The Canterbury Hoodeners
The East Kent tradition of Hoodening, described in 19th and early 20th century sources, usually involves the performance of a 'Hooden Horse' in country and public houses.
A number of groups continue this practice; St Nicholas at Wade, Whitstable, Broadstairs, Deal and Dover in East Kent and Tonbridge in West Kent. Although traditionally a Christmas custom, you can now see the antics of the hooden horse at other times of the year and in new contexts e.g. Whitstable May Day, Broadstairs Folk Week, Banbury Hobby Horse Festival, Sidmouth Horse Trials.
In December 2016 I co-founded The Canterbury Hoodeners and we performed a version of the Tonbridge Mummers' Horse Play, developed with the assistance of Geoff Doel. For this show we used the hooden horse which I had constructed for the Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival in 2011.
Since then we have developed a summer play 'The Outlaw Robin Hood' and a Christmas mumming play. All our plays are based on traditional and historical material. I make props and animal disguises, such as the stag in 'Robin Hood'. The shows are performed in pubs and at festivals.