Information for Participants and Parents
May Day practices for children aged seven and over are held in Northill Church Hall, Sand Lane on Monday evenings. Practices for 2017 will start on 20th February. Children aged under 7 are taught infant dances for May Day at the Parish Schools.
If you are a child who would like to dance in the May Day, you should be of school age (ie 4-17) on May 1st and live in the villages of Caldecote, Old Warden, Ickwell, Northill,Thorncote or Hatch or have attended either Caldecote or Northill Lower School.
Decorated Hoop Competition
All children participating in the dancing on May Day can take part in the decorated hoop competition. Children are invited to decorate a hoop with flowers and ribbon or using their own imagination. Artificial flowers are not permitted. They then need to bring their hoop to the grounds of The Crown public house in Northill at 12.45 pm so that they can be judged. The dancers with the best hoops in each dancing category are then presented with a small prize when they reach the Arena at Ickwell.
All children participating in May Day should be assembled at The Crown Public House car park in Northill by 1 pm ready for the procession to take place.
In Case of Bad Weather
In Case of bad weather, the procession and crowning ceremony will still take place, but if conditions underfoot are too bad the dancing may have to be cancelled and rescheduled for later in the month. This decision will be taken after the crowning ceremony.
At the Green
Collecting the Dancers
All children who take part in May Day are thanked for their participation by being invited to a party, or outing, depending on their age, which takes place in October.
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