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Podcast script - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise it’s Tuedsay 19th May and this is Adrian Dale with the daily podcast. It was indeed a perfect day in Chelson-cum-Cawcud yesterday. Pete Rawlins, out self styled Wurzle, started my day by proclaiming a beautiful day in the Village. He was glad he has chosen Costa Chelveston for his summer holidays. He reckoned he could even hear the sea already… Yes Pete, what ever you were on last night, send some my way. The trouble was that Flick Adams encouraged him and said that she could hear the sea too! So now there is no stopping our Pete.

But it was a perfect day. The sun was shining as I delivered the buckets of tulips around the Village for Chelsea Monday in Chelson-cum-Cawcud.

By 9am our competition was underway. By the time I got back to Water Lane from Chelston Rise and Caldecott, there was already a queue outside the Blom’s house. And it was a good queue, respecting all the new rules of social distancing. Do you know, I think this Village really understands what is needed. Never mind the changing Government rules, we know what we need to do to stay safe.

I must give a shout out to a young Mr Thomas Barnes. He ran down the road to pick up some tulips for his Mum. I was very impressed how he stood in line, keeping the required distance and observing every rule you could expect. He is just 11 years old. If he gets it, we all can. Andy and Michelle, your son is a credit to you, well done.

Caldecott sold out of tulips first and by the time I delivered the collection box back to Elaine, the court of the Saint Bloms was in session. It was lovely to see. Elaine had arranged chairs on the pavement and people were dropping in for a session of Gardeners Question time with Chris Blom our resident gold medallist. They kept this going until 5pm – and whenever I went passed the chairs were full. It certainly might have helped that Elaine was supplying beer and wine. Several ladies spent several hours there and yes ladies you know who you are. They were very happy to get out of the house to chat with friends once more, all at a safe distance of course.

When I went back the first time, Chris called me across. “Adrian, I want to show you a real Chelsea Gold medal”. He sounded almost like Aitch. Back in the day, the gold medals were gold and they were individually engraved with your name and the prize you had won. Chris showed me a beauty and a photo will be in the newsletter today. Nowadays, you get a plastic gold embossed certificate.

In his dead pan voice, Chris said to me, “Yes these gold medals don’t feel as special anymore. Charlie Dimmock and I once started a campaign to bring back proper medals for Chelsea”.

Wait a minute. There aren’t many men on this planet that can say the phrase Charlie Dimmock and I.

In 1997 Charlie Dimmock took the amateur gardening world by storm in the programme Ground Force with Alan Titchmarsh. Our younger listeners might have to Google this, but believe me she inspired more men to watch gardening programmes that any other woman in history.

I have no idea whether she was a good gardener. She was just a joy to watch on TV. Elaine then stepped in and said, “yes Chris took Charlie Dimmock out to lunch to discuss the plan to bring back proper gold medals. I wasn’t invited, I had to stay back in the house”.

Chris was obviously enthralled, but he certainly knew where he stood when he got back. Elaine asked whether she would get invited out to lunch in swanky restaurants if she decided not to wear a bra in future.

Chris I think you were rumbled there.

Rumbled or not, the Blom’s tulip competition yesterday raised nearly £500 for charity in addition to over £1,100 raised on VE Day. Well done Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise.

All tulip arranging entries must be in by 9am this morning. Chris will be judging them during the day and the winner will be announced tomorrow.

So now we turn our attention to Pete’s Keyworker Scarecrow competition. Pete Rawlins suggested this competition a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people were really enthusiastic and wanted to get going as soon as possible.

Others loved the idea, but were concerned about safety in this new Covid-19 world.

The Parish Council has considered all issues carefully and has planned a safe approach. The competition is now going ahead. Judging will take place on Saturday 13th June, all entries need to be registered by Saturday 5th June. All being well, the Village will then be permitted to follow a safe walking route to view all the entries. The Parish Council will provide a map with the walking route to follow at a safe distance.

This is a great opportunity for all age groups to show how creative they can be. Many villages across the country have these competitions year in year out as they are great fun. Isn’t it great that we are going to join in that tradition?

So Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise, how well can you scarecrows? Cash prizes and fame forever are on offer for the winners. What have you got to lose?

Thank you