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Mayflower 400 Daffodils Planted in Gainsborough to Commemorate Anniversary

Planting Mayflower Daffodil bulbs

Planting has begun this month with a unique daffodil bulb, developed to commemorate the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower next year.

The Springfields Horticultural Society based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has produced the bulbs, who are dedicated to the promotion, study and practice of horticulture, in particular the cultivation and development of flowers grown from bulbs and corms.

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Mayflower 400 Programme Sets Sail

Mayflower 400., Illuminate, Plymouth

A year-long four nation commemoration programme, involving the UK, USA, Netherlands and Wampanoag nations, will commemorate and explore the 400 year anniversary of the journey and impact of one of history’s most famous ships, The Mayflower

  • A world class public art and cultural programme funded by, amongst others, £1.7million from Arts Council England and £500k from the Treasury/DCMS
  • Projects developed in collaboration with Wampanoag and wider Native American tribes include a Theatre Royal Plymouth production This Land; a major commission, Wampum Belt and contemporary art installation, Settlement
  • Commemorations will take place in 13 compact partner destinations across the UK (Austerfield, Scrooby & Babworth, Gainsborough, Boston, Immingham, Worcestershire; Chorley, Harwich, Southwark, City of London, Southampton, Dartmouth and Plymouth) and internationally in the USA and the Netherlands

To coincide with Thanksgiving, the Mayflower compact partnership today, Thursday 28 November, announces details of the Mayflower 400 programme. A commemorative year of events and exhibitions  around the destinations central to the Mayflower story will mark the 400th anniversary of the 1620 journey undertaken by 102 passengers and crew to the ‘new world’ of America. To mark the day the ship set sail, a major four nations public ceremony will take place on 16 September 2020 in Plymouth.

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Gainsborough gears up for a festive Farmers’ and Craft Market in December

Farmers Market

The sound of sleigh bells may definitely be heard at December’s Gainsborough’s Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday, December 14.

Open between between 9am-3pm, as usual the market promises to be filled with stalls offering fresh seasonal produce, hot or cold food and drink, handmade crafts and gifts – plus a couple of festive additions to this month’s line up.

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Leading Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots region

United Reformed Church, Gainsborough

The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough stands as a memorial to John Robinson, famously known as the pastor to the Pilgrims and one of the founders of the Separatist movements.

He led the Pilgrims to the Dutch town of Leiden, helping them plan their pioneering voyage of the Mayflower. However he would never make the journey. He was instrumental in planning a second Pilgrim voyage but would tragically die before being able to live his dream.

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Local talent on show this month in Retford and Gainsborough

Imagination Museum

A series of celebratory dance performances, featuring local schoolchildren, singers and artists, directed by multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green.

Following a year of performances and workshops, two celebratory performances mark the culmination of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project working with PiIgrim Roots communities across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

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Record parade turnout sparks beginning of Mayflower commemorative year

Gainsborough Illuminate 2019

The town centre was a sight to behold as record numbers lit up the streets of Gainsborough with their colourfully decorated handmade lanterns on Saturday.

More than 300 people joined the mesmerising Illuminate Parade, the first of six parades taking place across the country.

Starting at the United Reformed Church, community groups, young people and families paraded through the town with an impressive array of lanterns, before watching a spectacular light projection show onto the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall.

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New Restaurant Venture Announced for Gainsborough

Travelodge

Plans for a stylish new restaurant and bar opening in Gainsborough were unveiled last week.

The Forge Restaurant and Bar, which will be situated at the ground floor of Gainsborough’s Travelodge Hotel is planned to open in time for Christmas. The couple behind the popular Cream Café at Marshall’s Yard as well as the former Root Café at the centre, Mette and Michael Robinson, are taking on this exciting new venture.

Artist Workshops come to Gainsborough

Macrame Weaving

Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of free workshops next month inspired by the Mayflower story which commemorates its 400th anniversary next year.

The ‘Spirit of the Mayflower’ project is led by Rachel Carter, an Artist Sculptor based on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. Inspired by the Mayflower story, Rachel’s project explores storytelling, visual art and history through the textural language of sculpture. She recently travelled to America on a freight ship, creating a modern version of the Mayflower pilgrimage to encounter the woven history of the Wampanoag tribe who were the first to come in to contact with the Pilgrims after arriving in the ‘new world’.

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