All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Archive for May, 2014

Will Worthington Exhibition 7th – 9th June

Holly - copyright © Will Worthington

Holly – copyright © Will Worthington

Many of our members will have come across Will Worthington’s wonderful art over the years. Will is the illustrator of a number of beautifully illustrated Oracles and Tarots including the Druid Animal Oracle, the Green Man Tree Oracle and the Wildwood Tarot a re-working of the Greenwood Tarot. The Green Man & the Green Woman have been powerful symbols throughout Wills career.

There will be an exhibition of Wills work in Glastonbury on the 7th – 9th June 2014 at the Glastonbury Galleries, 10a High Street, Glastonbury. BA6 9DU

There will be originals from various decks and some small green men plaques he has made…plus loads of prints (some green men)


Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

I am very grateful to Ross Parish for reporting that the Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green paraded today.  Yaxley Fen’s charmer of Vipers Sap-engro oversaw the birth of Jack-in-the-Green and the invocation of ancient Turf Law for the second year, along with patron Warwick Davis. This brings the current total of Jacks sighted this year to a wonderful fifteen with the possibility of at least one more later in the year. If you have pictures of any of the Jacks that went out this year please do consider sending a copy to me  at greenman@virgin.net so that I can add it to our free online Flickr photographic archive. My eventual goal is for the archive to hold pictures of every Jack-in-the-Green that goes out (and has gone out) every year to build a living archive of this wonderful tradition. If you have any pictures in any format and in any condition please do get in touch with me.  All pictures are always copyrighted to the original photographer and will never be used without prior permission.

Confirmed Jack-in-the-Green sightings:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester Sweeps (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Cheltenham Sweeps
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings
  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Brentham
  • Yaxley

There were no reported sightings of the following Jacks this year:

  • Tunbridge Wells (last seen 2012)
  • City of London Jack (last seen in Hastings in 2012)
  • High Wycombe (no sightings since 2012)
  • Lands End (fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year)

Still to come:

  • A rumour that a Jack may parade in the Pagan Pride Parade this year……

 

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

 


The Wood Beyond the World – May – Fertility

May-Fertility © Sally Priston

May-Fertility © Sally Priston

Sally Priston’s work is based around nature, folklore and the changing seasons, she works in 2D in watercolour, ink and pencil generally, and also on wood, using pyrography. We are publishing one of her pictures around the first of each month from June 2013 until May 2014. If you would like to get in touch with Sally or would like to purchase any of her art please drop us a line at greenman@virgin.net


2014 Jack-in-the-Green update

Whitstable (Oyster Morris) Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Whitstable (Oyster Morris) Jack-in-the-Green 2014

I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm that the Highworth, Oxford, Guildford and Ilfracombe Jacks have all been sighted this year along with a revival of the Cheltenham Sweeps Jack. Reports have also just come in that the Brentham Jack went out today. If you have pictures of any of the Jacks that went out this year please do consider sending a copy to me  at greenman@virgin.net so that I can add it to our free online Flickr photographic archive, all pictures are always copyrighted to the original photographer and will never be used without prior permission. My thanks to everyone who has put up with me and been so kind this year. Whitstable Oyster Morris and the wonderful Dixie Lee (pictured above with their Jack)  Dead Horse Morris, The Bristol Jack-in-the-Green and everyone who has sent me sightings and some wonderful pictures so far…please keep them coming! I will be uploading all the pictures I have taken and those sent in over the next few weeks so please keep checking back to the Flickr archive and this blog.

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester Sweeps (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Cheltenham Sweeps
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings
  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Brentham

Sadly there have been no sightings of the following Jacks this year:

  • Tunbridge Wells (last seen 2012)
  • City of London Jack (last seen in Hastings in 2012)
  • High Wycombe (no sightings since 2012)
  • Lands End (fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year)

Still to come:

  • Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green – Saturday May 17th
  • A rumour that a Jack may parade in the Pagan Pride Parade this year……

The Jack of May by Rose Blakeley

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Rose Blakeley

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Rose Blakeley

 

My thanks to Rose Blakeley for her wonderful pictures of this years Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green and for her wonderful poem and picture below of The Jack of May. You can find out more about the multi talented Rose at http://www.roseblakeley.moonfruit.com

The Jack of May

The waking of dawn…oh May it brings! The gathering it is near.
To the winding streets of an ancient town, the masses they will steer;
Colour collaged with leaf and bells round spring flowers will enlace,
Ragged robes and garlands-gay, below each painted face.

High the hanky will flick and fall in the morning’s luminous light,
As the Morris in fine formation will dance to folk full of delight
And through the crowds the sweeps will come, sooty, ebony as coal,
With top hats lofty, and bristling brushes fixed on an endless pole.

The glorious gathering…it will come. For the One, they will await,
They’ll sing, parade and beat the drum, for him they will elate,
And beyond the raucous crowds he’ll stir; from the shadows he’ll soon be seen,
Whilst in the sun, bright ribbons will stream from his majestic frame of green.

Oh the merry month of May has come; the gathering is nearly here,
To the winding streets of an ancient town, the masses soon will steer,
United then the town will be, in spring’s new joy we’ll bask
And merry we’ll be, as celebrate will we, the one with an emerald mask!

By Rose Blakeley

The Jack of May copyright © Rose Blakeley

The Jack of May copyright © Rose Blakeley


Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

It is with much happiness (because it happened) and sadness again (because I wasn’t there for the second year in a row) that I announce that the Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green was (reasonably) safely released from the Fisherman’s Museum on Rock-a-Nore Road. He was attended as always by his honour guard of Twelve Bogies who this year I have been informed smelt of  a combination of butterflies, Jack Daniels and hope. Jack led the procession and was followed  by Black Sal, Mad Jack’s Morris, The Sweeps, The May Queen, Hannah’s Cat, The Lovely Ladies, The Gay Bogies, The Hastings Giant (and other Giants), Sambalanco and many, many other followers (mostly in green).

I am indebted to (and jealous of)  Ian McLauchlan for his fantastic pictures of this years Hastings Jack. More to follow on our Flickr archive soon.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings

I would be indebted to anyone who could confirm if any of the following went out this year and doubly indebted if they could send me a picture or two:

  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • City of London Jack

Sadly fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year. There have been no sightings of the High Wycombe Jack since 2012.

Still to come:

  • Brentham Jack-in-the-Green -Saturday May 10th
  • Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green – Saturday May 17th

 


The Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Knutsford  Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Colin Harris

Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Colin Harris

I am very pleased to report that the Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green paraded this year. My thanks to Colin Harris for his photo. The Knutsford Jack in the Green is probably the oldest continual annual Jack in the Green. Apart from the war years it has paraded almost every year since 1890.


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The Oyster Morris Whistable Jack is alive (live)

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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 (and more to come!)

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 copyright © The Company of the Green Man

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 copyright © The Company of the Green Man

As you can see from the posts below the Bristol Jack-in-the-Green went out and about in Bristol this morning. I followed him from the Harbour up to St Nicholas Market and as always it was a magical event made all the more special by copious amounts of sunshine across the West Country today. I had to head off early and so sadly wasn’t there to see Jack meet his end an hour ago on Horfield Common. If anyone has any pictures from the afternoon please do get in touch using the contact tab above. All the best to all the wonderful people involved with the Bristol Jack and thanks for another great year.

More pictures of this years Jacks-in-the-Green will be on our Flickr archive:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thecompanyofthegreenman

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe
  • Rochester (Blue Bell Hill)
  • Oxford
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop)
  • Bristol

Today the Guildford, Knutsford and Highworth Jacks should have gone out, it would be great if anyone who saw them could let me know and if possible send me some pictures for our blog and archive of Jacks in the Green.

Hastings, Whitstable and Ilfracombe next! This Bank Holiday Monday the 5th!

Do go along if you can and please let me know all about it and send in some photos. I will be at Whitstable for my first time this year and hope to post pictures of Jack from there. Here are the timetables for all this Mondays Jacks:

Hastings Timetable:

7:30am – 9am Breakfast, Mary Star of the Sea Church Crypt

9am – 10am The Gathering outside the Fisherman’s museum on Rock-a-Nore Road

10am Jack is released

The Procession

12:30pm The West Hill,

3:30pm The Slaying of the Jack

 

Whitstable Timetable:

10am at Library

1:15pm Harbour

1:45pm Castle

 

Ilfracombe Timetable:

11am from the Wilder Road car park (at the rear of Co-Op)

12:00 the ‘Clapping Circle’ near the Landmark Theatre

Followed by the ‘Stripping of Jack’ ceremony on Wildersmouth beach

 


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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green (Live Picture)

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