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Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2013

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 greenman@virgin.net

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:

www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk

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