Mo's Original Notes

Mo\'s Original NotesPLOUGH-JAGS (From Mo Ogg's original notes - lent by Bob Cleveland in February 1997)     The origin of plough-jags seems to have had its foundation deep into the mysterious past, the early Christian days.     The players represented the lay- people, and good and evil, and Christ, also it was a festival of the New Year. The people were praising the New Year and New

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The Original Coleby Plough Jag Script

PLOUGH JAG PLAY AND LONG SWORD DANCECollected and compiled by M.C. OGG, Coleby. (Amended version.) 1974.(In broad North Lincs. dialect.) (All blowing horns etc. to shew they are there.)RAGFOOL:    I can't come in at 'winder, so ah'll etter come in at t' door: Ah'm not here on me awn fer there's many lads moor, and some can dance, an' some can sing so wi' your consent we will come in

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Letter from Mo's Mother

Letter from Mrs Audrey J. Ogg.    (Maurice Ogg’s Mother)    January 1998        The Coleby Ploughjag book I found to be really interesting and enjoyable, with so many talented players contributing to it with their experiences.    Some years ago Mo asked me if I knew anything about the PLOUGHJAGS in the past. I knew a

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Absent Friends

In the words of the song “Jag Day” written and composed by Jim Hancock:                “For Sergeant Time recruits us all                Some soon, some late, we all enlist                We answer t

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Winn Readhead's Book

Winn Readhead's BookPlough Jag ConnectionsPHOTO CAPTION: The Burton upon Stather Plough Jags Circa 1920The band was identified in the late sixties as follows :Left to right :- Hobby Horse, the late Alfred Chafer; Rag Fool, the late John Maddison   Besom Bettie, Arthur Arrand now living in Scunthorpe; Drummer, Osbourne Readhead, living in Scotland; Clown in white hat, George Render living in Scunthorpe: Musi

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The Hobby Horse in Lincolnshire

The Hobby Horse in LincolnshireThe Hobby Horse in LincolnshireBy Rob Guest    Hobby horses are costumed animal characters that feature in some traditional seasonal customs and processions throughout Europe. In England they are particularly associated with Mummers' plays and the Morris dance.The types most frequently found in England are:1.  Tourney horses look like a person riding a small horse that is weari

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Jag Day - The Song

In 2001 Jim Hancock, long time member of the Coleby Plough Jag, wrote and composed an entry for the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Folk Songwriting Competition. The song was performed by Jim and Geoff Convery accompanied by Steve Hindley on piano accordian, all wearing their Plough Jag costumes, and eventually won the competition. The song has been adopted by the Coleby Plough Jag as "our" song and adds

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Past and Present Team Members

After the Jag in 2013, the question was asked “I wonder how many people have been involved in the Jag since its revival?” After trawling through the past 40 years lists the answer is here: Baker, JohnBaker, MichaelBarlow, DaveBarnard, GerryBarnard, PeteBennett, RobBilmore, HarryBilmore, KateBilmore, SamBoulby, PeteBrockbank, JonBrown, KeithBrown, PaulBurgin, AnnCleveland, BobConstabl

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Notes from Brian Dawson

Letter in "Lincolnshire Life" Magazine August 1967“Your mention of Plough jags in "Lincolnshire Life" has aroused some interest in our village. I myself have had the Plough Jag horn for some years and should like to see the custom revived. I saw the West Halton Gang as a schoolboy in Winteringham and I Know of five gangs that went around at that time, each one at Winteringham, Burringham, an

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Frummenty Recipe

FRUMMENTY    Made on festive occasions        1lb Wheat Berries    1pt Milk    5 oz Ground Almonds    6 oz Chopped date, apricot, & raisins mixed    Peel of 2 lemons    1 teaspoon cinnamon    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg    Sugar or honey to taste &n

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