Egg Shackling is now at 10 am in the village hall because we have a TV crew coming.
Rumour has it that we are the only Somerset School to maintain an unbroken tradition of Egg Shackling. Egg shackling traditionally takes place on Shrove Tuesday. Each child brings an uncooked egg, it gets put into a sieve with the other eggs and shaken and as the eggs crack they are taken out. It’s very messy! The last one remaining in the sieve unbroken is the winner. Tradition demands that this egg is then broken into a bowl to prove it is not hard boiled. The modern tradition can be traced back to the 1880s when the then headmaster, Mr E W Pullin, after consulting with older villagers, revived the old village tradition after a break of about 60 – 70 years. He then continued the custom for 40 more years without a break until his retirement in around 1919. In the 1930-40s Mr J.T. Linley became headmaster and began to hold egg shackling again after some years where the custom was rarely carried out. With very few exceptions the custom has been maintained in the village ever since.
So don’t forget you need your toughest egg, marked with your name, for the first day back after half term, Tuesday 25th February.
Egg Decoration will be judged on the same day. The creativity and imagination that pupils put into their egg decoration will amaze you. This year’s theme is: Carnival