At the Maypole in Miners Bay Park - 2012
Photo credit:Tom Hobley
The Mayne Island Conservancy began organising May Day Celebrations on the island five years ago and they quickly became the biggest draw, and a significant fund raiser for the Society's more down-to-earth activities. The Morris Dancers, a Piper, Buskers of many sorts, a skilled Master of Mirth and a Queen of the May, complete with Consort and Attendants have engaged and delighted Mayne kids and the inner child of most everybody else.
And This Year ....
EVENTS AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET
At about (all times are approximate ‘cos time is suspended)
|1:00pm||Trumpet player, Morris Dancers, Choir: “Now is the Month of Maying”|
|1.20pm||Kid’s pledge to Earth Sea Spirit & May Pole Bearers’ swearing-in. Song: Padstow May Song|
|1:40pm||Noisy Procession taking May Pole to Miners Bay Park accompanied by Green Man, May Queens, knights, fairies, drummers, and the rest|
EVENTS AT MINERS BAY PARK
|1:55pm||Pole delivered to park|
|2:00pm||Coronation of 2013 May Queen by last year’s Queen. Speeches by Green Man and new May Queen.|
|2:25pm||May Pole erected accompanied by a song: Hal-an-toe.|
|2:30pm||Kids’ dance around the pole with May Queen & Green Man.|
|2:40pm||Dance of our lovely Mayne Maidens around the pole.|
|2:45pm||Raffle Draw # 1|
|2:50pm||Community Spiral Dance everyone welcome.|
|Games Area, Labyrinth & Gazebo|
|3:00pm||Kids’ refreshment & Raffle Draw # 2|
|3:10pm||Adults’ refreshments kids’ games and Races.|
|3:25pm|| Morris Dancers with more dances….maybe!|
May Day in Years Past
Because so many Conservancy members and supporters have contributed to May Day in past years, older stories about May Day have been archived together with links to the photographs of the fun and games then unfolding. Click here to visit our "Programme Archive."