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Sightings – Lustleigh Devon

Lustleigh Devon © Danny & Natasha Gates

Lustleigh Devon © Danny & Natasha Gates

My thanks to Danny and Natasha Gates for these wonderful pictures of previously unrecorded Green Men on the rood screen of St John the Baptist Church in Lustleigh, Devon.

The full set of pictures can be viewed on our Flickr pages: HERE
Lustleigh Devon © Danny & Natasha Gates

Lustleigh Devon © Danny & Natasha Gates

Book of the Month – June

The Green Man

 

Our book of the month for June is “The Green Man a Field Guide” by Clive Hicks

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop by clicking on the picture above or using  THIS LINK

If you buy your green man books via our Amazon links you pay nothing extra but a small referral fee may go towards the Company of the Green Man. This helps us to keep our website and membership free for all our members. In fact anything you purchase from Amazon after going through one of the links may be eligible to earn us a small referral fee so please consider doing so whenever you are planning to shop at Amazon.

Sightings – Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire

Ely Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Ely Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

My thanks to Jennie Miller and Gary Truss for allowing me to reproduce more of their wonderful photographs. The two pictures accompanying this post are from Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire.

Ely Cathedral was formally the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely. It is the principal church of the Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England, and is the seat of the Bishop of Ely and a suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Huntingdon. The architectural styles found in the cathedral include: Romanesque, English Gothic, Norman and Gothic.

More of Jennie and Gary’s pictures from Ely Cathedral and many other locations can be viewed on our Flickr photographic archive  HERE
Ely Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Ely Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Jack-in-the-Green Update (Sunday 17th May 2015)

Chagford JITG Poster 2015 © Virginia Lee

Chagford JITG Poster 2015 © Virginia Lee

Chagford Jack-in-the-Green © Ruth Olley

Chagford Jack-in-the-Green © Ruth Olley

 

My thanks to Andy  Letcher for sending in Ruth Olley’s picture of the Chagford Jack-in-the-Green above as well as Virginia Lees wonderful poster for the event.

I have also come across reports of either a Jack-in-the-Green or a Green Man sighted in Bovey Tracey in Devon this year with Grimspound Border Morris. I am grateful to Martyn Warren for sending me some pictures including the one posted below. I’ll post more information about this sighting as soon as I can.

It is also possible that there may still be sightings of the Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green this year and there are always rumours of a Jack appearing at the Pagan Pride Parade again one year.

And don’t forget that the one and only Autumnal Jack, the Carshalton Straw Jack goes out every September (more details nearer the time)

Many more pictures of this years Jacks will be posted on our Flickr archive over the coming weeks to accompany our ever growing free archive of pictures of Traditional Jack-in-the-Green throughout the years:

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

I am always grateful for pictures of any Jacks from any years that we are missing. My aim is to be able to create a  record of images of every Jack from every year since the revival began.

If anyone knows of any other Jacks I have missed please do get in touch via the contact tab at the top of this blog.

Bovey Tracey JITG 2015 © Martyn Warren/Grimspound Morris

Bovey Tracey JITG 2015 © Martyn Warren/Grimspound Morris

Jack-in-the-Green Update

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Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green 2015 © Rose Blakeley

It’s been another great year for sightings of the traditional Jack-in-the-Green across the UK. As this post is published I can confirm that so far this year at least 14 Jacks have been sighted including:

The Rochester/Bluebell Hill Jack-in-the-Green
The Oxford Jack-in-the-Green
The Dead Horse Morris Jack-in-the-Green
The Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green
The Highworth Jack-in-the-Green
The Bristol Jack-in-the-Green
The Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green
The Guildford Bush
The Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green
The Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green
The Whitstable Jack-in-the-Green
The Cheltenham Sweeps Jack-in-the-Green
The Brentham Jack-in-the-Green

And a brand new Jack-in-the-Green went out this year in Chagford, Devon

It is also possible that there may still be sightings of the Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green this year.

My thanks to everyone who contacted me to confirm sightings and to send in some wonderful photos for our free online archive. Thanks to Rose Blakely for the fantastic pictures accompanying this post of this years Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green.

More photos of this years Jacks will appear on this blog in the coming weeks and every picture will be added to our online Flickr archive.

If anyone knows of any other Jacks I have missed please do get in touch via the contact tab at the top of this blog.

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Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green 2015 © Rose Blakeley

Jack’s Alive (Monday May 4th)

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2015

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2015

The Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green was released from the Fisherman’s Museum on Rock-a-Nore Road at approximately 10am this morning accompanied by his attendant Bogies and a fantastic gathering of green folk. The Hastings Jack is a massive event now, but the release of Jack still maintains an incredible feeling of magic and wonder. Jack paraded through the town of Hastings during the day arriving at the West Hill at in the early afternoon. Various entertainments ensued before Jack was paraded down to the main stage by the bogies. There Jack was symbolically slain to release the spirit of summer for another year. The Whitstable Jack-in-the-Green Procession started from Harbour Street in the early afternoon. Jack paraded up to the castle accompanied by Oyster Morris  and various other Morris sides where he presided over the singing of the May song and dancing. This is another magical event that really must be seen. The wonderful Dead Horse Morris Jack-in-the-Green made a brief appearance in Whitstable today. The Cheltenham Sweeps Jack-in-the-Green was at Sudeley Castle Winchcombe for two outings at this years Victorian May Day. He was also  joined by the Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green. The Company of the Green Man maintains a free to access archive of pictures of the traditional Jack in the Green. I would be extremely grateful for any pictures of any of this years (and previous years) Jacks for the archive.

Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green 2015

Copyright © Paul Holman

Copyright © Paul Holman

I’m very grateful to Paul Holman for sending in some fantastic pictures of this years Deptford/Greenwich (Fowlers Troop) Jack-in-the-Green from Friday.

The Fowlers Troop Jack was revived in 1983 by Mo Johnson who made a Jack-in-the-Green in the back garden of the ‘Dog and Bell’ and Blackheath Morris (a side morphed from the Blackheath Foot’n’Death Men who used to dance at events featuring bands like Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies). Mo was inspired by one of Thankful Sturdee’s photographs c.1900 of the original troop and Jack.  The Fowlers Jack goes out on the streets of Deptford and Greenwich every May Day. Fowlers Troop try to maintain the styles of the original Fowlers Troop and wear clown costumes, fancy dress or Edwardian style clothes.

More pictures have just been uploaded to our Flickr Archive here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thecompanyofthegreenman

The Company of the Green Man maintains a free to access archive of pictures of the traditional Jack in the Green. I would be extremely grateful for any pictures of any of this years (and previous years) Jacks for the archive.

Jack’s Alive (Sunday May 3rd)

The Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) Jack-in-the-Green will appear at the Upton upon Severn Folk Festival on Sunday 3rd May. I would be extremely grateful for any photos of the Jack.

Jack’s Alive (Saturday May 2nd)

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The Highworth Jack-in-the-Green went out this morning accompanied by the Bang to Rites Drummers. The Jack paraded through the streets of Highworth before arriving at the Maypole where the dancing began.
My thanks to everyone involved for letting me follow along this morning to take some great pictures of the event.

The Bristol Jack-in-the-Green awoke on the historic Harbourside in Bristol this morning and began a magical procession through the streets of Bristol. The day ended on Horfield Common where Jack was slain to release the spirit of summer.

The Knutsford Jack was also sighted

The Guildford Jack should also have been sighted, I would be grateful if anyone could confirm this for me please.

Jack’s Alive! (Friday May 1st)

Bluebell Hill Jack-in-the-Green 2015 copyright Ian McLauchlan

The Rochester/Bluebell Hill Jack-in-the-Green was awoken by Motley Morris on Bluebell Hill at dawn on May 1st 2015 surrounded by twelve bonfires. The Jack will take part in the Sweeps Festival in Rochester this weekend. My thanks to Ian McLauchlan for the wonderful picture above.

Shortly afterwards the Oxford Jack-in-the-Green was sighted amongst the crowds below Magdalen Tower before he lead an informal procession up ‘The High’ to Radcliffe Square, where the first dance of the day: “Bonny Green” from Bucknell, started at about 6.25am.

The Dead Horse Morris Jack-in-the-Green appeared at dawn near Whitstable on May Morning and was later seen visiting four schools around the town. The Dead Horse Morris Jack will also make a brief appearance in Whitstable on Monday after the Mayday Parade.

The Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green was sighted parading through Deptford and Greenwich on May Day starting from The Dog and Bell in Prince Street SE8

I have had confirmation that a new Jack took part in the green parade in Chagford.

I would be extremely grateful for photographs of any of this years Jacks to add to our archive and share on this blog for our members and followers around the world. You can e-mail them to thecompanyofthegreenman@gmail.com

There are plenty more Jacks to come, scroll down to an earlier post for a full list of the Jacks who will be putting in an appearance today and over the coming weekend.

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