Friday, 2 September 2016

Friends' Summer Party

Our ever-popular Summer Party was well attended again, with 49 Friends.  The weather wasn't great, but we didn't let that dampen the occasion, and relocated to the Great Hall, where the Pimms flowed freely......

Here's a couple of photos from the event, of Mr Berkeley and our Chairman clearly enjoying proceedings, and of raffle prizes donated:

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Archeological Dig

Last week a group of Friends were shown around the Bristol University archeological dig site by Mark Horton.

Current excavations are focusing on two areas.  The first area is near the High Street towards the private drive to the Castle;  here was the site of a public house, and we were shown several artefacts that the dig team have found, including a clay pipe, belt fastening and kitchen knife.  The second area is higher up the paddock, towards the church, where stonework has been found.  It is not yet certain when the structure dates from, though it is likely to be during the Dark Ages.

Mark Horton indicated that the team were likely to be returning to the site for several years to come, so we look forward to seeing what they have unearthed next year!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

"Henry VIII" at Berkeley Castle

As you may know "Henry VIII" (aka Tony Strange) has been spotted at the Castle recently.

On Monday evening, the Friends were privileged to a private audience with the King, who was accompanied by the "Tudor Ladies" from his court.  It was one of our best, and best attended, ever events.

Here's a couple of photos from the evening:

Friday, 13 May 2016

AGM Talk by Charles Berkeley

After the recent Friends' AGM, Charles gave a most entertaining account of his very varied work experiences after leaving college in 1986 - from sheep farming in Australia to fine art in London, and much else besides! 

Here he is with our very own chairman, Paul Walkden.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Talk by Dr Bridget Wells-Furby

Today's Friends' event featured medieval historian Dr Bridget Wells-Furby - here are a few photos from the day:

Monday, 25 January 2016

Poaching Affray Talk & Game Supper

On 18th January 1816 a group of local poachers assaulted gamekeepers on the Berkeley estate, resulting in "death, escape, execution & transportation".   On the 200th anniversary - to the day - Eleanor gave a fascinating and well-researched talk about the event.

We also celebrated the return to the Castle of the painting depicting the events of that night (photo below), following its cleaning & repair which was funded by FoBC.

Last, but not least, we rounded off a great evening with a varied and plentiful 4 course game supper.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

St Mary's Berkeley Christmas Tree Festival - Friends' Tree

St Mary's Berkeley hosted a Christmas Tree Festival last weekend (12th/13th).  Various local organisations and charities decorated trees and will share in the proceeds from the event.

Here's a photo of the Friends' tree - bought by our very own Chairman and kindly donated back to the church.

FoBC Tree

The event was a great success with more than 200 visitors over the weekend and in excess of £450 raised for the participating charities and organisations.