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BONFIRE NIGHT 2017 – STAYING SAFE

As the 2017 BFN season starts to gather momentum, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some information to help to keep you, your family and pets safe and well.

Here at Epic, we are passionate about using pyrotechnics safely and not to the detriment of the local elderly, a beloved pet or indeed the local wildlife. It would be great if everyone could escape injury
all the time but accidents whether caused by a mishap or sheer foolishness there may be some minor burns to deal with.

Any display which includes fireworks and sparklers, whether it’s a few people at your property or indeed a sizeable crowd, should always have a water source close by. This should include a couple
of buckets of water and a hosepipe which is primed and ready to rock and roll. If someone suffers a burn, it is imperative to take immediate steps to treat the patient to avoid unnecessary pain and
suffering. Begin by running cool clean water over the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes. Follow this treatment by placing a clean damp towel over the burn and seeking medical assistance.

Next on the list; Pets. Now whether this includes your huge German Shepherd or a tiny little Bichon Frise, any animal can react badly to the loud noise, screeches, and whistles created by fireworks.
Data shows that an estimated 45% of all dogs will show signs of fear throughout BFN. However, if you take a few easy and well-timed steps you will reduce your pet’s anxiety making the situation a
great deal less worrying.

1. Hiding place – make sure your pet has somewhere they can hide throughout the BFN season. A cupboard, under the table or another item of furniture, is ideal. Just remember that if your pet has decided to hide out under the table containing your best lead crystal,
make sure to move it to avoid breakages.

2. Walkies – Make sure you walk your pet during daylight hours as this will avoid the additional worry of perhaps being out when the displays begin.

3. Dull the noise – Close curtains, turn the radio or TV on to lessen the noise.

4. Please be sure that your pet is microchipped just on the off chance that they escape so they can be reunited with you.

5. Outdoor pets – Cover small outdoor pet cages with carpet or a cover which will help to dull the noise and put additional bedding in with your rabbit or guinea pig which again will reduce stress.

6. A bonfire just looks like an ideal home exhibition to a small animal so we recommend that you collect all the materials for the Bonfire in a separate place to where it is to be lit so that any ‘visitors’ can escape to safety. Immediately before lighting, we also recommend you go around and prod around the base of the fire again to remove any hedgehogs etc.

Above all, stay safe and enjoy the fireworks safely and keep in mind the animals that need to be taken care of. Have a fantastic BFN and if you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Who Was Guy Fawkes

On the eve of May 20th 1604 five men met at the ‘Duck and Drake Inn’ this was to be the first of many meetings to plan what some consider could have been the biggest terror attack England has ever seen, The Gunpowder Plot. John Wright, Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Guido (Guy) Fawkes and their leader Robert Catesby were the five main conspirators of the gunpowder plot, although later on in a confession made by Thomas Wintour it was found that a total of thirteen men had conspired to blow up the House of Lords, these five men were at the heart of the plot.

Come Back Guy Fawkes

So why did they plan to blow up the King and how did Catesby get a group of men to follow such a traitorous plan? Well, in February 1604 Protestant King James I ordered all Catholic priests to leave the country.  Catesby, his cousin Thomas Wintour and John Wright were not happy with this and plotted to kill the King and replace him with his daughter, Princess Elizabeth. However, they did not have enough support to take down the King so Catesby sent his cousin Wintour to Spain to ask for their help. Although Spain and England had been bitter enemies, Spain wanted peace with England and refused to help but while out in Spain Wintour was introduced to Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes was at this point fighting for the Spanish army in Flanders. Fawkes was a British national but hated the Scottish and detested King James’s plan to unify the countries. Wintour was interested in Fawkes because of his knowledge and expertise in explosives so explained his plan to assassinate the King. Fawkes was onboard and the two sailed back to England to continue their plotting. This takes us to the meeting at the Duck and Drake Inn on Sunday 20th May 1604.

guy fawkes inn...

Through family connections Thomas Percy managed to secure a position in the Royal Bodyguard, this meant the men now had an insider as well as a house not far from Parliament. Guy Fawkes then posed as Percy’s servant so he could move freely through Parliament. While Fawkes and Percy were mapping out Parliament the other 3 men started storing Gunpowder in the house and in December 1604 had started construction of a tunnel towards Parliament. By February 1605 the plotters had reached the foundations of the House of Lords. However, on the 25th March 1605 in a stroke of luck, Thomas Percy managed to secure a Vault right under the House of Lords and the tunnel was no longer necessary. So Fawkes started loading up the Vault with the barrels of gunpowder and kindling which he concealed by placing firewood around it.

Gunpowder Treason and PLot Fireworks Barrage by Standard Fireworks

They had originally planned to put their plot into play on October 1605 but due to concerns with the plague, the opening of Parliament was delayed until November 5th. In a bizarre twist, Lord Monteagle receives an unsigned letter telling him not to attend the opening of Parliament. Lord Monteagle did show the letter to the King’s Chief minister but was not aware that one of his own servants got word to the plotters that their plot may be in peril. This did not deter the plotters and Guy Fawkes was sent to ensure that everything in the vault was still in place, it was and the plan was still in motion.

On the 2nd November, the letter sent to Monteagle was presented to the King and he immediately orders a covert search of Parliament. While the vault hiding the Gunpowder was noted straight away during the search Guy Fawkes told the guards it was a large amount of firewood being stored by his master, the Royal Bodyguard Thomas Percy and the search team considered this to be true. However, just after midnight on the 5th November 1605 the King ordered another search of Parliament and Fawkes is found dressed for a crossing over the Thames. He was also found in possession of fuses and matches so was quickly arrested. Further searches of the vault revealed 36 barrels of gunpowder and Fawkes was dragged before King James for questioning.

Over the next following months, the plotters were rounded up and put on trial for treason. On the 27th January 1606 eight of the men including Fawkes was found guilty of treason at Westminster Hall. The punishment for such an attempt on the Kings life was a most unpleasant death and on the 31st of January 1606, Fawkes was hung in a public execution.

After this, on the 5th November 1606 Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the escape their King had made from the assassination attempt and instructed big bonfires to be lit as part of the celebrations. Parliament decided to make the 5th November a day of thanksgiving, this remained in place until 1859. However, by the 1650’s people had started to combine fireworks shipped in from China with their bonfires to create a celebration like no other. Although Parliament does not officially recognise the 5th November as a day of celebration or holiday it is still very widely accepted as one of the biggest celebration nights of the year.

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BONFIRE NIGHT SWEET TREATS

Bonfire night this year falls on a Saturday for a change so the children can join in the fun making sweet treats for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The first recipe involves a little bit of frying ..

BITE SIZED TOFFEE APPLE DONUTS (MAKES AROUND 40 LITTLE DONUTS)

1/2 pint milk

4 oz butter

2 lb flour

2 x 7gm sachets of fast acting dried yeast

4oz caster sugar (plus an extra couple of oz for dusting)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon (plus an additional half tsp for dusting)

2 large beaten eggs

2 large sweet apples grated

1 tin carnation caramel

Oil to fry Method:

Warm the milk and add that butter and set aside until all the butter has melted and the milk mixture is no more than hand hot. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour the slightly warm milk mixture, grated apple and beaten eggs into the well of flour etc and mix to a SOFT dough.

Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured surface before putting into a greased bowl and sealed with cling film till the dough has proved (around 2 hours).

After the first prove, tip out the dough and re-knead and then pull off walnut sized balls of dough. Roll into small balls and place them onto a greased baking tray and keep going until all your mixture has been used up. Cover again and leave for a further 40 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the dusting sugar and cinnamon and place on a dry tray ready to roll your fried donuts in.

Lightly fry around 4 at a time until golden brown and pop onto some kitchen roll to drain. Whilst still warm, toss in the cinnamon sugar and leave to cool.

To fill the donuts, simply poke a hole with a skewer in each donut and pipe in the caramel mixture.

Keep a little of the caramel to swirl over the top of them – DELICIOUS

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER OATCAKE SQUARES

12 oz Butter

6 oz Brown Sugar

6 oz peanut butter

10 oz rolled oats

8 oz plain chocolate chips

2 tsp vanilla extract

Put the butter and demerara sugar in a pan to melt down until the sugar disolves. Add the rolled oats and stir until all the oats are covered and the butter and sugar are absorbed into the oats.

In the second pan, melt together the peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth.

Divide the oat mixture roughly into four and put one quarter into each of the two greased trays you have ready. Press down to the edges keeping it flat. Then, pour over each half of the melted chocolate and peanut mixture and spread to the sides. Before it goes hard, sprinkle the remaining quarters of the oats over the top of the chocolate mixture on each tray. It will settle a little.

Once you have all the mixture in the baking trays, chill overnight before cutting into small even squares.

Simply GORGEOUS

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