So 100 years later, 2018 is recognised as the ‘Year of the Women’. And it is fitting therefore that Bassetlaw District Council’s Illuminate service, in Scrooby, celebrated the women and children, and the families that were passengers on the Mayflower who, until now, we have heard so little about.
It is a little known fact that only five women survived the first winter out of the 18 adult women the Mayflower. Three were from this area: Mary Brewster (Scrooby), Susanna (Jackson) White (Scrooby) and Katherine Carver (Sturton le Steeple). Come spring, Gov John Carver died after working in the fields and his wife, Katherine, died shortly afterwards (it was said of a broken heart).
One child was born in transit, Oceanus Hopkins. And the first Pilgrim child born in the New World (in Plymouth Bay) was Peregrine White - Susanna'a child. The name Peregrine is a derivative of ‘Pilgrim’.
The Illuminate event was the first held in Scrooby and was very well attended, with standing room only in the Church and the Village Hall. As attendees gathered at St Wilfrid’s, Cllr David Challinor, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, talked about The Spirit of Illuminate. This was followed by a Lantern Lighting Ceremony and service, presided by Marlene Simpson.
“The forgotten women and children of the Mayflower” was the subject of Sue Allan, Chair of Pilgrim Fathers UK Origins Association’s talk, and very moving it was too.
Scrooby Manor’s own Kamilla Dunstan, accompanied on piano by Nigel Gyte continued the theme of ‘Brave Women’ with her operative performances which were so very well received.
A Lantern Procession from St Wilfrid’s to Scrooby Village Hall followed with more than thirty lanterns lighting the way. In the Hall, guests were thrilled by the a performance from students of Elizabethan Academy in the drama ‘Mayflower Children’ and finally Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader, Bassetlaw District Council closed the ceremony by complimenting Scrooby on its sense of pride and history within the community.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening!
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