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The Saracen's Head in Warburton

The illustration above is that of The Saracen's Head in Warburton, the home of the Warburton Souling Play.
Welcome to The Warburton Souling Play.

This website is all about the Warburton Souling Play, its revival and its welfare today.  You'll find details about the history of the play, the background to its revival together with details of its performance up to the present time. We've also included some brief details about Warburton Parish.

The details are broadly split up into three periods. First we have 'The Revival' roughly defined as years from 1978 up to 1990, the 'Present Day' covers the three most recent years and the 'Post Revival' covers the period between.

Souling in 2018

Well, here we are again then.... another year and another season of Souling has come and gone.

The Gang ready to leave for the first performance of 2018. (Photo: Laurence Armstrong)And a special year this was, it being our 40th year since the play was revived - a period, that if the date we'd been given of it last being performed in 1938 is correct, makes the revived period as long as the play was dormant.

The summary for this year is that after the usual start at the Saracen's Head on the 1st November we took the play out on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November of the first week then Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the second week. We finish on the 10th with what was a memorable performance evening of song and music at the Saracen's Head in Warburton. The full itinerary for were we went is available here.

For those of you new to the play, an idea of what we get up to can be found in the summaries of the last few years below, and reading some of the information about the play that can be found through the links above left.

Souling in 2017

The 2017 Souling season's details can be found in the 2017 pages where you'll get a good idea of what happened. Needless to say we felt we had a cracking year, although a bit quieter than normal in some places, but busier in others. It did however, result in a record amount being collected that will in turn be donated to our chosen charity for this year, the Trafford and South West Manchester Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

The Gang prior to leaving for the Saracen's Head. (Photo: Laurence Armstrong)

The Gang prior to leaving for the Saracen's Head - 1st November 2017

There was a fear that this year could've been somewhat different to previous years due to the Saracen's Head closing earlier in the year, however, as you'll also read on the 2017 season page all turned out well in the end and we were able to continue the tradition there as we've always done.

One more thing to look out for is an article about the Warburton Play that was published in the November 2017 issue of the Fortean Times

As mentioned above we had chosen the Trafford and South West Manchester Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society as our charity for this year and so on the 5th December two of us attended their monthly Coffee Morning to present them with a cheque for 1520.

Presenting the cheque to an MS representative.

Andrew Maines (left) with the donation cheque

It's always nice to be able to give such a substantial amount and we know it will be put to good use for the benefit of local MS sufferers.

Souling 2016

In 2016 we donated all the proceeds from our collection after each of the performances to the Children's Adventure Farm Trust in Millington. On the 16th December a few of us went to the farm and presented them a cheque for 1450 as a result of those collections. At the same time we were also able to present them with a second cheque for 500 as a result of a single donation from Mike Grech, the company boss of one of our players, a gesture of which we're truly thankful.

Presenting the two cheques to Rob Bashforth of the Childrens Adventure Farm Trust 

Presenting the two cheques to Rob Bashforth of the Childrens Adventure Farm Trust

More information about what happened in 2016 is available through the Souling in 2016 page. 

One sad bit of information that came to us in 2015 was the closure of Cotebrook House in Lymm. This was one of our regular charities we'd supported for a good few years now. Due to the closure they'd never made use of the donation that we gave them in 2014. The donation of 1200 was therefore duly returned to us. After a bit of searching for another local charity to support we decided upon The Children's Adventure Farm Trust in Millington. 

We therefore attended the 'Farm' on Wednesday 13th July 2016 and donated 1200 to them. We we're given a guided tour of the facilities, and very impressive they are to, so we'd very much like to support them in the future, and indeed all contributions will be going in their direction from this year's Souling.

Presenting the cheque to The Childran's Farm Trust

Also for a bit more help for those not familiar with the Play then please take time to have a look around to see what it's all about using the menus top left. The Parish of Warburton gives you an idea of where the Play comes from, History, a brief interpretation of this type of play and details of the Warburton play itself. For an alternative approach, you'll be able to get a good impression by looking at what we've got up to in the last few years by visiting the 'present' pages. And for those wanting to look further back, try the Past Galleries from where you'll find links to some much earlier seasons.

If you need help in tracking down a specific page or you're looking for specific information then try the Site Map.

Souling Site Updated: 19th March 2019
This page updated: 12th November 2018