The Beer Delivery

“I see you’ve decided to be healthy today.” John said as Robert cycled up to the Hangman’s Noose with a trailer filled with crates of Throckmorton Ale behind him. “Indeed,” Robert said, getting off his bike and moving to the trailer on the back. “I want to only use the car when I really needContinue reading “The Beer Delivery”

The Pastoral Visit

It was a reasonably pleasant late September afternoon; and the Reverend Simon Abernathy was bored. He’d written his next sermon, he’d planned the whole service even. He’d done everything he needed to do and then some. So now he had nothing to do. He was driving through the wooded lane leading out of Lower StranglingContinue reading “The Pastoral Visit”

The Vicar’s Holiday

“I have missed this,” the Reverend Simon Abernathy said to himself as he sat on a rock next to Lindisfarne Castle overlooking the most beautiful sunset he had ever seen, as the nearby Seals began to sing. Simon had not set foot on Holy Island in over thirty years, but had longed to return. ThisContinue reading “The Vicar’s Holiday”

The Vicar’s Barbecue

“So, do you miss Fred from time to time?” Robert Sherman asked Noah Campbell, the CEO of Banana Technologies and one of the richest men in England who had decided to come to the vicarage barbecue in Lower Strangling as one of his employees lived there. “Who?” Noah asked. “Berenstain,” Robert said. Noah sighed angrily.Continue reading “The Vicar’s Barbecue”

Success at the Lower Strangling Village Fete

“Well, everything seems to be going to plan,” Simon said to John as they observed the crowds of happy visitors looking at the different stalls on offer in the St Gerald the Damned churchyard. “Yes, it’s almost as if the pandemic never happened,” John said. “Indeed,” Simon replied. The Lower Strangling Village Fete had beenContinue reading “Success at the Lower Strangling Village Fete”

Dave Peterson and the Two Eurovision parties

Like most people, Dave Peterson liked to keep his work and personal lives as separate as possible. The only time in the year where that was virtually impossible was the Lower Strangling Village Fete; where he promoted Banana and their electronic devices, occasionally alongside his work colleague Liam. But this year, Dave decided do toContinue reading “Dave Peterson and the Two Eurovision parties”

Back In the Noose

When John Granger finally returned to his natural habitat; behind the bar of the Hangman’s Noose, Lower Strangling’s signature pub, he was a lot more worried than he thought he’d be. The thought of the new pervasive variant of COVID found in India that was rapidly spreading through England was at the front of hisContinue reading “Back In the Noose”

Chaos at the Lower Strangling Village Hustings

It was a rainy Tuesday evening, and the residents of Lower Strangling gathered in the Village Hall for what was without a doubt the worst evening of the year; the Lower Strangling Hustings. Every election, no matter how big or small, Lower Strangling invited the candidate from each major party to address potential voters. ButContinue reading “Chaos at the Lower Strangling Village Hustings”

The Vegan Pagan’s Birthday BBQ

“Now then. That one’s for meat, the other is for vegan food.” John said to his vegan daughter, Adele, whilst showing her the two barbecues in front of them. “Do you have to have two barbecues?” Adele asked her omnivorous father, “I’m sure no one would mind eating vegan food for one meal. It’s notContinue reading “The Vegan Pagan’s Birthday BBQ”

The Al Fresco Fiasco

“Well, it’s all good to go,” John said as he observed the tables and chairs laid out in the Hangman’s Noose’s beer garden, ready for when the first visitors arrive. “Are you sure about Philip over there?” Simon asked John whilst looking at the large portrait of the recently deceased Duke of Edinburgh displayed onContinue reading “The Al Fresco Fiasco”