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An act of kindness goes a long way

The generosity and kindness that has been displayed across the country recently reminds us of one of the leading separatists, William Bradford and his inspirational words that united people around the world 400 years ago.  “as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindle hath shone unto many” He is referring […]


The Two Congregations Who were the ‘Separatists’? How do they relate to the ‘Pilgrims’? Four centuries ago, the Church of England was the established Christian church of the state, set up by King Henry VIII following his battles with the previously established Church in Rome. Religion played a hugely important role in everyday life for […]

Welcome to PilgrimAGE

An online programme commemorating the Mayflower Pilgrims throughout Summer 2020, 400 years on from their historic transatlantic voyage Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you short stories about that group of people who many know as the Pilgrims, as part of our summer PilgrimAGE programme to commemorate the Mayflower story in its 400th […]

Covid-19 and 2020 Plans Update

Just about a decade in the making, the Mayflower 400 commemorations have been run aground by the storm of Covid-19. Suddenly, trying to finalise any of our plans for the anniversary year feels like – as Bradford would put it – ‘an adventure almost desperate’. The Museums are empty, the churches are closed, the trail […]

Mayflower 400 programme moves online adapting to lockdown challenges

Gainsborough’s historic Pilgrim date commemorated West Lindsey District Council is working with local partners to develop an online programme of activities that will tell the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their connections to Lincolnshire and the Pilgrim Roots region. Starting on Gainsborough’s historic Pilgrim date this Sunday 10th May, a new digital campaign – PilgrimAGE – […]

How to Survive Social Distancing: ideas from the Pilgrim Roots

Corona Virus is doing its best to spoil plans for Mayflower 400, and the Pilgrims Gallery and Gainsborough Old Hall have both been shut in line with government guidance – not to mention that our Pilgrim Churches have been prohibited from holding their usual services. There is a lot to worry about, but in cheerier […]

Ancient Planting could reap reward in 2020

Update! 16/04/2020 Having heard from people taking part about all the time and effort they are putting into nurturing their crops, we have decided to increase the prize! In honour of their efforts, first prize will be £250, and second prize £100, of Dukeries Garden Centre vouchers! It’s not too late to get involved and […]

Make a May Flower

Update, April 2020, the completed flowers will now be accepted until the end of the year! West Lindsey District Council launch community art project to inspire residents to learn about the Mayflower Pilgrims 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. Gainsborough has a special connection […]

Pilgrim Roots Illuminate Events

Marking the beginning of the Mayflower 400 anniversary year Illuminate 2019 was kicked off in our region with the very first Illuminate lantern parade of the year taking place in Gainsborough on the 16th of November. Here, the parade combined with market stalls on the streets and the Christmas lights switch on at Marshal’s Yard […]