MAYDAY 2010 - I visited the Pied Bull today and discussed a reunion of Coach House folkies on Sat 1 May next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club's opening. The Landlady was very enthusiastic.
Unfortunately the Coach House itself is now leased out to the adjacent oak furniture shop and not available for functions. The owners of the shop however are being very co-operative and have said that they would be quite happy for people to enter and look round the Coach House providing, of course, they respect the new furniture that is on display in there.
The bars in the pub have been opened out so together with a good garden plus the car park there will still be plenty of room to accommodate everyone anyway.
There is no objection to music etc in the pub and Hartley Morris Men are planning to dance in the car park.
It is still early days but you can now put it in your diaries; I have suggested Saturday lunchtime/afternoon as the reunion but if anyone wants to arrange anything further please let me know.
I will be making firmer arrangements with the pub/shop after Christmas once I have spoken to Skinners Rats and been able to gauge any feedback that this posting may (hopefully) generate.
Many of you may remember me as a fixture behind the bar during the 70's but I was not around during the 80's and I know that Farningham folkies will relate to various periods of the club's existence.
The Coach House has changed since my time but still evokes happy memories. If anyone has photos they can email me it would be appreciated so I can arrange for a nostalgia display.
Similarly, ideas and suggestions would be welcome especially how we can get the word round to everyone.