Spirit of Kinder returns to Hayfield

The fourth annual Spirit of Kinder event, celebrating Kinder Scout and the 1932 Mass Trespass, returns to Hayfield on Saturday, April 23.

The event is being organised jointly by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group and the Kinder & High Peak Advisory Committee and will be held at The Royal Hotel, Hayfield, starting at 2 pm. You are cordially invited to attend.

Keynote speakers will be Carey Davies, the British Mountaineering Council’s Hill Walking Development Officer and Philip Pearson, former Senior Policy Officer in the TUC’s Economic & Social Affairs Department, who will speak on climate change and green issues.

The event will also see the launch of a new biography of Benny Rothman, leader of the 1932 Mass Trespass, by Mark Metcalf and published by the Unite trade union. Musical interludes will be provided by folk singer Brian Peters and the Manchester Woodcraft Folk, who will lead the traditional singing of Ewan MacColl’s Manchester Rambler.

Admission to the Spirit of Kinder Day is free and all are welcome, but as space in the hotel is limited, people are advised to arrive early. We are encouraging people to use public transport. Trains run to New Mills and Glossop from Manchester and Stockport, and buses link with Hayfield.

Other events during the weekend include the unveiling the first of several interpretive plaques which will form a Trespass Trail, and art exhibitions, including work by local artist Sarah Morley, in the Village Hall. The Woodcraft Folk will also be organising activities for young people in and around the village hall. In the evening, the band HOAKES will be performing at The Royal in support of the Kinder Visitor Centre.

On Sunday, April 24, three walks led by qualified mountain leaders start in or near the village at 10 am (see kindertrespass.com for more details). And on the same day at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Bridgewater Folkfest will feature Bill Lloyd and others, singing traditional North Country music including The Manchester Rambler.

Among the organisations attending the event are the Ramblers; Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland; Peak & Northern Footpaths Society; British Mountaineering Council; the National Trust; the Civic Trust; Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and Friends of the Peak District (CPRE).