West Lindsey District Council launch community art project to inspire residents to learn about the Mayflower Pilgrims
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary as separatist movements originated in this region that led them on their journey to America.
A group of Separatists were thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain. The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough also stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was also one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.
To commemorate this significant anniversary, West Lindsey District Council are inviting the public to take part in a community art project which involves making ‘May Flowers’, more commonly known as Hawthorn, using a range of different materials.