Follow East Midlands News on TwitterEast Midlands News on FacebookRSS Feed
Wed 25 Nov 2015
 7↑8 ↓5
Mostly Cloudy →Showers Late
East Midlands News

Story Behind Mothering Sunday Retold

605 days ago - Nottinghamshire
Story behind Mothering Sunday retold. The story of a Coddington woman credited with reintroducing Mothering Sunday celebrations to Britain, as told by her niece, has been revealed by a Newark historian. Constance Penswick Smith, who was born in 1878 and died in 1938, lived in Coddington when she was young and was buried at All Saints' Church alongside members of her family. Her father, the Rev Charles Penswick Smith, was the Vicar of Coddington. Constance Penswick Smith began a movement to revive the church festival of Mothering Sunday, which was no longer widely celebrated, and designed cards and orders of service to be used to mark the occasion. Her story was written down by her niece Miss Brenda Smith, who lived in Southwell, and passed to historian Mr Tim Warner. Miss Smith's account describes her aunt's childhood and her memories of her. It said: "In 1907 Constance began, in her spare time, to find out all she could about the ancient custom of Mothering Sunday. "It was about this time that America began to observe Mother's Day, a festival held in early May simply in praise of earthly mothers. "Constance had by now discovered that during the Middles Ages there had been an ancient church festival which was widely observed by the Church of England on the fourth Sunday in Lent when people gave thanks for the mother church and also for all mothers of families. "She felt it would be much better to introduce this in England rather than to allow the American idea to spread to this country. " Miss Smith said in her account that her aunt's most treasured possession was a letter from Queen Mary expressing her interest in the revival of the traditional and wishing the movement behind it well. Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, March 30, this year. -> Read more at Newark Advertiser

related news items

Stir-Up Sunday: When is Stir-Up Sunday This Christmas and What

Stir-Up Sunday: When is Stir-Up Sunday This Christmas and What3 days ago - Derbyshire
Stir-Up Sunday: When is Stir-Up Sunday this Christmas and what. STIR-UP Sunday is the traditional day when families don their aprons and get out their wooden spoons and m... -> Read more at Derby Telegraph

Youngsters Stand Tall in Short Story Writing Competition in Boston

3 days ago - Lincolnshire
Youngsters stand tall in short story writing competition in Boston. Talent was not in short supply when a short story writing competition was held in Boston for the area&... -> Read more at Boston Standard

My Life Story, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham: Review

My Life Story, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham: Review4 days ago - Nottinghamshire
My Life Story, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham: Review. The NME cited My Life Story as one of the greatest lost bands of the 90s and they're spot on, because MLS were always sor... -> Read more at Nottingham Post

Leicester City: The Story of the Season So Far - 15 Pictures for

Leicester City: The Story of the Season So Far - 15 Pictures for4 days ago - Leicestershire
Leicester City: The story of the season so far - 15 pictures for. Despite Leicester City's remarkable run at the back end of last season which saw them avoid relegation f... -> Read more at Leicester Mercury

Lincs: Chance to Win £1,500 for Your School in Festive Short Story Competition

5 days ago - Nottinghamshire
Lincs: Chance to win £1,500 for your school in festive short story competition. A children’s author has launched a UK-wide competition encouraging children to pen ... -> Read more at Retford Guardian

Incredible Story of Three Grantham Brothers and Their WW1 Heroics

10 days ago - Lincolnshire
Incredible story of three Grantham brothers and their WW1 heroics. After the Journal published David Gradwell’s heroic tale of his grandfather’s uncles, whom ... -> Read more at Grantham Journal