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From Coconut's to Swingboats, Edwardian celebrations at Dudmaston Hall (21st August 2013)

From Coconut's to Swingboats, Edwardian celebrations at Dudmaston Hall

A local National Trust property are turning back the clocks for the August Bank Holiday weekend at Dudmaston in order to remember Rachel, Lady Labouchere, the property’s last chatelaine’s birth and her uncle taking over the running of the estate.

'Celebrate it’s 1908' will take place over both Sunday, 25 and Monday 26 August 2013 and there will be lots of fun to be had including traditional swing-boats, donkey rides and sideshow entertainments. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a resident of the hall, then this is a good time to visit as the property was up for rent in August 1908 and you can meet the family of the time to see if you might have been a suitable tenant! Bridgnorth Players will be in the Hall bringing the past to life and staff and volunteers will be in costume to get into the spirit of the era. We've got children's ‘Scouting Skills’ trails and also kite making to enjoy so there really will be something for everyone.

But that is not all, Quatt Village is an important part of the estate and both Captain Geoffrey and Lady Labouchere played a large part in village life. To recognise this the Village Hall will have a display of old photographs and anecdotal memories from villagers of Lady Labouchere and her grave at Quatt village church will also be decorated for both days as a tribute to her work. As she was so involved in community life the Village Hall are hoping to do their bit to help our current local community by supporting the Food Bank in Bridgnorth and visitors are being asked to contribute what they can to support local families.

Visitor Experience and Conservation Manager, Tessa Lovell said “this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of both Captain Geoffrey and Lady Labouchere. We always like to celebrate Lady Labouchere’s birthday as she was such a significant character on the property and we are really happy to be welcoming back the Bridgnorth Players to help us do this. It is fantastic that the Village are getting involved this year and we will be encouraging all our visitors to pop into the Village Hall. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone and would encourage people, if they wish, to dress as Edwardians for their visit so that they can fully immerse themselves into the atmosphere.”