By Sue Young

Helpston Editor

susan.c.young107@btinternet.com

John Clare Festival 2016

  • 18 July 2016
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The annual John Clare Festival was held in Helpston between 15-17th July. Below are a selection of photographs, kindly provided by Sue Young

New President of the John Clare Society, Carry Akroyd and member and art gallery owner, Anna Kinnaird share a joke as they wait  for Carry to set off to view the three oak trees planted at Swaddywell by the Langdyke Trust for John Clare, Ronald Blythe and Edmund Blunden.  Ronald Blythe is the former president, and the poet, Edmund Blunden was instrumental in bringing many of Clare’s old manuscripts to light.  Chauffeur was John Conder, who owns the 1930 vintage Model A Ford Roadster and the 1946 Austin 16 behind.  Monica Agnes, who was responsible for the decoration of the John Clare memorial, drove the Austin. Publicity Officer, Ann Marshall had fun getting into the ‘dicky’ seat at the back, but that photo is one for the archives only!

Carry Akroyd, new President of the John Clare Society, pictured beside the Midsummer Cushions, brought by the children from John Clare School.  Head Teacher, Rachel Simmons, laid a special turf in memory of the late Peter Moyse who had given medals which were issued for the first time to winners of the poetry competition.  

The John Clare memorial, beautifully decorated for the Festival using foliage and wheat by Monica Agnes.

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