This year marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of Mayflower from Plymouth, UK, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Gainsborough has a special connection to the anniversary as separatist movements originated in this region that led them to make their journey to America.
A group of separatists were thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall. The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough also stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower pilgrims.
He was also one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.
To commemorate this significant anniversary, West Lindsey District Council is inviting the public to take part in a community art project which involves making ‘mayflowers’, more commonly known as hawthorn, using a range of different materials.
Faye Pudney, visitor economy project officer at West Lindsey District Council, said: “We want as many people as possible to take part and make a mayflower this year.
“The flowers will be used to create a bigger piece of artwork and will involve attaching them to a willow lantern Mayflower ship which will be displayed at our signature events that will take place throughout the year.”
The mayflowers can be knitted or crocheted, as well as made from milk bottles or card. This will allow people of all ages to get involved.
Templates are available to download from www.discovergainsborough.com/pilgrim-roots
Alternatively, you can email [email protected] and hard copies will also be available to pick up at West Lindsey District Council or Gainsborough Old Hall.
Completed mayflowers can be dropped off at West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough Old Hall or the Pilgrims Gallery at the Bassetlaw Museum in Retford or post them to West Lindsey District Council, Marshall’s Yard, Beaumont Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA. Deadline for submissions is May 1.