CALEDONIAN CAR RALLY
It was on Sunday 25th June at 2 p.m that a group of adventurous Caledonians met at Weekly village hall for the start of our car rally. There were six teams of three or four people, each with a designated “get away” driver. There was much anticipation and straining at the leash as we waited eagerly for Alex to give us our instruction sheets. Engines were revving and car drivers were giving each other furtive glances. Then we read the large print on our instructions THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!! and calmed down a bit. As it turned out we were to start by walking round the village of Weekly and after finding answers to the clues there, we proceeded to the next place by car. The first set of clues took us through this lovely village down to the village green and everyone found the answers easily. Then it was off to the next venue by car.
After unscrambling the anagram it turned out to be Geddington. There are two entrances into Geddington so we had to follow the instructions carefully and enter by the top road which took us past the White Lion pub and to the bridge and ford. We also had to look out for numbers on posts and tree trunks which when lined up, would reveal a significant Caledonian date. We also had to identify the famous England batsman who lives in Geddington. With a little help from the cricket club we soon found out it was David Steele, a truly great player. The most tricky clue was to find out where Father Christmas was to be found, but to no avail. He turned out to be an ornament on a cottage window sill.
Then it was off to a place which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Our clue was “some hard working under the trees” and revealed the quaint village of Grafton Underwood. We carefully counted the bridges over the Alledge Brook, peered inside the red phone box and found the ancient plaque which states that the village was actually called Graston Underwood (the “S” used to look like an "F") With befuddled brains we unravelled the final clue. TLLEWYW Eh?? So it was left at the sign post, across the bridge beside the ford and on to the wonders of the next rural idyll The village is very close by and was also mentioned in the Domesday Book as Twowelles. We found the Toll house where money used to exchange hands, to allow travellers to continue on the road to Thrapston. This was watched over by Robin’s friend. The Old Friar (pub).
Finally it was back for the finale tea cake and picnic. Once we were all refreshed Alex gave us the answers to all the clues. Heather and her team Andy and Jordan were the outright winners and received the prize. All other teams were congratulated for their stamina and perseverance. We finished with the raffle and then it was to our cars and homeward bound. The was a well attended event and enjoyed by all.
Many thanks to Alex, Ken and Marion for touring the villages seeking clues for our questions and we must not forget John who had tea and cakes waiting for us on our return