An ambitious project is being planned for the May Bank Holiday Monday by members of the St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield, Restoration Appeal Working Party.
Over one hundred East Midlands craftsmen are expected to exhibit, demonstrate and sell craftsmade items in three venues, St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield Village Centre and the Church Primary School, as well as from market stalls on New Hill and Chapel Lane. St Michael’s Church will house a display of Southwell MInster vestments, some of which are rarely exhibited, complemented by flower arrangements. Ecclesiastical craftsmen from Lincoln Cathedral, York Minster and Derby Cathedral will be on hand to display their various skills.
Visitors will be able to try their hands at brass rubbing or badge making in the Church’s West End room.
Entertainment for all the family will be provided throughout the day. Clown Cuthbert will be making his first appearance in Farnsfield with a programme of ‘Punch & Judy’ and clown conjuring for the children. Children from the Walter D’Ayncourt Primary School will give a display of Maypole dancing and the Abbey Youth Theatre, Worksop will present street mime in ‘Dumbshow’.
Other attractions will include the Broadstone Morrismen, Southwell Minster Bell Ringers and medieval drama with the Farnsfield Amateur Dramatics Society presenting a miracle play in the traditional way from the back of a cart. Farnsfield’s own Town Crier will be on hand to set the scene for all the entertainment. Full refreshment facilities and a barbecue will be available.
Exract from The Bramley: March 1983