Skegness’s Church Farm Village celebrates its big day

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A SUCCESSFUL reopening weekend at Church Farm Village marked the culmination of months of hard work and the beginning of a new chapter in its illustrious history.

Long standing Friends of Church Farm and new committee members were joined by holiday makers and local visitors for the grand reopening on Friday.

The official ribbon was cut by one of Church Farm’s longest serving Friends Joan Baker who will soon be standing down after 35 years involvement with the heritage site.

Speaking after the event she said: “I and other friends realise how much planning went into this and I feel that today’s lovely occasion marks a suitable ending to 35 years of work - my interest in Church Farm will never waiver.”

After a champagne reception and a tour around the buildings and artefacts which had all been spruced up in anticipation of its visitors, it was back to business as usual.

The cafe and gift shop were open and the blacksmith and woodturner displayed their traditional crafts while women dressed in Victorian attire slaved away in the farmhouse kitchen.

Celebrations continued all-weekend long with the first of many special events scheduled for the site.

A medieval re-enactment saw the Knights of Skirbeck fully embracing the every aspect of the historic lifestyle from costume and cuisine through to bloodthirsty battles and Olde English dialect.

Young aspiring knights were also given the chance to win their spurs with lessons in swordsmanship and archery.

As the first Church Farm Village event to charge for admission the committee were pleased to see a respectable turn out.

Aspirations for the site to become a focal point for the community also began well, with several unannounced groups and individuals showing up to display their specialist hobbies and interests.

A military radio enthusiast was decoding morse code messages from around the globe and a group of Penny Farthing riders came in historic costume to show off their novelty machines.

With the Easter holidays approaching and volunteers already inundated with inquiries into upcoming events, the committee have organised a full programme for the Easter Weekend and the Royal Wedding.