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The Witches and the Grinnygog by Dorothy Edwards

Episode Six

Everywhere in the village, the streets are lined with colourful ribbons and flowers. Essie realises that they are real growing flowers and not merely decorations. Dave believes they are all there for the festival whilst Essie thinks they are growing for the Grinnygog. Miss Bendybones arrives as this is her last day. The children are sad to see her leave but she tells Nan that they were chosen, chosen to set the record true and correct. Nan is still unsure what this means.

Back at the Firkettle's house, Jimmy is out in the garden listening to the Grinnygog. He tells Jimmy (the voice in his head) that he must now go. Grandad also hears the voice which tells him that very few places still have magic but one of them is in Africa. Jimmy does not want the Grinnygog to go. Mr. Alabaster arrives and they ask him about the Grinnygog. He tells them he will not take the statue but that they must give him of their own free will and the will know what to do when the time comes. He has gifts for everyone which he hands out. He gives one to Grandad for looking after the statue and then one to Mrs. Firkettle for her part. She asks what part she played and is told that her role was to bring the little fella to her father as it was meant to be.

The village festival has started, hundreds of villagers have all made their way to a field where dancing and playing is taking place. In amongst the crowd, Marg'ret is seen still looking for Mrs. Ems. Mr. Alabster is in the thick of it helping the fairground rides, dancing with Miss Possett and then appearing at Mrs. Firkettle to help her with the baking. Strange that he can be in so many places all at once.

Mr. Alabaster then helps coach Dave and Colin in the boat rowing compeition. He is then seen handing out prizes to Colin and Dave for finishing 3rd in theboat race. He is still back at the Firkettle's house making fairy cakes with Mrs. Firkettle. There must be at least six clones of the man all helping out at the same time.

 


The whole day is going splendid and never better fate was held in the village. When the camera pans back and the whole fate is seen in a single field of view, the village fate is in the shape of pentagon - a five sided star. Only Jimmy realises what is happening and tells the others it is magic. Meanwhile, Grandad has removed the Grinnygog from the concrete and has wrapped it in a Union jack flag. Jimmy returs to see him wrapping the stone statue and noticies that all the flowers have gone.

The four children decide to go up to the top of a small hill to watch the fireworks display planed for later that day. Marg'ret is trying to cross a road nearby and the children hear a screech of tyres and then see a car speeding off. They find Marg'ret's hat and think she may have been hit and taken to hospital. They head up the hill to enjoy the display.


Whilst they are making their way through the woods, Essie thinks she sees the girl Marg'ret but she then simply vanishes again. As they reach a clearing in the woods they see the three guardians (witches) and the dummy at the top of the hill. Suddenly Miss Possett pops up and asks Colin to be her escort as she is not one of those lot, nodding in the direction of the witches. She would feel much safer with Colin on her arm. The three guardians are holding hands and start singing. Mr. Alabaster appears in full tribal dress walking up the hill. He turns around and watches as Grandad and Jimmy appear carrying the Grinnygog. Grandad hands over the Grinnygog and the witches start to say their goodbyes. As Mrs. Ems is talking to the children, the wax dummy falls over and the wig falls off its head. Mrs. Ems looks down at it and then starts to remember. She starts to ask where her daughter is and Mr. Alabaster cries out the name Marg'ret. Out of the woods Marg'ret comes running straight into the arms of her mother. The two are reunited after hundreds of years. Soon a helicopter appears on the hill and the three witches, Marg'ret, Mr. Alabaster and the Grinnygog get on board and it takes off.

Later in the week after all the excitment of the fate and the Grinnygog have subsided, the children are sitting in the museum. Nan has completed her diary of all the strange events that had occurred in the sleepy little village that Summer. Essie votes that Nan's diary should go in the museum alongside Cannon Alloway's diary. They all agree. Colin reads out a postcard they have received that morning stating that they (the three guardians and Marg'ret) were having a lovely time love from Tish, Lil and Edie. The picture on the front of the card is of a Grinnygog made out of wood. They decide to present it to Grandad. When they leave the church they see Jimmy sitting on a fence. He has a present with him from Mr. Alabaster. The children show him the card of a second Grinnygog. Jimmy tells them that there are not two, it is the same one but different.


And as ever, so ends another truly lovely little gem of childrens drama. This one was was definitley underrated and sits up there alongside Tom's Midnight Garden and "The Children of Green Knowe" in terms of its wonderful acting, lovely music and filming. Thoughts, suggestions and corrections etc to the usual address.

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