Sunday, 8 October 2017

Will this be another FoBC Project?

There are many possibilities for FoBC funding but the two holes in this 17th century Dutch painting make it a prime candidate to be a future beneficiary of the Friends fundraising efforts.   Full marks to those who know where it resides at present......

FoBC's Beetle Drive - Thursday 5th October 2017

Following the success of our first ever Beetle Drive last year the event was repeated, and it was great  fun.  No dice was lost on the floor and no red wine was spilt, but it was so noisy on occasions we could not hear the difference between shrieks of frustration and of pleasure!  The concentration on adding up the scores showed that there was no lack of competitiveness among the participants.
Our thanks to FoBC Committee member David Bowd-Exworth for organising an excellent finger buffet in the interval.
How did you win that round so quickly!

FoBC Chairman Paul Walkden awarding the wooden spoon (chocolates) to daughter Sarah (for the second year!)

and the overall winner, Valerie Moores (beginner's luck!)

Enhancements to the Lily Pond

Longstanding Friends will know that FoBC raised money for the installation of a fountain in the Lily Pond in 2009.   The latest addition to the Lily Pond is these mermaids, a work of art installed on the rear wall and created by Berkeley Castle's own Artist in Residence 2017, Belinda Durrant.   Her inspiration was one of the stained glass windows in the Great Hall and Belinda explains that science, history, social history, literature and folklore all become entangled, and inform her imagery.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

FoBC Stand at Frampton Country Fair - Sunday 10th September

A steady stream of visitors were welcomed to the FoBC stand, including one of our staunch supporters, Professor Mark Horton.
Being near the Craft Tent and a car park we were well positioned.
FoBC's chain mail suit and helmet were on display, together with our recently acquired Longbow,
and a Tudor headdress courtesy of Alison Thompson.
Particular thanks to FoBC Deputy Chair Diana Merrett, who will be very glad of more volunteers to help chat to visitors,
if we take a stand again in 2018. 
FoBC's chain mail suit and helmet in the Castle Armoury

FoBC talk on the legal case "Fitzhardinge v Berkeley" - Thursday 7th September

Castle Archivist David Smith gave us another hugely informative and entertaining talk, this time on the peerage disputes of the 19th century which originated in 1785 with the liaison of the 5th Earl with Mary Cole.   All the litigants had the surname Berkeley but this talk title is used because all the children of the 5th Earl had Fitzhardinge as a middle name.

A report will appear in the next edition of The Berkeley Buttress.
Berkeley WI provided an excellent afternoon tea, ably assisted by FoBC Committee Members.

David Smith with FoBC Deputy Chair Diana Merrett

Friday, 1 September 2017

FoBC's new Sundial in the Gloucestershire Gazette - Thursday 31st August 2017

Following the unveiling of the Friends' new Sundial at the Annual Summer Party
on Sunday 20th August, the local Gazette has picked up the story:


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

FoBC at Frampton Country Fair - 10th September 2017

If you are going to the Fair, do come and visit the FoBC stand
and meet our volunteers and visitors.

If you have an hour or so to spare, please do consider helping out
by joining the rota of Members manning our stand.

Contact Eleanor at the Castle :