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Hello and welcome to Blidworth Parish Council website
This is the official website for Blidworth Parish Council
which has been launched in order that we might effectively communicate with a greater audience.
We will regularly update our website with news and details of events that we are organising for Blidworth.
We welcome communication and have provided different methods for you to contact us. You can email using our Contact Page and there are suggestion cards and boxes in The Library, Post Office and Leisure Centre for you to input your thoughts and ideas to the Parish Council.
You can also visit the Parish Council Office which will be open:
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 2pm
Your new Clerk is Clare Brettell (contact on: 01623 490358) or via the contact page
The Beautiful Church of St. Mary of the Purification, Blidworth
Reputed to the be the burial place of Will Scarlet - One of Robins Hood Merry Band of Outlaws.
Only the west tower from the medieval (15th Century) church survives. The rest was built in 1739 by Rhodes of Barlborough and 1839 by Colvin.
The Church of St. Mary of the Purification is the only church that is known to continue to hold an annual Rockings Ceremony during which the baby boy, born to married, Christian parents living in Blidworth, nearest to Christmas Day is “rocked” in an ancient cradle on the Feat of the Purification of Mary, which is on the Sunday nearest to Candlemas.
The origins of the ceremony go back at least 400 years. The custom was revived in 1842 by the Vicar, John Lowndes after a lapse of 150 years, and again in 1922.
All of the babies who have taken part in the Rocking Ceremonies have their names recorded upon a plaque at the rear of St Mary's Church with their full name and the year in which they were 'Rocked'. In 1980 the rocking ceremony was performed by John Denis Wakeling the Bishop of Southwell. The child was Edward William Tristram who received a commemorative bible to mark the occasion inscribed by the Bishop. (source Wikipedia)