Gainsborough’s Illuminate 2018

Gainsborough’s Pilgrims Illuminate event this November

Pilgrim Roots Commemoration Receives Arts Council Funding.

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, Gainsborough will host its second Illuminate event on 21st November.

West Lindsey District Council have been awarded £15,000 for a second commemorative event to mark the heritage of the Separatists and Pilgrims, some of whom sailed on the Mayflower to America nearly 400 years ago, continuing the countdown to 2020’s anniversary.

Cllr Sheila Bibb, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the council said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to have a town centre lantern parade here in Gainsborough again this year, and look forward to new and exciting developments for our arts-led Illuminate heritage project.

“There will be the opportunity for all to take part, with free lantern-making workshops in the coming weeks for members of the public to join and create their own lanterns with the chance to come and join the parade through the town centre.”

Workshops are also taking place in schools in the area with professional artists who specialise in willow art, lanterns and festivals. Training sessions for the leaders of uniformed groups are also planned, so that more people can take part in the making and parading. This year’s theme is ‘Pilgrim Children’.

Free public workshops will take place at the following locations and times in Gainsborough:

  • At the X-Church Expo on Wednesday 24 October from 10am-2pm
  • Trinity Arts Centre on Thursday 25 October from 9.30am-12.30pm
  • The United Reformed Church on Saturday 10 November from 10am-4pm
  • Connexions Community Hub on Saturday 17 November from 10am-4pm.

The event will begin for participants with registration at the United Reformed Church from 5.30pm before a performance involving new dance project ‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ at 6pm. A lantern parade through town will follow from 6.30pm, gathering in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church on Wednesday 21st November.

The parade will stop at Gainsborough Old Hall, before moving to the Market Place and finally ending in Marshall’s Yard.

A combination of performances, music, lanterns and artist commissions will create an exciting event for this year’s Illuminate in Gainsborough, which is also supported by Gainsborough Town Council and Bassetlaw Christian Heritage.

As part of the national Mayflower 400 partnership, Illuminate events will be happening across the country during the third week of November, coinciding with Thanksgiving in America.  Places as far apart as Plymouth, Dartmouth, Southwark and Southampton will each stage Illuminate events.

Retford’s parade will be on Tuesday 20 November as part of Bassetlaw Christian Heritage’s ‘Pilgrims Festival’, and Boston – also connected to the Pilgrims’ story – host their parade on Thursday 29 November. It is through collaborative working with Transported in Boston alongside Arts Council England funding that this year’s parade has been made possible. This year will also see an Illuminate event in the Pilgrim village of Scrooby, led by Bassetlaw District Council.

Find out more about Gainsborough’s Pilgrim heritage and West Lindsey’s partnership in the official Mayflower 400 project at www.mayflower400uk.org and www.pilgrimroots.org.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk

Or follow us @WestLindseyDC or find us on www.facebook.com/westlindseydistrictcouncil

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Can you help us? Mayflower memories & the Roots Heritage Lottery Fund project…

Can you help us

The Mayflower arrives… in Retford! It’s 1985, and the ship has just sailed into the Market Place. Were you there? Do you remember seeing this (inland) historic voyage?! We’d love to hear from you as part of the Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This month, we’re holding consultation events to find out what people in Bassetlaw and West Lindsey think about the plans to tell the Pilgrim story around a heritage trail and what’s important about that story.

On Tuesday 20th March, the Project Team will be at:

  • Bassetlaw Museum in Retford between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and
  • Gainsborough Old Hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm – and if you bring a National Lottery ticket with you, you can claim a free hot drink that same day in Chambers Coffee Shop at the Old Hall.

Come along to:

  • see some of our plans and designs for the trail and new gallery at Bassetlaw Museum
  • share your memories of Mayflower commemorations in the past
  • find out about planned activities and events
  • register your interest as a volunteer.

You can also tell us your thoughts about the plan via this short online questionnaire.

Illuminate 2017

What’s on? Coming up, ‘Illuminate‘ across the Pilgrim Roots region:

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Bawtry

Join residents in Austerfield and Bawtry in South Yorkshire as they commemorate their historic links to the Pilgrims’ story – starting in William Bradford’s home village – and finishing with a lantern parade in nearby Bawtry on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Find out more at Eventbrite.

Retford

Join us for our first Illuminate Lantern Parade commemorating Bassetlaw’s role in the Pilgrims’ story, by making lanterns with professional artists then joining Retford’s Illuminate Parade on Tuesday 21 November 2017 – an Arts Council England funded project led by Bassetlaw District Council.

Free Lantern Workshops at:

Aurora Wellbeing Centre, Worksop (S80 2BP) Tuesday 24 October 10am-4pm – with Jess Kemp

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford (DN22 6LD) Friday 27 October 10am-4pm – with Jess Kemp

Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford (DN22 6LB) Saturday 11 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 12 November 12pm-5pm – with Jess Kemp & Vincent Canning

Register on Tuesday 21 November from 4.30pm on Carolgate (near Wilko’s) for a parade start of 5pm to the Market Square

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Gainsborough

Join us for our first Illuminate Lantern Parade commemorating West Lindsey’s role in the Pilgrims’ story, by making lanterns with professional artists then joining Gainsborough’s Illuminate Parade on Wednesday 22 November 2017 – an Arts Council England funded project with West Lindsey District Council.

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Free Lantern Workshops at:

Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough (DN21 2AL) Monday 23 October 10am-4pm – with Julie Willoughby of zoomorphia

X-Church, Gainsborough (DN21 1BY) Thursday 26 October 10am-4pm – with Kirsty Champ

United Reformed Church, Gainsborough (DN21 2JR) Saturday 18 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 19 November 10am-4pm – with Julie Willoughby & Vincent Canning

Register on Wednesday 22 November from 4.30pm on Silver Street (near Argos) for a parade start of 5pm to Gainsborough Old Hall.

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Boston

Illuminate in Boston is a annual festival which has taken place on the last Thursday in November since 2015. Each Illuminate festival has built on the last, exploring Boston’s connection to the Pilgrims’ story and what brought the Pilgrims to Scotia Creek one dark night in the autumn of 1607. Illuminate features a procession with spectacular lit-lanterns created in workshops with local schools and community groups in the run up to each year’s event. Previous Illuminates have had a replica of the Mayflower ship, Pilgrims, birds and stars lanterns. The festival also features light projections and music.

Illuminate will lead up to a huge international celebration in 2020 to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower, and the arrival of the Pilgrims in America. For more information about Boston’s connection to the Mayflower story, visit http://www.mayflower400uk.com/boston/.

Illuminate is a partnership with Transported (an Arts Council England project) and Boston Borough Council.

Illuminate: Mayflower Performance & Craft Workshop

See Rhubarb Theatre perform Mayflower in Boston Market Place on Thursday 26 October, 10am-3pm, a 15 minute performance based on the Pilgrims’ story – getting us ready and in the mood for Illuminate on Thursday 23 November! Performances throughout the day in Boston Market Place.

Join in with Illuminate themed crafts with artist Nadya Monfrinoli. Find out more here.

Illuminate: Lantern Making Workshops

Working with artists Ruth Piggott (from Curiosity Creators), Jess Thompson, Nadya Monfrinoli and Kathleen Smith.

Book your place to make a stunning lantern, and come and join us for our third annual Illuminate festival! At:

Geoff Moulder Activity Room, Rowley Rd, Boston PE21 6JE
Sunday 15 October 10am to 3pm, Saturday 21 October 10am to 3pm & Sunday 22 October 10am to 3pm

Boston Guildhall, South Street, Boston PE21 6HT
Saturday 28 October 11am to 3pm & Saturday 18 November 11am to 3pm

Spaces are limited, so book your place by emailing Lauren on Transported@litc.org.uk or calling 01406 701006. Suitable for those aged 7 and up, but all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult please. Find out more here.

Please note: you must be available between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on 23/11/2017

Illuminate 2017 Boston

Thursday 23 November, 5.30pm-8pm: The third fantastic Illuminate Festival will build on the serene light parades and stunning projects of Illuminate 2015 and 2016 to tell the story of the Boston Pilgrims and the town’s connection to the Mayflower, building up to international celebrations of the 400th anniversary in 2020. Find out more here.

Immingham

Details coming soon