Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary

The John Clare Festival takes place Fri 14th, Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2017

most 2017 details now here - see below, incl for parking for parking

and is organised by the John Clare Society - click HERE for their website

Full details of events are available in the Festival Programme which will be available at the Annakinn Gallery, West Street, Helpston (£2) from June, or contact Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer 01400 282409 E-mail: johnclaresociety@mybtinternet.com

Fri 14th July 2017

1.30pm - Midsummer Cushion laid on John Clare's grave with poems by the schoolchildren, followed by a short service and prizegiving in the church

8.30pm - John Clare's Birthday Music (& occasional Song) Session - in the front bar of the Bluebell, Woodgate, Helpston, PE6 7ED. This will feature fiddles, etc playing sort the tunes John Clare would have played in the same room about 200 years ago, with songs. All welcome, to listen or join in. More details Mike Stevens 01775 766923 or MikeStevensPE11@aol.com 

 

Saturday 15th July 2017:

Botolph’s Barn and the Stalls in the Church will be open at 9.00 am. Teas and coffees are available at the Bluebell pub, the John Clare Cottage and the Village Shop from 9.30 am. 

Parking is in the field opposite the John Clare Primary School, on West Street, plus limited disabled parking at and near the Exeter Arms on Church Lane.  There will  also be limited parking at and near the Exeter Arms for disabled permit-holders. 

We would like to keep Helpston's roads as clear as possible

10.15am - John Clare Society AGM, in St Botolph's Church, PE6 7DT, with Presidential Address by Carry Akroyd

Lunch time: Lunches available in the Village Hall and in the John Clare Cottage Cafe, and in the Bluebell pub.

Dance displays around the village by the gentlemen of the Peterborough Morris, and the ladies & gentlemen of the Peterborough Folk Dance Club

The John Clare Cottage will be open Friday through to Monday.

Open most of the day - An exhibition in Botolph's Barn. The Annakinn Gallery will be open. 

In the afternoon, the annual lecture will be given by John Goodridge on the subject of Robert Bloomfield, an interesting English labouring-class poet of 1766-1823.

In the afternoon, there will also be a village walk and recorder music.

There will be poetry reading in the Church, organised by Peter Cox. So, if you want to read out your favourite poem, please bring it with you and contact him or any member of the Committee on the day. 

 

The early evening concert this year, 6pm to 7pm, will be given by the Decent Scrapers, http://johnclaremusic.com/about%20decent%20scrapers.html  with music related to John Clare. It will last for 1 hour, in the Church, PE6 7DT. Tickets are just £5 and available from Sue Holgate 01353 668438 sueholgate@hotmail.co.uk  or through the 'Friends of the Festival' scheme

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL SCHEME: 

Until July 1st the Society is running the Friends of the Festival scheme which gives participants a copy of the Programme and a Poetry Pack, plus priority booking for the concert, for £8.  For more details, including concert tickets, please contact Sue Holgate the Festival Co-ordinator 01353 668438  E-mail: sueholgate@hotmail.co.uk  

Sunday 16th July 2016: 

10.45am - Service in celebration of John Clare, in the Church, with Rev. Dave Maylor. 

TOILETS

Toilets are located in the Botolph’s Barn, the Village Hall, and the Blue Bell pub.

 

Full details of events are available in the Festival Programme which will be available at the Annakinn Gallery, West Street, Helpston (£2) from June, or contact Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer 01400 282409 E-mail: johnclaresociety@mybtinternet.com

 

See the website for the John Clare Society - click here 

See the website for John Clare Cottage and Trust - click here