July 2022

Here is a round-up of the events at The Swan during July, 2022.

2nd July: Line Dancing

Independence Day 2022 was on a Monday but that was just an excuse in America to have a full weekend of festivities. At The Swan we decorated the place, got the Budweisser in, had an American themed BBQ, and got prepared to dance the night away.

Inside the pub was decorated
The Courtyard was festooned with bunting

Billed as a Hoe Down, this was a master class in American Line Dancing led by our caller, Jess. A number of the locals dressed up ans strutted their stuff out in The Courtyard. And when it started raining, that didn't stop the dancing as it simply moved into The Coach House. Yee Haa!

Line dancing training commences
Jess leading the line dancing
Some quizzical faces as people try to follow the leader
Not sure our cowboys and cowgirls are totally following this
Micky get involved to show how it is done
A look of confusion by one of the dancers
All ages got involved
In The Coach House with Josie showing how it is done

There were some short videos taken so you can see how well the dancers did.

13th July: Quiz Night

It was a bit warm as we were in the middle of a heatwave: temperatures were into the thirties during the day, mid-twenties at night. The Mushrooms won the quiz and the bar token, and The Dead Worthy Winners! won the Quiz Jackpot on the lucky draw. Congratulations to all.

A busy Courtyard
Drawing the Lucky Jackpot
Kacpot Winners: The Dead Worthy Winners!
Quiz Winners: The Mushrooms

16th July: Third Birthday Party

Okay, so our third birthday isn't actually to the the 20th, but that didn't deter us celebrating anyway. We had a special cake made by Josh (our chef), live music from Mark & Sherridan, and guest ales such as Marula Matata and Brill Gold. Being in the middle of a heatwave, proceedings were all outside in The Courtyard.

The birthday cake The cake out in The Courtyard
Micky and Connor Kids blowing out the candles, Mark and Sherridan looking on
Candles lit on the cake Not much of the cake left now

23rd July: Christmas in July

What better way to spend a 26 degree heat weekend in July than Christmas! On the 23rd and 24th, we celebrated the festive season with Mr Grinch and Father Christmas stopped by on the way to his summer holidays! James Brown performed 3 hours of live music and Elle cooked our now famous Christmas Dinner Yorkshire pudding wraps! Windsor's most bizarre weekend but all for a great cause! Thank you all for celebrating a weird weekend and supporting us!

The pub was decorated as if it really was Christmas. And there was a snow machine too!

Postbox for letters to Santa
Christmas tree and snow in The Courtyard
Reindeer in The Bar
Snowmen in The Bar

The Grinch came on the Saturday and played around.

The Grinch makes his arrival
The Grinch lying down on the job - it is tiring being a grinch
The Grinch walking away from the pub towards the roundabout
A baby doesn't look that phased by The Grinch
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The Grinch deep in conversation with some of the locals
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And Santa came on Sunday ... We think he enjoy the Christmas turkey wrappers from the BBQ as they were rather scrummy.

Christmas lunch
Santa with the kids
Santa in his summer attire of flip flops, shorts and Hawaian Short
Santa making a message out to the children

27th July: Quiz Night

This weeks quiz saw with first-timers The Wurzels coming out on top and carrying away the £25 bar tab prize. Not only that but team member Laurence also had the winning raffle ticket and bagged himself a free house spirit and mixer (and 6 straws) to celebrate. The raffle jackpot, being not won, rolls over to our next quiz night on Weds 10th.

The Wurzels

29th July: Coffee Morning

It was the last Friday of the month and it was time for another coffee morning, this time for our local charity chosen by the local community, Family Friends. It was Friday 29th July and another warm, sun day. The team from the Family Friends attended and brought cakes with them. And the local community came out and supported them.

The Family Friends
Sharing the word about their work
Friends enjoying cofffee and a chat inside The Pub
Group of supporters out in the sun
The Courtyard early on
Chatting was the order of the day
Inside another group

31st July: Mini-Market

A relatively overcast but warm day for the July mini-market in The Courtyard. Some of the usual stall holders were on holiday but that didn't stop it being busy as new ones came in (we hope they will become regulars). Business was brisk and stall holders overall happy with turnover. A good day then!

Cake stall
Honey stall
Craft stall
Craft stall
Second hand book stall
Fabric craft stall
Cocktail stall

And after the mini-market there was the Euro 2022 Women's Final which England won 2-1 against Germany.

Tension mounts during the football
We are winning!
It' Coming Home!
England have won

The Making of a Short Film at The Swan

Local filmmaker turns The Swan into the lair of criminal mastermind Sagittarius!

Way back in July 2022, the lair of a criminal mastermind, Sagittarius, was discovered three floors below The Swan! Fortunately, his wicked ways have been foiled and all is safe. For real? No, but the pub has been used once again as a film location, this time for a short horror film that will have its world premiere on Friday 13th January 2023 in an anthology feature film called “HorrorScopes”.

Title sequence from the movie Sagittarius.

When he is not busy setting fiendish quizzes for The Swan's regulars, or doing his actual day job, Martin Payne has another side line in acting, producing, and directing independent, low budget, short and feature length films. In late 2020, an opportunity came up for a short film that would fit a horoscope theme. Twelve directors each had a sign of the zodiac selected and were asked to create a horror short film for that star sign. Martin received Sagittarius and immediately thought that the pub could be put to good use as a location being so close to home. Martin says “with the star sign Sagittarius, it was clear that the horror element had to come from a centaur so I did some research and found out how nasty centaurs can be! Perfect fodder for a horror script!”.

Three actors, two standing, one sitting with closed curtains. Dark and gloomy.

Using Micky Foden-Andrews as the Location Manager was necessary for health, safety and security coverage in the pub and Martin's original idea was to set the main action in an upstairs room, but it was considered too difficult and unsafe. So, of course, the magic of the movies came into play – with the lead female character entering the pub on the ground floor and then heading down into the cellar before appearing to head downward three more floors. Of course, the cellar of the pub is only small and is as low as you can go (other than the tale of the tunnel leading to the church, of course) so the actor was filmed making her way down flights of stairs from the top floor and ending in The Coach House.

At night, an actress walking past the main gates at The Swan.

The Coach House was cleared of furniture and the pub stocks were used to ensure the criminal mastermind had a victim incarcerated and waiting to be rescued. Regulars of the pub may wonder why they didn't see any of this happening – and that is because the film shoot took place between 11pm and 4am!

Dark and forboding - just outside The Kitchen at The Swan.

Martin commented that “the first part of the film was actually shot in mine and Trudy's home, and it was a particular pleasure to welcome Pauline Peart to the project”. Pauline appeared in some Hammer House of Horror films in the 1960s and played a character in “Carry on Girls”. Other actors used in the film are current horror film actors Peter Tilley and Stacy Hart, both up and coming actors in the UK independent film making scene, whilst Martin ensured he stayed off screen and directing behind the camera. After completing the first part of the shoot during the day, the cast and crew headed to the Swan to await last orders before swinging into action. Did Martin achieve his aim of having a centaur on screen? Watch and see!

The pictures from the security cameras shown on a TV inside the main bar at The Swan.

The film produced needed to be only 8 minutes long, and that is the version that will be premiered in the genre film festival, Horror on Sea, taking place in January in Southend on Sea. However, there is a longer version available and that is the version that has been made available to the Friends of the Swan. Of course, no damage was done to the Swan pub, Micky or the cast and crew – although a number of donuts were harmed in the making of the film!

TActress ready to strike - is that a gun in her hand?

Definite thanks are owed to Micky and David, for staying after hours, and to the CIC for allowing the location to be used. With the Swan having become an Irish cottage from the 18th century, to a criminal lair in the 21st century, what might it become next?

Semi-naked man with crossbow pointed directly as us.

There's a link to the short film below; the password when prompted is 'FOTS' (for Friends of The Swan). Please note: with scenes of violence and male topless nudity the film is self-rated as 'mature'.

July Newsletters

Although our news page has all the newsletters, we thought it might be easier to access this month's ones from here.

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