The Gazetteer


Brockham - Maypole Dance on Brockham Green, May Day. Local school children dance around the maypole on the village green, unless the ground is wet then the maypole is set up in the school yard (on May Day unless a weekend then the Friday before). Teas are served on the green from the end of May until Bonfire Saturday when the weather allows. In November the village has Bonfire celebrations. The bonfire pole was cut from local woods at the end of September and has been built on since, giving villagers a chance to clear their gardens and prune hedges and trees. On the nearest Saturday to November 5th, a 14' Guy is carried through the village with a torchlight procession and then circles the bonfire. There is a spectacular fireworks display afterwards. For both events, contact Mrs Plumb, Parish Clerk +44(0)1737 843471.

Bushey Park (near Richmond upon Thames) - Chestnut Sunday - On the second Sunday in May. A magnificent avenue of horse chestnuts in full flower is celebrated by a parade and picnic. this tradition, which was popular in the Victorian and Edwardian times and attended by various members of the royal households of Europe, has been recently revived. Contact +44(0)208 9791586 or look at this web-site for information on the Royal parks.

Chertsey - Black Cherry Fair on the third Saturday in July. Henry IV gave permission for a fair to celebrate the Feast of St Ann in 1440. It became a trading fair and is now a fun fair. Contact Black Cherry Ltd +44(0)1784 460108.

Parish Maps of Surrey

Blackheath, Capel, Carshalton, Coldharbour, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Little Bookham, Lynchmere, Merstham, Pottenham, Shamley Green, Surrey Hills, West End, West Horsley, Wonersh, Woodmansterne.

River Thames - Swan Upping, between Sunbury (Surrey) and Abingdon Bridge (Oxon) during July. A very ancient and colourful ceremony which now has a conservation role as well. In mid-July, the cygnets are marked by the Keeper of the Queen's Swans and assigned between two London Guilds, the Vintners and the Dyers who in 1470 were given the rights of joint ownership of swans in the Thames with the Crown. Contact +44(0)1628 523030 or look at this web-site.

Wisley - Snowdrops at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in February. Contact +44(0)1483 224234.

Apple Day, October 21st

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