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Jack-in-the-Green update

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

I have confirmation that two Jacks-in-the-Green greeted the May dawn this morning, both the Bluebell Hill (Rochester)  and Winchcombe Jacks ignored the weather and were awoken by music, bells and dancing just after 5:30am. I’m still awaiting confirmation that the Lands End Jack was also greeting the dawn to the west but I’m very hopeful as I have heard that they were practicing hard. I’m also waiting for anyone to confirm that the Oxford and Deptford (Greenwich) Jacks went out a bit later in the day but again am confident that they did. I’m not expecting to hear that the City of London, Tunbridge Wells or the High Wycombe Jacks went out this year but would love to hear to the contrary.

This Saturday 3rd may sees the wonderful Bristol, Guildford, Knutsford and Highworth Jacks go out, do go and see them if you can. More details and links on our website HERE

The Winchcombe Jack will also be at Upton on Severn on Sunday May 4th, and meeting with the Sweeps Jack from Cheltenham at Sudeley Castle Winchcombe on Monday May 5th.

On Bank Holiday Monday 5th May the fantastic Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green will weave his magic (tip – get there for his awakening from the fisherman’s museums before the grockles arrive) as well as the Whitstable and Ilfracombe Jacks.

I’ll be out to see an old favourite Jack and make the acquaintance of a much revered one this weekend so might see some of you out there. Thanks to everyone who has sent me pictures of the Bluebell Hill Jack, I will get them all on our Flickr archive soon. I would really love to get any pictures of any of the other Jacks, please e-mail them to me at greenman@virgin.net

My thanks to Ian McLauchlan for the wonderful picture above this post of the Bluebell Hill (Rochester Jack)  surrounded by twelve bonfires.

More updates to follow soon……..

 


Deptford/Greenwich Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Deptford Jack1

The Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green will go out today around Greenwich. Please find details of the route below. If you see this years Jack please do take a picture and send it to me at greenman@virgin.net

2014 Route

Thursday 1st May 2014

 
11.30 meet: Dog and Bell, 116 Prince St  London, London SE8 3JD, leave at 12.00,
12.15: Duke, 125 Creek Rd, London SE8 3BU, leave at 12.30,
12.45: Old Loyal Britons, 62 Thames St, London SE10 9BX [lunch stop], leave at 13.30, via Old Royal Naval College,
14.00: Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY, leave at 14.35,
14.50: Plume of Feathers, 19 Park Vista  London, London SE10 9LZ, leave at 15.20, via Greenwich Park,
16.00: Greenwich Union, 56, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT, leave at 16.30,
17.00: Ashburnham Arms, 25 Ashburnham Grove,  Greenwich, London SE10 8UH.
 
All times approximate. 

Oxford Jack-in-the-Green 2014

The Oxford Jack should have been seen near Magdalen Tower just before 6am this morning.  I would be extremely grateful if anyone who witnessed this fantastic event could let me know and if someone has any pictures of Jack please do contact me.


Lands End Jack-in-the-Green 2014

If anyone can confirm whether the The Lands End Jack-in-the-Green greeted the Dawn today I would be very grateful. And if anyone has a picture of Jack that I could add to the archives please do get in touch.


Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Winchcombe Jack 2013

The Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) Jack in the Green went out at 5:40am this morning to greet the Dawn.

The picture above is from 2013, I would be very grateful if anyone with pictures from this year could let me know.

Jack will also be at Upton on Severn on Sunday May 4th, and meeting with the Sweeps Jack from Cheltenham at Sudeley Castle Winchcombe on Monday May 5th.

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.


Rochester / Bluebell Hill Jack-in-the-Green 2014

 

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Pete Hargreaves

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Pete Hargreaves

I am very pleased to report that the Bluebell Hill (Rochester Sweeps) is awake, as you can see from the picture above taken at 5:40 this morning. Jack-in-the-Green was awoken by Motley Morris at dawn on Bluebell Hill surrounded by twelve fires and he will be parading in the sweeps festival on bank holiday Monday. If anyone has any more pictures of this or any of the other Jack-in-the-Green events taking place today I would be very grateful for copies for our archive. Many thanks to Pete Hargreaves for this mornings pictures.

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Pete Hargreaves

Rochester (Bluebell Hill) Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Pete Hargreaves


Jack’s Alive!

A Merry May Day one and all

It is 05:32 on May 1st 2014 and Jack-in-the-Green is awake.

 

Jack in the green am I and master have I none

and whilst there are trees upon this land the woods shall be my home.

To the seasons kings I bow my head as they do bow to me

for my faces are as many as the leaves upon a tree.