Woodcraft Folk 90 Year Celebrations-Burning the Clocks Parade

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

 WOODCRAFT FOLK 90 YEAR CELEBRATIONS- Brighton and Hove Woodcraft Folk make a start at the Burning the Clocks Parade celebrating the Winter Solstice, on the 21st December.

This really was too good an opportunity to be missed to raise the profile of Woodcraft Folk in a procession that has been going for 21 years in Brighton, and which Woodcraft Folk has played a significant part, right from the start.

A Marquee with tents around, fitted the theme this year of Urbano, and so the Venturers and Elfins set too, to create tents resplendent with the Woodcraft symbol and the 90 years of Woodcraft Folk on the Marquee. We were so pleased to hear cries of recognition as the Parade wound its way through the Lanes to the sea front.

The event had even more significance for one person at the event, as 25 years previously (before Burning the Clocks had started) she had come (aged 11 with her younger brother) to spend the Festive Season in Brighton and Hove, with her friends from Woodcraft Folk. She came from the Somafco (Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College) School in Tanzania, which was a school for South African Refugees fleeing the Apartheid system in South Africa. Woodcraft Folk Nationally had been supporting the school with parcels of equipment being sent there on a regular basis from all over Britain.

This year (after a struggle to get visas, which were not needed 25 years ago) Tshepiso Mokoena returned with her 11 year old son Mpho and declared that the Procession was ‘a fantastic event which I really enjoyed.’

Sarah Susman

Brighton Central and Hove District