Merriment at May Day Celebrations

The annual traditional May Day celebrations took place at Badgemore School on the last afternoon before half term.  Ollie Natman and Molly Skinner were crowned May King and Queen before each class performed some brilliant maypole dancing.  The Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes was delighted to be invited and joined in the dancing too.

Ollie said, in his welcome speech, “We have a new maypole this year, so hopefully Ms Steele will not be required to launch herself onto it again.  This is my final term and I will miss this place a lot. When I started 7 years ago, I thought that the Year 6s were giants and I never thought I could ever be that tall.  And looking at me now, I’m still not that tall….yet!  My fondest memory was visiting London to watch the production of War Horse.  Molly said, “Ever since I was in Year 2 I have dreamed of being the May Queen and finally my chance has come.  I am so proud of myself because I’ve come so far.”

Cath Keetch, the school secretary was also given a special May crown too as it was her last day at the school after 7 years.  Cath said, “I’ve had such a special last day including dancing the double plait – I think that’s what it was!”

Headteacher, Jacky Steele said, “May Day is a hugely popular annual event at Badgemore, well attended by parents and also by members of our wider community – it truly is a whole community event.  The older children are becoming very proficient dancers now and can help each other out when they get a little confused – but that’s all part of the fun!  Parents and family members donated plenty of cakes and treats and FOBS were selling cakes and drinks, so we were able to raise some money at the same time.  Our May King and Queen were marvellous, the weather was kind this year and the pole stayed upright – it was a great day.  Huge thanks to the newly elected Mayor of Henley, Julian Brookes, for agreeing to come along at such short notice and for joining in, and to everyone who came along to watch and enjoy the day.”