The Plymouth Mayflower started their official launch this weekend exactly 3 years from the 400 year commemoration in 2020 and the PR will be ramped up. We have their Facebook page at the bottom of our website home page and their website is www.mayflower400uk.org
Normally we have a 2 year break after a major bonfire but this time we knew that 2020 will be something special not only because it will be our 50th anniversary but also the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620. For more info visit www.mayflower400uk.org/education. It was the commemoration of the 350th Anniversary in Plymouth that triggered the birth of the Great Torrington Cavaliers.
We have been in constant discussions and meetings since the Trumpton bonfire with the International Mayflower organisation team in Plymouth UK and are now nearing a partnership and staging our most ambitious and spectacular event ever!
We had our first Bonfire planning meeting in May this year and we are now actively discussing with the authorities, sourcing trees etc...
Keep an eye on this site and will keep you updated as things progress. You can also subscribe to our newsletter service from our home page.
We have just decided on the main beneficiaries for the next major bonfire - Mayflower 400 in 2020. This time there will be 4 main organisations each receiving 10% of the monies raised with the remaining 60% being shared out to those that respond to the post bonfire invite in the local press.
We are very please to announce the following organisations who do a fantastic job will benefit from 40% of our bonfire monies:
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts.
This is a unique opportunity to commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook the journey and to highlight their stories and heritage, which is embedded in communities across the UK, US and Netherlands.
The Mayflower 400 programme has been created to leverage this opportunity, aligning 11 core destinations in England with wider local, national and international partners and over 20 million US citizens descended from the Mayflower. It will deliver a world-class series of events, public art and wider content that will commemorate this exceptional voyage and provide a major ongoing impact across the partnership, knitting together communities, inspiring creativity and culture, driving economic growth, and promoting understanding and education.
Mayflower 400 will champion the values of freedom, faith and personal liberty that informed the original journey, and which continue to be articulated in the special relationship between the UK, US and Netherlands. At the same time, the commemoration will recognise the impact of the Mayflower’s journey on Native American communities and address themes of colonialism and migration, providing an accurate, inclusive account of the Mayflower’s legacy.
Together, we will draw inspiration from our past to steer our future – from now, to 2020, and for generations to come.
The Great Torrington Cavaliers are involved
We are working hard and meeting the Mayflower team in Plymouth. We will be building a FULL size replica of the Mayflower of 1620 in port with strategic buildings to the rear, and we hope this will be spectacular celebration towards the end of a fantastic year of International events. Keep your eyes on this site for more information as it happens.
The anticipated start date for the build will be Easter 2018.
Our good fried Damien Stacey drew this impression of what the next fire will look like. It will be a full size replica of the Mayflower in port with strategic building from Plymouth around it (yet to be confirmed). We will update this further as we get more information