Friday night eventually came and once Ginny was home from work we set off for the club. For the first time this year it was dark as we set off, fortunately there was little traffic on the road, as it was half term so we arrived in good time. After making it into the car park, we unpacked our supplies and headed into the grounds. On our arrival at around 6.45,it was obvious we were going to be the only ones there that night as the car park was empty,so while Ginny unpacked the food and the beer, I headed off to the ‘Cabinchaletshed’ and dropped of the other bits.
For late October it was exceedingly warm, so while I was there, I dropped off my clothes too and walked relaxingly naked across the lawn to the common room. After a month off the beer, I was looking forward to my first pint of Guinness. After dinner which was a “dink it dinner” (microwaved curries) we settled down for the usual evening entertainment…..liquid refreshment,rock music (from the iPod) and trivial pursuit.
After a good sleep we woke up to a cloudy overcast morning,it was still warm though,so I didn’t bother to put any clothes on and went across to the kitchen to make the tea and coffee. As I returned to the ‘Cabinchaletshed’ I acknowledged just how far autumn had come as there were fallen leaves everywhere. We both reminisced about the long spring and summer and how this may be our last stop over of 2015,as the dampness and cold tends to get everywhere in our little wooden hut.As we said that ,it then got a little bit cooler,so we both got dressed and headed over to have a late breakfast of sausage,eggs and bacon,just as other club members started to arrive.
The morning was spent getting things ready for the evening of fireworks….dressed in the morning,naked in the afternoon scouring around the grounds,collecting firewood for the bonfire,luckily just as the sun came out. It was very pleasant gathering the wood in the wheelbarrow this was followed by a sunbathe before the sun finally disappeared at around 4.30.
The dramatic historical circumstances in which “Bonfire Night” came about,for those who don’t know, occurred when on the night of 4th–5th November 1605, the eve of the state opening, Catholic Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellars of the parliament buildings. He was guarding a pile of wood not far from 36 barrels of gunpowder with which Fawkes intended to blow up Parliament House the following day.Guy Fawkes caught red-handed with almost a ton of gunpowder in an undercroft under the House of Lords, was executed on 31st January 1606.The several other key conspirators met their end in a bloody confrontation in Staffordshire, having assisted Fawkes’ transformation into an icon of the Plot.Thomas Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne.
That this is one of the best-known events in our history owes much to the fact that an Act of Parliament in 1606 enshrined November 5th as a day never to forget. We had an excellent evening in fact, one we wont forget either, with a massive bonfire keeping us warm.The fireworks were wonderful too,as were the fancy dress costumes some people were wearing.After having some more drinks,food and chestnuts around the fire,it was time to turn in for the night.The next morning the “warm sunny haze” of the previous afternoon had vanished,to be replaced with a cold,damp,dank, dark,clinging mist,so after tidying up the wreckage of the bonfire and after a hot drink or two we headed for home.