The Midsummer Stroll was a resounding success, attracting over sixty participants and the occasion of several ‘firsts’ – Andrew made his acting debut in a scene involving several characters (another first) and there was live music provided as part of the event. Everyone joined in, wearing head dresses made from locally sourced greenery and walking round the facsimile Swedish Maypole in the manner of various animals. Refreshments were provided en route.
After making floral chaplets, the audience were led to the refreshment table. Then Erik told them about the origins of the Swedish Maypole with its characteristic twin wreaths suspended on the cross pole. Alison appeared from the side path as a hiking fairy and recited a verse, before fleeing. When the crowd followed in her footsteps. they encountered the Pyramus and Thisbe scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, before chancing upon John as The Green Man, resplendent in embroidered cape and lime green merkin.
The final leg of the journey took everyone through the margins of the Common to a secluded nook where two young girls demonstrated their skill with the clarinet, before Erik recited a solemn piece about the English countryside…before changing to an upbeat piece of music and inviting anyone who was willing, to parade across the Common, rustling and jingling, to the Old Mill where we congratulated ourselves and celebrated what we had achieved.