We love our banner. It was a project, which was kindly funded by Rochdale Council Pennines Townships and commissioned by Geoff Read. I asked Geoff to tell us more about it:
The Oakenhoof banner is based on ideas chosen from those drawn by fifty children from around Littleborough along with adult members of Oakenhoof. The most common idea they drew was a giant acorn, so I went with that, and they often liked designs with multiple images too. The Oakenhoof colours of gold, red and green were used. The strongest tradition of banners in the UK is that of trade union and campaigning banners, which in turn drew their inspiration from fairground art, incorporating elaborate lettering on scrolls, realistic images often of the trades people were involved in, frequently in the form of large images with medallions set into them. The book "Banner Bright" by John Gorman was very useful in this. So the Oakenhoof banner uses a letter form taken from a Workers Union banner above a dark oak leaf which fills the banner. The large green acorn on this represents the children in the group, along with six medallions showing some of the folk arts the group practices: clog dance, rapper, a fiddle to represent the musicians, a storyteller or singer round a fire, the rush cart, and the Lancashire rose for the group's strong sense of place. Strands of ivy adorn the poles to represent the importance of nature and the woods in folk traditions.