Folklore and fables is back

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Local storytelling group, Fables, Tales and Folklore (Fenland) makes a welcome return on Monday 29th July with an open meeting at Dunham’s Wood, by kind permission of Margaret Dunham.

The group last met at the wood in July 2010 before taking a three year break while the main organiser concentrated on becoming a Doctor of Philosophy.

Group organiser Maureen James explained: “We put the meetings on hold in the summer of 2010 as I needed to concentrate on completing my PhD. Now after six years of part time research and writing I have achieved this and I have time for other things including reviving the storytelling group.”

The aim of the group is to give adults a chance to listen to, and perhaps tell stories themselves, and also to participate in discussions on folklore and customs relating to the time of year. There will never be any pressure on anyone to tell a story of join in the discussion if they do not want to.

The July meeting will run from 7pm until 8.30pm and if the weather is chilly, or wet, it can be in the tea room. All adults are welcome to attend the meeting and entry is free, but people attending are asked to bring their own refreshments.

Maureen, who is also a part-time teacher, writer and the Event Manager for the March Summer Festival, started Fables, Tales and Folklore – Fenland in 2004, as a way for local storytellers and listeners to get together to share their interest in the ancient art of storytelling, where stories are told rather than read.

The group was originally known as March Storytelling Group but in order to reflect Maureen’s growing interest in folklore (the main subject of her Ph.D), and to attract people from the rest of Fenland, the name was changed.

To get to Dunham’s Wood take the B1099 from March towards Upwell and Downham Market. Over the railway crossing, turn left into Binnimoor Road and first right into Rodham Road. The wood is behind the second bungalow. For further details contact Maureen on 07967 240328 or email