Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Posted on 13/05/2018 By

Teddy bears' Picnic: Here they come...

Welcome to the 2018 Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The sun will shine and we shall have fun.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: 7 May 12-4pm.

7 May 12-4pm.

And we certainly did enjoy the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. On a glorious May Bank Holiday Monday, the cricket field at Abinger Hammer in Surrey became a sea of colour, picnics and teddy bears. The River Tillingbourne flows right through the middle. Just a few inches deep, it is the ultimate “catch a stickleback and put it back” stream. Amazingly, with so many human beings invading their habitat, there were lots of sticklebacks, and other tiny fish, in jam jars and buckets.

Abinger Hammer is named in honour of the iron industry that once graced the valleys nearby. The clock tower showing Jack the Blacksmith who whacks his bell on the hour.

The Picnic is held to raise funds for two schools. Surrey Hills Primary School, where Bobby’s granddaughter Kyla May is a pupil, and Peaslake Free School.

So hold onto your hats, slap on the suntan cream and we are off to the Teddy Bears Picnic.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: The Iron of the Tie, grr...

The Iron of the Tie, grr…

“But first get that iron out, Bobby, and smarten up me bow tie. In situ, since it got wedged and I am not taking me head off for anyone.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: And Bobby 2 came too.

And Bobby 2 came too.

Tedd Bears' Picnic: Here's the green. Not many here yet. Get in the shade for the day.

Here’s the green. Not many here yet. Get in the shade for the day.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: And here they come.

And here they come.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Here’s Kai. Bobby’s newest grandson. Brother to Sonny and Kyla May.

Here’s Kai. Bobby’s newest grandson. Brother to Sonny and Kyla May.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Ere! Mind me conk young lad.”

“Ere! Mind me conk young lad.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Corrr. The crowds are arriving.”

“Corrr. The crowds are arriving.”

Teddy Bers' Picnic: Here’s Cody. Friend to the grandchildren.

Here’s Cody. Friend to the grandchildren.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Wouldn't fancy being a stickleback today!”

“Wouldn’t fancy being a stickleback today!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: "Look up that hill! How did those cars get there?"

“Look up that hill! How did those cars get there?”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Just nipped over to see the clock for you punters!"

“Just nipped over to see the clock for you punters!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Closer… Over twenty minutes to the next boinnnnngggggg.”

“Closer… Over twenty minutes to the next boinnnnngggggg.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Does everyone realise how famous I am? They will when they read the programme!”

“Does everyone realise how famous I am? They will when they read the programme!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: "At least the view is better than real sumo wrestlers."

“At least the view is better than real sumo wrestlers.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Blimey. I could do with an ice-cream.”

“Blimey. I could do with an ice-cream.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Gawd! He’s like a big powder puff!”

“Gawd! He’s like a big powder puff!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “You’re sweet. But is that your name, or your owners?”

“You’re sweet. But is that your name, or your owners?”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “A little bear told me your name Miss Hedgehog. And I have lost it. Was it Auros?”

“A little bear told me your name Miss Hedgehog. And I have lost it. Was it Auros?”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Why are we waiting? We are vegetating? Hurry up mate. Get on wiv it!”

“Why are we waiting? We are vegetating? Hurry up mate. Get on wiv it!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “'THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT. THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT'. YOU NASTY GIT, PUNCH. FANCY BASHING JUDY WITH A STICK. THAT CROCODILE WILL GET YOU. HE ALWAYS DOES.“

“’THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT. THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT’. YOU NASTY GIT, PUNCH. FANCY BASHING JUDY WITH A STICK. THAT CROCODILE WILL GET YOU. HE ALWAYS DOES.“

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “'HE’S BEHIND YOU. HE’S BEHIND YOU'. BASH@#$#%^. “Serves you bleedin right!”

“’HE’S BEHIND YOU. HE’S BEHIND YOU’. BASH@#$#%^. “Serves you bleedin right!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Blimey. It's like Brighton Beach on a Bank Holiday. It is Bank Holiday! But it's not bleedin Brighton, is it...”

“Blimey. It’s like Brighton Beach on a Bank Holiday. It is Bank Holiday! But it’s not bleedin Brighton, is it…”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “You’re nice! So are you”. What's that bear doing?” Ezme and Kyla couldn't decide on faceprinting and chose a mirror image.

“You’re nice! So are you”. What’s that bear doing?” Ezme and Kyla couldn’t decide on faceprinting and chose a mirror image.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Isn't she lovely. Isn't she wonderful. Isn't she precious?”

“Isn’t she lovely.
Isn’t she wonderful.
Isn’t she precious?”

“… Gorrr pass the sick bucket”

Love you, Kyla May!

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Any moment… any moment... any moment...”

“Any moment… any moment… any moment…”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: And it's the DUCK RACE!

And it’s the DUCK RACE!

Teddy bears' Picnic: Here they come...

Here they come…

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “There they go. Weird ducks. Only two were floating the right way up. The rest were showing off their numbers!”

“There they go. Weird ducks. Only two were floating the right way up. The rest were showing off their numbers!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Who won?” “Gawd knows, mate. All looked the same to me.”

“Who won?” “Gawd knows, mate. All looked the same to me.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: "Corrr. Under offer? For what?"

“Corrr. Under offer? For what?”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Bang, crash , WALLOP. Missed!

Bang, crash , WALLOP. Missed!

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “How many kinds of sweet flowers grow In an English country garden?’ la di da.

“How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?’ la di da.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Competition Time.” “Yes! What have we gone in for? WHHATTT? Most like owner. You must be bleedin joking.“

“Competition Time.” “Yes! What have we gone in for? WHHATTT?
Most like owner. You must be bleedin joking.“

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Best loved.

Best loved.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Best dressed.

Best dressed.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Most colourful, maybe?

Most colourful, maybe?

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Ooohhh... I like you. What are you doing later?” “Ballet.”

“Ooohhh… I like you. What are you doing later?” “Ballet.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: “Bit ‘ot for that gear!”

“Bit ‘ot for that gear!”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: "Ere we go. Ere we go. Ere we go.”

“Ere we go. Ere we go. Ere we go.”

Teddy Bears' Picnic: "‘Ow about a quiz mate?”

“‘Ow about a quiz mate?”

“Nah. I fancy a bit of Elvis. How about this? Right oh, cock.”

“Are you saving the best to last? Well yes. For the second year running, I have written a story for the programme. Really proud, mate…”

Teddy Bears' Picnic:

And so, as the sun started dipped, all the happy people, with their teddy bears, started going home. Unlike some events, there was very little litter and that was cleared up by everyone. But, like Glastonbury, some things had suddenly become surplus.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Leftovers...

Leftovers…

So, as we look forward to next year’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic, we look at how sad life can be even for a CB radio teddy bear. Remember them? Get your tissues ready.

PS

Teddy Bears' Picnic: This coming week is Mental Health Week.

This coming week is Mental Health Week.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Diddley loved the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Her picnics were miles better than Bobby’s. Her bench is close by and young Kyla May lit the candle to remember our lovely lady.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: Lighting a Candle for Diddley - Kyla May.

Kyla May at Diddley’s Bench.

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Teddy Bears' Picnic


  1. Bernard says:

    Did anyone ask for Bertie’s autograph !!!

  2. kath says:

    Love it! Love Abinger Hammer, and love the pictures of Bertie meeting so many other bears, and happy children…

  3. Kristian Paxton says:

    looks like he had a blast on that slide with his new friends XD

  4. […] fun and laughter of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was wonderful. But a quiet and pensive mood has its devotees as well. A time to think about life […]

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