Sutton Masque on home territory …

It has been a great pleasure to be dancing in the local church for the past two weekends (Think they must like us!).    With a beer festival (Would be rude not to)… and an open meeting the following weekend.  We were delighted to be invited to dance at both.  The open meeting in particular had special meaning as not only was it on ‘our local turf’ but… it was the first outing for our own ‘Green Man’ beautifully  created by one of our own talented members Marnie. We even had special guest visitor with us -Isabella a magnificent raptor owned by our very own oak king. You can see in the additional photos Isabella nestling in the branches.   You really never quite know what you will encounter when we appear!

We had a wonderful time at both events – thanks to the very welcome invites from St Andrews Church Sutton.


Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Hymn

We had an amazing time at the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Gruelling, but amazing!

On Sunday, those of us who felt up to going to the church service even got the honour of pulling the cart up the hill. Fantastic! Not something I ever thought I would be able to do, and now something I will brag about until everyone’s sick of it.

The church service was also wonderful, both funny and moving, and I smuggled out an order of service so I could share the Rushbearing Hymn, which did honestly make me tear up a little.

Rushbearing Hymn

Today we come from town and fell

The cart adorned, the hills we climb

We sing the hymns we love so well

And worship at this rushbearing time.


The Ryburn streams, the Calder flows

Though generations pass away

And still our old tradition goes

From ancient past to present day.


Beside the Church our forebears sleep

Their spirits witness with our throng

How good to see the children keep

Our ancient feast with prayer and song.


Our garlands fall, our rushes fade

Man’s day is but a passing flower

Lord of thy mercy send us aid

And grant thy life’s eternal dower.