Bothams Up! Celebrate A Traditional MayDay In The Traditional Way

Tomorrow is Mayday. And the ideal way to spend it with is with your local Morris Dancers, The Beckworth Bothamers. As centuries-old tradition dictates we’ll be dancing on the common from midday, after we’ve been taking in large quantities of locally-brewed liquid refreshments in the early morning, and then performing a drunken pub crawl through the town from afternoon to evening.

Other attractions during the day will be The WI dancing around the Maypole between jam-making workshops, The Beckworth & Crewbury Historical Re-enactors dancing around the Maypole in Victorian dress, Daisy Chain making classes with Fern Brittan
and an inaugral horticultural show including judging of rude shaped vegetables and fruit. The crowning glory of the day, apart from the mOrris Dancing, will be the MayDay crowning of the May Person (Thanks to equal opportunities this could be a May Queen, May King or May LGBT). Please bring the whole family for a proper Spring knees-up all set to the sound of bells and accordian. Thanking You. Clifford Pinner. The Beckworth Bothamers

Summer Solstice Celebrations

Hello. Just to remind all you readers that next Monday or Tuesday is the summer solstice (I’m never sure if Midsummers Day is on the 20th or 21st). Whichever day it turns out to be it has been a joyous event for millennia, that’s if the local populace weren’t too bladdered to attend or simply forgot what day it was. If they did remember the good folk of ye olde Beckworth gathered at the ancient Hammerite standing stones for all-day celebrations. From before dawn until way past bedtime the local druids danced, sang and fornicated naked amongst the stones to invoke the sun to rise (and set). Hundreds of animal sacrifices were made to the Gods, until health and safety busy-bodies banned them in the 1980s, and for quite-a-few years the Beckworth Bothamers performed morris dances and skinny dipped in the river to cool off. It’s an idyllic, historical day for all ages, with school children encouraged to attend and pensioners bused in for the occasion. This year, as midsummer falls on a work day and as most of the Druids and Bothamers can’t get the day off, we’ll be celebrating a bit early. On Sunday. So please join us for the mid-morning “conjoining” of Beckworth’s Maiden In White to the Old Slocombe Codger and in the evening the burning of a wicker effigy of the Old Dick of Beckworth. As is tradition the mummers will be enacting mystery plays for 18 hours, or maybe less if they get tired, non-stop and there will be much merriment, berry-harvesting, dancing and singing for all the family to join in with. Food and drink stalls, including one serving Beckworth’s famed Devil’s Punch (made from rotting fruits gathered at last summer solstice), will be set up and music will be performed by local naturist folk bands. Local pop band Coldplay have said they’ll be stripping off to play in late afternoon, so that will be a must see. For the youngest family members there will be a bouncy castle within the stone circle, pin the fig-leaves on the virgin and donkey rides (if we can find some “new” donkeys as the old ones are now sadly deceased). For older residents there will be wheelchair races and an incontinence paddling pool. So come to the Hammerite stones on Sunday and be at one with mother nature.

Clifford Pinner. The Beckworth Bothamers Morris Dancers

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Come & Spend A Traditional MayDay With The Beckworth Bothamers

Today is Mayday, so please spend it with your local Morris Dancers, The Beckworth Bothamers. As tradition dictates we’ll be dancing on the common from midday after we’ve taken in some liquid refreshments this morning and then performing a drunken pub crawl through the town from 6pm. Other attractions during the day will be The WI dancing around the Maypole between jam-making workshops and the crowning of the May Queen (Or thanks to equal opportunities, May King or May LGBT). Please bring the whole family for proper Spring knees-up all set to the sound of bells and accordian. Thanking You. Clifford Pinner. The Beckworth Bothamers

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(Above) An artist’s impression of what a bunch of May Queens and Kings may have looked like before colour was invented

Happy Mummer’s Day

Good morning Beckworth. On this day I would like you all to witness the renaissance of the true meaning of Mother’s Day, or to give today it’s original name, Mummer’s day. For this afternoon on the sports field (weather permitting) the Beckworth Bothamers Morris Dancer troupe will invoke the spirit of Mummer (Mother) Nature through the power of dance, fiddle, bells and banging sticks. Recently discovered dusty old ancient manuscripts (photocopies of which were found in an attic somewhere) have cast new light on British traditions from 1000s of years in the past and we are the first morris dancers and mummers to re-enact these joyous medieval dances and songs… So please come along and please join in, we need more members! Yours sincerely Alan Stroud. Lead Clacker, Beckworth Bothamers Morris Dancers

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(Above) The Beckworth Bothamers Morris Dancer troupe chillaxing in the pub late last night / earlier this morning prior to invoking the spirit of Mummer Nature

Come & Spend A Traditional MayDay With The Beckworth Bothamers

Tomorrow is Mayday, so why not spend it with your local Morris Dancers, The Beckworth Bothamers. As is tradition we’ll be dancing on the common from midday and then performing a drunken pub crawl from 6pm. Other attractions during the day will be The Beckworth & Crewbury Historical Re-enactors dancing around the Maypole in Victorian dress, Daisy Chain making classes with Fern Brittan, a jumble sale and the crowning of the May Queen (Or thanks to equal opportunities, May King). Bring the whole family for some wholesome Spring fun. Thanking You. Clifford Pinner. The Beckworth Bothamers

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(Above) The Beckworth & Crewbury Historical Re-enactors practice Victorian Maypole dancing in readiness for Mayday