‘A host of golden daffodils’ but no Wordsworth Festival in Brompton-by-Sawdon

The Wordsworth Festival, due to be held in the picturesque village of Brompton-by-Sawdon over Easter, has been cancelled.

By Louise Perrin
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 5:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 5:10 pm
Headteacher Olly Cooper and pupils from Brompton and Sawdon County Primary School
Headteacher Olly Cooper and pupils from Brompton and Sawdon County Primary School

The festival had been planned to commemorate Wordsworth’s 250th birthday with a number of celebrations designed to capitalise on the notable poet’s marriage to Mary Hutchinson, which took place at All Saints Church in the village.

Whilst the planned celebrations are no longer going ahead, certain elements of the festival were set in motion back in November and consequently, a ‘host of golden daffodils’ planted by the village children are in full bloom.

Dr Mary Jones, one of the festival organisers, said: “The native daffodil bulbs will provide a lasting memento of William and Mary Wordsworth's connection with our village and the beauty which springs from a dull brown bulb gives hope.

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Dr Mary Jones with headteacher Olly Cooper and pupils from Brompton and Sawdon County Primary School

The Church of England has announced that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Dr Mary said: “Although there are no services now, the church remains open and

people are welcome to go into the church for some peace and quiet reflection at this time of stress.

“It is particularly lovely at the moment with daffodils shining out behind the altar.”

The daffodils were planted ready for the villages now cancelled Wordsworth Festival

Dr Mary said people are welcome to take a pot of daffodils after Easter to plant in their gardens. The collecting bell will be moved to a convenient location nearby for donations.

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