Bring and Buy Plant Sale – Saturday 11th May

10.00 to 12.30 outside the Library

to support the Millennium Green and Halesworth Library

contacts: Halesworth Library 01986 875095

Millennium Green email: thegreen@halesworth.net


Fifteen-foot glow-caterpillar spotted on the Green and not only that, but a human-sized illuminated moth as well. This was Halesworth’s fourth annual WinterLight! festival run by the Library and the Millennium Green at the end of the half-term weekend. This year’s Festival told a story of metamorphosis, but with startling differences.

Participants watched Oxblood Molly’s inventive and colourful dancing at the Library and then the story-telling began. Children, who had come with their own sock-caterpillars made at the Library’s workshop, helped a small lantern-caterpillar magically become enormous – 15 foot long, lit from within and supported by 14 human legs. This hungry beast led the procession of around 100 adults and children through the Town Park and to a far corner of the Millennium Green where it was met with stirring drumming by Wooden Roots West African Drums and Percussion.  The enormous caterpillar collapsed into its cocoon to emerge, finally, as a human-sized and fully illuminated moth.

The Festival has developed from a simple wassailing event in 2016 to provide the spectacle of the Ghost of Fred the Wherryman in 2017, the Alesworth Howl in 2018, and this year the spotted caterpillar becoming  a rainbow-underwing moth.  It’s all done by volunteers:  Oxblood Molly bring their music and dance, Adele Goodchild and Nicky Rowbottom of the Green made the giant caterpillar and moth, Meraylah Allwood for the Library created and operated props with the help of local children, Wooden Roots is a leading supplier of African drum and other percussion instruments, and members of Bungay Camera Club created a beautiful and entertaining photographic record.

ANNUAL MEETING – July 22nd      and

LIBRARY EXHIBITION – July 18th to 22nd

Thanks to our wonderful community-minded librarians, who once again gave the Green the space to hold our annual display of the year past and possibilities to come. At the weekend we moved the display down to the Green and continued to collect helpful comments about things people would like to see happening on the Green. You can of course let us know at any time during the year  but we very much enjoyed 4 days of being able to speak to people more fully and hear their experiences of the Green.

BRING AND BUY PLANT SALE – May 19th – to support the Green and Halesworth Library

on the way to the sale

On the sunny morning of That Wedding, there were enough Millennium Green and Library volunteers and customers not glued to their screens for us to raise from our joint Plant Sale a magnificent £300 plus, to be divided between the two organisations. As well as the welcome cash, we received lots of encouraging enthusiasm about the work both groups do and some offers of new volunteer help. So – our thanks to Halesworth and visitors, for your support and generosity.  And for those of us who love a spectacle, the Library had kindly supplied a large TV screen indoors to enjoy snatches of the Windsor event throughout the day.


What do you get if you stir together lots of enthusiastic lantern-makers at Halesworth Library plus the Oxblood Mollies plus a very dim-witted Fire-chicken plus an illuminated six-foot Owl – 20 feet up in the air? You get the third annual WinterLight! mini-Festival on Halesworth Millennium Green. One hundred and twenty people enjoyed the Mollies dancing, the lanterns and the newly-discovered ancient Tale of the Howl of Alesworth (? think about it). If you missed WinterLight! you’ll be able to see the Owl  in the Library window in the next week or so, and if you didn’t miss WinterLight! you’ll have a chance to see her much closer up than you did on the Green, where she was high in the air. And just wait until after dark ….

making lanterns in the Library for the WinterLight Festival
The Firechicken ready to tell her Tale
the Owl of Alesworth