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Mayday Bank Holiday   4th - 6th  May 2013

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This spectacular annual event is co-organised by the villagers of South Kyme and The Sleaford Navigation Trust. Each year we raise funds for village charities and for the restoration of the River Slea / Kyme Eau. Eventually it is hoped that the, once busy, canal route from Sleaford to the R.Witham can be restored to its former glory. As many as twenty colourful narrowboats have in past years, visited South Kyme for this event. This year the late spring means that there will still be daffodils lining the river banks. A real feast for photographers.

The villagers display their skilfully constructed scarecrows from the Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday. On the Saturday, the main event day, the scarecrows are judged by selected members of the Slea Navigation Trust. Conversely, the decorated narrowboats are judged by selected villagers. Also on the Saturday from 12 noon until 3.00pm there is a tabletop sale. People from miles around come to South Kyme and set up stalls in the village hall (Coronation Hall) selling craft items and bric-a-brac. At the Table-Top sale you can ‘buy’ a plastic duck. Then if you can stay until 4.00pm, 100 ducks will be released onto the Kyme Eau. You can cheer on your duck or ducks as they drift (or get blown) along the river until the finishing line is crossed some 300 yards downstream (usually). Cash prizes are presented for the first three places.

On Sunday at 11.00am the village church, St.Mary & All Saints, will hold a service especially for the visiting narrowboat enthusiasts. We also hope to have a BBQ at Coronation Hall, after a village meeting. This meeting allows South Kyme residents to air their views with the Parish Council.

Monday is always the day when the last of the narrowboats leave for home. The scarecrows will still be here though.

The local pub, The Hume Arms, will also be joining in the weekend festivities. Please click here to visit The Hume Arms web page for details.

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