The annual village Easter Egg Hunt in and around the grounds of the village church and as far as the near side of the High Street as you look at the Church from the top end of the village pub car park – was thrown into chaos on Sunday as participants were clearly shown where the eggs had been hidden due to the placing of a number of small signs in the area.
The signs which appear to have appeared sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning, clearly pointed in the direction of the decorated eggs which are the ‘quarry’ in the village’s much-loved Easter Egg Hunt.
These eggs, which are brightly decorated with colours, shapes and lines are made by local school children and are then planted around the village in safe areas by some of the villages best known characters including the Mr Petersham, Mr Phelchurch and many others.
“It’s usually tremendous fun” said Mr Petersham, talking exclusively to WeLoveOurVillage “as many of the village children assemble at the Church early on Easter Sunday, many with their parents to get stuck in to a game of ‘egg hide and seek.’ Each time an egg is found a big cry goes up and the searching for the remaining eggs takes on a greater urgency – as the village tradition is that finding an egg brings great luck and fortune for the following twelve months. By the time we are searching for the last egg – the whole village is in a frenzy, it’s crazy. Villagers are running around, some with ripped clothing as a result of an ‘egg skuffle’ when a few people fight over an egg and many are ‘yelping’ and ‘crying out like wolves’. It’a bit like the ’Running of the Bulls’ they have in Pamplona – but with eggs. It’s such a shame it’s been spoiled’ concluded Mr Petersham. “It would be like someone cutting the legs off the bulls in Pamplona, so they couldn’t run. It defeats the whole point of it.”
The Easter Egg Hunt was spoiled when it became apparent, that once the Hunt had begun (on the sounding of the last church bell on Easter Sunday morning), that the eggs were being found all too quickly. And then it became apparent that a number of children were simpler following signs, pointing out where the eggs were held.
The signs looked like this:
A number of parents in the village were “angry” and “upset” that this time-honoured village tradition had been spoiled by someone or peoples unknown had taken it upon themselves to ‘remove the fun from the hunt’ as one bewildered but still angry parent put it.
A number of theories about who could have planted the Egg Hunt spoiling signs are currently circulating the village. One theory is that someone from the Town was jealous of the tradition and wanted to thwart it and planted the signs to do this, although it is not known how they would have known where the eggs were without having a lot of time to carry out a Recce of a large part of the village early on Easter Sunday morning. So, the fingers of suspicion have started to point to someone who knew where the eggs were and had access to sign making equipment.
The village policeman is due in the area next week and will be informed of developments.
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