On 20th Dec we held a party to celebrate Solstice & to thank ourselves and all our volunteers for our hard work this year. We didn’t advertise it widely as we wanted to keep it small & treat ourselves, so just told volunteers & friends by mostly word of mouth. Next year though we will invite everybody, it was an amazing evening!!
It was Lawrence’s idea to start with & his plan was to build a Phoenix & burn it just for a fun spectacle. We spent a couple work parties building the bonfire & the Phoenix, decorating the elderflower tree with homemade decorations and building a pallet table & couch. On the day of the event we set up festoon lighting for the first time connected & got lots of candle lanterns in bags to light the way from the bottom of the orchard to the top. It all looked amazing. Lawrence made a delicious veggie dish in his big pan & brought enough pizza ingredients to make pizzas till midnight (which we did) & I made a big stew in my big Dutch pot. So we had lots of food plus St Ives Cider donated a huge casket of ready mulled cider for the evening which we had hot as well as non-alcoholic mulled cider. We had lots of drums to play & and a guy brought up his harp to play as well which was an amazing treat.