Mayflower 400 in Harleston

Mayflower

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Celebrations are taking place throughout major towns and cities across England to commemorate the occasion.  Harleston had a role in this significant chapter in world history.

There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from Harleston. There were only 41 signatories to the the legal document, created to establish their rules of governance. This was called the ‘Compact’ and became the foundation for the American Constitution. Two of the signatories were from Harleston, Samuel and Edward Fuller. You may see references to them in street names.

Harleston have joined the international celebrations and will promote Harleston as a wonderful place to visit and live. There will be a programme of events and activities . The international celebrations begin in September 2020, and run until Thanksgiving 2021.

We will provide regular updates on these activities and articles about Mayflower, the Pilgrims and their journey.

Look out for the logo to find official 'Mayflower 400 in Harleston' events and activities.  These have been approved by Harleston's Future and are part of our Harleston programme.

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American singer, songwriter and artist, Jeffery Lewis, presents the Mayflower history with this wonderful song and comic book illustrations.

From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, this short video provides a quick and entertaining summary of the Mayflower.

Recent Mayflower News Stories

Next Mayflower Events

23

Harleston Cinema - "Poster Boys" (12A) (Matinee)

A simple but touching indie comedy with lots of heart and sunny energy.  It tells the story of dysfunctional adult, Al Clancy, who mistakenly agrees to mind his smart-ass, 10-year-old nephew for a week, thereby jeopardising his home and ...

A simple but touching indie comedy with lots of heart and sunny energy.  It tells the story of dysfunctional adult, Al Clancy, who mistakenly agrees to mind his smart-ass, 10-year-old nephew for a week, thereby jeopardising his home and job.  Trying to save Al’s job they steal his mum’s campervan and embark on a criss-cross adventure putting up posters all over Ireland.  When things go wrong and the boys get cranky, one of them realises that the other needs to grow up!


Film Ireland calls the film “a great escapist movie” (… which we surely all need…) “that packs a real punch, and leaves us with the uplifting message that families need to look out for each other no matter the circumstances they find themselves in … an Irish gem that will leave you in stitches … especially now when we need to stay positive and enjoy the little things in life…the viewer will be rooting for the 2 poster boys throughout the film.”


Tickets:  Reserve them at Harleston Information Plus, Exchange Street, email hip@harleston-norfolk.org.uk or call 01379 851917 - payment £4 per head made on the door

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Doors open at 1.30pm

Ice creams at the interval, bar also available for the evening screening (courtesy of Harleston Masonic Lodge).

Further information from Lesley 01379 854987


The organisers will follow current and relevant health and safety guidance concerning social distancing and environmental control.  Reduced seating makes advance ticket reservation advisable.  We ask that filmgoers wear face covering except when eating or drinking.

23 September 2021

Sep

2021

13:00

SCHEDULED

23

Harleston Cinema - "Poster Boys" (12A) (Evening showing)

A simple but touching indie comedy with lots of heart and sunny energy.  It tells the story of dysfunctional adult, Al Clancy, who mistakenly agrees to mind his smart-ass, 10-year-old nephew for a week, thereby jeopardising his home and ...

A simple but touching indie comedy with lots of heart and sunny energy.  It tells the story of dysfunctional adult, Al Clancy, who mistakenly agrees to mind his smart-ass, 10-year-old nephew for a week, thereby jeopardising his home and job.  Trying to save Al’s job they steal his mum’s campervan and embark on a criss-cross adventure putting up posters all over Ireland.  When things go wrong and the boys get cranky, one of them realises that the other needs to grow up!


Film Ireland calls the film “a great escapist movie” (… which we surely all need…) “that packs a real punch, and leaves us with the uplifting message that families need to look out for each other no matter the circumstances they find themselves in … an Irish gem that will leave you in stitches … especially now when we need to stay positive and enjoy the little things in life…the viewer will be rooting for the 2 poster boys throughout the film.”


Tickets:  Reserve them at Harleston Information Plus, Exchange Street, email hip@harleston-norfolk.org.uk or call 01379 851917 - payment £4 per head made on the door

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Doors open at 7.00pm

Ice creams at the interval, bar also available for the evening screening (courtesy of Harleston Masonic Lodge).

Further information from Lesley 01379 854987


The organisers will follow current and relevant health and safety guidance concerning social distancing and environmental control.  Reduced seating makes advance ticket reservation advisable.  We ask that filmgoers wear face covering except when eating or drinking.

23 September 2021

Sep

2021

18:30

SCHEDULED

02

Food & Drink Festival

There will be a Street Market on the Market Place and Exchange Street, with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, including specialist local cheese; mouth-watering cakes and pastries; locally-reared meat; bottled preserves an...

There will be a Street Market on the Market Place and Exchange Street, with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, including specialist local cheese; mouth-watering cakes and pastries; locally-reared meat; bottled preserves and fruit liqueurs; savory pies and much more along the way.  


There will be street food to tempt you including:


Fen Farm Dairy; Katherine's Kitchen; Peachy Preserves; Castle Fruits; Flying Chef; Pepperells


Plus many local food and drink shops, cafes and bars are joining in with their own "Festival Specials" - see below:


Adnams - Local beers, award-winning spirits and a good selection of wines with special festival offers


DA Browne's - Sausage feast is back with over 20 different sausages to try and buy


East of England Co-op - Check out the locally sourced food selections


Enchanted Corner - Fudge tasting and kids give away


Hungry Cat Cafe - Sample a new Hungry Cat special and buy the recipe book


JD's - Check out the new menu on the Market Place


Mrs Clarke's Emporium - Festival special added to the menu for the day with "tasters" outside


The Apiary - Coffee shop & grocer with tempting festival cake


The Cap - A chance to sample & learn more about their beers


The Green Cupboard - Championing sustainability with local seasonal produce to taste


The Parlour - Tasters outside to tempt you


The Pod - Luxury hand made chocolates for all diets and Alburgh Ice Cream


The Tudor Bakehouse - Special festival biscuit to add to their range of artisan bread, cakes and bakes


Yakety Yak - Special festival cake to go with their existing selection of cakes and speciality teas


St John's Church - Coffee and cake


2 October 2021

Oct

2021

08:20

SCHEDULED

Mayflower History Articles

Mayflower 400 Historical Research

Historical research was carried out as part of the work to create the Mayflower play.  The project ran from January to April 2020 supported a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Project breif was to carry out research into Harleston during the period between the accession of James I in 1603 through to the eve of the English Civil War in 1640. The researchers were tasked with finding as much information as possible about six pairs of individuals who lived or worked in the Parish of Redenhall cum Harleston during that period.

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​​The research material, along with more general background facts about the social, political and political circumstances in which these individuals would have operated, were collected into Information Packs on each pair of historical figures and given to local residents of Harleston and district organising and performing in ‘living history’ re-enactments in six yards and alleyways around the town scheduled for July 2021. 

 

On a monthly basis from May 2020 a selection of the Project’s research will be published on our website which relates to Harleston, Redenhall and the surrounding parishes during the first few decades of the 17th Century. Included are transcripts of original documents, Wills and Inventories along with a wealth background information about everyday life, community infrastructure and hierarchies, religious beliefs, and local politics in this period.

To find out more about Mayflower 400 in Harleston' please send an email to info@harlestonsfuture.org.uk