Saturday 20 May. We were up at 5.45 to eat, pack the car and be on the road for 6.45. We were a bit late, but the roads were clear and we had time to get a bit lost in Warwick before finding the Castle Car Park. After a briefing at 8.30 we had an hour to set up our stall in the Pilots Gazebo on the Pageant Field before the gates opened on the Pilots “Feasts and Festivals” Big Day Out.
Our CYDO, Jane Henderson took up her position by the Gate as welcomer.
In the Morning Tricia as a Synod Regional Pilot Officer (RPO) and I as a volunteer ‘Crew Member’ manned the Gazebo, answering general questions, or talking about what Pilots actually are. Anne Hatch, another RPO, brought outside games to play; Vine Pliots, Ilford ran parachute games, Lutterworth Pilots held Rounders, and Tricia organised a ‘boiled-egg-rolling-race’ and a ‘bean-bag-dribbling-with-hockey-stick-obstacle-race’. We did not get to see the Castle!
The games were interspersed with talks on the main stage from John Proctor, our General Secretary, Paul Northup organiser of the Greenbelt Festival in August with which the URC is a partner, CRCW Kirsty Mabbott read her poetry about Social Justice. Other groups met in gazeebos – Crafts, Art, discussions, FairTrade. Worship was lead by Jenny Mills, minister in Newport Pagnell and Milton Keynes and Tim Lowe, minister in Coventry. The Music was supplied by Mersey Synod’s Café Jam band.
Despite the rain (some) people sat in the field and had a picnic between worship and the following speaker. Luckily the sun came out and we were able to get warm and dry!
It was a good day, with over 1000 URC people attending, and two genuine expressions of interest in starting a Pilots company. On person said it was delightful to see and talk to people carrying their Pilots Bags and also at every corner of the grounds members of the ‘crew’ wearing bright orange Pilots T-shirts.
If you did not come, you missed a treat.
At 6.45 we were home, collapsing on the settee and waiting for the takeaway to be delivered!
Tricia & David Legge