Dating back to the 12th century (during the reign of Henry ll) this annual custom - judicial ceremony (trial) was established to determine the composition and weight of samples of newly minted coins. In 1158 currency reform took place and from 1180 Henry ll put his name on a new coin the 'short cross.' The number of 'moneyers' (mints) allowed to produce coins was reduced. To ensure quality and consistency the Trial of Pxy was established.
The Pyx is the name of one of the chambers in Westminster Abbey' it lent it's name to the box in which the sample coins to be tested are kept.This years trial date to be announced.
This might of course just be a coincidence, but The Boggles frequently tell a yarn about an incident which happened in the quaint old Lincolnshire village of Haxey. It occurred sometime in the 1500's. Tellins very great, great uncle Clam was traveling through that area when he caught sight of a group of men chasing after a brightly colored hat or hood. One of them managed to grab hold of the garment and then return it to a lady who was sitting on horse nearby.
Maybe, just maybe this, explains the game and tradition known today as the Haxey Hood. This year the event takes place on Tuesday 6th of January 2015. For more information visit the axholme
The person in charge of the event is known as the Lord of the Hood. The assistants are called 'Boggins' (not 'Boggles' as Tellins would have you believe. But there is a character known as 'The Fool' though.
However Crabby might describe the last few days, I know that they have been busy ones. The Christmas decorations have been taken down and packed away along with the rattles and whistles we used to welcome in the New Year. If this wasn't enough work, Rainbow and Poet have had to complete the songs which they were creating and more stories were written and added to the book about to be launched. I think listening to stories is far easier than writing them!
When thinking about a title for this ship's log Poet searched in his book of 'Lost or Forgotten Words' and discovered kerfuffle and hoo-hah.
Pearl had the great idea of creating a map of our Bay. I've managed to put a copy of it here. The book containing a little information about some of the places we love will be added soon.
Uh oh! I can here Crabby and Skipper in the distance I'd better get back to my tasks see you all soon. Barnacle