With so many new members it was thought necessary to provide them with a brief history of the SagaLouts. The name of course has nothing to do with a company that has expropriated the word Saga (litigation is ongoing).
As the last Ice Age retreated the men of the Fens ventured south in search of genetic diversity bringing with them the Great Fen Sagas. Two great warriors Ronvald and Keiathos brought their supporters with them, Ronvald settling near the Spring of Bassing whilst Keiathos found the verdant pastures of the Mel to his liking.
After establishing their settlements both men were conferred with the honorarium of Ranger, a source of continued conflict to this day. Within the parish of Melbourn the holder of this office is known as Our Glorious Leader the title having been passed down through countless generations from Keiathos himself.
|We are grateful to the group archivist for the discovery of the earliest known photograph of a Saga Louts meeting.|
SagaLout meetings take place at a variety of local venues and here at the BH drill hall Deputy Gerry can be seen relaxing after a strenuous session of Canadian Airforce Exercises whilst Deputy Paul graphically describes a recent 737 touchdown at Stanstead.
|Regular meetings enable a frank exchange of views|
The Stockbridge Meadows incident
The rivalry between Ranger Ron from Bassingbourn and Our Glorious Leader came to a head again in 1987. The villagers of Melbourn were assembled for the Summer Fayre on Stockbridge Meadows when they were confronted with the ear-splitting roar of a powerful engine.
|Crossing the Mel at high speed.|
|The "Beast" of Bassingbourn|
Although the SagaLouts are an exclusively male order our womenfolk are involved in a variety of supporting roles. Whilst tradition demands that they usually walk respectfully two paces behind their male spouses this requirement is occasionally waived for example after the recent land mine incident at Stockbridge Meadows assumed to be the work of Ranger Ron.
|Happy in their work|