On Sunday 13 May Ashwell in Hertfordshire will hold an ‘At Home’ day on the theme of War, Women and Community, celebrating the centenary of Votes for Women and the 1918 Armistice. There will be 15 open gardens to tour, a plant stall, a range of musical performances, a suffragette rally and march, readings in the church commemorating Votes for Women and the men of Ashwell who gave their lives in the First World War, guided walks and talks about the impact of the First World War on Ashwell and a talk about the connection of Gertrude Jekyll with Ashwell, in a garden designed by her. The programme includes workshops for children and performances by the Letchworth Morris Men and, in Tudor costume, by the Herts Early Dance group. Traditional and modern crafts will be exhibited. Other attractions are a traditional cricket match and a fun fair on the village recreation ground, a unique Arts and Crafts chapel of rest, a demonstration of cow milking, and opportunities to see buildings displaying plaques with historical information. Ashwell’s Town Crier will be on hand to give directions.
Ashwell at Home runs from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Coffee and home-made lunches and teas will be served at four different locations around the village. The day ends with a performance in Ashwell St Mary’s church by the village’s Big Sing choir.
Entry to everything is by wristband, which comes with a 24-page programme and map and costs £7 per adult on the day, £6 if booked in advance; accompanied children free.
For further information please see the website http://www.ashwellathome.org.uk