Bishops Castle Midsummer Rejoicing

Where: Bishops Castle, Shropshire- procession from High Street to Church of St John the Baptist
When: Sunday in mid June
Time: 10.30 am Procession, 11am Service

 

 

High Street

Midsummer is the patronal feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th and many churches with this dedication celebrate in mid June, near the ancient festival of the Summer Solstice. At Bishops Castle there is a traditional village fete on the Saturday from 2pm-4pm while on the Sunday morning a rushcart procession forms on the High Street with morris dancers, making its way downhill to the Church for the special service at 11 am. The cart is squeezed into the church during the service and dancing takes place in the aisles; there’s plenty of singing, mostly to well-known tunes, and children place posies around the cart. Following the service, a barbecue and morris dancing take place in the churchyard. Rushcarts and rushbearing are usually typical of North Western England so this one is unusual its setting; the High Street is prettily bedecked with bunting and makes a beautiful backdrop.

Helpful Hints

In 2018 it will be on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June (to be confirmed).

Plenty of free parking is well sign-posted around town.

For the church & event website click here : http://ridgewaychurch.wordpress.com/

and here : http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/mc-events/bishops-castle-midsummer-rejoicing-3/


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