Gary Stringfellow gave a colourful talk to the Society on the tradition of Rushbearing which originated in the 15th century and was common in many Calderdale communities during the 18th century. The practice of taking rushes to church declined over the next hundred years although the associated fairs and entertainments continued. In 1906 the tradition was reinstated for a single year in Sowerby Bridge and then it was revived for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. It has since taken place every year with the cart making its journey between Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden supported by Morris Dancers and local musicians.

Geoff Barnes, Publications Officer