Saxon School Day – 2013

(BELOW THIS SHORT DESCRIPTION THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF PHOTOS)

Meonstoke & Droxford Schools

Celebrate our Saxon Heritage

 The Friends of Corhampton Church fourth annual Saxon school day (held on May 9th 2013) again brought smiles and hoots of enjoyment from the children of our villages. The pupils at Meinstoke infant school were joined by nine older Huscarls (royal guards) from Droxford junior school to learn and celebrate our Saxon heritage

The children adopted Saxon names & identities; rang the bells at Corhampton church; enjoyed the Riverside Players’ puppet story of St Swithin and the broken eggs; and with the help of staff, community volunteers and our partner organisations, engaged in all aspects of Saxon life and in archaeology exploration.

Relive the day with this short video commissioned by The Friends and filmed by Lewys Brown, a graduate of the University of Winchester and the creative director of Stolen Images  in Winchester

See also the photos at the end of this narrative

As always, a highlight of the day was the re-enactment of 1066. The historical context and ‘script’ for the re-enactment is available at ‘1066 Re-enactment‘. 1066 is the year England changed forever. From ploughshares to seaxes (Saxon knives), farmers to warriors, the youngsters experienced the peaceful farming life in the Meon Valley before taking up arms to defend king and country; first against the Vikings at Stamford Bridge about 300 miles north, near York (where the English army was successful). Then, just three weeks later, against the Norman army at Hastings on the South Coast.

The defeat at Hastings, with the death of King Harold, marked the end of Saxon rule and the passing of the English throne at Winchester (our ancient capital) to William Duke of Normandy became in 1066. He  became the first  Norman King of England, establishing his throne at Winchester  and being crowned William I of England at Westminster Abbey on Christmas day.

Fifty parents and guests enjoyed the learning, fun and excitement. They also joined in the singing of The Farmer Scatters the Seed and the recital of the Lord’s Prayer In Old English; as it was said in Corhampton Saxon Church in 1066

The following photos capture what many parents tell us –  ‘my child is still talking about Saxon day’. They are grouped into the following ‘galleries’

* Exploring our 1000 year old Saxon Church and Yew Tree
* Re-enactment of 1066; see context & script at 1066 re-enactment.
* Celebrating Saxon Life
* Creative Saxon writing and crafts
* Riverside Players & Puppets – A story of Bishop Swithin
* Young archaeologists
* Meet some of those who made this day so much fun

 

YOU CAN BROWSE THROUGH THE GALLERIES BY CLICKING ON A PHOTO & THEN CLICK AN ARROW (INITIALLY HIDDEN) MID-WAY DOWN EACH SIDE
YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS (RIGHT-CLICK)

Teachers & volunteers help our pupils explore our 1000 year old Saxon Church and Yew Tree

Volunteers helping pupils re-live 1066; see context & script at 1066 re-enactment.

Celebrating Saxon Life with The Sustainability Centre & A Saxon Warrior from Herigeas Hundas a local historical society and Saxon re-enactment group.

Working with teachers and volunteers to create Saxon writing & crafts

Riverside Players & Puppets:  A story of Bishop Swithin of Winchester and (un-)broken eggs

Young archaeologists with staff of Winchester Museum & Wessex Archaeology

Meet some of those who made this day so much fun