1930’s.  For weeks before, Mum would save her onion peelings, in which white  eggs would be boiled for a long time, either plain, or bound up in cloth with flowers or leaves carefully placed to make a pattern, or sometimes a design would be drawn with a wax candle, the waxed part resisting the dye. On visits to relatives in my father’s home village in the 1950’s, the tradition was still very much alive, with all the local pubs having competitions for the best decorated egg. I don’t remember egg rolling being done, but the eggs would  be “jarped” , in which one person would  cup their egg in their hand with the pointed end  exposed, and the other person would hit it with their egg to see which one broke. Other colourings would  also be used, beetroot being a favourite, but  more exotic colours could be achieved by using non-colour fast fabrics to wrap the eggs in, though in that case it was probably better not to eat them!

The word “pace” is thought to be a corruption  of  Parque, the German word for Easter, and certainly the custom of giving coloured eggs at Easter is quite widespread. We have been given them when in Crete.
My mother also spoke of “Guisers”, groups of men who would go round the villages with blacked faces, performing  a play with characters such as Lord  Nelson, Lord Collingwood , and Old Tosspot, singing  a song with the chorus of:
We’re one, two, three jolly lads all of one mind, We have come a pace egging and we hope you’ll prove kind, And we hope you’ll prove kind with your eggs and strong beer,  For we’ll come no more nigh you until the next year.


From Steph Bradley
I remember pace egging in Lancashire as a school girl. The whole class would go up the local hill to roll the decorated (and  already judged) eggs down - first to the bottom won and then we could all eat our hard boiled eggs!