Grasmere Rushbearing 2015

Doesn’t time fly past. Another year another Rushbearing Ceremony in Grasmere.

Hope Rules A Land Forever Green

Hope Rules A Land Forever Green

I have written about the history of Grasmere Rushbearing many times in this blog, but it never fails to be one of my favourite days in the village.

Grasmere Rushbearing 2015

Grasmere Rushbearing 2015

After a weather forecast that wasn’t looking good at all, the procession took place with dry weather. I was actually at work but dashed down the hill to view the procession and take some photos. I always have a dilemma about where to stand but my good friend Taffy the Grasmere Storyteller took the decision out of my hands when he offered a cup of tea in the Storytellers Garden to enjoy while watching.

Enjoying a cuppa with Taffy

Enjoying a cuppa with Taffy

A great Lake District tradition begins.

Hold these banners high

Hold these banners high

And here comes the band.

Here comes the band

Here comes the band

Villagers young and old(er) took part.

Children enjoy the parade

Children enjoy the parade

Even our local thespian Doctor takes part. Still can’t forget his performance as Toad of Toad Hall in Grasmere Players production a few years ago.

Grasmere Rushbearing

As always the highlight of the parade are the Rushbearing Maidens.

Rushbearing Maidens 2015

Rushbearing Maidens 2015

Rushbearing Maidens

Rushbearing Maidens

Through the village they process until they reach Moss Parrock in the centre of the village for the Rushbearing hymn. Back through the village again to the Church.

Return journey

Return journey

Alex who was holding the cross at the start of the parade had been baking scones all day at National Trust Allan Bank and literally ran down the hill to take part. He looks amazingly relaxed! By now these bearings feel heavier and heavier!.

Back to church

Back to church

The Rev’d Cameron Butland leads the way back to church for the Rushbearing service. A little bird tells me this may be his last Grasmere Rushbearing Parade.

Grasmere Rushbearing 2015

Grasmere Rushbearing 2015

So another Rushbearing Parade escaped the rain! See you in 2016.

A good friend who I met through the wonders of Twitter @Loftylion9 was watching the parade with me. She took the beautiful shot below and gave me permission to use it.

Rushbearing Maidens

Rushbearing Maidens

Below is a link to the history of Rushbearing that I previously wrote on this blog.

https://grasmerevillage.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/grasmere-rushbearing-ceremony

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6 responses to “Grasmere Rushbearing 2015”

  1. Marion Elliott [ne Todd from High Wray] says :

    just wonderful, one year I will remember and get to see the Grasmere Rushbearing.
    Some of my family used to live in Grasmere and now at rest in the church yard but I have an old photograph of my Great Aunt Sarah and Master William Peascod Graves, born 1920, in his push chair…….
    happy memories

  2. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says :

    Wonderful photos …Thank you for sharing your world 🙂
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

  3. Christy, Just 2 Moms says :

    Thank you so much for posting….my father is a Wordsworth scholar and so we spent bits of my childhood living in Grasmere and attending both the Village School and the Lakes School (1970’s & 1980) . My parents, sister and I all love the photos and blog as we felt that we could of been standing right there. I even spotted Mary Bowers in the 4th photo, who we haven’t seen in 30+ years! We enjoy every blog–keep them coming!

    • cragchris says :

      Thanks for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes Mary is still playing an active part in village life. She even does quilling craft sessions at National Trust Allan Bank in the village. Long may it continue.

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