Scouting, singing and sausages in Braughing
PUBLISHED: 08:33 27 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:17 20 February 2013
Old Man's Day, sausages and an annual wheelbarrow race – Braughing is famous for the weird and the very wonderful. Damion Roberts speaks to local residents to find out more about other goings on in the village
Braughing Music Society
KATE Slack took time out of preparing for Braughing Music Societys March concert featuring Five Star Swing to explain why the group has succeeded in putting on successful shows for the past 20 years for the residents of Braughing and beyond.
We put on four shows a year and we try our best to make it as entertaining as we possibly can, said Mrs Slack, who is the chairman and whose husband is also involved in the organisation.
Our aim is to bring a variety of music to the community and it helps that we have a great venue in St Marys Church which has ideal acoustics for our musicians and has space for 160 music lovers.
Some people go to the pub or meet up beforehand and then make their way down to the venue and make a real night of it. It has a real community feel to it.
The society will host the Alberni String Quarter on May 8 while in October guitar duo Sue Williams and Ian Kelleher will be putting the churchs acoustics to the test.
We have high standard musicians and invite all types of performers to play from classical musicians to jazz and string quartets. We have a variety of performers as we want to appeal to all tastes and we try to mix it up.
The society has been running for 20 years. Its not really a society at all as it is run by eight people and it does not have a membership. You have to be an enthusiast to do it. We love music and just want people to come along and to have a good evening.
1st Braughing Scout Group
BOB Cooper is the Group Scout Leader for Braughing Scout Group which meets in the village as well as in Standon and Puckeridge.
Having been involved with the group for more than 12 years Mr Cooper has seen hundreds of scouts, cubs and beavers come through the ranks.
Were lucky in our group that we have stable leaders who have all worked down the years with the same goal, Mr Cooper said.
Ive seen people in the scouts come and go and then come back and talk about how useful it has been for them.
We try to teach them lots of useful skills which they are able to use in everyday life and those of us who help to organise the groups take great joy from what we do.
The group has around 130 members and is made up of one beaver colony, two cub packs, two scout troops and a scout and guild band with youngsters aged from six to 15 with both boys and girls taking part.
Although we meet in a hall surrounded by terraced houses, just behind us is a patch of green land which we have been able to utilise over the years, Mr Cooper said.
The programme we have here includes visits to rivers and general exploration and those children who join the group are able to make the most of what we do. The scouts have been able to try lots of activities over the years [camping, hiking, gliding] and we will be doing a lot more in future too.
Where to eat
Braughing Sausage Company, 15 Green End, Braughing, SG11 2PG.
Where better to take away a taste of Braughing than from the villages famous sausage company. With more than 50 years of experience behind them, Braughing Sausage Companys products are highly thought of and are provided to meat connoisseurs across the country.
Where to drink
The Brown Bear, The Street, Braughing, SG11 2QF
Popular with locals and tourists, the Brown Bear is a 16th-century timber frame roughcast pub with a red tiled roof. Food, drink and entertainment are all served up in the sumptuous surroundings of Braughings thatched cottages.
Where to visit
The memorial obelisk in Braughing Churchyard is a constant reminder of the villages connection with the Battle of Trafalgar and has inscriptions in memory of Colonel Harvey Town, a decorated veteran of the Crimea.
St Marys Church in Green End is a Grade 1 listed building, parts of which date back to 1220, and is arguably the centrepiece of the village.
DID YOU KNOW....?
Each year Braughing holds two rather interesting events.
- The wheelbarrow race, held in the summer fete in July, sees residents don costumes and push friends around in wheelbarrows in the name of charity.
- On Old Mans Day, held every October 2, young children sweep Fleece Lane where more than 400 years ago a pallbearer slipped on a stone causing the coffin of a young man to shake bringing him back to life.