INNdependent RePUBlic of Cross Keys

The pub's 5th Anniversary Event 2018


It was a whole new take on the Somerset Rebellion as we declared ourselves to be an independent state. From Friday 7th– Sunday 9th September and with echoes of the old Ealing film ‘Passport to Pimlico’ visitors passed through a checkpoint control to enter the Republic and take up Citizenship of the INNdependent RePUBlic of Cross Keys. 


Friday evening saw the ‘Declaration of Independence’ with the inauguration of the President and first lady, Prime Minister and the electing of the Cabinet, followed by a party with entertainments and music. 


Saturday the fun continued throughout the afternoon with, cider, beer and wine tastings, and the Cross Keys stocks, for wayward citizens. Visitors had fun on the very popular Human Fruit Machine and watched an enthusiastic ‘Brexit’ tug of war. The skittle alley was put to good use with a competitive game of Charity Killer Skittles. The evening programme concluded with a Charity Auction of Promises and raffle and a party until late. 


There was a varied programme of free music, Rock, Jazz, accoustic guitar, piano sing song and folk. Music from, Ali Pople, Loose Rock, Cobalt Blue, Lewis Stone, Silver Level, The Outlaws, Old Grey Dogs, Village Folk Band and Stomping Dave Allen ensured citizens were well entertained throughout the weekend. 


Sunday heralded the arrival of David Warburton MP who kindly agreed to negotiate the Cross Keys surrender back to Great Britain. After a brief and highly amusing consultation with the pub management, terms were agreed and the treaty signed by David Warburton and pub owner David Grindley. This was followed by a short stay in the stocks for both Davids and a charity collection bucket was handed around the assembled crowd as they were invited to throw wet sponges at their victims.


Let’s not forget the focus of this highly entertaining weekend which was to raise as much money as possible for St Margaret’s Hospice.  Final figures have yet to be released but looks as if the total will be very close to £6,000. We are so lucky to have a great group of local people who helped us organise the event. We’d like to thank the charity volunteers from St Margaret’s Hospice who helped with the Raffle and other entertainments over the whole weekend.