On the 15th July 2017 the Friends of Brislington Brook celebrated St Anne’s Day with a medieval pageant through Nightingale Valley and St Annes Woods, followed by a Community Picnic at St Annes Well.
Everyone was welcome to come along and join this FREE community event, and we were not disappointed by the lovely group of pilgrims that joined us for our medieval celebrations. We started our day at the Brislington Kings Arms for a medieval brunch of bacon sarnies and refreshments to help us on our journey ahead.
Heading off from the Kings Arms at midday, the medieval pageant was lead by storyteller Michael Loader and musicians The Bygonz, winding through the street of Brislington to the entrance of Nightingale Valley.
We listed to feedback from the pilgrims of the 2016 pageant and this year we had a second starting point at the Hill Lawn entrance to Nightingale Valley, a more buggy friendly and child friendly start for those who only wanted to walk through the woodland. This was also our first story stop, under the Ash Tree at Hill Lawn.
Once in Nightingale Valley we crossed the first bridge over the Brislington Brook and stopped for our second story about the bricked up London Plane Tree.
From the London Plane Tree the pageant strolls through the meadow area and on to the iconic Packhorse Bridge, for our third story from Michael Loader.
From the Packhorse Bridge the pilgrims continue through the wonderful woodland of Nightingale Valley to a clearing just before the boat screen, for our fourth story in the valley.
Leaving Nightingale Valley from the St Annes Terrace exit, the pilgrims moved on to St Annes Wood, crossing over the railway bridge and along Newbridge Road.
The pageant winds through St Annes Woods to the clearing by the “Six Sisters” Sycamore tree for our final story by Michael Loader.
The pageant moves on through St Annes Woods towards the final stop at St Annes Holy Well in the Woods.
Once at the St Annes Well we were greeted by cakes made by the Brislington WI, kids crafts with Bs4Youth and a community BYO picnic. Our storyteller also finished off the ending to his final story with the help of the pilgrims.
Pictures taken by FoBB members Mary Churchill & Julian Thomas. Plus local artist Jane Vellendar and other pilgrims where indicated. If you have any additional pictures you would like included please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org