Buckenham’s Bush Tucker Treats and Trials, Lord Buckenham’s Armada Challenge

A weekend of outdoor activities in beautiful sunshine included eating fresh produce outside that had been cooked in a pit oven. Yes, the salmon was tender and the lamb delightful! All ate well before running around the grounds burning off the necessary calories before ice creams and marshmallows were consumed with great hilarity and a lot of laughs were had around the warming campfire as the late evening sun turned crimson over the horizon.

The boys and girls woke to the smells of warm bacon and wrapped up in their PJs and dressing gowns they calmly consumed their delightful full English breakfasts. The rest of the morning saw “The Battle of the ARMADAS” as the boarders were challenged to craft and design their vessels before sailing them across the channel. The scene was set as the mighty galleons commanded by able and experienced commanders to unleash their force. The tall ships faired best to start with, however it was, as in the past, the lighter vessel with the gaff rigging that won the day as the Grand Duke made an auspicious right turn before the finish line and ended up facing the concrete wall at the edge of the channel. The Spanish commander, Diego and his trusty helmsman, Bash used their superior tactics of ‘sailing straight’ to rewrite the history books as they prevailed with the wind to win the day.

In the afternoon the children attended the Confirmation service at Thorpe Morieux conducted by The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Honorary Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The was occasion was very special and congratulations must go to Ben Perry, Oliver Stanton and Javier Aragon who were confirmed. Afterwards parents joined the candidates for a special Confirmation tea back at OBH. The rest of the boarders enjoyed a picnic tea which was demolished very quickly before more fun and frolics in the pool were enjoyed by all.


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