|St Andrew's Church Farnham England. |
Farnham was once famous for its hops
This month we have had two, May Day and Spring Bank holiday.
Goode men and woymen, as ʒe knowen wele all, þys day ys called Whitsonday, for bycause þat þe Holy Gost as þys day broʒt wyt and wysdome ynto all Cristes dyscyples
|Photo Thanks to Tanya Ritchie: |
Watchet'. Leet Ale taster
and Town Cryer at Whitsun festivities 2015.
The Town had a wheelbarrow race
- the leet-ale (held on "leet", the manorial court day)
- the lamb-ale (held at lamb-shearing)
- the Whitsun-ale (held at Whitsun)
- the clerk-ale, the church-ale etc.
Some of today’s cash strapped brides’ parents might wish to re-instate the money raising tradition.
Here are some reports of Whitsun Ales doing their selling working in England over the last 600 years.
Such profits kept the parish church in repair, or were distributed as alms to the poor.
The churches must owe, as we all do know,
"This cost is the bachelers made by ales thesn be ther med."The date is about 1480.
The ordinary official givers of the church-ale were two wardens who, after collecting subscriptions in money or kind from every one of their fairly well-to-do parishioners, provided a revel that not infrequently passed the wake in costliness and diversity of amusements.
The board, at which everyone received a welcome who could pay for his entertainment, was loaded with good cheer; and after the feasters had eaten and drunk to contentment, if not to excess, they took part in sport on the turf of the churchyard, or on the sward of the village green.
The athletes of the parish distinguished themselves in wrestling, boxing, quoit throwing; the children cheered the mummers and the morris dancers; and round a maypole decorated with ribbons, the lads and lasses plied their nimble feet to the music of the fifes, bagpipes, drums and fiddles.
When they had wearied themselves by exercise, the revellers returned to the replenished board; and not seldom the feast, designed to begin and end in a day, was protracted into a demoralising debauch of a week's or even a month's duration. The Manchester Time
On Whit Monday, in the morning, will be a punting match...The first boat that comes in to receive a guinea...In the afternoon a gold-laced hat, worth 30s. to be cudgell'd for...On Whit Tuesday, in the morning, a fine Holland smock and ribbons, to be run for by girls and young women. And in the afternoon six pairs of buckskin gloves to be wrestled for.
Good Selling Good Fundraising