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Archive for May 4, 2013

Oxford Jack-in-the-Green 2013

The Oxford Jack was seen near Magdalen Tower just before 6am on Wednesday 1st May. After the choir had sung and the blessing given he lead an informal procession up “The High” to Radcliffe Square. At around 06:25 Jack oversaw “Bonny Green” the first dance of the day performed by The Oxford University Morris Men. I would be extremely grateful if anyone who witnessed this fantastic event and took some pictures of Jack would contact me at

Lands End Jack-in-the-Green 2013

Lands End Jack-in-the-Green 2012  ©  Shane Davies

Lands End Jack-in-the-Green 2012 © Shane Davies

I am extremely happy to announce that The Lands End Jack-in-the-Green greeted the Dawn on May Day accompanied by Boekka Border Morris and Penkevyll, the Lands End Obby Oss at Chapel Carn Brea.  My thanks to Shane Davies for the above picture of the Jack in 2012. Any pictures of this years Jack would be very welcome for our archive.

Bluebell Hill Jack-in-the-Green 2013

I am very pleased to report that the Bluebell Hill (Rochester Sweeps) Jack-in-the-Green was awoken by Motley Morris at dawn on May Morning on Bluebell Hill surrounded by twelve fires (and no rain for a change) Jack will be parading in the sweeps festival on bank holiday Monday. I would be extremely grateful for any photographs (please contact me at

Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green 2013

Fowlers Troop Jack -in-the-Green 2013 © Mark Duncan

Fowlers Troop Jack -in-the-Green 2013 © Mark Duncan

I am very happy to confirm that the Fowlers Troop (Deptford/Greenwich) Jack-in-the-Green paraded through the streets of Deptford and Greenwich on May Day this year. It was also wonderful to find that many of the the followers of the Hastings Jack including some of the Gay Bogies (did anyone warn London?!) participated in the procession. Jack departed from the Dog and Bell pub in Prince Street at noon and arrived at the Ashburnham Arms just after 4pm after visiting a number of other Public Houses (it’s tradition!) and passing the Royal Naval College through Greenwich Park. Jack also visited the Cutty Sark.

My best to all those who organised and took part. I couldn’t make it this year but I have great memories of following the Fowlers Troop Jack and will definately head over to see their wonderful Jack another year. I am indebted to Mark Duncan for allowing me access to his fantastic photographs of the event, more on our Flickr archive soon.