The Clyppings celebrations are due to take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. All residents are welcome to attend. Below is an introduction to the celebrations and their meaning, by Councillor Denise Simpkin of the Parish Council.
A Brief History of The Clyppings (Yclepping – embracing the mother church)
The Clyppings is an ancient ceremony, possibly of pagan and Roman origin, of embracing the mother Church. It is generally held on the second Sunday after the 29th of June, St. Peter’s Day, when the people of the parish form a ring around the church and embrace it. As well as embracing the church the people also face outwards towards the community in an act of embracing the community that we serve. This custom was re-established by Canon Archibald Douglas sometime in the 1920’s and although there have been breaks with the tradition; the ceremony was re-introduced by Canon Eric Cox in the 1970’s and has continued regularly since that date.
The whole weekend is a chance for the people of Tankersley and Pilley to meet up for a chat with friends and to embrace the ancient building of Tankersley Church, which has been serving the community since the 11th century. It would be wonderful to see a full church and to meet new and old friends, so please come, all are welcome.
St. Peter’s Church Tankersley with St. Peter’s CofE Primary School – Clyppings Weekend
The Clyppings Garden Party is on Saturday 12th July from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the school. There will be a variety of entertainment including the Shoestring Circus, May pole dancing, activities and games for the children, tombola, bottle stall, bric-a-brac stall, book stall, raffle and lots of delicious cakes and buns to buy. Refreshments will also be available. The Garden Party will be opened by Helen Williams a local reporter from the Barnsley Chronicle.
The Clyppings Service is on Sunday 13th July at 3:00 p.m. There will be a ‘bring and share’ picnic after the service in the church field. The guest speaker is the Rev Judith Jessop, who will also present copies of the Fenn Bibles to a boy and a girl from the school. Our regular choir members will be in attendance and pupils from the school choir will also be singing at the service.