Ambridge hero breaks world horn-blowing record
Huntsmen across the UK said they were ‘in awe’ of Ambridge resident Rob Titchener after he managed to blow his own horn for an entire week. ‘It wasn’t just that Rob won the horn-blowing competition at the Hunt Ball, and bagged the most birds at the Home Farm shoot,’ said one.
‘He also managed to take all the credit for the Bridge Farm shop, while appearing to heap praise on his wife Helen. He got the Borchester Echo to run a feature on his journey from Berrow Farm to family businessman, and pretended the journalist harassed him into it. (that rag will print anything. Ed). He booked a surprise private scan for Helen, which made his mother-in-law go all gooey but is really to check they’re having a son.
‘He claimed to have been offered the job at Greenbury Farm Services but turned it down to take care of Helen, when we’re pretty sure he never even went for the interview.
‘And you had to take your hat off to him at the Hunt Ball. He managed to get Jennifer tipsy and spill the beans about Adam’s fling with the fruit-picker, and sowed doubt in Justin Elliott’s mind about Charlie Thomas’s competence while bigging up his own performance.
‘Anyone who wants to try horn-blowing should take lessons from Rob. He’s a master.’
Calendar Girls director pulls off daring casting coup
Local impresario Lynda Snell promised ‘art reflecting life, reflecting art’ with her production of Calendar Girls, and she’s certainly achieved that with the controversial casting of Roy Tucker as John, the husband of leading lady Annie, played by Elizabeth Pargetter.
‘Just in case anyone didn’t know that Roy and Elizabeth had a real-life affair last year, they certainly will now!’ said Mrs Snell. ‘The chemistry between these two just fizzes. Who cares what people think? Art gives us the licence to rise above such petty concerns!’
‘Roy and I are grown-up enough to ignore any silly sniggering,’ said Mrs Pargetter. ‘Anyway, it’s a very small part, perfect for Roy – and I should know.’
‘Elizabeth certainly has nothing to be nervous about in the nude scene, if you know what I mean!’ said Mr Tucker. ‘And my character dies in Scene 3. Though my daughter Phoebe will probably kill me before then. Mortified. She’s got an interview at Oxford, did you know?’
• Mrs Snell and Jennifer Aldridge said this week they will not press charges for voyeurism after venture capitalist Justin Elliott gatecrashed a rehearsal for their nude photo shoot. ‘I only went into the barn to congratulate Mrs Aldridge on her sumptuous venison stew,’ said Mr Elliott. ‘As soon as I realised what was happening – after about half an hour or so – I revealed myself to the ladies and we all had a good laugh.’ (Can you check Justin’s PR is OK with this? Ed).
Social services in desperate housing crisis plea
Borsetshire’s social housing team said this week they were struggling to cope with a sudden peak in demand from families with special needs.
‘Obviously, we can’t name individual service users,’ said a spokesperson. ‘But our emergency housing team is being tested to the limit. One family, about to be thrown out of their temporary hotel accommodation, requires a care facility for a 94-year-old man with a bad back and farmer’s lung.
‘Our assessment also shows the family needs space for ferrets and a pony, and somewhere to slaughter and prepare several dozen turkeys.
‘We hate the thought of splitting a family up just before Christmas, but there may be no alternative. The old gentleman is putting a brave face on it, but honestly, this job breaks your heart sometimes.
‘We’d ask any readers of The Ambridge Observer who could offer this family somewhere to stay to contact us. For example, if you are a wealthy couple who are spending the winter in Italy, and need long-term house sitters for your sprawling farmhouse because you have recently been burgled, we’d love to hear from you.’
• Over to you, readers! Can you think of anyone who might fit the bill? Ed.
Special festive quiz
Christmas can be a tricky time of year, when the heady mix of parties, family and mulled cider often brings simmering tensions to the boil. So why not try our quick quiz to test your emotional intelligence, and pick up some tips for sailing serenely through the festive season?
1.Your wife seems unhappy and has booked herself on a solo trip to New Zealand. Do you:
a) book yourself a ticket and tell her she can’t go without you?
b) make her feel as loved and needed as you can before she goes?
c) confront her with your daughter and accuse her of making some kind of statement?
2. Your wife complains she is left out of decisions on the farm. When two of your cows fall sick, do you:
a) cancel her trip because you need her expertise?
b) promise to send her health updates on the herd every day?
c) treat the cows with your daughter and agree not to tell your wife?
3. You are concerned that you and your wife are drifting apart. Do you:
a) remind her that she would be nothing without you?
b) have a heart-to-heart and agree to work harder on your relationship?
c) confide in your mum, who tells you not to worry?
How did you answer?
You love your wife but are perhaps a little too controlling. Have you been taking advice from Rob Titchener?
You seem caring and considerate. Are you sure you belong in Ambridge?
You have the emotional intelligence of an ironing board. Are you David Archer?
Café offers seductive selection
Fallon Rogers and Emma Grundy this week unveiled the menu at The Ambridge Tea Room at Bridge Farm, which will be opening soon. ‘My partner Harrison has been a great inspiration,’ said Ms Rogers. ‘Although it’s completely untrue that we ‘christened’ the café like we did our new home at Woodbine Cottage. Rob just happened to see me trip over one of Tony Archer’s new tables, and Harrison fell on top of me, that’s all.’
The tearoom’s Naughty Winter Treats menu features:
• Cheeky Chelsea buns
• Kissmas cake
• Fondant fancies-you
• Rumpy-pumpy babas
• Hot, hot , hot chocolate with whipped cream
• Egg snog
(That’s enough winter treats. Feeling a bit queasy. Ed).