As almost all of the events planned for May and the early summer have now been cancelled I thought it best to remove the events list for now. Although incredibly sad it is of course completely understandable. If things do change in the next month I will of course let you all know.
A few hardy souls have decided to go solo and will ensure that Jack in the Green will awake on May Morning on his own with appropriate social distancing. I hope to share pictures and details if they do.
There are also plans for some virtual processions (Whitstable and Hastings so far) and for other events to be postponed until later this year.
I will of course be doing my best to promote and support them this year and in the years to come.
For those self isolating (or bored) I have also opened up our online archive of 45 downloadable Company of the Green Man newsletters for everyone to access completely free of charge over the coming weeks you can access them HERE.
I am getting queries about changes or cancellations to other customs and events beyond my normal remit. I would advise checking with the organisers websites and would also highly recommend Calendar Customs a guide to British calendar customs and local traditions.
I wish all our members and followers all the very best at this time.
I shall do my very best to keep our Annual Events Page up to date over the coming weeks and months with regards to cancellations and changes to this years events. I would be grateful for a heads up if anybody hears of any that I may miss.
Although incredibly sad it is of course completely understandable that this years May events are being cancelled.
However a few hardy souls have decided to go solo and will ensure that Jack in the Green will awake on May Morning on his own.
There are also plans for some virtual processions to go ahead (Whitstable looks to be one) and for other events to be postponed until later this year (Highworth “May Day” has a possible new date of Saturday 22nd August to be confirmed.)
I will of course be doing my best to promote and support them.
Oxford Jack in the Green and May celebration has been cancelled.
Hever Castle May Day Festivities have been cancelled.
Evercreech Jack in the Green and May procession has been cancelled.
Whitstable May Day procession has been cancelled sadly but they are just putting the finishing touches on plans for a virtual procession with a specially commissioned video of archive footage and various community efforts.
Guildford Summerpole has now been cancelled
Grimspound Morris (Bovey Tracey) Green Man festival and Jack in the Green has been cancelled
Oak House Green Man has been cancelled
Bristol Jack in the Green has now been cancelled
Bradford on Avon Green Man festival and Jack in the Green has now been cancelled
Rochester Sweeps Festival has been cancelled
Highworth May Day postponed with a possible new date for “May Day” of Saturday 22nd August to be confirmed.
Ilfracombe Jack in the Green has been cancelled
Brentham May Day has been cancelled
Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green has been cancelled
Knutsford Royal May Day and Jack in the Green has been cancelled
“DUE TO THE ONGOING CORONA VIRUS ISSUE, THE DECISION HAD BEEN MADE TO CANCEL THIS EVENT”
Postponed with a possible new date for “May Day” of Saturday 22nd August to be confirmed.
Very sadly this years Bristol Jack in the Green has been cancelled.
The organisers have announced that sadly but understandably this years BOA Green Man festival and Jack in the Green has been cancelled.
Statement from the organisers
“It with enormous regret that the Knutsford Royal May Day Festival Committee has taken the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival, which was due to take place on Saturday 2 May.
“Having taken on board the advice given by the Government, Public Health England and the NHS, we are left with no other option than to cancel this year’s Festival,” says Steve Wilkinson, Chairman of the Committee.
“We realise that this decision will leave a lot of children disappointed in and around the town, but we feel that this is the correct decision given the current circumstances and for the health and welfare of all concerned, both children and volunteers.”
Statement from the organisers of the Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green:
“It is with great sadness that Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green has decided that in the current circumstances it would be both impossible and irresponsible to go ahead this year.
This is not a decision we have come to lightly and know that many people will, like us, be devastated. Not only is this for many of us a major high point of our year, it is also vital to kick-starting the local summer economy. We will be meeting regularly to discuss the situation as advice from the government evolves.
We would like to thank all of our supporters, volunteers and local businesses for their continued support. Please keep safe everyone, look after yourselves. 🌿”
In light of the current situation it is highly likely that some of this years annual events involving the Traditional Jack in Green may be cancelled or changed. I will do my best to keep our annual events page as up to date as possible but would really appreciate a heads up if anyone hears of any changes before I do.