2014 Barwick Maypole Lowering

Maypole Lowering

Barwick Maypole lowering – Easter Monday – 21st April 2014

The time is almost upon us to lower the Maypole ready for its fresh coat of paint! The event will take place on Monday 21st April 2014, with proceedings commencing at around 8.15am. The pole lowering will take place from 9.00am, and it will be carried to Hall Tower Hill around 10.00am. The lowering will take place regardless of the weather (the only exception being very high winds).

Approximate timings

Please note that this schedule is approximate and subject to change. You are therefore advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

8.00am Lowering team assembles
8.15am Digging commences
9.00am Crane and platform arrive
9.05am Ropes and hoists are attached to pole
9.30am Pole is lowered by crane operator
9.40am Pole is split into two sections
9.50am Fox weather vane and garlands removed
10.00am Pole is carried to Hall Tower Field in two sections
10.30am Pole hole is back-filled
11.00am Lowering team departs

Pole carriers wanted!
The pole will be lowered into the road at the side of the Gascoigne Arms and split into its two parts. We’ll then need approximately 40 able bodied volunteers to help carry it up to Hall Tower Field. If you’d like to play your part in this wonderful village tradition, please come along from around 9.30am. No qualifications are necessary, we just ask that you are reasonably fit and healthy!

Road closures
Please note that vehicle access to the Boyle, Maypole Mews, The Cross and Elmwood Lane will be restricted between 9.00am and 11.00am. A total closure will be in place (for up to an hour) from around 9:15am. Access to emergency vehicles will not be affected, but if you’re a local resident and plan on driving anywhere, please allow for a slight delay. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience the lowering may cause to road users and would like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation.

Safety First
The Maypole lowering should be a fun and enjoyable community occasion, however manipulating a 90 foot pole weighing 1.5 tonnes through a narrow street (surrounded by lots of spectators) is no simple task, and poses several engineering challenges! Please help us to keep the day accident free by following any instructions given by the safety team. We would especially ask for all young children to be closely supervised.

Diary Dates

Barwick Maypole Lowering
Monday 21st April 2014

Barwick Maypole Raising
Monday 26th May 2014

Barwick Beer Festival
Sat 18th October 2014

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