Cel­e­bra­tions all year long...

Hath­ern events re­vealed

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

A YEAR of com­mem­o­ra­tion and cel­e­bra­tion is be­ing planned in Hath­ern - which this year cel­e­brates three re­mark­able his­toric mile­stones.

The par­ish coun­cil re­alised a few years ago that the old­est church tower bell dated from 1618, ex­actly 300 years af­ter King Ed­ward II vis­ited Zouch bridge - and 300 years later, 1918 marked the end of the First World War.

This has led to the cre­ation of the Hath­ern 2018 pro­gramme, fea­tur­ing events rang­ing from in­for­ma­tive talks about the his­tory of the vil­lage to the fun of a Me­dieval Knock­out.

Although the vil­lage con­sists of just around 1,000 houses, the com­mu­nity has re­sponded pos­i­tively to the pro­gramme, with many so­ci­eties and or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing it.

Hath­ern 2018 will kick off with a free launch party on Fri­day, June 8, from 8pm at the An­chor Inn, fea­tur­ing live mu­sic from duo Blue Hori­zon and a party at­mos­phere.

On the same day, at 7pm, there will be a free pre­sen­ta­tion and talk by An­drew Young about Bells and Bell Ring­ing Through The Ages at St Peter and St Paul Church. The tower will be open fol­low­ing the talk.

Events in June in­clude the Hath­ern Vil­lage Fete on June 9 at Hath­ern Park, a barn dance on June 9, the Big Vil­lage Walk on June 10, a BBQ in the Park on June 10, The Mak­ing of Hath­ern pre­sen­ta­tion on June 11, and The Big Quiz on June 12.

Fur­ther events in June in­clude Lunch In The Park, Guides and Brown­ies Go Out­doors, Praise in the Park, line danc­ing, bell cel­e­bra­tions, Meet The Neigh­bours and a gin tasters event, more live mu­sic at the An­chor Inn, plus Hath­ern Open Gar­dens, a vin­tage and craft mar­ket, Proms in the Park and a li­brary open day.

And loads more is planned through­out the rest of the year, in­clud­ing a sum­mer fair, wine walk, the pop­u­lar Wicked Hath­ern Fest, a Me­dieval Jus­tice Day, Ok­to­ber­fest, ghostly walk around the vil­lage, fire­works and bon­fire dis­play, and nu­mer­ous his­toric events in Novem­ber.

The year will round off with a Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val, Car­ols Around The Piano and a New Year fire­works dis­play.

Full de­tails of all the events be­ing held in Hath­ern are avail­able in the Hath­ern 2018 brochure.

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