|Where:||Lymm, Cheshire starting at the Village Hall on Pepper Street and ending at St Mary's Church|
|When:||Sunday nearest August 12th|
Lymm is one of the few locations in which the once-common custom of rush bearing still takes place. Back in the days when churches had cold earth floors, the annual renewal of rushes on the floor for cleanliness and warmth became an occasion for celebration. Most of the surviving customs are in the northeastern corner of England and some involve rushcarts and flower covered bearings. At Lymm, as well as the Thelwall Morris Dancers in their flower bedecked hats, you can expect to see a procession including local WI members, councillors and civic officials and members of the Youth Club all carrying rushes, banners and garlands to the church, where a special service follows. The parish church is dedicated to St Mary, so the festival is held near her feast-day in August.
In 2016 it was due to take place on Sunday August 14th but it was been cancelled “for bureaucratic reasons”, though a small number of dancers walked the route with rushes to keep the tradition alive. Will be watching out for news for 2017….hopefully the full event will resume on Sunday 13th August.
Click here for Thelwall Morris Men : http://www.thelwallmorris.org.uk
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