Rushbearing Sunday 12 August

It was a wonderful Rushbearing service on Sunday 12 August, well attended by many of the community. The procession started at 4.00pm by the Lower Dam, walking through The Dingle for 4.30pm Rushbearing Service  St Mary’s Lymm Tea & Coffee in church after the service Rushbearing is an old English ecclesiastical festival in which rushes are collected and carried to be strewn on the floor of the parish church. The tradition dates back to the time when most buildings had earthen floors and rushes were used as a form of renewable floor covering for cleanliness and insulation. The festival was widespread in Britain from the Middle Ages but had fallen into decline by the beginning of the 19th century, as church floors were flagged with stone

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