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 1990’s 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 (the 6 January) so Plough Sunday 2019 will take place o 13 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 13 January will look like this:
10:30 – 11:45
Plough blessing service at St. Denis’ Church, Morton including traditional songs followed by a dance display at St. Denis’ Church Hall.
12:15 – 14:00
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.
14:30 – 14:45
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.