Despite what your diary/calendar might say, Mayday this year will be FRIDAY 8th May, to fit in with the VE day anniversary. Celebrations in Slingsby will run on FRIDAY from 11am until 3pm.
Brass Bands, Morris dancers, teas, pulled pork sandwiches, ice-creams, an exhibition of ‘Slingsby at war’ (to commemorate VE day) and various stalls including children’s games. The centre piece will be the traditional maypole dancing by the children of Slingsby school. All this will take place on the village green or in the village hall. There will also be a scarecrow trail all around the village. Lots of fun for all the whole family.
Thursday 6th February, 6pm, Methodist School Room (by the Green)
This year May Day will be celebrated nationwide on Friday 8 May, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. All are invited to this meeting to help the Maypolers decide what should be added to Slingsby’s traditional celebrations to reflect the VE anniversary.
Your ideas and support are essential if we are to make a success of this most important day in Slingsby’s calendar.
Why the picture of the BBC Countryfile team? Well, only that the Slingsby May Day team have secured a pair of tickets for BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard (15-18 August 2019), courtesy of our friends at the big house up the road. These will boost the already attractive prizes available in the raffle to be run at Slingsby’s May day celebrations on Monday 6 May. Full details of everything going on round Slingsby’s Maypole on Monday, and the other prizes to be won, can be found HERE
Monday 6 May, 11am to 3pm, Slingsby Village Green and Village Hall
The preparations for Slingsby’s Mayday celebration are coming together nicely: dancers and musicians have been practising, scarecrows are being made (in secret), and the many stalls with crafts of all sorts are being made ready. Slingsby is proud to have one of the few remaining maypoles in Ryedale. It has survived the march of modernisation, but not without the odd mishap, as the timeline here shows: https://www.slingsbyvillage.co.uk/our-village/slingsby-maypole/
The Mayday programme looks like this:
11.00 am – Swinton Brass band
12.00 noon – Slingsby school children dancing round the maypole
1.00 pm – Minster Stray dancers
1.30 pm – Charity Brass Band
2.00 pm – Minster Stray dancers
2.30 pm – Charity Brass Band
3.00 pm – Raffle
There will be stalls all around the village green and in the village hall. Refreshments in the Methodist school room. This year there are some fantastic raffle prizes. Full details in the leaflet below:
Throughout the weekend, the Slingsby Scarecrow Trail will be running. Deadline to enter a scarecrow – 9am Wednesday 1 May! Details on the village website HERE.
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