This year's St Ealdhelm's Day visit is to Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, a recreation of an Anglo-Saxon working farm. The event will take place this coming Saturday, 21st May 2022. We will meet at the farm at 11.30 am, and there will be a re-enactment of a battle between Saxons and Britons at 2.00 pm. Food is not available on site, so bring a packed lunch.
If you wish to attend, book your ticket(s) via their website, and then look for the people wearing Wessex flag T-shirts. Because time slots are hourly, you will need to book for the 11.00 slot, the staff are aware that we won't be there until 11.30. We hope to see you there.
Today is the feast day of St Ealdhelm, also known as Wessex Day. It is customary for us to show pictures of those local authorities who have flown the flag of Wessex outside their offices, but of course, council offices are all closed this year.
So instead, here's a picture of some Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, a cultivated variety of Crataegus monogyna biflora, or Glastonbury Thorn, whose colours approximate those of the flag. The Society regards the Hawthorn, or Mayflower, as the Wessex flower par excellence, due to its association with Glastonbury and the fact that it blooms around this time of year. Some people regard the Crimson Cloud variety as a bit gaudy, but personally, I rather like the idea of a red and gold (well, OK, hot pink and pale yellow) hawthorn.
Thanks to Bob Beecham for sending us this page from his church's magazine.