Mayflower Public Meeting

Harleston’s Future held a public meeting on Monday 1 July, to explain what is happening across the country in celebration of the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower ship to America, and the important role Harleston played in this significant point in history. There was a wonderful turnout, with representation from residents, businesses, many organisations and the council. We discussed ideas for events and activities to form the basis for our ‘Mayflower 400 in Harleston’ programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Harleston, locally, nationally and even internationally.

We had many suggestions ranging from a logo to brand our programme, with Mayflower cards and postcards, printed shopping bags, and badges, even specific Mayflower produce such as sausages, beer and cider. Everyone was very keen to take the opportunity to create a lasting legacy, with suggestions such as historical plaques, a memorial garden and statue.

There were many ideas for events, including a street party and carnival, firework display, model boat race, a series of lectures, and our choir signing period songs. Suggested activities, included a ‘Bake Off’ competition, children’s colouring competition, poems and songs, specially designed Christmas lights, and photographic and art competitions. There was great interest in welcoming members of the Fullers Society to our town in July 2020. Harlestons Future are considering all of the ideas and will produce a plan for taking some of these forward.

There will be regular updates on this website. If you would like to help us put together the programme, please send an email to, we would love to hear from you.