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Remember you can read about our earlier year's activities in our previous year's diaries here: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

2020/2021 News:

- 2020

Our year in 2020 got off to a fine start with an evening at the Kennet Ale on 15th February - but then the dancing stopped and the lockdowns began.....

Apart from an occasional socially distanced pub meet when restrictions permitted, and a splendid summer picnic in Wallingford during what would have been the Bunkfest weekend, the team only met weekly for practices via Zoom. We did manage though to put together two documentaries during the year, thanks to lots of contributions from the team and particularly thanks to the brilliant Ben Potton for the time, effort, imagination and editing skills needed to make them happen.  The first, filmed during the summer, and in which the team chatted about how they were finding lockdown, and reminisced about bygone times, is available on YouTube here - BB in Lockdown. The second, a replacement for our traditional November Bunfight ceilidh and end of year celebrations, is here -  BB in Lockdown - 2!

That leaves us all looking forward to meeting again some time in 2021 - but meanwhile here's a look back at our fabulous year in 2019!

- 2021

It was Zoom practices again for the early part of the year, but from April onwards the team were able to meet outdoors for some Sunday practices in the Scout Hut car park, and from July onwards some Thursday evening practices in the car park of St. James Church, Finchampstead. While great to be physically back together, everyone was careful to remain socially distanced and dances were adapted to be suitably covid friendly to avoid any close proximity, stick clashing etc. Nevertheless a considerable improvement from dancing round our kitchens avoiding light fittings.

Then on 15th August an actual event! - low key it may have been, but at last an excuse to ease ourselves back into breeches which had inexplicably shrunk in the intervening 18 months. Tom was hosting several of Fools Gambit over the weekend at his house in Bracknell, and arranged an afternoon danceout together at the Stag and Hounds in Binfield. And so, in front of a small audience consisting mainly of friends, relations, and a couple of babies who definitely weren't around before lockdown, BB were back! Some of the dances were adapted for the new prevailing circumstances, including a debut for 'Tossy Jockey' - normally a stick throwing dance across set, now adapted for solo stick twirling - and some dances avoided altogether, but it was still great to be out in kit again, 18 months to the day since the 2020 Kennet Ale.  

 

Meanwhile reports from earlier years are also available -  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
You can also see pictures of all events in the various Picture Galleries

 

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