Hoodening from 2000 onwards

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2000

Newspaper article Hoodeners performed an abbreviated version of the 1999 play at the Quex 2000 fair in Birchington (click for larger image).

Other vaguely related events took place in the summer at Goudhurst and Banbury.
Deal Hoodeners released a CD of their sea songs & shanties, called 'Donkey Riding'.
LLantrisant Mari Lwyd exhibited as centrepiece of Allan Kane and Jeremy Deller's contribution to 'Intelligence: New British Art 2000' at Tate Britain (July-September).
In November there was a meeting of over a dozen Kentish horses (almost all modern) in Marshside. For pix see the Hooden Horses page.

£600 raised for Kent Air Ambulance; and £96 for Mencap.
Father & son; new musician's clothes only lasted one year! Dobbin gets energized: Red Bull, jump leads, flashing balls and metal coat…
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Jamie May (Boy), Ben Jones (George & Musician). Script by Jamie May.
Venues: Cherry Tree (Turnbulls: for Mencap), Monkton Women's Institute, White Stag (Monkton), King's Head, Wade House, Half Moon and Seven Stars, Village Hall, Crown, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Denise Cole, Sun

14 September 2001
Tom West, last of the original St Nicholas Hoodeners, dies. He was born on 7 September 1907.

6 October 2001
Hoodeners attended the Tenterden Folk Festival, performing in three pubs to mixed reactions. George Frampton also gave a 'Hooden Horse workshop', gathering / sharing information related to his forthcoming book on the subject.
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Jamie May (Boy), Ben Jones (George & Musician). 'arry was at the England-Greece football game! Script (short) by Roy Fairbrass.
Venues:Eight Bells, Vine Inn, White Lion

17 November 2001
Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled at Simple Simon's in Canterbury.

£999+ raised for the Red Cross, in memory of Tom West (and in accordance with his last wishes).
Street Acre
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Jamie May (Boy), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Simon Gray (Parry Hotter), Budgie Paul (Harriet Potts). Script by Roy Fairbrass.
Venues: Cherry Tree, Bryant's, Monkton WI, White Stag, Boyden Gate, Down Barton, Crown, King's Head, Denise Cole, Bell, Street Acre, Pepper Alley, Sun

18 March 2002
Birchington Evening Townswomen's Guild kindly donated us the horse they had made for some performances in the 1950s.

18 May 2002
Special performance at Street Acre for the 50th birthday party of Mala Murton (née Jones).
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Simon Gray (Boy), Ben Jones (George), Adam Jones (Musician). Script by Ben Jones (adapted from 1980 Revels Restored).

29-30 June 2002
Banbury event appears to be going strong. This year a 7th original hooden horse was allegedly discovered (in Lincolnshire of all places), with a sack marked Birchington… It came to the Tenterden Folk Festival) on October 6, but opinions on whether it was 'the original Birchington / Acol horse' were divided — the previous owner's daughter thought she remembered her father, a folk enthusiast who had no obvious link with Thanet, making it himself about 15 years ago. See Hooden Horses for picture.

16 November 2002
Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled at Simple Simon's in Canterbury and inaugurated a 'Hooden Horse Society'.

£995 raised for Thanet Pilgrim's Hospice from just 12 venues (setting four records), in memory of Maureen Knight. First outdoor winter performance in over 30 years: brass monkeys. First appearance of Deal Hoodeners at a St Nicholas & Sarre Hoodening event: well sung! Also the first Hooden performance in Birchington in nearly 50 years, to an unexpectedly vast, largely 'townie' audience: dozens of builders & teachers who had apparently been drinking all afternoon, and two kind souls who actually watched us — even though they couldn't hear a word we shouted. This performance was also noted for Dobbin's first encounter with the Birchington Posse (young yobs), all of whom were coincidentally arrested shortly afterwards…
Little Willy
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Big Bill), Simon Gray (Little Willy). Script by Roy Fairbrass.
Venues: Singleton Close, White Stag, Crown, King's Head, Powell Arms, Boyden Gate, Village Hall, Denise Cole, Bell, Street Acre, Wade House, Sun

10 July 2003
The problematic Licensing Bill became law as the Licensing Act 2003. See the Traditional Drama Research Group's website for more details.

19 August 2003
An interview with myself (Ben Jones) broadcast on Resonance FM. CD available from Acorn Records.

15 November 2003
Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled at Simple Simon's in Canterbury.
Simple Simon met a Dobbin

£1000 raised for Kingfisher Children's Centre, Broadstairs: into 4 figures for the first time! And that despite the first script by a wench… Actually a little more was raised, but this year Hoodeners were dragged kicking & screaming into the 21st century and 'persuaded' to buy public liability insurance for the first time (due to horrendous tales of litigious audiences at Morris events — obviously a different class of people…)
Dobbin's brazzière <- more photos available at Pete Thomas's Rich Tradition site
Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Big Bill), Simon Gray (Little Willy). Script by Annette Paul.
Venues: Turnbulls (Tilmanstone), Crown, Barn, King's Head, Bryants, Shuart, Pepper Alley, Sun, Village Hall, White Stag, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Denise Cole, Bell

2004
Karma vs Boy <- photo courtesy of Pete Thomas's Rich Tradition site (click to see more)

£800 raised for Demelza House (children's hoRsEpice), Minster Museum and Canterbury Horse Rescue. First Hoodening in Broadstairs since it was allegedly banned there in 1828.

Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin), Clive Bolton (Waggoner: 'arry), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Karma Long Wei), Simon Gray (Boy). Script by Annette Paul.
Venues: C+B Brown (Broadstairs), Crown, King's Head, Ambry Court, White Stag, Bell, Village Hall, Denise Blackwell, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Bell (again), Sun

19 November 2005
Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled again at Simple Simon's in Canterbury.

2005
£850 raised for a bladder scanner at St Augustine's Ward, QEQM hospital.
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Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin: last year), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy). Script by Roy Fairbrass.
Venues: Village Hall, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Pepper Alley, Bell, Sun, Wade House/Crown/King's Head???

June 2006
Special performance at Street Acre at party to commemorate founding of Ben Jones's Thanet-based translation company BJ Translations.
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Members: Chris Cole (Dobbin: back out of retirement!), David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy).

17 November 2006
Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled again at Simple Simon's in Canterbury.

20 November 2006
Discordant Comicals
The first detailed full-length work on Hoodening in nearly a century (barring this website, natch!) is published: George Frampton's 'Discordant Comicals: The Christmas Hoodeners of East Kent, Tradition and Revival'. Available exclusively from the Faversham Society at present.

16 December 2006
Pie Factory… Mummers?!

Gail Duff & the Pie Factory kids 'revive' (ha!) 'the Thanet Hoodening Play' (HA!) with a rather cuddly horse including Playboy logo (designed by committee — no really!) at Westwood Cross shopping centre in Broadstairs and two old peoples' homes in Ramsgate. (Needless to say it was actually a rehash of Mark Lawson's rehash of the Soul Caking play from Cheshire, with some morris-style broom dancing and a song from Sussex thrown in.) Video currently unavailable — dreadful quality so it needs editing.

2006
£945 raised for East Kent Breast Screening.
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Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Dave Underwood (Neddy). Script by Annette Paul.
Venues: Village Hall, Shuart, Bell, Thatched Cottage, Crown, King's Head, Sun, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Bell (again)

16 November 2007

Assorted 'hoodeners' from various parts of East Kent assembled again at Simple Simon's in Canterbury.

2007
£1300 raised for Paula Carr Trust.
Group photo
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane ('orse), Megan Lane (Replica). Script by Annette Paul.
Venues: Bridge Historical Society, Herne Past Rotarians, Village Hall, Crown, Bell, Ransoms (Monkton), White Stag, Boyden Gate, Ambry Court, King's Head, Sun, Crown (again), Street Acre, Pepper Alley, Bell (again)

29 March 2008
Appeared at the Kent Gathering of Traditional Music in Frittenden, using the 1969 Edenbridge script.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane ('orse).

18 September 2008
Appeared at a supper for the Friends of Quex, again using the 1969 script.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones ('orse & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner), Simon Lane (Boy).

2008
£1000 raised for church clerestory parapets & merlons. Included a joint performance with the Deal Hoodeners for the first time in centuries (probably ever), on 4 December at Whitstable Folk Club.
St Nicholas-at-Wade and Deal hoodening troupes
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane ('orse & Boy), Annette Paul ('orse). Script by Annette Paul.
Venues: Whitstable Folk Club, The Rodney (Garlinge), Quex Barn, Ransoms, Crown & Sceptre (Acol), Wade House, Bell, Boyden Gate, Crown, White Stag, Sun (private: McIntyres), Village Hall, Street Acre, Bell (again)

27 April 2009
Percy Maylam's the Kent Hooden Horse
Percy Maylam's seminal 1909 book is reissued to mark its centenary, with a few additional photographs from his great-nephew Richard Maylam and textual contributions from Mick Lynn and Geoff Doel, of Mumming, Howling & Hoodening fame. The 'new' book is available at Amazon UK, US, DE, FR, JP.

20 August 2009
Hoodening mentioned in a national broadsheet for possibly the first time ever (but the online version has since disappeared)

14 December 2009
Hoodening (albeit the Tonbridge group) features in a BBC Southeast local news broadcast.

2009
£750 raised for a braille embosser for Minster Matters. First private performance in Birchington.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Ben Jones.
Venues: Quex Barn, Shuart, Crown & Sceptre, Sun, Village Hall, Saddler (Minster), Stella Maris, Crown, White Stag, Boyden Gate, Street Acre, Pepper Alley, Bell

2010
£670 raised for Margate station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (on its 150th anniversary). Heavy snow caused one performance at St Nicholas Pavilion to be called off.

Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Roy Fairbrass.
Venues: Sun, Monkton Village Hall, The Lifeboat (Margate), 11BRSW, Boyden Gate, Village Hall, Pepper Alley (Wales… as in Mr & Mrs Wale), Crown, Quex Barn, Street Acre, Bell

2011
The Hoodeners appeared in the July issue of Vogue.
We also appear in Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year (although it wrongly says the photo is from Sandwich: it was actually taken in The Crown at Sarre)
December performances raised lots for charity - as usual - details, photos, venues, script etc. to be uploaded in due course.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Roy Fairbrass.

2012
December performances raised lots for charity - as usual - details, photos, venues, script etc. to be uploaded in due course. Theme focused on plans for an anaerobic digester in St Nicholas.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Roy Fairbrass.

2013
December performances raised £1680 for Monkton Nature Reserve and Macmillan Nurses - details, photos, venues, script etc. to be uploaded in due course. Theme focused on fracking.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Roy Fairbrass.

2014
In early December, Phil Martin dies: he wrote a radio play about Hoodening and a great Hooden Horse song:

December performances raised £1553.48 - roughly split £900 for Thanet Food Link (their largest donation yet) and £600 for the village playgroup - details, photos, venues, script etc. to be uploaded in due course. Theme focused on Manston and immigration. Some photos were taken by Homer Sykes, including of the audience - an interesting social record.
Members: David Gray (Molly), Roy Fairbrass (Sam), Ben Jones (George & Musician), Budgie Paul (Waggoner: Bill), Simon Gray (Boy), Simon Lane (Dobbin). Script by Roy Fairbrass.

2015
Greene King's Hungry Horse chain opens The Hooden Horse diner at Westwood Cross. We named it, but they forgot to invite us to the opening... (they did apologize later).

Westwood Cross Hooden Horse diner

New book Arcadia Britannica features horses Dobbin & Satan, Bill, ǝƃɹoǝפ…

December performances raised £1850 for GOSH (the NHS Gynae-Oncological Support & Help group based in Maidstone).

2016

In early January the Hoodeners made a rare appearance inside St Nicholas church, to mark "Plough Sunday", which featured the blessing of a plough.

Plough Sunday

December performances raised £2091.08 for Children in Need (in memory of Terry Wogan: this year's song too was a parody of 'Floral Dance') and Asthma UK.

On Boxing Day, George and Dobbin, aided by Master James Fuller, retraced the steps of the Great Walk - it ended up as around 18 miles and took around 8 hours, from dawn (8 a.m.) to dusk (4 p.m.).

2017

This year's schedule

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