Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tapestries & The Bot Fly Larva

As you may have heard, some of the Castle's tapestries are in Belgium for cleaning and conservation work. The Tapestries arrived safely but caused consternation when a live bot fly larva was found.  Everything was put on hold and the tapestries lost their place in the queue for a bath

They have now been treated and wait in line for November 7th, 8th & 9th when they will be cleaned.

They are expected home on either Monday 14th or Tuesday 15th November and will have their new backs and fixings put in place that week. 

The Pesky Bot Fly

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Beetle Drive

On the evening of 29th September Friends gathered to attend the first Beetle Drive to be held in Berkeley Castle.

Chairman, Paul Walkden, explained the rules, put us under starter’s orders and let battle commence.  Amidst great hilarity dice began rattling everywhere and shouts of “I’ve got a six - I can start” were heard, as contestants competed to begin and finish drawing a beetle.  The winners and losers on the tables of four soon gave up on the clockwise and anti - clockwise manoeuvres and just headed for an empty chair, some even leaving behind their glasses of wine in the rush!

During the interval, we so enjoyed the delicious food provided by Marg Glover and her fantastic team, who always do us proud.

Then the raffle was drawn before we settled down for the second half of the Drive. Cue more laughter, and getting to know different people, as those dice worked overtime. Our worthy winner was Elizabeth Neal who received a bottle of Pimms and our gallant lady with the least points Sarah Walkden collected some chocolate beetles.

It was a most successful and hugely enjoyable evening and everyone went home the best of friends.

Here's the winning score-card: