I’m delighted to confirm that the Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green was spotted at 11am today (Saturday 18th May) parading through the village of Yaxley from Great Drove, along Main Street and up Middletons Road to the recreation ground. Jack was accompanied by Sap-Engro and Copperface as well as an attendant wearing the original Ancient Order of the Foresters sash, worn in the village’s parades in the nineteenth and early twentieth century and a host of boggarts – the mischievous imps of Fenland lore. Photographs should follow soon.
The Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green is the 14th confirmed Jack-in-the-Green to go out this year. The others are: Winchcombe, Deptford/Greenwich, Bluebell Hill/Rochester, Lands End, Oxford, Guildford, Bristol, Knutsford, Highworth, Hastings, Whitstable, Ilfracombe and Brentham.
I’m still waiting for confirmation that the Tunbridge Wells, High Wycombe and the City of London Jacks went out this year. I would love to hear from anyone who sighted these Jacks and would be very grateful for any pictures for our archives, please contact me at email@example.com
I’m also still trying to get hold of photos of the following Jacks: Bluebell Hill/Rochester, Highworth, Ilfracombe and Oxford. If anybody has pictures they could kindly send me or could put me in touch with someone who can I would be very grateful, it would be great to be able to publish pictures of every Jack of 2013.
If anyone knows of any other Jacks I may have missed I would love to hear about them. The Beltane Bash Bash event didn’t take place again this year but the Pagan Pride Parade looks like it will take place in August. I would be grateful if anyone taking part in the parade who is aware of a Jack-in-the-Green participating would get in touch.
More information and links to any available websites for events can be found on our events page at:
Less than a week to go before Jack-in-the-Green awakens across Britain. Don’t miss out on this wonderful and magical annual tradition, go out and support your nearest Jack and then send us in your pictures and experiences of the event to share with others. I’m going to see the Hastings Jack on Monday this year, so if you spot a tall bloke with a green man T-shirt and a camera ask him if he’s me. If he is he might just buy you a drink! Details and links to the websites of each Jack (if available) are detailed below:
Bristol Jack in the Green Saturday 1st May 2010
The Bristol Jack in the Green appears on the first Saturday in May starting from the historic Harbourside (outside the Arnolfini) and leads a magical procession through the streets of Bristol eventually ending the day on Horfield Common where he dies to release the spirit of summer. For pictures of the 2009 Bristol Jack in the Green visit our flickr site
Bristol Jack in the Green
Rochester Sweeps Festival and Jack-in-the-Green
The Rochester Sweeps festival still has a Jack in the Green Ceremony where the Jack is awoken on Blue Bell Hill on May Morning and is paraded through the streets during the three day festival attended by hundreds of Morris Teams
Rochester Sweeps Festival
Hasting Jack-in-the-Green Festival April 30th – 3rd May 2010
The Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival was revived by Keith Leech in 1983 and is now one of the biggest annual gatherings of Morris Dancers in the country. The Jack is “released” every year and is central to the festival.
Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival
Deptford Jack-in-the-Green May 1st 2010
The Fowlers Troop Jack in the Green goes out on the streets of South East London or the City of London every May Day
Deptford Jack in the Green
Brentham May Day and Jack-in-the-Green
Brentham has a big celebration every May which includes a Jack in the Green
Brentham Jack in the Green
Knutsford May Day and Jack-in-the-Green
May Day in Knutsford is celebrated over the May Bank holiday weekend. The main focus is the May Queen but there is a Jack in the Green
Knutsford Jack in the Green
City of London Jack-in-the-Green
The City of London Jack-in-the-Green appears in the City on May Day
City of London Jack in the Green
A Jack in the Green who appears in Oxford on May Day
Oxford Jack in the Green
Oyster Morris organise the Whitstable Jack
Whitstable Jack in the Green
For more details and links to the web sites for each of these and other upcoming green man related events go to www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk and look at the annual events page.
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