Ashover Brownies are celebrating the arrival of a new maypole which was dedicated during a special Songs of Praise service in the village church on Sunday morning. Not an ordinary wooden pole though, the village Brownie pack has a special, state-of-the-art, collapsible, steel maypole with a pinnacle crown and eight brand new braid ribbons which replace a set used since 1924.
The pole was put on display in All Saints on Sunday and the Brownies demonstrated how it would be used before the Rector, the Revd Ralph Lawrence, performed the dedication ceremony.
‘Fluffy Owl’ Jean Slater thanked the many people who had contributed money for the new maypole and Ashover Parish Council for its donation. “We are delighted with it. The new pole will help another generation of Brownies to preserve the traditions of the maypole dance,” said Jean later.
Accompanied by guitarist Ruth Russell, local children then sang the May Time song, which is traditionally used on carnival day.
On Monday, the maypole was given a longer and more challenging test in front of a crowd of visitors who travelled into the village from all over the region.