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Mowsley Mouse Festival

Mowsley Mouse Festival
Saturday 7 September saw the villagers putting on their first ‘Mouse Festival’ organised by the village hall committee, the theme for the day was based on the original meaning of the village name, muselai (being a field of mice), with villagers being invited to create house displays with a mouse theme. (For photo see front page.)

Visitors could wander around the village, to view the displays and also to take part in a mouse letter hunt which involved finding hidden letters that then had to be arranged to make up the name of a famous mouse.

The festival also included a ‘Bake Off’ competition, a kid’s tombola, face painting, ballon sculpturing, biscuit decorating, pin the tail on a mouse and ‘douse the mouse’. Readers can be assured that no real mice were used in the last two games!

Teas and coffee accompanied by slices of homemade cake were available in the hall whilst outside a BBQ serving burgers and hot dogs did a roaring trade. The village church was also opened for the day and displayed some beautiful floral arrangements Fiona Cairns, who had started her business in the village and has her highly successful operation based in Fleckney, came along to judge the bake off, the winner being Linda Scott who had produced a cake covered in fondant-icing mice depicting a mouse protest at the building of the village in the middle ages. It seems that some things remain the same today!

There was a prize for the best house display, voted for by visitors, and Rose Cottage was adjudged the winner. An evening quiz was a sell out success, the eventual winners being the ‘All Sort’ team which included in its ranks the oldest resident, Sheila Ball. With prizes donated by many local businesses, the raffle proved to be very popular and was drawn during the evening.

The whole day proved to be extremely successful and undoubtedly there will be another (and bigger!) one next year.

Tony Youngjohns
Issue 414
September 2019

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