Sun shines on Musgrave rushbearing ceremony

Date: Friday 11th July 2014
The children scatter rushes on the earthen floor of a barn near St. Theobald’s Church before moving on to the service.
The children scatter rushes on the earthen floor of a barn near St. Theobald’s Church before moving on to the service.

THE sun shone for the annual Great Musgrave rushbearing festivities, which featured children and adults walked from the village institute to St. Theobald’s Church behind the rushbearing banner to the sound of marching bands.

Gathered at St. Theobald’s Church, Musgrave, are some of those who took part in the rushbearing parade, including Canon Carole Marsden and banner bearers Nick Oughton and Arthur Dowson
Gathered at St. Theobald’s Church, Musgrave, are some of those who took part in the rushbearing parade, including Canon Carole Marsden and banner bearers Nick Oughton and Arthur Dowson

This year the children were also given rushes as they approached St. Theobald’s, and went into the barn nearby and covered the earthen floor with rushes, before moving to the church for the service.

This was a reminder of the original reason for rushbearing ceremonies the scattering of rushes on church floors to refresh them.

The traditional service was led by Canon Carole Marsden, who gave a light-hearted but meaningful address encouraging the children and the adults to take part.

Hymns were sung and the organist was David Opperman. The children then handed their crosses and crowns to be placed on the altar.

At the end of the service, afternoon tea was served in the village hall, followed by sports organised by Barbara Wilson.

Children carrying crowns or crosses were Emma and Caitlin Pedley, Emily Davidson, Anya Mandale, Sarah,Eleanor and Grace Featherstone, Grace Keating, Skye Gilby Steadman, Roman and Eden Watson, Robert Davidson, Zak Mandale, Ross Steadman and Brodie Gilby Steadman.