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Tales from the Archives - 5

Revelling in 1921

The format of the Fernhurst May Revels as we know it today was revived by Miss Alice Tudor and others in 1920, based on memories of 19th century celebrations. The earliest account we have in the Archive is from 1921.

The May Revels began with a procession to the Church for a short service then continued on to the gardens of the Vicarage.

The May Queen, Ada Still, proceeded to her throne escorted by children who scattered flowers in her path. There she was met by her Prince, little Master Lowry Bonsey, son of the Vicar, who was waiting to crown her.

A most attractive programme of Old English country dances followed and a clever sword dance by Hindhead Boy Scouts. There were many games and competitions with valuable prizes to be won. Hook’em was particularly popular as the prize was a sack of coal. The winner kindly handed it over to the vicar to be given to some deserving person in the parish. Clock golf and a tortoise bicycle race also added to the fun.

The Fernhurst String Band, under the direction of Mr H Andrews rendered a delightful programme of music during the afternoon and on into the evening for dancing, which continued till eight o’clock.

If you would like to know more about this story, or research other local topics, the Archive is open on Tuesdays, 2.30-5pm in the Village Hall. Other times by arrangement.

Christine Maynard
Fernhurst Archive

One of a series of short articles bringing you some of the incidents from our rich village history. Collated by Christine Maynard, based on documents preserved at the Fernhurst Archives, these originally were published in the monthly Fernhurst News.

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