1st May: Let’s Welcome in the Spring


It seems strangely fitting that we’ve had such wonderful Spring weather this April in the midst of a world-wide pandemic that threatens us all.  Everyone seems to be talking about how lucky we are to live in such beautiful surroundings where access to the countryside is only a step away.  So let’s hear it for SPRING!  Why not get up tomorrow and take particular notice of all the signs of hope and new life – gardens growing, the birds nest-building, trees flowering and budding to name just a few.  I haven’t heard the cuckoo yet, but I expect many of you have.

And if you want to welcome Spring in accordance with a 500 year old tradition set your alarm for 6 am and follow the link below to the City of Oxford’s May Morning celebration.Usually around 13,500 people attend with events and activities continuing across the morning but it has to be virtual this year.  The tradition of singing from the top of Magdalene College’s Great Tower will continue via the link below:

The Choir’s May Morning pre-recorded performance will take place at 6am on air on their Facebook page at 6am.

Residents of Oxford are being encouraged to celebrate May Morning and share their memories on social media.

“May Morning is a highlight of our calendar, so, when I mentioned the idea of a virtual May Morning to the choir, everyone was delighted to take part. It’s been tricky to get everyone all together, but I am glad that the members of the Choir have thrown themselves into this. We’re pleased that we will still be able to celebrate May Morning with the Magdalen community – and with thousands of others – this year.”
Mark Williams, Informator Choristarum, Magdalen College

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