The Warburton Souling Play - Souling 2005
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Details for the 2005 season

The 2006 season  kept up to the exceptional successes of those of the previous year, 2004, and of 2003, the 25th year since the Play was revived. Both are considered by participants and observers to have been the best two years in recent times. 

For the 2005 season we supported the Trafford Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and were able to Donate £806.92 to their cause.

The Play's first performance was on Tuesday 1st November at 8.45pm, the venue of course being the Saracen's Head whence the Play was 'taken out' for this season.

The Play was brought back home with a day long session starting with a 
visit to the Warburton Autumn Fair in the afternoon of the 5th November and finishing at the Saracen's Head in the evening of that day for the last performance of the season. Our usual festivities followed.

It's a number of years since the Play went out for it's traditional 5 consecutive nights and the Gang all looked forward to that feature of the year. As you'll read elsewhere in this site's pages the tendency has been to spread the performances out over a couple of weekends to give us fuller pubs on Friday and Saturday evenings. It also enables us to finish on the Saturday of Warburton Autumn Fair which is usually the second Saturday of November. However this year, after a bit of a mix up over dates, the Fair fell on November the 5th, the first Saturday of the month.

The following is our itinerary for this year to give you a feel for where we went.

Warburton Souling Play - Itinerary 2005
Date Area Venue Approx. Times
Tuesday 1st November Warburton Saracens Head 8.45pm - 9.00pm
Dunham Axe and Cleaver 9.15pm - 9.30pm
Rope and Anchor 9.30pm - 10.00pm
The Vine 10.00pm - 10.30pm
Wednesday 2nd November Agden The Jolly Thresher 8.30pm - 8.45pm
Little Bollington
Stamford Arms
9.00pm - 9.15pm
Lymm The Bull 9.30pm - 9.45pm
Saddler's Arms 9.45pm - 10.15pm
The Spread Eagle 10.15pm - 10.45pm
Thursday 3rd November Hollinfare The Black Swan 8.30pm - 8.45pm
Carrington Windmill  9.15pm
Urmston TBD

The Roebuck 10.00pm - 10.15pm
The Church 10.30pm - 10.45pm
Friday 4th November Broadheath The Railway 8.30pm - 9.00pm
Altrincham The Malt Shovels 9.00pm - 9.30pm
The Old Market Tavern 9.30pm - 9.50pm
The Orange Tree
9.50pm - 10.15pm
Hale The Railway 10.15pm - 10.45pm
Saturday 5th November Warburton St. Werburgh's (new) Church 2.30pm

Private Function
6.00pm - 6.15pm
Dunham Axe & Cleaver 7.00pm
Heatley Green Dragon 8.00pm
Railway 8.30pm - 8.45pm
Warburton Saracens Head 9.15pm - 9.30pm

One concern we had for this year is that of the new Public Entertainment Licensing Act. Our situation with this is that we would require the Publican/Manager to have ensured he is covered for public entertainment. As the type of Public House the Play is most suited to is not likely to be the type to have applied for such entertainment we have to rely on the Exemption in the Act as applied to 'Morris Dancing and associated activities'. It is understood that traditional plays such as Mumming are mentioned in the guidance given with the Act thus strengthening us being covered under that exemption. This is not an ideal situation, however, as it turned out the new Act did not cause us any problems.

This page updated: 6th April 2007.