Cosgrove festival

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Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) is pleased to announce that our annual canal festival at Cosgrove will align with the Cosgrove Feast. This is being re-launched by the village based on the 18th century tradition when Cosgrove held a “Wake” or village feast as near as possible to St Peter’s Day – after the first crop of peas and new potatoes. This used to be a three day affair with roundabouts, bands and plenty of partying. People would come home to Cosgrove for church services with their families and then eat a traditional meal together before going to various events round the village.

The below is from Wendy Page who is leading the feast for the village.

Cosgrove History

An 18th Century Village Story : Three Thursday evening illustrated talks by Wendy Page on village life in a South Northamptonshire village – at 7.30 pm in Cosgrove Church.

April 16th : “Four Pence for a Polecat” – Rural life before Inclosures and Canal

April 23rd : “The Power and the Glory” – The rich people of Cosgrove

April 30th : “Secrets of the Poor Book” – Cosgrove poor and the Militia

Tickets in advance from Wendy (01908 563600) £5 for one talk or £12 for all three.

Funds shared with Dementia UK.                 Some spaces may be available on the door.

I’m really looking forward to telling people what we have discovered about Cosgrove before the Canal came! Our village is really lucky – we have a complete set of local records from the creation of the United Kingdom in 1707. These evenings will be full of “people’s history” – just the best bits – and will show you a picture of how most people lived in and around South Northamptonshire 300 years ago. Tickets from me or any Church member.

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Ever heard of Cosgrove Feast?

From at least the 18th century Cosgrove held a “Wake” or village feast as near as possible to St Peter’s Day – after the first crop of peas and new potatoes. This used to be a three day affair with roundabouts, bands and plenty of partying. People would come home to Cosgrove for church services with their families and then eat a traditional meal together before going to various events round the village.

This year we will re-enact this tradition at the same time as when the Buckingham Canal Society are holding their Festival at the Lock on 11th and 12th July, with a Craft Fair in the Village Hall.

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Cosgrove Church will have a special “Feast” service at 11 am on 12th July, and will also host Cream Teas on that Sunday afternoon, with flower displays and a children’s competition.

The Village Hall will lay on a meal to finish the event on Sunday evening – we’ll let you know as soon as tickets are available.

If you are a member of a village group and would like a spot in the Feast please do contact Wendy (wendypage1@gmail.com) and we’ll work it in. We’re hoping for local music and other “turns” throughout the day.