Volunteers for medieval Martinmas fair

Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum are looking for volunteers to help with a Medieval Martinmas fair  to be held on Saturday 15 November 2014.

In the Middle Ages Lenton Priory’s Martinmas fair was world-famous and people travelled from across Europe to attend it. Now it’s been totally forgotten.

The fair is being revived as part of an HLF bid for a community archaeology project sparked by the medieval Lenton Priory remains uncovered during the recent tramworks. If successful the hope is that it can become an annual event.

The Forum has been able to obtain financial support from Nottingham City Museums and
Galleries, who are also providing a Robin Hood and Marian plus a pair of stocks. They’re potentially also lending costumes for volunteer characters/actors. The Forum has a sheriff, who will be hunting down Robin Hood, and the City Council will be helping with promoting the event.
There’ll be all kinds of Medieval merriment, plus stalls and entertainment.

The Forum are  looking for people who could volunteer on the day as:

Event stewards to help with the general running of the event – strolling costumed characters (your choice – be someone famous or a bog standard medieval person, and build up atmosphere by interacting in character with visitors).
A town crier to announce events/stir up enthusiasm.
A fool or jester!

Travel expenses will be paid (the event’s at Gregory Street, which has its own tram stop), and you can do as much or as little as you want – even an hour or so would really help. The Forum will make sure you have time to enjoy the event yourself.

The Forum are also in search of
– people to help in making basic costumes for the stewards and for a class
of teeny tiny people from Dunkirk Primary who are getting involved (these
will be very basic tabards or similar, worn over their own clothes). We can
provide patterns, material and workspace if wanted.

Other than the costume making these roles require little commitment other
than on the day itself.

There’s a short meeting at 6pm on 9 September for people who are interested
and want to find out more. This is being held at the Dunkirk and Lenton
Partnership Forum, Church Square, Lenton, NG7 1SL (opposite the Crocus Cafe,
behind the Lenton high-rise flats and the Savoy Cinema). Just turn up!

For more information contact Fiona Corbett (manager@dunkirkandlenton.co.uk / 0115