Not the Simister Festival

I live in Simister, a tiny village nestled just inside the M60 – Manchester’s orbital motorway.

Every year, ever since time began, the Saturday nearest St George’s Day is when Simister villagers turn out in force to celebrate. After all, our little chapel -of-ease is dedicated to England’s patron saint. There is a parade up and down the village featuring children, teens, adults, elders, a marching band – and even horses! There is a short ceremony, a bouncy castle, face painting, a café selling gorgeous sandwiches and home-baked cakes, a raffle, tombola, and many other stalls selling all sorts of goods from crafts to plants, white elephants and handmade bags. Of course, we couldn’t do this in 2020, as we were barely 4 weeks into the first lockdown of the pandemic. But that was a one-off, surely?

Saturday 24 April would have been this year’s Simister Festival. Sadly, yet again, we couldn’t celebrate, due to the ongoing covid restrictions. However, I decided I could nevertheless contribute by hosting a series of four “Lunchtime Lives” on Facebook. Sincere thanks to all who dropped by and watched the videos live, to those that watched them back later, and especially to all those who purchased items from me. As always, all proceeds will be donated to St George’s, and at time of writing, that stands at £380 – and rising!

The videos are here, and will remain ‘up’ for the time being so you can continue to watch and support St George’s:

Carol P