Cowslip Sunday 2012

Posted April 7th, 2012 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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, the local news and information website for Lambley, Lowdham, and Woodborough.

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Review of Cowslip Sunday 2011

Posted June 4th, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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Our sister site, 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

Parading the Cowslip banner, created by local artist Donna Rumble-Smith, through the village. Lambley Jack (Fred Swan) leads the way.

Members of the audience were drafted in to help Lambley Jack and Ralph de Cromwell in their battle with Rotbeard

Confrontation between King Plumrocks and Rotbeard the Giant - can Cowslip Sunday be saved?

A large crowd turned out, despite the high winds, and enjoyed the single performance of this year's Lambley Jack Cowslip play

"I'm a fairy and I live in cowslips"

Meet the Giant of Ploughman Wood

Posted April 30th, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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.

Can Lambley Jack save Cowslip Sunday from his terrible foe Rotbeard? There's only one way to find out - by watching the performance on Sunday 1 May

Cowslip procession – extended route

Posted April 28th, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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.

The route of Lambley's Cowslip Procession, 1 May 2011

Video preview of Lambley Jack and the Giant of Ploughman Wood

Posted April 28th, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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 Jack needs you!

Posted February 21st, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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

Bunting makers wanted

Posted February 16th, 2011 by russ and filed in Uncategorized
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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 or text on 07772 296916 in the first instance just to let her know if you are able to help.