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Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green 2013

Winchcombe Jack 2013

The Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) Jack in the Green went out at dawn today to greet a glorious May Day sunrise.

The Winchcombe Jack was revived in 2009 as part of “Marking the Year.” A Jack was recorded as visiting a local school by Emma Dent of Sudeley Castle in the 1890’s.

I joined Happenstance Border Morris this morning at the Roel Gate to welcome the Beltane Dawn with song and dance and a fantastic atmosphere. My thanks to all those involved for their wonderful hospitality.

I have posted lots more photos in our Flickr archive at

04/05/13 A quick update – The Winchcombe Jack will visit the Upton on Severn festival for the Sunday procession as well as the nearby Woodmancote fete on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

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Hastings Jack

The Coming of Jack 

Oh the time of the yearly gathering is near!
To the Old Town of Hastings the masses they’ll steer,
Colour collaged with leaf and spring flowers will enlace
Robes, gowns and garlands below each painted face;
The gathering they’ll come and for One they’ll await,
They’ll dance, they will sing, for him they’ll elate
As he stirs in the shadows awaiting to be seen
Beckoning the sun behind his bright mask of green. 

By Rose Blakeley