St Clement's Tartlets
St Clement’s Day – 23 November: St. Clement was a Christian martyr who died in the 4th century by being thrown into the sea tied to an anchor. That should do the trick! His feast day was celebrated chiefly in Hampshire, Suffolk, Sussex and Kent. The patron saint of metalworkers and blacksmiths (excuse me for being picky, but shouldn’t he have been tied to an anvil?), on 23 November it was traditional for an effigy of St Clement (or “Old Clem”) to be carried through the villages whilst begging for alms. A ritual that came to be known as “clementing”. The children of the village carried their own effigy of Old Clem and sang clementing songs for the reward of a Clementing Cakes. Clem Suppers and Clementide Sheep Fairs were also held and the popular clementing tart served.