Posts tagged ‘Castle’

July 14, 2012

Shakespeare @ the castle

by 3arn0wl

The Shakespeare Amateur Dramatics Society are delighted to present a series of four plays:

The comedy of errors

Much ado about nothing

Romeo & Juliet


All’s well that ends well

Bring a rug, a picnic and a bottle of Lord Rupert’s finest,  and enjoy some Shakespeare in the grounds of the Castle this Summer.

June 14, 2012

Hugh goes there?

by 3arn0wl

The History Department @ Poppleton High had decided to stage a re-enactment of one of the crucial moments in the English Civil War The Battle of Poppleton – the siege and subsequent taking of the Keep.

It wasn’t how the Sealed Knot would’ve done it though:

  • not because they’d ‘updated’ it to a Laser Quest;
  • nor that the re-enactment by the students of Poppleton High bore little resemblance to what had actually taken place there;
  • it was more that Ivy Newbrush had insisted that the students wear high visibility vests over their camouflage uniforms – ‘for elfin safety reasons’.

Good job there were no breeches, or there might’ve been a real revolution!

December 16, 2011

see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

by 3arn0wl

Paul King would often take a turn around the Castle bailey after work: he found the majesty of the ruins inspiring. He liked to stand and watch the boats go up and down the Burbling and he liked to go over the events of the day in his head.

Today was special though! They were switching on the laser display: sharply focussed beams of light blazing from the keep’s arrow slits, up into the sky and down onto Poppleton.

He was slightly perturbed to see Inspector Force and Sgt. John Constable there, doing a thorough search of the grounds. Apparently they were looking for a missing boy. He was obviously keen to help, and did so until they met Grace Merryweather, who was returning the kisby ring to its container.

October 2, 2011

A surprise or two

by 3arn0wl

When he awoke the following morning, Antonín Biskup found himself in an aeroplane, attired in tie and tails, complete with a parachute on his back. It seems his friends had organised a little surprise for him after all. :/

The ceremony was scheduled for 3 o’clock, in the ruined Norman church of the castle, overlooking the Burbling, on what turned out to be a glorious ‘Indian Summer’ day.

The lads parachuted into the bailey, just as the girls arrived in the Stage Coach engaged from the Dew Drop Inn beautifully arrayed in their cocktail dresses and fascinators.

A string quartet played Dvořák.

They both, publicly, agreed ‘they did’.

And then Antonín surprised her with the beautifully hand-crafted plaited rings.

After which they all took a decadent afternoon tea on a launch on the Burbling.

September 10, 2011

Death by drowning

by 3arn0wl

The police were called to Poppleton castle last night.

Inspector Force and Sergeant John Constable came screeching along in their panda car to find the body of Angela Anyould, of Little Sniffy, drowned in the Burbling.

Local gossip, Noel Tall, has it that she was pregnant by Chorley paramedic, Rex Unwin, and killed herself – unable to face her father, Walter, with the truth.  But her body was bruised, so perhaps there’d been a struggle and she’d been held under the water?

Was Unwin a murderer?  He’d certainly agreed to meet Angela by the river, at her request, but he denied killing his lover, the mother-to-be of his child.

However, Noel Tall proffered another tit-bit of gossip – that arch rival, Poppleton fireman Mike West, who rents a room at Widow Bartlett’s, also had the hots for the victim.  Could he be the murderer?

The police were certainly scratching their heads with the mystery,  until young Grace Merryweather ( aged 8 ) passed over a note with the solution written on it. It seems that she’d just finished reading Death by drowning by Agatha Christie, and  knew the answer to the Murder Mystery.

[No actors were murdered in the performance of this mystery.  In fact, they all went down to the Dew Drop Inn afterwards.]