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The Carshalton Straw Jack – Today

Carshalton Straw Jack 2015 © Pixyled Publications

Carshalton Straw Jack 2015 © Pixyled Publications

It’s been a fantastic year for the traditional Jack in the Green with 19 spotted so far. Today the Carshalton Straw Jack will become the 20th and last Jack of 2017. A Celebration of Harvest the Carshalton Straw Jack is ritually stripped in the evening so that all present can take a keepsake and then he is burnt in a brazier. It is hoped that he will be burnt as a complete figure one year. I have had great difficulty getting in touch with the organisers of The Carshalton Jack, if anyone out there can put me in touch just so that I can get a little bit more information about this wonderful Jack I would be extremely grateful. And if anyone is lucky enough to see The Carshalton Jack today please, please do send us some pictures for these pages via the contact us link above.

The timetable for the Carshalton Jack taken directly from their website is below.

Approximate route and times, may change!
Racehorse, West Street   Arrive  from 11:05 Depart 12:15
West Street, Festival Walk, Ponds

Woodman / Coach & Horses, High Street   Arrive 12:35 Depart 13:30
High Street, along to Charles Cryer Theatre
Grove Park, Mill Lane

The Sun, North Street     Arrive 13:55 Depart 14:55
North Street, Camden Road

The Railway, North Street     Arrive 15:15 Depart 16:15
North Street, West Street Lane

Hope, West Street   Arrive 16:30

Burning around 19:30 dependant on weather.     

For more details about the route the Jack will take today their website is: www.strawjack.co.uk

My apologies to everyone waiting patiently for The Company of the Green Man’s 16th e-newsletter. Moving house earlier this year has meant that all my free time has been taken up with cardboard boxes and DIY. I had hoped that the Summer newsletter would become the late Summer newsletter, but as Autumn is now impatiently knocking on the door and glaring at me through the window it looks like the next e-newsletter will now be published in Winter 2017/18. My thanks to everyone who has sent contributions in, rather than rush out a newsletter I would rather take the time to produce something that will do your hard work justice.

Carshalton Straw Jack 2015 © Pixyled Publications

Carshalton Straw Jack 2015 © Pixyled Publications

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The Company of the Green Man e-newsletter 15

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The Company of the Green Man’s fifteenth e-newsletter has just been published and is available for members to download completely free via the members area tab at the top of this page. If you are a member you should receive an e-mail via MailChimp with details of how to access the  e-newsletter. If not please don’t hesitate to contact me using the “contact us” tab above.

If you would like to join The Company of the Green Man  (it’s free) just use the “join us” tab at the top of this page.


Newsletter Archive

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Unlimited access to The Company of the Green Man newsletter archive is currently available to all of our members for just £10.95

As well as downloadable copies of all fourteen of the e-newsletters produced by myself over the last seven years (all of our e-newsletters are archived when the next one is published) it contains downloadable pdf copies of the original twenty seven Company of the Green Man newsletters published by my predecessor, the wonderful Ronald Miller between 1998 and 2005.

If you are already a member just click on the “How to access the Newsletter Archive” tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions.

If you are not yet a member then you can join up quickly and easily using the “join us” tab above (membership is completely free)


Wassail!

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The inaugural orchard wassail at Mitcham Community Orchard will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 from 4:30-9pm. The ceremony itself is at 7pm led by the Wassail King and Queen. Also attending are the Black Swan Morris, Rumpledrumskin Drummers and traditional musicians. Entry is free to all. More details at the Sustainable Merton website http://buff.ly/2iTxO0i on their Facebook page @MitchamCommunityOrchard or on Twitter @OrchardMitcham.

If you know of an upcoming Wassail please feel free to post details via the comments link below.

For more information about wassailing you can do no better than search this blog for Bruce Eaton’s previous posting on this fascinating tradition.


Yuletide Greetings

Salisbury Cathedral Copyright © The Company of the Green Man

Wishing all members of The Company of the Green Man and all visitors to our blog a fantastic Yuletide Season. (And yes it is a real Green Man – No photoshopping!)


The Green Man Gazetteer

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The Company of the Green Man maintains the largest gazetteer of Green Men (and Green Women) in the world. When the founder of The Company of the Green Man Ronald Millar wrote the book “The Green Man Companion and Gazetteer” in 1997 he included our first gazetteer containing 61 entries. Ron told me that he thought there may actually be hundreds of Green Men out there. Little did Ron know how much he had underestimated the spread of the Green Man. Our Gazetteer now lists thousands of Green Men, Women and Beasts. More sightings arrive weekly and I suspect that there are many thousand more as yet undiscovered Green Men out there.

When I had to move our website over to a blog format two years ago the restrictions on space meant that I could no longer keep the entire gazetteer online and so I began the task of converting it to a downloadable .pdf format. I’m hopeful that the downloadable gazetteer will be a real step forward and that it will become a really useful tool for Green Man hunters who can now download a current copy to their phone or tablet prior to heading out so that it is always available offline.

The Gazetteer is now available for anyone to download completely free of charge via the Gazetteer tab above or by using THIS LINK

It is still a work in progress, I have many sightings to add and a lot of formatting to do but rather than keeping it back until this is done I would rather it be available for use.

Whilst the gazetteer is completely free to download it would be really appreciated if those who find it useful would consider making a small donation to The Company of the Green Man via our Donate tab above or via THIS LINK

How you can help

Our gazetteer is growing daily but we need help verifying many of the entries as well as discovering as yet unrecorded green men. Hunting green men is a fascinating pursuit for individuals groups or the whole family and will get you out and about  in some fantastic locations. Entire walks can be planned around green men and there are many green men still waiting to be discovered. In the words of Clive Hicks author of “The Green Man: A Field Guide”:

“There are certainly many, many green men not known to us…..It might be you that identifies a gem of a green man who has been gracing a church for centuries, unnoticed until your visit” 

Those who discover a green man that has never been recorded will be credited in our gazetteer as the original discoverer! Please e-mail me with as much detail as possible and preferably include a photograph for us to add to our online Flickr Archive.

Membership of The Company of the Green Man is free, just click on the Join Us tab at the top of this blog.

 


The Company of the Green Man e-newsletter 14

The Company of the Green Man’s fourteenth e-newsletter has just been published and is available for members to download via the members area tab at the top of this page. If you are a member you should receive an e-mail via MailChimp with details of how to access the  e-newsletter. If not please don’t hesitate to contact me using the “contact us” tab above.

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e-newsletter 14 call for contributions

Our fourteenth e-newsletter will be lovingly crafted by me over the next few months. As always I rely on the generosity of our members for the contributions that will fill the pages of our Summer 2016 edition.

We welcome any contribution that has a connection with the subject of The Green Man or the Jack-in-the-Green: Articles, poems, pictures, sightings, short (or long) stories, reviews, songs…etc. etc. In particular for our summer edition I would love to be able to publish pictures and/or accounts of our members experiences of the various and wonderful Jack-in-the-Green celebrations that take place this year. Details of all this years events are available HERE or by going to the “Annual Events 2016” tab on the blog. It would also be wonderful if members could send me live pictures of events for me to upload instantly to our blog so that our members around the world can experience some of the magic of the celebrations as they occur.

Any items for inclusion in the Summer e-newsletter should be with me by June 7th please.

A reminder that all of our e-newsletters are archived after six months and as a member you can purchase unlimited access to our Newsletter Archive for £10.95 the archive contains downloadable pdf copies of all of the e-newsletters as well as the 27 Newsletters produced since 1998 during Ronald Miller’s Tenure as custodian of The Company of the Green Man. Just use THIS LINK or go to our blog at www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk and click on the “How to access the Newsletter Archive” tab at the top
Membership of The Company of the Green Man is completely free, and it is my intention to keep it free for as long as I can. If you have enjoyed your membership for the last year please do consider making a donation of at least £10 each year via THIS LINK or go to the Members Area tab on our blog ad enter the password “greenman” (the same area where you download the e-newsletter.) You don’t need a PayPal account to make a donation just a debit or credit card, and your payment is made via PayPal’s secure website.

Our fantastic hand made members leather badge is available via THIS LINK or the “Members Badge” tab on our blog.

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And please don’t forget that we also have our Amazon book shop full of Green Man related books which can be accessed via THIS LINK or the “book shop” tab on the blog. Purchases made from Amazon after you have entered through one of these links will cost you nothing extra but may earn The Company of the Green Man a small referral fee to help keep us going.

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The Company of the Green Man e-newsletter 13

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The Company of the Green Man’s thirteenth e-newsletter has just been published and is available for members to download via the members area tab at the top right of this page. If you are a member you should receive an e-mail via MailChimp with details of how to access the  e-newsletter. If not please don’t hesitate to contact me using the “contact us” tab above.

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Yuletide Greetings

Salisbury Cathedral Copyright © The Company of the Green Man

I would like to wish all members of The Company of the Green Man a  wonderful Yuletide and a very Merry Christmas. My thanks to everyone for all the contributions and support during 2015.

The green man above is from Salisbury Cathedral and I promise has not been edited at all!

I’m working on the next e-newsletter and hope to publish it early 2016.