Plough Sunday Celebrations

Sunday, 13th January 2019 : 10.30am


Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration marking the beginning of the agricultural year. This age-old tradition was revived locally by Nottingham based English Longsword side Sullivan’s Sword back in the late 1990s and begins with the time-honoured church blessing of a real ploughshare together with prayers for the blessing of the land. It is customarily held on the Sunday after the Epiphany so Plough Sunday 2019 will take place on 13th January.  Formed in 1975 out of the Owd ‘Oss Mummers who performed local mummers plays, Sullivan’s Sword is a mixed longsword dance side specialising in the revival of traditional Yorkshire dances. The order of play on Sunday 13th January will be: 10.30am – 11.45am: Plough blessing service at St. Denis’ Church, Morton including traditional songs followed by a dance display at St. Denis’ Church Hall. 12.15pm – 2pm: Sullivan’s Sword and several invited Morris teams will dance in Southwell both at the Admiral Rodney and on the pedestrianised area adjacent to The Wheatsheaf. 2.30pm – 2.45pm: Recalling the Owd ‘Oss Mummers tradition, Sullivan’s Sword will perform the “Farnsfield Plough Play” (a colourful short play which includes a sword dance) in the yard of the Final Whistle. This will be followed by more dance displays from all the sides and culminates in a traditional music session inside the Final Whistle itself. Come and enjoy - entry to all events is free of charge.

Event Location: Morton, Southwell & Farnsfield

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