Worthy Farm AKA Glasto ‘off duty’


Part 2 of my Diary for Saturday 2nd September 2017.

shopping for the weekend, one of the residents at the farm. If you magnify the picture and look on the right side you can see the still see remnants of the Pyramid stage

For many years now I have had a great respect for the Glastonbury brand and it was quite a shock, albeit a nice one, to see that this place is actually a working farm with real live animals and all that goes with it. How they manage to put all this aside and accommodate 200,000 people is a mystery to me.

I reckon your first visit to the Glastonbury Festival is just about enough to get used to the size of the place. Use Cntl and + to magnify.

No wonder it takes so long to get from one stage to another. Allow 30-40 minutes they say.

the all seeing eye is there
one of the many entrances
so this is a working farm
there is only one Michael – plenty of space for his car

We took off and drove through what was the middle of the Festival but few signs that anything had ever disturbed nature.

A ford – tinkling sound of water and peaceful as you like.
The vibe has spread to neighbouring farms

We visited the village of Pilton which is in a small valley. If you drive along the main road it’s a question of if you blink you will miss it. There is a public house and a church and a very decent size church hall so there is money around. We parked and followed the sign to ‘Tithe barn’,

They must have expected many tithes if the size of the building is anything to go by

and what a splendid building it is. The hand of Michael Eavis has contributed to it being in the splendid condition that it is in as you will see.

spacious and dry as a bone
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The farm was built in the early 14th century but in 1963, lightening struck the barn and started a fire which completely destroyed the roof. Michael wanted the barn restored, and have the opportunity to buy it and some surrounding land. He gave the building to a trust who commenced renovation as you can see.

a very wonderful and peaceful atmosphere conducive to prayer

we then have a look round the local church, St John’s. It was instructive to look at the visitors book.

four visitors four countries
clearly, a country church
not often that you see a wood carving of people playing musical instruments. I wonder what inspired that
one of the best ways of finding out about what is going on in a place and therefore whether it would be interesting to move to is the noticeboard. There are classes in  Pilates, tai chi, yoga     Use Ctrl and + to read.
finally, I absolutely love plays on words. Well done whoever thought of that one






Pilton has a surprise – Glasto off season


Thursday 1 September 1664

A sad rainy night, up and to the office, where busy all the morning. At noon to the ‘Change and thence brought Mr. Pierce, the Surgeon, and Creed, and dined very merry and handsomely; but my wife not being well of those she not with us; and we cut up the great cake Moorcocke lately sent us, which is very good. They gone I to my office, and there very busy till late at night, and so home to supper and to bed.

I know how Pepys feels being too tired to write his diary but fortunately I have fewer statutory duties and thus more time.

the penny drops

The summer/Autumn Festival season is still with us so off to the Village of Pilton. ….. <later>…   I had failed to make the connection but Pilton is right next to Worthy Farm, owned by Michael Eavis of Glastonbury fame. I saw the little notice and everything clicked.

a lovely start to the event on a warm day, acres of parking free of charge

I saw this as a good chance to snoop around and see what I could see off-season. However, the reason for setting sail was to see the 2017 Pilton show. I shall not dwell on this for long  but include the usual pictures. I found the whole thing a little bit scruffy. Apart from usual tenpin bowling, the facepainting, the marmalade and cake stands, there were about 7 stalls devoted to selling what I can politely call  second-hand material. Piles of old books, DVDs, lots of pink toys for children,  plus a  bouncy castle of sorts. A country and western band were playing. There were competitions in the arena and there was a very large marquee where they were serving beer and cider, tea and cakes, and showing quite a considerable number of competition classes in the creative arts and grown food items. I took some very tempting cake and tea but for some reason the cake repeated on me about an hour later.

I don’t know what they put into it, it just needs one chemical of the wrong sort and my system says ‘no thank you’. I think there would have been more features but the previous organiser of the show, Hugh Berry, had died this last April  and is probably set back the whole thing. When we left at about 4 PM there were plenty of people there and they were having a good time so it is what it is.  Pilton is a very small village with a population of about 1000 so they have actually done  pretty well in my view. In the evening there will be a hog roast and a barn dance.

Due to the state of my big toe, which is rather inflamed, I did not particularly want to hang about for three hours so we left. They say it takes about 3-4 days for the antibiotic to work through so we are two days in now from 5 pm Thursday. I feel groggy but have been warned to stay the course with the medication.

not a bad crowd, about 400 people I would say
scruffy laid out stand, car boot type items
not quite sure why they were selling woollen hats in summer
A joyous celebration of seniority. Dignity and a good spirit. This work stood out above the others
very fine onions
and a basket of vegetables all grown on the allotment
A rather balanced set piece
many entries from local schools well done kids

The second part of this diary will consist of my observations of Worthy Farm admittedly from outside the perimeter. I don’t think anyone would have minded but I felt to go round without asking would be intruding.

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