Local photographer expands business at Marshalls Yard

Emma Walker

Award winning Gainsborough Photographer Emma Walker has opened a new photography studio at Marshalls Yard this week.

Emma has been working from a detached home studio for the past 3 and a half years but has now outgrown the space and is expanding into a new premises at Marshalls Yard’s Pattern Store.

The new Photography Studio specialises in maternity, newborn, milestone and family portraits as well as pet portraits. There is a wide range of luxurious outfits, backdrops and props available for you to use during your portrait session.

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New Cardzone Store Opens at Marshall’s Yard

Marshall's Yard

The greeting card and gift company Cardzone has opened a new store at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough.

Cardzone opened its first shop in Sheffield in 2005 and now has more than 100 stores across the UK with the new Marshall’s Yard store the latest to open its doors to shoppers.

The brand-new store at Marshall’s Yard opened on Saturday September 19th with a special ribbon cutting with the staff who were joined by area manager Andy Hicks. The Cardzone team pride themselves on offering top brands at affordable prices.

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Forming a ‘civil body politic’

Once they arrived on the shores of America in mid-November, the Pilgrims faced a hard winter, realised they needed a new legal agreement, and managed to survive thanks to help from the Wampanoag Native Americans who already lived there.

The ship stopped just off the coast of modern-day Provincetown in Massachusetts, some way off from their intended destination to the south in Virginia. They needed to find a suitable place to live, so some of the men were sent out to scout the coast around Cape Cod. The rest of the passengers stayed aboard the ship for some weeks.

William Bradford, who would become the new colony’s Governor within the year, recalled their arrival in his diary. The exploring party briefly encountered some Native Americans near the shore and later came upon an abandoned settlement where they found buried seed corn, something they’d never seen before. They took this to use for planting the next year. The place was deserted after a period known as the Great Dying, when many indigenous people died from diseases brought by European colonists and explorers.

Back on the ship, they needed to come to some agreement among themselves – to ensure their own survival:

“… a combination [agreement] [was] made by them before they came ashore, being the first foundation of their government in this place; occasioned partly by the discontented & mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amongst them had [made] – that when they came ashore they would use their own liberty; for none had power to command them, the patent [permission] they had being for Virginia, and not for New-England, which belonged to another Government, with which the Virginia Company had nothing to do.”

‘Strangers’ was a term used by the Separatists to mean anyone who wasn’t a member of their religious group. The two groups clearly had difficulty getting along, and so they needed to agree how best to work together. Bradford recited the Compact’s terms as follows:

“In the name of God, Amen.

We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, & Ireland king, defender of the faith, &c., having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these present solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just & equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet & convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11 of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, & Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty fourth. Anno. Dom. 1620.”

It was signed by the men, in an effort to pull together the disparate group of passengers and their families.

Many of their struggles were only just beginning, but it was thanks to meeting Squanto and Samoset – two local Native Americans – that they were able to grow crops they weren’t familiar with and survive. These men spoke English because they’d been captured previously to be sold as slaves in Europe. Somehow, they had returned home, only to find many of their people had died.

This is the final post for our PilgrimAGE series, which culminated in the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage this week, on Wednesday 16th September 2020. To mark that historic moment, Mayflower 400 released a new online documentary produced by the History Hit team and presented by historian Dan Snow, so if you’ve found the story interesting, you might also like to watch the documentary below or listen to Dan Snow’s Mayflower podcast.

Snap Fitness to open new Gainsborough gym!

Snap Fitness

The global fitness brand Snap Fitness is opening a brand-new 24-hour gym in the former DW Sports Fitness unit at Marshall’s Yard.

The Snap team are planning to launch the new gym in December and customers can register their interest in joining through the company’s website.

The new look gym is currently being fitted out with the latest state of the art fitness equipment and will house cardio and resistance areas as well as a large free weights section and spacious fitness studio with a timetable of free group classes.

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Mayflower Choral Commission

Mayflower ship

David Fawcett – Cantata: A sure refuge

Composer David Fawcett has written ‘A Sure Refuge’, a major new 50 minute cantata reflecting on the Pilgrims’ story and its resonance today. David, a former student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Gainsborough and Head Chorister and Organ Scholar at All Saints’ Parish Church, is also a choral director and professional musician. His work will be performed in the town next year.

This piece of work was commissioned by West Lindsey District Council supported by funding from Arts Council England.

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TV Historian Dan Snow Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the Sailing of the Mayflower

Anna Scott at Gainsborough Old Hall

West Lindsey District Council recognises this historic date by raising awareness of the area’s links by contributing to the online documentary.

Wednesday 16 September is an important date in history, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary through the Separatist movements that originated in this region, some of whom later led the journey to America.

Presented by well-known TV historian Dan Snow, the documentary will reflect the story of the Pilgrims’ roots and their journeys, the impact on the Native American people who helped them when they first arrived and the wider colonial context of the Mayflower’s voyage.

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Coming to America

The Mayflower set sail for Virginia in September 1620 with around 130 passengers and crew. In late
November, the ship sighted land – but they were further north than planned. After a long voyage across the
Atlantic, the Pilgrims were just off the coast of Massachusetts.

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Indentured passengers on the Mayflower

There were a range of different passengers on the Mayflower, a mixture of Separatist families and others sent to help establish a new colony by those sponsoring the voyage.

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Gainsborough enjoys three day Continental Street Market this August Bank Holiday

Gainsborough Continental Market

Shoppers turned out for Gainsborough’s three-day Continental Street Market which took place over the Bank Holiday Weekend (29th, 30th and 31st August).

Stalls located in the town centre and Marshall’s Yard offered a variety of tastes from around the world including foods from Greece, and Germany as well as Asian and Italian dishes – there were also sweet treats, children’s rides and fresh produce from local traders.

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