Ickwell May Day

The next May Day will be held on Monday 1st May 2017
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Lucy Menheneott on Ickwell May Day 2016


Following the procession from Northill to Ickwell, Lucy Menheneott was crowned as this year’s May Queen on Monday as part of the traditional May Day celebrations. Last year’s May Queen Jenny Hawkes crowned Queen Lucy. Annabel Walker presented the garland and Fiona Sutherland presented the sceptre. Lucy was also attended by Sophie Bryant and Molly Woodman and her page boys were Aidan and Andrew. Lucy was then presented with a locket as a keepsake of the day by former May Queen Charlotte Freeman (nee Collins).
The rain held off long enough for a spectacular display of dancing. The stalls and sideshows across the road provided additional entertainment and there were excellent refreshments, including home-made cakes, in the village hall. The Ickwell May Day Committee is still planning to hold a display of its archives in 2017. If you have any old photos or film of Ickwell May Day that you would be willing to copy or loan for this event, please contact Richard Beaty on 01767 627119 or e-mail: richard.beaty@btinternet.com Details of the event will be published on the Ickwell May Day website, in the parish magazine and local press nearer the time.



Old Scholars

Old documents show that celebrating May Day was an established custom here as far back as 1563. The current form of celebrations, with the plaiting of ribbons and a May Queen, began in 1894 and has been held nearly every year since. We don’t have photographs going quite that far back, but we are planning to have a display of our records and archive photography in 2017.


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Past May Queens

The photo gallery page includes archival photographs of most of the past May Queens going back to 1911

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