Busy weekend? You’re not the only one
There’s no end to what we get up to in those precious couple of days, Lesley discovers
DID you have a good weekend? What did you do? Every Friday on my show on BBC Radio Suffolk it’s Shout Out Friday when I give people a mention if they let me know what they’re doing over the weekend. I find it fascinating to hear about the amazing and varied things we all get up to and, I can tell you, we are a busy lot.
Weekends are a relatively new thing. It was only in the 1940s that the 40-hour working week was finally established in the UK. Before then there weren’t such things as ‘days off’, except Sundays when we would be expected to go to church. I don’t know how many people attend church these days, but my Shout Outs reveal we find plenty of other things to fill the time. Here’s a snapshot of what we did on the first weekend in September.
It was Art on the Prom in Felixstowe, and it was brilliant. It took us three hours to see all the stalls because we kept stopping to chat to people, and it cost us a few pounds in pictures. People also enjoyed Cars by the Lake, and a craft fair organised by the East and Mid Suffolk branch of Guide dogs. Andy went on a motorcycle run, raising money for cancer charities. I get lots of requests to mention fundraisers, as people raise thousands of pounds each weekend. Suffolk residents are very generous – people like Gareth who wanted a shout out for his amazing new Bus Shelter. His family were so moved by the plight of homeless people that they bought and adapted a bus for rough sleepers,
I love a good village show, the tables groaning under the weight of beautiful veg, jars of pickles and freshly baked cakes. Claire Whiting wanted a mention for the autumn show in her village of Hoxne. She was entering several classes, including the preserves with a gin and lemon marmalade. (I’ll see if I can get the recipe). David Cole was getting ready for the Capel St Mary allotment show. Not surprisingly there were also several Shout Outs for music events. Ali was with the band Hurricane Alley in Ipswich on the Saturday night, Glynis was performing classic jazz, and there was a free party at the Blaxhall Ship with three hours of rock ’n’ roll. Definitely no need to stay in on a Saturday night in Suffolk.
There were also mentions for more unusual events, including Tim King checking that his crossword appeared in the i newspaper, Mark meeting up with colleagues he hadn’t seen for 35 years, and Barry Burns off doing some camera work. Sue was going to be reading from her book, Harmonicas Round my Hat, at the East Anglia Festival of Culture in Lowestoft, and you could even go and learn how to restore a rare piece of Tudor History at the Orchard Barn at Stowmarket.
Aren’t we a varied lot? It’s the radio equivalent of peoplewatching, one of my favourite pastimes. I’ll be really interested to hear what you’ll do with your weekends over winter. Will you still head out running, or to the pub, or a craft fair? Or will you stay in and hunker down? I so enjoy looking ahead to the weekend. Have a good one whatever you’re up to.
Left: Hundreds of visitors flock to the annual Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake event at Fornham in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Photo: Andy Abbott
Thousands of people flocked to Felixstowe for Art on the Prom.
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