Helmsley events

It was cold and wet in Helmsley on Sunday 14 June, but plenty of residents and visitors turned out to enjoy a ‘Living History Walkway’ presented by Helmsley in Business (the town’s chamber of trade) with stalls, street entertainment, Morris Dancing, Medieval Surprises, and three sparkling performances of a comic verse play, ‘Magna Carta: Helmsley’s Story!’ by 1812 Youth Theatre (young people’s drama group at Helmsley Arts Centre).

Bell ringers at All Saints Church rang a quarter peal of ‘Magna Carta Delight’ as part of the national bell-ringing event, and hosted an ‘open tower’ which attracted more than 100 visitors. Bilsdale Silver Band played in the Market Place, and All Saints was full for an Ecumenical ‘Songs of Praise’ Service at which Judge Louise Hallam preached on the significance of Magna Carta.

It was almost — but not quite — too cold to picnic in Helmsley Castle in the early evening: about 150 people did so, by kind permission of English Heritage, and enjoyed more music from the Bilsdale Silver Band and a falconry demonstration by the International Centre for Birds of Prey, based in neighbouring Duncombe Park. Picnickers were also able to view the Magna Carta Exhibition in the West Range of Helmsley Castle (which will remain on display for the summer) which includes a facsimile copy of Magna Carta itself and artefacts relating to our Baron Robert de Ros.

An Over-75s LiberTea Party was held in the Town Hall, with singalong entertainment and extracts from the Youth Theatre Magna Carta play.

An illustrated talk on Helmsley’s Baron and Magna Carta by Martin Vander Weyer was enjoyed by audiences at Helmsley Archeological & Historical Society and Helmsley Arts Centre, and can be seen on YouTube.

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