No 2021 Festival at Helpston... BUT

Not the 2021 Festival

Some idea of what some of us be doing on the 9th and 10th July @ Helpston


There being no John Clare Society Festival this year, a few of us will still be meeting to honour the great man this year at Helpston.  Not ‘official’ of course, but I wanted to attract everyone’s attention!  Anyone who would like to join us will be very welcome indeed, for any of the days.


Friday 9th

Helpston 2021. Folk I guess will be travelling on the 9th or 10th so several of us thought it might be good to start to gather in the Bluebell, say between 4 and 5pm on the 9th for a convivial chat over a drink. It has already been announced that there will be the usual ‘Folk Evening’ at the Bluebell that evening, always a treat.


Saturday 10th

How about meeting at 10:00am – 10:15am at Butter Cross in the centre of Helpston?  From there we will walk across the road to St. Botolph’s Church and Clare’s grave.  New Rector Gary (a Clare fan of course) is conducting a ‘Clare BCP Service' at 11am.  


After which can go by car to St. Andrew’s Church, Northborough (via Maxey) and Patty’s grave (and other members of the family) – and finally to St. Benedict’s Church, Glinton and Mary’s grave.  Please bring anything of Clare’s poems/prose to read by each graveside. We do not intend to lay wreaths just honour each individual in our own way.


We will return to Helpston for lunch at the Bluebell.  The Cottage is only open for drinks according to their website.


From 3pm we can join in with the Helpston Street Party arranged by local residents, I hear on the grapevine that Penny and Les – ‘Pennyless’ will be playing at the party.


That evening no doubt we will return to the Bluebell for dinner as many of us have in earlier years.


Well... something like that anyway.  I’ll being a few books for those wishing to catch up with the Chapbook series and would be happy to give a talk if required!  Very open to suggestions.


Roger R.

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