After a gap of two years the village of Huby finally came back to life during it’s annual Feast week with the help of our newest inhabitant, Huey the Hare. The good people of Huby were determined to make the most of our collective gathering this year and this was clearly evident on the Wednesday evening prior to the event, when no fewer than thirty adults were supported by our Moxby Scout group to erect the marquees on a balmy summers evening.
After the Huby first X1 Cricket team had played New Earswick the Saturday evening entertainment was soon into full swing. A dance evening “Through the Decades” and Hog Roast supper had been has been in the planning for many a week as a fund raising event by the New Hall Group. This event turned out to be the best events the village of Huby has seen in many a year. With over 150 tickets sold and nearly two hundred revellers present all had a great time and the villagers responded very generously resulting in a whopping four-figure sum being raised. Sincere thanks go to Lynn Burton, Sara White and Helen Barnes for your sterling work.
Sunday 23rd June was the Feast Day and with leaden skies and a torrential downpour at 11am the omens didn’t seem in our favour. However, this soon blew over and despite a few showers we were even blessed with sunny intervals at times. After an extensive advertising campaign we had our best public attendance to-date. The Feast finally got going around 11.30am with Huey the Huby Hare welcoming all the children with big hugs and waves, the beautiful Decap Dance Organ sprung into life together with the Traditional Children’s Fun Fair and teenage attractions.
The Feast was officially opened by one of our local Huby lads Tom Platt, who has recently distinguished himself by signing professional forms to play for York City FC. Tom is clearly very proud of his village roots and in his opening address stressed the need for first class sporting and social facilities in our village if we are to attract our youngsters to our sporting, recreational clubs and societies. Tom’s words couldn’t have been more poignant as he stood in front of what is now a totally dilapidated Sports Pavilion. We thank Tom for giving up his time to open our Feast and we wish him well in his sporting career.
Early in the afternoon a swathe of thirty to forty tractors converged on the Feast and put on a super display as they used the Feast as a stop off point on their tractor run to Strensall. One of the drivers found the Feast so entertaining he ended up staying the whole afternoon with us!
Musical entertainment played a key role in this years proceedings with Dynamics delighting us with their Big Band Sound and for those of a younger generation local band Hello Operator played Rock and Roll from the 60’s to modern times.
Other attractions through the afternoon featured Russell King, children’s magician/entertainer who had the little ones in stitches of laughter and Minster Falconry displaying their wonderful birds of prey and giving educational talks to interested groups. Our local band Hello Operator brought proceedings to a close just before the Heavens opened once again with a torrential down pour which lasted for hours. Yes we were very lucky with the weather but then again someone may just have been looking after us! A fantastic day was had by all, which included some very Hare Raising experiences!
I would just like to say a big thank-you to our very hard working Feast Organising Group of Ema & Mike Broardhurst, Julie & Steve Colquhoun, Lorraine Garth, Anne & Roger Kraemer, Marion & Mark Smith, and Sue & Tony Suddes who put in a great amount of hard work and fund raising through the Winter months so we can present our village with it’s traditional free day every year.
A big thank-you is also due to the many people in our local community who turn up and give their support to us before and after the event, which is so much appreciated. It just goes to show the amount of good will and community spirit that exists in our village and what can be achieved with the right incentives.
Brian King, Huby Feast, Chairman.