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.

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Photos from Sherringham

What a fantastic weekend we had at the Sherringham Potty Festival! The sun shone all weekend, we were surrounded by other sides to watch, the sea was blue and there was ice-cream for all. We would love to go again and hope for an invitation next year.

Andrew took too many photos to fit on this page. You can see them all here.

In Ely on the 15th December

Late as usual! But this time by design, we’ll be dancing for the Ely Lates (that is, the Christmas market on the 15th.)

You’ll find us in the marketplace, wherever we can find a space large enough and a crowd tolerant enough not to run us off. Starting from about 6pm ish, and going on until we get tired. By that time, it’ll be dark, so you can spot us by the illuminated hats 🙂

Ely Folk Festival

Sutton Masque will be dancing at Ely Folk Festival on Sunday 10th of July. We’ll be in front of the Cathedral from 11.15 in the morning, and in the afternoon we’ll be on the festival site itself.

It looks like they’re happy to have us! This was spotted in the festival programme:

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But the feeling is mutual. We are very excited to be there and – always subject to acts of God and illness – we should be fielding a decent sized side of 8 enthusiastic dancers.