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On this page you will find more news and pictures about the social side of FOES that we haven't got room for in the Newsletter. We hope you enjoy seeing the extra photos. Maybe you'll even see yourself or someone you know below.

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Below you will see (eventually) pictures and reports on; Eynsham sees in 2000, The Ventures Walk for spuds, and loads of pics from The FOES Family Barn Dance.




2000 Celebrations

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You only do it once, so how do you celebrate the dawning of a millennium? We did it with a party at Trev and Fionas house in the village square. Some FOES families gathered together for drinks, eats, and to play a few games. At 11.50 we went outside into the cold as hundreds of people gathered together in the square to see in the new year. As midnight approached, people joined the revellers outside the Red Lion from all over the village and quickly filled up the square and all the roads around it stopping the traffic.

Venture Reunion Walk

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On January 8th, three Venture Scouts and their leader were joined by former Ventures and supporters to go on a walk from North Leigh Common to Sturdys Castle. Having first taken over the bus from Eynsham to Hanborough (which nearly left Errol behind), we rendezvoused with the non Eynshamolians on the common and set off with the Ventures in charge of the map.

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Their route was only interrupted by an un-avoidable detour to find the nearest toilets, which just happened to be at the back of a pub in Woodstock. We had to remove our boots and leave them outside while we went in and drank a few beers, had a snack, and swapped stories of our time with the Ventures. Bootless, the trip to the loo was a little gymnastic!

Family Barn Dance

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This years annual FOES get together was an experiment that seems to have worked, with nearly 100 people attending. FOES members, their friends and family came along and had a great time trying to follow the instructions from our caller Don Rouse. We met our aims; to keep the cost down, make it a village event, invited children too, and raised £211.50. Well done.

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Those of us who thought we would just go along, have a try and then sit out the dances and have a beer or two were mistaken, as Don and the Band entertained us and thankfully encouraged everyone on the dance floor to have a go as it was a great laugh, but also very hard work requiring a rapid refreshment after each dance! The break at half time for hot dogs and the raffle was very welcome.

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Confusion reigned as we watched the clock. Without a second hand, was the clock on midnight yet? With all the noise, was that the bells chiming? Quick check your watch! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2000!

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It seems that map reading has come along leaps and bounds since some infamous wrong turns many years ago, and they navigated us to Blenheim Park very well. (What is Keith doing by that tree?) We nearly went wrong due to some senior members striding out in front who failed to see the landmark turning point (the Victory Column), but we soon were put right, much to the Ventures amusement.

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Suitably fed, watered and relieved, we set off at a slower pace for the short final leg to the Sturdys Castle Spud Pub. We had a drink and a meal and swapped some more memories which by this time were educating the current Ventures to new possibilites. Then back to the bar, purely to pass the time before our lifts home arrived!

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It was a lot of fun and all the hard work the committee put in paid off. Part of that was setting the right atmosphere with mood lighting provided by the school, countryside scenes projected on the walls, candles on the tables, and a wooden shack and country backdrop which just happened to be on stage ready for the Bartholomew Players’ next production “Oklahoma”.

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Each dance took about half an hour. First they took us through it step by step and eventually we put it all together (sort of). The event seems to have been a gamble that paid off judging by the comments we received on the night. The committee put in a lot of hard work preparing the event and on the day in the afternoon getting the hall ready. During the event they manned the doors, did the catering, and cleaned up afterwards.

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1st January 2000

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Watched by a couple of bored police men in a range rover, we counted down the seconds and a massive cheer went up at midnight which drowned out the church bells chiming and someone let off a few fireworks to mark the dawning of 2000. Lots of kissing, hugging and hand shaking went on and pockets of friends gathered together and spontaneously burst into song. That was the cue for a small group of frozen FOES to leave the square for the warmth of the Winstones’ house, for a glass of champagne and our own more discreet rendition of Auld Langs Syne.

8th January 2000

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The route took us from North Leigh Common to East End (where we nearly left Keith and Jim behind), near Coombe, over a wooden wall bridge into the grounds of Blenheim Palace up by the Victory Column (thats us walking round the lake in front of the palace), into Woodstock for lunch, then meandering up to Sturdys Castle on the A44. Not too taxing and no need for heavy packs. Nice one Mr Berry!

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It was a good exercise to get together with the current members who learnt a thing or two about some other activities Venture Scouts used to get up to in Eynsham, and it will hopefully inspire them to greater things, and perhaps even encourage more to take part and make it an annual event.

29th January 2000

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The entertainment was provided by Don Rouse and the Bampton Dance Band. They are well known in the local area for their barn dances and consist of a pool of musicians which Don can call on to make up the band. They usually play two or three times a week so having extra members means they can get a night off! The combination of good music and Dons instructions made it a great night, even though we didn't really know what we were doing most of the time!

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So what did you think of the event? How was it compared to previous years? Did you like the music or would you prefer a disco? How do you feel about children at the event? Did the changes put you off or encourage you to come along again? Please let us know so we can take into account your comments when we prepare next years event. Please e-mail your comments on the Fun and Feedback page.

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