Ascott Martyrs' Day, June 23rd, Ascott-under-Wychwood
News of a festive occasion open to all, sent by Sue Richards, of the Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust.
The Trust’s website is:
The postcode which will take you to the locality of The Green is OX7 6AB
In this centenary year of the introduction of votes for at least some women, 23 June is a day to remember those oppressed women from Ascott who in 1873 were punished for standing up to authority.
Join together on The Green to enjoy a fun afternoon of music and song, and hear more about the Martyrs, their families and life in the village at that time.
Beverley McCombs, a descendant from New Zealand and author of The Ascott Martyrs, will be here to tell the story – we would love to welcome visitors dressed 1870s rural style for the occasion!
At 2.30pm the textile wallhanging that a group have been working on since September will be unveiled. The textile is to have a permanent home in the church, situated opposite the main entrance door where it will provide a powerful and lasting reminder of the women and their experiences.
# Discover the Martyrs story for the first time or catch up on new research and local history
# Shepherds Crook present a programme of topical Cotswold folk songs and readings relating to the events of 1873
# Mark Pidgeon will perform two songs written for the occasion
# Teas in the church from 4pm
# Ascott Village Shop open for picnic fare, icecreams, drinks
# The Swan open for meals and drinks all day
# Beverley is looking forward to meeting you all and signing copies of her book
# Dress 1870s rural style – even just a token shawl or cap will add to the spirit of the occasion
It would be helpful if you could let me know by email if you are able to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we have some idea of numbers.