Who was Guy Fawkes and why is Guy Fawkes Night celebrated?
Fawkes Night is celebrated in Britain annually on November 5th.
The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of
bonfires and the ceremonial effigy-burning of one Guy Fawkes.
The origin of this celebration stems from events which took
place in 1605 and was a conspiracy known as "The Gunpowder
Plot," intended to take place on November 5th of that year (the
day set for the opening of Parliament). The object of The
Gunpowder Plot was to blow up English Parliament along with the
ruling monarch, King James I. It was hoped that such a disaster
would initiate a great uprising of English Catholics, who were
distressed by the increased severity of penal laws against the
practice of their religion.
The conspirators began plotting early in 1604.
The plan went awry, however, by way of a myserious letter
received by Lord Monteagle on October 26th (10 days prior to the
opening of Parliament). Monteagle, brother-in-law of Francis
Tresham (another of the conspirators and likely author of the
correspondence...although this was never proven), was urged in
the letter not to attend Parliament on opening day. When the
message was revealed to the First Earl of Salisbury and others,
they took steps which led to the discovery of the hidden cache
and the arrest of Guy Fawkes on the night of November 4th as he
entered the cellar. It provoked hostility against all British
Catholics and led to an increase in the harshness of laws
against them. Even to this day, it is the law that no Roman
Catholic may hold the office of monarch and the reigning king or
queen remains Supreme Head of the Church of England.
Our club exists to venerate an English car manufacturer which
has been around for nearly a hundred years. It seems
appropriate, therefore, that we also recognize other English
traditions of long standing. Guy Fawkes Day is one of these, and
this year we will celebrate it by having a "Very English Party"
on November 5th at the home of Cort & Gail Farmer, 102 Slate
Ridge Ct., El Dorado Hills, CA.
We will gather at 4:30 p.m.
for conversation and enjoyment of a nice selection of cheeses
and crackers, accompanied by your choice of libations. We
suggest you bring English beer, in keeping with the theme of the
party, but, as usual, you are free to bring whatever you enjoy.
Jane Alexander, well known in
our club for not only being English but also a superb cook, will
(with Gail's assistance) provide a dinner of English sausages,
mashed potatoes, cottage pie, peas and baked beans. Two very
British desserts will follow: Trifle and a Fruit Crumble with
Bird's custard. The result will be a traditional and proper
English autumnal meal. As the sun sets, we will light a discreet
“bonfire” in our yard with the possibility of the ceremonial
burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.
Cost: For this
excellent repast will be just $10 per person, a bargain if ever
there was one!
What to Bring: Your favorite beverage. English beer
102 Slate Ridge Ct. El Dorado Hills (Gate code to follow via
Enter off White Rock, do NOT let your GPS have you try to enter
off Carson Canyon (exit gate only, no entry)
Please RSVP to Cort at
than October 25th to receive the code to the front gate of
the community, and to give us an accurate count for food and
We hope you will join us to
celebrate an old English tradition in a modern setting!