Oak Apple Day
For those who were wondering why the Parish Church bells were ringing at 6.30pm on 29th May, it was because the Bell Ringers were following an old tradition. Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day was a formal public holiday celebrated in England on 29th May to commemorate the restoration of the English Monarchy in May 1660. In 1660, Parliament declared 29 May a public holiday:
"Parliament had ordered the 29 of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he entering London that day."