Crowds flock to Ashwell at Home event to mark 1,100th anniversary of the village

PUBLISHED: 14:37 21 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 21 May 2017

Dancers from Colchester and St Albans historical dance schools. Picture: Clive Porter

Dancers from Colchester and St Albans historical dance schools. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

This year’s Ashwell at Home event last weekend was another corker, with activities and events marking the village’s 1,100th anniversary.

Jeremy Bates and daughter Flora open up their garden for the event. Picture: Clive PorterJeremy Bates and daughter Flora open up their garden for the event. Picture: Clive Porter

Ashwell at Home saw businesses, community groups and homes opening their doors for people on Sunday last week, to explore the picturesque village and raise funds for the village museum, church and school.

Visitors enjoyed Morris dancing, live music, reinactments and a host of activities to see them through the last 11 centuries.

Rosemary Pearch is the secretary of the village hall.

“It was very good,” she said.

“There was obviously lots going on and people were enjoying themselves.”

At the village primary school there was a model of Ashwell as it might have been in the year 917, and a display of the records of Ashwell’s Domesday entry at the church.

Other highlights included a 14th century Riots and Death walk and talk, and a session of Tudor dancing to mark the 16th century.

See ashwellathome.org.uk for more.

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