Countdown to 2020 – Scrooby connects with US musical roots

The Separatists and Mayflower Pilgrims came from our region – they changed the world and still do today – the countdown to the 400th anniversary in 2020 of their voyage to America in the ship called the Mayflower has begun.

It is not all about looking back through history. The Mayflower Pilgrims story reinforces the ‘special relationship’ and shows that links between the UK and US may go back 400 years, but they are alive and well today.

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Giles Hedley playing steel guitar, with the Aviators, joined by Spike Arrowsmith (lead guitar), with Ed Marshall (12 string guitar) and Dave Wilson (Harmonica) from More Dog

If music be……

As part of the countdown to 2020, Scrooby Parish Council Chair, Ed Marshall, will be organising a series of concerts with connections to the US in Scrooby Village Hall. In the Summer of 2016, Scrooby Village Hall played host to the Luke Winslow King Band with a concert in the Village Hall on 30 June.  Luke is a Mayflower descendent so this was doubly significant.

On Saturday 17th December, Giles Hedley and the Aviators brought the blues home in style, with Giles playing a number of guitars in a range of stances, including behind his head, Hendrix-style. The evening was kicked-off by Ed Marshall himself with his band, More Dog, giving great support. During the evening, both bands were joined by Scrooby-based lead guitarist, Spike Arrowsmith, who added a Clapton-like flavour to the night. At the end of the evening, Ed Marshall and Dave Wilson from More Dog, and Spike Arrowsmith, joined Giles Hedley and the Aviators for a spectacular finale.

There will be more to come in 2017, with the next great event currently being arranged – watch this space for more information – be there!

Impact of the local Separatists

The Mayflower Pilgrims, and those who inspired them, lived within walking distance of Retford. William Bradford was from Austerfield, William Brewster from Scrooby, Richard Clifton from Babworth, John Robinson and John Smyth from Sturton-le-Steeple. These people made a difference to the world, and they still do. William Bradford from Austerfield with William Brewster, from Scrooby led the new colony and remained constant allies throughout.

Richard Gere, Ashley Judd, and Sarah Palin trace their ancestry through to William Brewster; Bing Crosby was also a descendant. Sally Field, Hugh Hefner, and Clint Eastwood trace their ancestry to William Bradford; Christopher Reeves and George Eastman were also descendants. The modern USA traces its origins back to the Mayflower Pilgrims; the nation celebrates Thanksgiving Day as a major national holiday, and the US Constitution traces its origins back to the Mayflower Compact, which was written, and signed, by people from our area.