Julia Sewell, who is a former Chair of the Rose Day Committee, will be the President of this year’s festival on Saturday 26 June.
Julia, who was a member of the committee for many years and Chair for five years from 2006, says she is looking forward to the event even though its exact format has yet to be decided.
The committee is determined that the Rose Queen elect Cate Clayton will be crowned this year along with the Rosebud Queen, Rose Worsley but they are waiting for the lockdown situation to become clearer before deciding the exact form and location of this year’s ceremony.
This year’s competitions will include one for a summer garden wreath and a plant pot garden. The children’s competition will be based on pebble art. Full details of the categories and the judging will be announced in next month’s magazine.
Following on from last year’s successful Rose Day at Home there will again be a special programme broadcast on Dane Sound Radio and the Goostrey Archive Group will be organising another Treasure Hunt. Villagers are encouraged to decorate their gardens with banners and buntings as usual and again there will be a competition for the best.
The uncertainty surrounding the lockdown exit means the committee has decided it cannot commit to the more costly aspects of Rose Day and so, for 2021, there will not be a full procession with floats but there maybe, depending on Covid 19 restrictions, a scaled back procession. However, the main event on the school field with Maypole Dancing, stalls and marquees, or the evening Ceilidh will not take place this year.
Rose Day continues to attract new patrons whose financial contributions not only helps support the event but will enable the committee to meet the costs of a new website which is desperately needed to keep everyone informed as to what is happening. Whilst there is no fixed fee to become a Patron a commitment of at least £30 a year for a household would help enormously.
Anyone interested in becoming a patron is asked to e-mail Rose Day treasurer Peter Gomes firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.