Goddess carvings

On Boxing Day some friends and I went to visit a goddess figure in the churchyard at Braunston in Rutland. No-one really knows much about this but the church is built on a mound which could have been a pagan site. Here is a photo of the figure together with my friends standing by it so you will get some idea of its size.

 

 

Straw Bear

This weekend is the Straw Bear festival in Whittlesey. When I lived in Whittlesey, this was one of the highlights of the year. The story of the Straw Bear can be found at http://www.strawbear.org.uk

The small town will be filled with Morris dancers, Molly dancers, Sword dancers, etc. Here is the Straw Bear banner and a photo of the bear being ceremonially burned.