COWSLIP Sunday is marked on the first Sunday on May each year in the Nottinghamshire village of Lambley, and in recent years has included the very popular Lambley Jack play, Cowslip Procession through the village, and other events.
These activities, organised by and held under the auspices of the Lambley Arts Festival, will return in 2014.
The highly successful events in 2010, 2011, and 2012 have been well received locally and further afield. However, key members of the organisers have other commitments which mean that a repeat performance in 2013 will not be possible.
Nevertheless, Cowslip Sunday will be marked this year in Lambley with a local event known as Cowslip Field Day. Details of this have been published in the parish newsletter, and are reproduced below.
FOLLOWING the hugely successful revival of Cowslip Sunday in recent years, the event returns on Sunday 6 May 2012.
Proceedings kick off with the opening of the Cowslip Arts and Crafts Fair in Lambley Village Hall at 12.00 noon. This runs until 4.00pm, with 20 or so stalls offering a wide range of high quality products for sale.
The procession starts around 2pm, with a variety of colourful characters, led by our local hero Lambley Jack, following the Cowslip banner through the delightful village of Lambley, Nottinghamshire.
Meanwhile, in the Lambley Dumbles, a new development for 2012 is called Poetry Seen. Snatches of verse, written by everyone from Shakespeare to the children at the local school, are displayed on banners in the charming rustic setting of Lambley’s trademark geological features.
Much attention will focus on the outdoor play, which is performed once and once only on Farmer Dickie’s stage behind the village hall. This year’s panto-esque production is called Lambley Jack and the Golden Stockings, and provides family entertainment for all. Oh yes it does.
Attendance at the fair, watching the procession, viewing the poetry in the dumbles, and seeing the play, are all free for everybody.
Cowlsip Sunday 2012 rounds off with the now-legendary Cowslip Ceilidh, held in the village hall from 7.30pm until late. Tickets available on the door – first come, first served – at £4 adults, children free.
More details on Cowslip Sunday on this website soon, so do check back. See also Lambley Arts Festival website and dumbles.co.uk, the local news and information website for Lambley, Lowdham, and Woodborough.
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Our sister site http://dumbles.co.uk, which provides regular news for Lambley and surrounding villages, published a brief report on the events of Cowslip Sunday 2011. You can see it here. Below is a small selection of photographs of the Cowslip Procession and the one-time-only performance of this year’s cowslip play, Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood
This year Lambley Jack, the hero of Cowslip Sunday, comes up against his most formidable foe yet – Rotbeard, the Giant of Ploughman Wood. The one-time-only performance of Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood takes place at about 2.45pm on Sunday 1 May 2011 – Cowslip Sunday. The play takes place after the village procession – see below – on the playing field behind Lambley Village Hall. Below is an exclusive preview of the Giant in rehearsals inside the hall.
The route of the Cowslip Procession through Lambley has been extended for 2011 – see diagram below. Setting off from Lambley Village Hall at 2pm, the procession will pass along Spring Lane to Orchard Rise, looping back towards the village hall. It then proceeds along Main Street, past the Robin Hood Inn, and turns right up Church Street. Taking a shortcut through the churchyard, it joins Orchard Rise before returning back along Main Street to the village hall.
Our thanks go to Oliver D-P for creating this delightful, if slightly surreal, preview of 2011′s play Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood, and posting it on YouTube.
Lambley’s rejuvenated Cowslip Sunday celebrations are being talked about far and wide. A recent article on Wiltshire Rose, a website dedicated to all things English, describes Cowslip Sunday as “a wonderfully eccentric, English celebration of the return of the sun“.
Author Paul Wiltshire takes in a broad range of English history, from Alfred the Great to Trafalger and the blitz, before commenting on a number of unique festivals and celebrations held in the ancient area of Sherwood. These include May Day at Edwinstowe, May Pole Day at Wellow, and the Blue Riband at Ollerton.
On one point the organisers of Cowslip Sunday might take exception with Mr Wiltshire’s generous praise for Cowslip Sunday: he observes that on 1 May 2011 Lambley village will “offer a poignant public performance of Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood“.
I’ve read the script. I’ve been to the rehearsals. This play may be many things, but it certainly isn’t poignant!
TO CELEBRATE Cowslip Sunday on 1 May 2011, Lambley Arts Festival will once again present a veritable feast of entertainment – including a free open-air performance of a brand-new production, Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood.
Last year’s show was a huge success, and our 2011 offering features more cowslip-related fun and adventure. A terrible giant threatens the future of Cowslip Sunday. Who could possibly save the day?
We are now looking for adults and children, regardless of age and experience, from within Lambley and beyond, to be part of this new community production.
Whether it’s a small part or something bigger, or if you could help behind the scenes with costumes or props, please come along to find out more. No auditions. If you want to be involved, then you’re in.
If you are interested and want to find out more, please come to Lambley Village Hall on Monday 21 March at 6.30pm.
For more information please call 07914 942019
LAMBLEY ARTS FESTIVAL needs many metres of bunting to line the route of the procession through the village on Cowslip Sunday.
Can you help? We need as much bunting as we can get, stitched onto string or tape. The predominant colours should be green and yellow – the colour of cowslips – and the bunting can be made from plain or patterned fabric.
Donna Rumble-Smith, the local artist who made Lambley’s magnificent cowslip banners, says that this is a chance to recycle unwanted clothing, sheets, pillowcases, or waste fabric. Contributions may take the form of completed bunting, or of appropriate fabrics or tape. Why not organise a bunting making party with some friends?
All offers of help are gratefully received. Contact Donna email@example.com or text on 07772 296916 in the first instance just to let her know if you are able to help.
COWSLIP SUNDAY RETURNS FOR 2011 – bigger, better, and cowslippier than ever before.
This year’s festivities kick off a day early, on Cowslip Eve (Sat 30 April 2011) with a special event in Lambley Church. Check back here for more details, as they become available.
The majority of activities take place on the first Sunday in May - Cowslip Sunday in Lambley since ancient times – which this year falls on 1st May 2011.
There will once again be a procession through the village, led by Lambley Jack and parading the Cowslip banners. This year the route is extended to include more of the village. The procession starts at the village hall at about 2pm, passing along Spring Lane and Cromwell Crescent and then Main Street, Church Street, and Orchard Rise before returning to the village hall in time for…
Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood is the new play for this year’s Cowslip Sunday. Written and directed by David Longford, this picks up on the success of last year’s inaugural Lambley Jack production with a new adventure involving fairies, vikings, cowslips, and accountants. Once again the production will be free to watch in the open-air ambience of Farmer Dickie’s stage, on the playing field behind the village hall.
New for Cowslip Sunday 2011 is the Cowslip Arts and Crafts Fair, in the village hall through the afternoon. This provides a chance to see and purchase the work of top-quality local artists and craftspeople. Among those already confirmed is a chainsaw artist, and a limited number of further spaces are still available. Anybody interested in taking part should contact David Longford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cowslip Sunday rounds out with the now-legendary Cowslip Ceilidh in the village hall. Once again we have been lucky enough to secure the talents of Sheepish Grin to provide music and dance calling as we strive to recreate the revelry of the Cowslip Sundays of yore.
Much more information will be flowing as we build up to the most important annual festivities in the lovely Nottinghamshire village of Lambley, so please check back regularly. In the meantime please note the first public meeting on Monday 21 March in the village hall at 6.30pm, to which all are invited. This is your chance to put yourself forward to take part in the play, or to help with organising the event in other ways, and you will be very welcome indeed.