All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Archive for May, 2014

Will Worthington Exhibition 7th – 9th June

Holly - copyright © Will Worthington

Holly – copyright © Will Worthington

Many of our members will have come across Will Worthington’s wonderful art over the years. Will is the illustrator of a number of beautifully illustrated Oracles and Tarots including the Druid Animal Oracle, the Green Man Tree Oracle and the Wildwood Tarot a re-working of the Greenwood Tarot. The Green Man & the Green Woman have been powerful symbols throughout Wills career.

There will be an exhibition of Wills work in Glastonbury on the 7th – 9th June 2014 at the Glastonbury Galleries, 10a High Street, Glastonbury. BA6 9DU

There will be originals from various decks and some small green men plaques he has made…plus loads of prints (some green men)


Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

I am very grateful to Ross Parish for reporting that the Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green paraded today.  Yaxley Fen’s charmer of Vipers Sap-engro oversaw the birth of Jack-in-the-Green and the invocation of ancient Turf Law for the second year, along with patron Warwick Davis. This brings the current total of Jacks sighted this year to a wonderful fifteen with the possibility of at least one more later in the year. If you have pictures of any of the Jacks that went out this year please do consider sending a copy to me  at greenman@virgin.net so that I can add it to our free online Flickr photographic archive. My eventual goal is for the archive to hold pictures of every Jack-in-the-Green that goes out (and has gone out) every year to build a living archive of this wonderful tradition. If you have any pictures in any format and in any condition please do get in touch with me.  All pictures are always copyrighted to the original photographer and will never be used without prior permission.

Confirmed Jack-in-the-Green sightings:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester Sweeps (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Cheltenham Sweeps
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings
  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Brentham
  • Yaxley

There were no reported sightings of the following Jacks this year:

  • Tunbridge Wells (last seen 2012)
  • City of London Jack (last seen in Hastings in 2012)
  • High Wycombe (no sightings since 2012)
  • Lands End (fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year)

Still to come:

  • A rumour that a Jack may parade in the Pagan Pride Parade this year……

 

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green 2014 Copyright © Pixyledpublications

 


The Wood Beyond the World – May – Fertility

May-Fertility © Sally Priston

May-Fertility © Sally Priston

Sally Priston’s work is based around nature, folklore and the changing seasons, she works in 2D in watercolour, ink and pencil generally, and also on wood, using pyrography. We are publishing one of her pictures around the first of each month from June 2013 until May 2014. If you would like to get in touch with Sally or would like to purchase any of her art please drop us a line at greenman@virgin.net


2014 Jack-in-the-Green update

Whitstable (Oyster Morris) Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Whitstable (Oyster Morris) Jack-in-the-Green 2014

I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm that the Highworth, Oxford, Guildford and Ilfracombe Jacks have all been sighted this year along with a revival of the Cheltenham Sweeps Jack. Reports have also just come in that the Brentham Jack went out today. If you have pictures of any of the Jacks that went out this year please do consider sending a copy to me  at greenman@virgin.net so that I can add it to our free online Flickr photographic archive, all pictures are always copyrighted to the original photographer and will never be used without prior permission. My thanks to everyone who has put up with me and been so kind this year. Whitstable Oyster Morris and the wonderful Dixie Lee (pictured above with their Jack)  Dead Horse Morris, The Bristol Jack-in-the-Green and everyone who has sent me sightings and some wonderful pictures so far…please keep them coming! I will be uploading all the pictures I have taken and those sent in over the next few weeks so please keep checking back to the Flickr archive and this blog.

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester Sweeps (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Cheltenham Sweeps
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings
  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Brentham

Sadly there have been no sightings of the following Jacks this year:

  • Tunbridge Wells (last seen 2012)
  • City of London Jack (last seen in Hastings in 2012)
  • High Wycombe (no sightings since 2012)
  • Lands End (fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year)

Still to come:

  • Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green – Saturday May 17th
  • A rumour that a Jack may parade in the Pagan Pride Parade this year……

The Jack of May by Rose Blakeley

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

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

 

My thanks to Rose Blakeley for her wonderful pictures of this years Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green and for her wonderful poem and picture below of The Jack of May. You can find out more about the multi talented Rose at http://www.roseblakeley.moonfruit.com

The Jack of May

The waking of dawn…oh May it brings! The gathering it is near.
To the winding streets of an ancient town, the masses they will steer;
Colour collaged with leaf and bells round spring flowers will enlace,
Ragged robes and garlands-gay, below each painted face.

High the hanky will flick and fall in the morning’s luminous light,
As the Morris in fine formation will dance to folk full of delight
And through the crowds the sweeps will come, sooty, ebony as coal,
With top hats lofty, and bristling brushes fixed on an endless pole.

The glorious gathering…it will come. For the One, they will await,
They’ll sing, parade and beat the drum, for him they will elate,
And beyond the raucous crowds he’ll stir; from the shadows he’ll soon be seen,
Whilst in the sun, bright ribbons will stream from his majestic frame of green.

Oh the merry month of May has come; the gathering is nearly here,
To the winding streets of an ancient town, the masses soon will steer,
United then the town will be, in spring’s new joy we’ll bask
And merry we’ll be, as celebrate will we, the one with an emerald mask!

By Rose Blakeley

The Jack of May copyright © Rose Blakeley

The Jack of May copyright © Rose Blakeley


Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

It is with much happiness (because it happened) and sadness again (because I wasn’t there for the second year in a row) that I announce that the Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green was (reasonably) safely released from the Fisherman’s Museum on Rock-a-Nore Road. He was attended as always by his honour guard of Twelve Bogies who this year I have been informed smelt of  a combination of butterflies, Jack Daniels and hope. Jack led the procession and was followed  by Black Sal, Mad Jack’s Morris, The Sweeps, The May Queen, Hannah’s Cat, The Lovely Ladies, The Gay Bogies, The Hastings Giant (and other Giants), Sambalanco and many, many other followers (mostly in green).

I am indebted to (and jealous of)  Ian McLauchlan for his fantastic pictures of this years Hastings Jack. More to follow on our Flickr archive soon.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Ian McLauchlan.

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe – May Dawn
  • Rochester (Blue Bell Hill) – May Dawn
  • Whitstable (Dead Horse Morris) – May Dawn
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop) – May Day
  • Bristol
  • Knutsford
  • Whitstable (Oyster Morris)
  • Hastings

I would be indebted to anyone who could confirm if any of the following went out this year and doubly indebted if they could send me a picture or two:

  • Guildford
  • Highworth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Oxford
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • City of London Jack

Sadly fog and rain in Cornwall meant that Boekka’s Lands End Jack-in the-Green couldn’t see in the dawn this year. There have been no sightings of the High Wycombe Jack since 2012.

Still to come:

  • Brentham Jack-in-the-Green -Saturday May 10th
  • Yaxley Jack-in-the-Green – Saturday May 17th

 


The Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green 2014

Knutsford  Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Colin Harris

Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green copyright © Colin Harris

I am very pleased to report that the Knutsford Jack-in-the-Green paraded this year. My thanks to Colin Harris for his photo. The Knutsford Jack in the Green is probably the oldest continual annual Jack in the Green. Apart from the war years it has paraded almost every year since 1890.


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The Oyster Morris Whistable Jack is alive (live)

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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 (and more to come!)

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 copyright © The Company of the Green Man

Bristol Jack-in-the-Green 2014 copyright © The Company of the Green Man

As you can see from the posts below the Bristol Jack-in-the-Green went out and about in Bristol this morning. I followed him from the Harbour up to St Nicholas Market and as always it was a magical event made all the more special by copious amounts of sunshine across the West Country today. I had to head off early and so sadly wasn’t there to see Jack meet his end an hour ago on Horfield Common. If anyone has any pictures from the afternoon please do get in touch using the contact tab above. All the best to all the wonderful people involved with the Bristol Jack and thanks for another great year.

More pictures of this years Jacks-in-the-Green will be on our Flickr archive:

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

Confirmed Jack sightings so far:

  • Winchcombe
  • Rochester (Blue Bell Hill)
  • Oxford
  • Deptford (Fowlers Troop)
  • Bristol

Today the Guildford, Knutsford and Highworth Jacks should have gone out, it would be great if anyone who saw them could let me know and if possible send me some pictures for our blog and archive of Jacks in the Green.

Hastings, Whitstable and Ilfracombe next! This Bank Holiday Monday the 5th!

Do go along if you can and please let me know all about it and send in some photos. I will be at Whitstable for my first time this year and hope to post pictures of Jack from there. Here are the timetables for all this Mondays Jacks:

Hastings Timetable:

7:30am – 9am Breakfast, Mary Star of the Sea Church Crypt

9am – 10am The Gathering outside the Fisherman’s museum on Rock-a-Nore Road

10am Jack is released

The Procession

12:30pm The West Hill,

3:30pm The Slaying of the Jack

 

Whitstable Timetable:

10am at Library

1:15pm Harbour

1:45pm Castle

 

Ilfracombe Timetable:

11am from the Wilder Road car park (at the rear of Co-Op)

12:00 the ‘Clapping Circle’ near the Landmark Theatre

Followed by the ‘Stripping of Jack’ ceremony on Wildersmouth beach

 


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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green (Live Picture)

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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green (Live picture)

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Bristol Jack-in-the-Green

The sun is shining in Bristol and the Bristol Jack-in-the-Green will come alive here by Bristol’s historic Harbourside this morning and will then lead a magical procession through the city’s streets.

Tonight on Horfield Common, at the end of his journey, Jack must die, to release the Spirit of Summer. Come and witness this spectacle, and take away a few leaves and a little of Bristol’s history and culture.

Jack’s route

(All details – particularly times – are very approximate and based loosely on previous years; please allow plenty of spare time in your itinerary if you want to be sure of seeing Jack.)

10.30 am-M Shed (Bristol Harbour)

11.00 am- St Nicholas Market

11.45 am- Broadmead

12.00 noon- The Horsefair

12.30 pm- St Michael’s Hill

2.15 pm- Kingsdown Parade

3.00 pm- Redland Grove

3.30 pm- Gloucester Road

4.00 pm-Horfield Common


Deptford Jack-in-the-Green 2014

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I’m very pleased to confirm that Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green were out in Deptford and Greenwich on 1st May.

Apparantly It was very wet…

Some of Fowlers Troop (but not the Jack) will be in Hastings at the weekend.

Many thanks to Caroline Staines for sending in the picture above


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

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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

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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.