Hello there. Many people think that the Grunty Fen General Stores have been here for ever! But before my sister and I took over the little post office Grunty Fen was visited by characters such as this gentleman who would deliver and sell all matters of comestibles. Everything from cement to elastic for under-clothing. Just you read the chapter on Old Rep in Christopher South’s latest book.
Just to let you know that if you are in Soham you can now purchase Chris South’s book Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen from Soham Books. Two of the nicest people you can meet work in that shop; Richard and Joy. Such a lovely little town too.
We are all very pleased at Grunty Fen to hear that Dennis’s shop is now able to supply the Best Of Dennis Vol 5 on CD or a digital download. This is a collection of Dennis episodes originally released on cassette tapes.
To quote Mr South “This compilation features a wide variety of subjects involving mince, custard and gravy, army life, tortoises, the mysterious spirituality of the hadnabinfers, strange offerings in supermarkets, Gran’s bloomers, budgie cages and the light harvest festival. ”
Dennis spoke on several occasions about the hadnabinfer problem but I’m no closer to an understanding. Listen to Volume 5 yourself and then perhaps you can explain it to me.
This rather racy young lady is Noreen Coldwick who was was once elected Queen of the Carrot Scrubbing Sheds. Her title (if you can believe what Christopher South says in “Customs”) was “Miss Scrubber”.
If you ask me this shows the kind of behaviour that wouldn’t be tolerated in my day. Smoking in a carrot shed indeed!
Grunty Fennery and Mr South are delighted to announce that :
The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen
is now available. This is the third book in the series written by Christopher South and is even more enjoyable than the previous two.
The nice young person, Annabel, at Burrows bookshop in Ely was the first to stock Customs closely followed by Toppings. In Cambridge that lovely little bookshop, David’s, is your shop to visit for a copy.
Meanwhile, those lucky people that live in lovely Saffron Walden will be able to buy Customs locally; both the Tourist Information Centre and Harts Books now have stock.
And of course you can buy direct from Dennis’ shop:
My nervous sister Miss Edna and I are thrilled to tell you that Mr South has finally written the third book in his series about Grunty Fen! Called The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen it’scurrently being looked at for spelling and will be available this autumn. I’m told that the book will indeed, using numerous pictures and words, describe the customs and folklore of Grunty Fen.
I’m particularly looking forward to the description of some of our local dances – “Celery Nellie” being a favourite of my youth and illustrated here (photo from Mr South’s latest book). I was not present on this particular occasion due to stocktaking.
We’re just giving you fair warning about the book at the moment – we’ll let you know once it’s published. Keep your eyes peeled!
Grunty Fen Post Office and General Stores
We’re delighted to announce that there are now two more Dennis albums newly released in our shop!
The Best of Dennis Volume 2 is about how it took a week to thread a needle, Gran’s picnic, the creepy crawly cruet, mudmogs, Dennis’s letter from The Queen and a film star stuck in a drain.
The Best of Dennis Volume 3 is about the time Mr South got stuck in the privy, S-shaped rhubarb, Dennis’s Chinese dinner, taking Little Hayley to play in a music festival in Cambridge, and wart charming. Plus there are four songs to delight you: The Rhubarb March, Olly’s Spot, Queen Adelaide Waltz and Bird Song.
A must for all Dennis fans!
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All of us here at Grunty Fennery support local businesses where we can, and today we’d like to thank Maureen and Tom O’Connell for selling both Who’s Who in Grunty Fen and The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen for us.
They’re pictured (above) outside their fabulous shop Just Cards and Thorntons on Bridge Street in St Ives. It’s well worth a visit because they have not just cards and books, but a whole host of gifts and a mouthwatering selection of chocolates as well! You can visit their website here.
If you’re in St Ives and you know someone who’d appreciate Mr South’s books, Maureen and Tom will be glad to help you!
Miss Edwards tell me tha’ there were a lot of folk talkin’ ’bout me at Burwell Museum on Sunday. Thank ye vaar much for goin’ along an’ listenin’ to Mr South an’ fer buyin’ some stuff from Miss Edwards’s stall. Much appreciated.