|Where:||Farndon, Cheshire from the centre of the village to St Chad's Church|
|When:||Saturday in mid- July|
Every July the villagers at Farndon parade to St Chad’s Church for their Rush Bearing Celebrations. Before churches had paved floors, rushes were strewn to keep the earth floors sweet and it was common to make a special occasion from their annual renewal. Few such customs survive and the ones which do are mainly in North-West England. At Farndon the special service in the church is preceded by a procession involving the local schoolchildren, their Rush Bearing Queen and the Farndon and District Brass Band, and flowers and rushes are used to decorate the churchyard.
There’s a fete with lots of stalls and entertainments and refreshments are availalable in the Memorial Hall nearby.
Church-crawlers may be interested to know that St Chad’s was badly damaged while used as a garrison during the Civil wars, and that John Speed the famous cartographer donated plate to St Chad’s as his place of baptism.
In 2016 it was on Saturday July 9th – 2017 date is yet to be confirmed.
Click here for the school website: http://www.farndon.cheshire.sch.uk
the band : http://www.farndonband.org.uk/Events
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