The St Ives Feast will be marked with the traditional service on Sunday 9 February, and then on Monday 10 February the Mayor’s Parade, Hurling of the Silver Ball, pennies for the children and associated traditions – all welcome.
ST. IVES TOWN COUNCIL
FEAST CELEBRATIONS 2014
FEAST SUNDAY, 9 FEBRUARY:
11.15 a.m. MAYOR’S PARADE AND CHURCH SERVICE
The Mayor’s Party, accompanied by the Councillors and their Guests, will walk in Procession to the Parish Church for the Service at 11.30 a.m. The Pendeen Silver Band will lead the Procession and representatives of the local organisations are welcome to join in the Procession and their ‘Official Colours’ may be carried.
FEAST MONDAY, 10 FEBRUARY:
VENTON IA WELL
The Mayoral Procession will leave The Guildhall for the Venton Ia Well at Porthmeor and, after the short ceremony there, will return to the Parish Church by 10.30 a.m. As is the tradition, dancers from St Uny School, will dance in the procession, Bagas Porthia will provide the music and take part in the Ceremony at the Venton Ia Well.
10.30 a.m. HURLING OF THE SILVER BALL
Hurling of the Silver Ball is a very old custom, so old that no one knows when it originated, and occurs annually on Feast Monday. At 10.30 a.m. on Feast Monday, the Silver Ball is thrown from the wall of the Parish Church by the Mayor, when it is caught by one of the waiting crowd of children and adults, and passed from one to another on the beaches and in the streets of the Town. The Person holding the Silver Ball at Noon takes it to the Mayor at The Guildhall, and receives a reward of a silver coin (originally a Crown Piece). The Silver Ball is about the size of a tennis ball and is made of wood covered with Silver Leaf.
10.30 a.m. COFFEE MORNING IN THE CONCERT HALL to Noon
The League of Friends of the Edward Hain Memorial Hospital will hold a Coffee Morning in the Concert Hall adjoining The Guildhall.
11.00 a.m. MEETING OF THE WESTERN HUNT
The Western Hunt will meet at Royal Square at 11.00 a.m., and receive the Stirrup Cup from the Mayor.
11.30 a.m. DISTRIBUTION OF PENNIES TO CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS OF AGE
The Mayor will distribute the pennies from The Guildhall steps.
Noon RETURN OF THE SILVER BALL
The Silver Ball will be returned to the Mayor at The Guildhall, and pennies will be distributed to children aged 7 years and above.
7.15 p.m. FEAST MONDAY RUGBY MATCH
The Mayor will kick-off the match at the Alexandra Road Rugby Football Ground between St. Ives RFC and the Cornwall Clubs.