Your Ideas

During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

You can read all the ideas below or download a pdf here

Your Ideas

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Christina Maslen

April 23, 2008 - 05:19 AM
Clypping the Church: St Lawrence Church Rode, Parish of Hardington Vale
‘Clypping’ comes from the Saxon word ‘ycleping’ meaning ‘embracing’. This is a ceremony which literally embraces the Church and renews faith and commitment to God, by villagers forming an unbroken circle around the Church, holding hands, singing and saying prayers for Church and community. They first face inward and thank God for his faithfulness and pray for the church. They then face outward to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to God's praise and glory.
This ancient custom, adopted here in the rural community of Rode, finds its origin in pagan worship of Roman times. Farmers sought the protection of their herds from marauding wild beasts by dancing and making merriment round a local altar. We repeat the ceremony every two years as the climax to a Clypping Service, the next one being held on 18th June 2008.
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Jackie Hikal

April 23, 2008 - 05:18 AM
If you are looking for traditional British events, how about a Girl Guide event?

Local girlguiding event held every year at the Guiding Centre in Mitlon Keynes from 12 noon until 4pm

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April 23, 2008 - 05:18 AM
The Abbots Bromley horn dance.

A grand English day out.
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Jamie O'Connell

April 23, 2008 - 05:15 AM
One community event happening in Bourne in Lincolnshire is the Bourne Festival . A combination of beer fest , fair and live music all for the local community in the environs of the Well Head park (6,7,8 of June).
Another more mundane , although we thoroughly enjoy it, past time is my friends and i playing Ultimate Frisbee on the beautiful Abbey Lawns on a summers evening - any evening really.
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