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Poppies in the fields next to The Greenway


May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2003
Opening of The Greenway

Saturday started at 10.30 for the 11.00am launch at the Radwell Meadow location where a variety of invited guests including our local MP Oliver Heald,  author Mervyn Miller, representatives of various organisations, local TV news, and some of the people involved in the planning and development of the Greenway.

Stuart Kenny introduced the project and then invited the special celebrity guest, singer and gardener Kim Wilde ( who lives fairly locally) to officially open the walk

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Stuart Kenny Talking
to Kim Wilde

Once the ceremony was done there was champagne, food and music. By 12.30 most of the guests had drifted away. Kim off to a performance in Germany that night, others to their homes leaving the foundation's PR department, the marshals there to supervise the traffic, and the guest entertainment 
( a stilt walking, balloon blowing clown, a  chain saw carver, and face painter), all waiting to see who would turn up.

I left at just before 2pm, and while we chatting to the marshals at the gate a slow but steady stream of walkers and cars began to arrive. 

We returned the next day (a lovely warm sunny day) and found the area buzzing with people sitting, walking, picnicking, children playing on the climbing frame or watching the clown clowning.
The woodcarver busily carving in front his part of the audience, stopping occasionally for an ice-cream or to take orders (including mine).  Click on the pictures to enlarge.
 

Getting Started
Adding an owls' eyes with a smaller chain saw.

and feathers on its chest
There are carved animals, mainly hawks and owls. Benches, all carved in English Oak. Chris has a pile of sections of trunk of various lengths and thickness on his pick-up truck.He takes these from one demonstration to another around the country, during the busy season of craft and country fairs. 

A finished item, Hawk / Wood Spirit Totem pole
Working on commissions at the demonstrations and taking new orders as he works Chris is very busy producing his very individual style of art.
 
 

CHRIS HEAD 
CHAIN SAW CARVER

The owl in the background of the first picture of this group is the one started yesterday morning

Detail on the back and tail
 The finishing touches are added with blow torch which adds texture and colour but that was not part of the demonstration today. Chris is very busy and told me that he prefers in main to take orders at his demonstrations to make sure he doesn't get overloaded He has orders for at least the next six months and this is just the beginning of the season..

If you cant get to one of Chris's shows you might be interested in Denis Heath a Stevenage based artist working in the same medium. Visit his Web Site


Monday and the action moves to Standalone Farm. Always busy and today blessed with another sunny day, the place was packed. Everyone had a great time and the music was brilliant. The chip van ran out of chips and the ice cream vans had queues that the vendors normally only dream of (note to the Foundation PR department, well done again but more food concessions next time please). 

All the usual attractions plus a lot more for this climax to the Greenway Opening Event.
 

Country Fayre and Folk Festival
Standalone Farm, Letchworth
Free Admission
Craft Fair
Mountain Bike Stunt Man
Chester Mazing and Mr Topples
Fairground Rides
Falconry Show
Morris Dancing
Beer Tent
Sheep Dog Trials
Face Painting
Greenway Exhibition
Fire Preservation Group Vintage Fire Engines
Fort Playground
 
Animals
 

Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club
Present a FREE Folk Festival
11.00am Bob Fox www.bobfoxmusic.com
11.30am Tab Hunter and Ben Paley www.blazingstrings.com
12.05pm Serious Kitchen www.seriouskitchen.co.uk
1.05pm Mise www.misemusic.com
1.55pm Bob Fox www.bobfoxmusic.com
2.30pm Tab Hunter and Ben Paley www.blazingstrings.com
3.10 Siansa www.siansa.com
4.10 The Great Northern Road Show www.tomcatmusic.com

Some of these web sites have sound clips.
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I only took a few pictures as I was busy listening to the music and couldn't get near enough the stage for anything creative. See the band's web sites for more.
 

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Mise

Serious Kitchen

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There were many lovely birds on display and one really ugly looking vulture kind of thing that was to far away to get a good picture.

 
 
 
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