Sibford Scene Archive

Sibford Scene 033 February 1980

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Full of beans in Burdrop

A close up of text on a white backgroundRob Evans of the Bishop Blaize plans to take on the world

in the first week of February. Not in the Winter Olympics, but in an attempt to beat the World Baked Bean Eating Record.

He has to better 2,380 beans, eaten separately on a cocktail stick, in 29 minutes 15 seconds. That is the equivalent of five large tins.

No-one would attempt that sort of bean feast without a very good reason, and here it is to raise money for Doctor Barnardo’s and the Mary Green Kidney Appeal. Any offers of sponsorship will be gladly received.

St Blaises's Day

… that February 3rd is the feast day of the martyr, Bishop Blaize, and that, in addition to his better known attributes, he has been invoked for centuries on behalf of those who are ill. There is still in existence an observance called the Blessing of St Blaize asking God’s protection against afflictions of the throat.

Doubtless, Rob Evans had this in mind when he chose this week in which to abuse his digestion!

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Rob Evans, Bishop Blaize

It will take a while, but we’re gradually building up this archive of complete copies of all editions of the Sibford Scene since its inception in 1977.

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