Category 21st century

Enjoying a ‘Furry Dance’

On 8th May every year (or Saturday 7th if the 8th is a Sunday) the Cornish town of Helston is home to ‘The Furry Dance’. A Gentleman’s Magazine report in 1790 tells us that: ‘At Helstone (sic), a genteel and populous borough town in Cornwall, it is customary to dedicate the 8th of May to […]

A Valentine story in a foreign land in days gone by – and days today

Valentine’s Day is today and I have been thinking over the days what I should being thinking today.   I’ve been thinking of something different for this day and have found something of a different and I’ve come across the cutting from the ‘Mainichi Daily News’.  On a page I found a story that may […]

A Straw Bear with History

Back in 1882 a local newspaper in the Peterborough area reported that, in the nearby Cambridgeshire community of Whittlesey, a bear .. “was taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef”. […]

Fancy a day out this Saturday 6th January?

It is Haxey Hood day – the day when a part of the Isle of Axholme goes a bit crazy for the afternoon to mark one of England’s oldest traditions.  Where is it? It’s in North Lincolnshire – the only part of Lincolnshire west of the River Trent – and between the three towns of […]

Some advice for the coming year!

As the New Year begins we look forward to 2018 but also look back to the year just gone.  Sometimes we also look back further to years and individuals gone by who made statements that we could and should fine helpful in this coming year. One I found – with no recorded source – says: […]

A story of times gone by

Britain has many ‘traditional’ activities that, in summer or harvest time, bring all members of the community together for a celebration – a celebration that can go on for the best part of a week or more.  The town where I now live had a reputation for their ‘Feast’ but, I’m afraid, those events seem […]

Kingsbridge Fair Week in Devon begins today but a bit different to an event in 1461!

Back in 1461 Kingsbridge Town in Devon was granted a charter to hold a fair.  That charter holds good to this day and today the Glove Ceremony is still observed.  It is a white glove and is displayed to indicate an amnesty from prosecution for minor offenses committed during the fair – and precedes the […]