Tudor Picnic IV was a wonderful day to remember. 1st July 2012 was sunny with a teasing wind. We are pleased to share some of the events photos with you and would like to thank everybody who took part and our sponsors Sam and Josie from Sandsfoot Gardens Cafe and HLF . This year we raised a total of £362.90. The best bits of course are the comments from people saying what an enjoyable day it was, as that was it’s purpose to welcome people to the castle and garden and encourage them to pop in any day and enjoy what there is to offer at Sandsfoot Castle and Gardens.
Henry VIII’s Sandsfoot Castle built in 1539 and Weymouth’s only Scheduled National Monument was formally opened after 80 years of being fenced of from the public due to its unsafe condition, by Deputy Mayor Ray Banham and young artist, Thomas Myers winner of the Paint-a-Castle competition from Beechcroft School on Sunday 1 July at the ‘Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle’ Tudor Picnic IV. Hundreds of people enjoyed this annual family day at Sandsfoot Castle on a day unmarred by rain in this wet summer. David Carter and Tara Gooding representing co-partners, ‘Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle’ and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, in the project to restore the castle for public use, handed over the key to the castle to young Thomas Myers who symbolised the future generations who must continue to look after it. Thomas in turn passed the key to Deputy Mayor Ray Banham for safe keeping in the community before cutting the ribbon. It is hoped that the key and the scale model of the castle will be put on display in the Civic Society’s Tudor House. During the day local historian, Gordon LePard, dressed in period clothes gave guided tours outside and inside the castle on the new walkway with stunning views across the harbour, which is now freely open to the public throughout the year (see image attached). There were displays of Morris dancing by the Sestus Derrimen and Tudor dancing by the Dorchester Historical Dance Group led by Dee Thorne in magnificent period costumes as well as a variety of period games ranging from Quintain to Aunt Sally. David Carter, Chairman of the ‘Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle’ said “This is a great day that the Friends and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council who have been working together towards for four years to once again give public access to Sandsfoot Castle, we hope that both locals and visitors will be able to enjoy the castle for many generations to come”. There was also Ed Cumming’s wonderful Splat the Rat. We thank Di Paula and Dorothy for their ‘severed heads’; Peter Glover for a wonderful canon. The juggler leading party to the castle is Bangles and Kevin Hart walked on stilt and made balloon models with the children.
Painting by numbers was compiled from images provided by locals of wild life, people and happenings from the Trail and gardens. Charlie Sheppard provided Crowns and Coronets and so many others helped and the clearing up too!There were other entertainments too – a quintain, a face painting tent where you could be made up as a plague victim with an apthecary to make it all better, skittles and much more.