Founder members Cherry Willingham and Tumby Woodside of Technical Section of Royston Vasey W.I. show off in public that new cannon seen previously at a secret location. The gun is the Long Range Golfball Cannon the Guild has built. Cherry and Tumby have practised until they can fire a ball from the first tee at the golf course and land it within putting distance of the flag on the ninth. A new development is firing at a moving target. Guild member Tindink Van De Graaff, their WellyWanging expert, wangs a welly down the range and Tumby or Cherry fire golfballs at it. They have got up to a score of nine hits out of ten wangs. They are to demonstrate this skill at the South Pennine Game Fair held annually by `Lords of The Manor Association’. This year it is to be held at Vasey Castle home of Lord Vasey, President of the Association. Cherry and Tumby said they were looking forward to the event and hoped to meet some old friends of the missile launching fraternity.
Master Li and I have had the pleasure of Tumby Woodside’s company for the last few days while she and Master Li rebuilt her old Christmas Pudding Cannon into this long barrelled Swede or Mangle Wurzel Cannon. In its original form it was not too successful (See Below) but now it is an accurate long range weapon that should stand her in good stead in future competition.
Tumby is very popular with the regulars in The Mason’s Arms. She has taught them the words of `The Lincolnshire Poacher’( she was born and bred in Lincolnshire) while in turn she can now sing , with a very passable accent, `On Ilkla Moor baa’t at’ and `Pratty Flowers’ the Holmfirth Anthem.
As well as working on the cannon Tumby and Li have also devised some mods to the swedes they are going to fire that will improve their accuracy. They submitted a sample to the Vegetable Projectile Committee and it has been approved for use in competition.
For new readers this was the original Christmas Pudding firing pneumatic cannon made by Mrs Tumby Woodside. Tumby is such a keen enthusiast for Pneumatic Cannons she is known in the WI’s Technical Section as Pneumatic Tumby. The cannon has not had a deal of use apart from being used to distribute the Christmas Pudding at the Royston Vasey Old Folks treat, as its short barrel does not lend itself to accuracy, and some of the old folk got rather more pudding than they bargained for. Tumby was looking into the possibility of using it to fire confetti at weddings before Master Li offered to lengthen the barrel.
Tumby Woodside and her Christmas Pudding Cannon. Note the symmetrical pair of large pneumatic reservoirs..
Getting Tumby and the cannon back to her home up in Nether Vasey posed certain logistical problems with the van. The sharp eyed will note that Li has restored the numbers on the doors that were there when we collected it.
The Reciprocating Engineers Visit to The RedBrick Barn continued
Inside the Barn was our old mate, Tumby Woodside. She showed us her famous Christmas Pudding Cannon, not only that, Tumby had baked a large suet dumpling, the Christmas Pudding season being well over, especially for our visit. The Cannon’s air tanks were charged on the sheds air compressor and the dumpling rammed home. We carried the cannon outside and taking careful aim, Tumby fired it. The dumpling easily cleared the trees and landed in the River Colne, where the waterfowl that had survived its arrival made short work of it. A convincing demonstration. Tumby is going to bring the Cannon over to Li’s Shed shortly for Li to fit a long barrel on it suitable for shooting swedes and mangel wurzels. The plan to enter it that section in the Great Yorkshire Show. Note that very impressive pair of pneumatic reservoirs, Tumby is renowned for the size of her pneumatics.
Tumby was born and bred in Lincolnshire and is known throughout Royston Vasey as “yon Lincoln Imp”
Quote:-“Members of Chorley and South Ribble Knit and Natter Group have knitted and crocheted hundreds of clothes and blankets for charity over the past couple of years.
But recently they’ve been turning their skills to making the unusual creations - which are being used by new mums attending weekly drop-in sessions run by the Chorley and South Ribble branch of the Breastfeeding Network (BfN).”
I have been in touch with The Preston Ladies Mechanical Guild and they tell me that in co-operation with the Chorley and South Ribble Knit and Natter Group they are working on a Boob Cannon to be used in conjunction with the products of the Group for publicity purposes. First appearance at the Royal Chorley Show.
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ROYSTON VASEY NOTES AND NEWS
Master Li with Apostrophe Cannon.
There has been criticism of late of my apostrophes. I would point out to him that mine are Wild Yorkshire apostrophes, unpredictable and untamed. They come down off the moors in droves and leap into your sentences willy nilly. We used to keep them under control by hunting with a pack of Apostrophe Hounds but the Government hunting ban put paid to that. Now we have to keep them under some sort of control by the use of the Master Li designed Apostrophe Cannon. DEFRA’s been trying to get rid of them by gassing them in their burrows but they just block off the gas with full stops until the gasmen have gone away. We wait with the cannon until their heads pop out again then !!!!!!!!!
A fully functional brass cannon mounted on top a leather bracer
A while ago our Tiny Treasure expressed a desire to be 5’6” tall. After months of search I have found the answer in these boots. I’ve negotiated a deal to get the boots without the rest of the outfit if you like Dink, though it would come in for your Human Cannonball activities.
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Where Tindink leads sheep may safely
graze follow (into the canal)
This faux Edwardian cartoon appears in the latest issue of the Royston Vasey W.I. newsletter. It refers, of course, to the Christmas Pudding firing pneumatic cannon made by Mrs Tumby Woodside.
Tumby is such a keen enthusiast for Pneumatic Cannons she is known in the W.I. as Pneumatic Tumby. The cannon has not had a deal of use apart from being used to distribute the Christmas Pudding at this years Royston Vasey Old Folks treat, as its short barrel does not lend itself to accuracy.Some of the old folk got rather more pudding than they bargained for, in fact old Mrs Bagshaw unfortunately had her mouth open at the wrong time and was still chewing several hours afterwards.The United Church of the Foolish Virgins Brownie Pack helped scrape the pudding from the walls of the Church Hall.
Tumby is looking into the possibility of using it to fire confetti at weddings
Tumby Woodside and her Christmas Pudding Cannon.
Note the symmetrical pair of large pneumatic reservoirs.