Peterborough’s famous peasant poet is celebrated this weekend with a special festival and an appearance by local folk band Pennyless forming part of the celebrations.
The John Clare Society Festival Weekend 2012 in Helpston runs from Friday July 13 – Sunday July 15 and promises to be an eventful and entertaining occasion. The festival programme includes The Midsummer Cushion Ceremony at 1.30pm on Friday July 13, and from 6pm-8pm at Torpel Manor Field, the Landyke Trust present an evening of music, art and poetry. This is followed by Folk Music from 8pm-11pm, which will be an informal evening with free admission at John Clare Cottage.
On Saturday 14 July from as early as 9am coffee and toast is being served in Botolph’s Barn, before the festival opens at 9.30am in the hall at John Clare Primary School. After this a marquee will be open at 10.30am for the annual meeting of the Society. At around 11am, credited author and editor Ronald Blythe will make an appearance.
Throughout the fun-filled weekend, various other activities will be available such as lunches in the village hall, performances from Peterborough Morris Dancers, an art exhibition, workshops and guided walks.
Saturday evening at 6.30pm in the marquee at John Clare Primary School there will be Vercoe the Clown with Professor Forte in The Clown and Clare. This is followed by Folk Music with Pennyless. Tickets are £10 and a complimentary interval drink is provided.
To conclude the John Clare Society Festival Weekend, on Sunday July 15 a festival service will be held at 11am in St. Botolph’s Church.
For more info contact Ann Marshall on 07815 640033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Autumn Rose
Photo: Pennyless by Mike Harris for ESP Magazine