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England

Kent

The Hoodeners (St Nicholas and Sarre Hoodeners) [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

St Nicholas-at-Wade, Grid Ref.: TR2666, Lat.& Long.: 51.3519, 1.2533

Description:

Hoodening has gone on for over 200 years in East Kent, featuring Hooden Horses (wooden heads on poles with a sack-cloth 'coat'). It is performed in the week before Christmas / Winter Solstice. Songs are an important part; dance not at all.

Established:

1800

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered

 

Past events:

 

GMap 23-Dec-2003

1. - 22:00

Bell Inn, The Street, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0NT, England

 

GMap 22-Dec-2003

1. - 20:00

Village Hall, The Length, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0PW, England

2. - 21:00

White Stag, Monkton St, Monkton, Kent, CT12 4JF

3. - 22:00

Gate Inn, Boyden Gate, Marshside, Kent, CT3 4EB

 

GMap 19-Dec-2003

1. - 20:00

Crown Inn, Sarre, Kent, CT7 0LF, England

2. - 22:00

King's Head, Sarre, Kent

 

GMap 20-Oct-2003

1. - 22:00

Sun Inn, The Street, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0NP, England

 

Other past years: 2002 (5), 2004 (4), 2005 (4), 2008 (6), 2009 (4), 2010 (4), 2011 (2), 2013 (6)

Media Links:

1. Christmas horseplay in east Kent - Validated link
BBC - Video [6min 53sec], Hamish Reid, 14-Dec-2009

Contact:

Ben Jones (mastermummers@ozaru.plus.com), Phone: 01843 847701

Notes:

There have been gaps of several years without any active hoodeners, but the current troupe has been performing regularly in pubs and private houses around Thanet since around 1966.

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