The John Clare Festival takes place Fri 12th, Sat 13th & Sun 14th July 2019
some 2019 details now here
and is organised by the John Clare Society - click HERE for their website
Full details of events are available in the Festival Programme which is usually available at the Annakinn Gallery, West Street, Helpston (£2) from June, or contact Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer 01400 282409
Fri 12th July 2019
1.30pm - usually 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 13th July 2017:
Usually Botolph’s Barn and the Stalls in the Church will be open at 9.00 am. Usually, teas and coffees are available at the Bluebell pub, the John Clare Cottage and the Village Shop from 9.30 am.
Usually, 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. Usually, 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
Usually 10.15am - John Clare Society AGM, in St Botolph's Church, PE6 7DT, with Presidential Address by Carry Akroyd
Lunch time: usually, lunches available in the Village Hall and in the John Clare Cottage Cafe, and in the Bluebell pub.
Usually, dance displays around the village by the gentlemen of the Peterborough Morris, and the ladies & gentlemen of the Peterborough Folk Dance Club
Usually, the John Clare Cottage will be open Friday through to Monday.
Usually open most of the day - An exhibition in Botolph's Barn. The Annakinn Gallery will be open.
Usually, 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, at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), will be given by "Pennyless", http://pennyless-music.co.uk in St Botolph's Church, Helpston, PE6 7DT. How long it lasts is unknown. Tickets are just £6 and available from Sue Holgate firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Marshall 01400 282409 / 07815 640033
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL SCHEME:
In previous years, the Society has run 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. This may or may not be available this year. For more details, including concert tickets, please contact Sue Holgate the Festival Co-ordinator 01353 668438 E-mail: email@example.com
Sunday 14th July 2016:
In previous years, 10.45am - Service in celebration of John Clare, in the Church, with Rev. Dave Maylor.
At some unknown time & unknown place, there is "A Beginner's Guide to John Clare" £5
Usually, toilets are located in the Botolph’s Barn, the Village Hall, and the Blue Bell pub.
Usually, full details of events are available in the Festival Programme £2 which will be available at the Annakinn Gallery, West Street, Helpston from June, or contact Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer 01400 282409
See the website for John Clare Cottage and Trust - click here