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Book of the Month – October

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Our book of the month for May is “Landscape of Memory” by Jerry Bird

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.


Book of the Month – September

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Our book of the month for September is “The Green Man” by Jane Gardam & Mary Fedden

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.


Book of the Month – August

The Green Man Unmasked

 

Our book of the month for August is “The Green Man Unmasked” by James Coulter

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.


Book of the Month – July

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Our book of the month for July is “Green Man – the Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth” by William Anderson with photography 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.


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.


Book of the Month – April

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Our book of the month for April is “The Green Man” by Kathleen Basford

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.


Book of the Month – March

The Hidden Green Man in Essex

 

Our book of the month for March is “The Hidden Green Man in Essex! by Susan Hedegus

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.


Book of the Month – February

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Our book of the month for February is “In Search of the Green Man” by Peter Hill

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.


Book of the Month – January

Explore Green Men

 

Our book of the month for January is “Explore Green Men” by Mercia MacDermott with photographs by Ruth Wylie

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.


Book of the Month – December

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Our book of the month for December is “The Green Man in Britain” by Fran & Geoff Doel

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.


Book of the Month – November

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Our book of the month for November is ” The Pitkin Guide to The Green Man” by Jeremy Harte

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop 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.


Book of the Month – October

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Our book of the month for October is  “A Little Book of The Green Man” by Mike Harding

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop 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.


Green Man Sighting – Lincoln Cathedral

Lincolnshire, Lincoln Cathedral Copyright  ©  Sarah Poole

Lincolnshire, Lincoln Cathedral Copyright © Sarah Poole

My thanks to Sarah Poole for sending us these wonderful photographs of Green Men in Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire for our photographic archive. You can view these pictures and hundreds more at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thecompanyofthegreenman

Copyright for any pictures or videos you send in always remains with the original photographer as does full control over how the pictures are used. I will never use anybody’s images for any commercial use without full written permission. occasionally I get requests to use pictures for books, magazines and these requests are always passed on directly to the copyright holder.

If you wish to add a picture to the gallery just e-mail it to me via the contact tab above (for large collections please contact me first)

Although digital photos are easiest for us to post onto the Gallery we understand that there are many people out there out there whose collections were created in the days of dark rooms or Boots! (as were mine) but fear not! most photo shops (and even Boots) will scan photographs into a digital format for you and burn them onto a disc for you. I am also more than happy to do this for you too for no charge.

Lincolnshire, Lincoln Cathedral Copyright  ©  Sarah Poole

Lincolnshire, Lincoln Cathedral Copyright © Sarah Poole


New Sighting – Chantry, Somerset

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My Thanks to David Rawlins for adding two previously unreported green men to the gazetteer.  The Green Men are on misericords in the choir stalls of Holy Trinity Church, Chantry in Somerset (BA11 3LJ).

 Chantry Church was built in 1846 and designed by Gilbert Scott. The carvings are of very high quality, as is all the work in the Church. Holy Trinity Church has eight misericords all told.

Somerset Chantry Holy Trinity 1


Sightings – Basel, Switzerland

 
Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

 
This green man was photographed in Basel, Switzerland by Pierre Menard. Basel is Switzerland’s third most important city, located where the French and the German border meet. The green men of Basel feature in an article in our current e-newsletter available free to all our members.

This sighting is in our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE


The Green Man at the Twelfth Night celebration events: Sunday 5th January

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The 2014 TWELFTH NIGHT Celebrations will be held from 2.30pm on Sunday 5th January 2014.

Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area of London. It is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient seasonal customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather.

The Twelfth Night celebration events:

The Holly Man from the Thames

To herald the celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man (the Winter guise of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore) decked in fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the River Thames brought by the Thames Cutter, Trinity Tide (boat subject to weather!) rowed by hardy volunteers.

The Bankside Wassails

With the crowd, led by the Bankside Mummers, the Holly Man ‘brings in the green’ and ‘wassails’ or toasts the people,  the River Thames and the Globe – an old tradition encouraging good growth.

The Mummers Play

The Mummers then process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the traditional ‘freestyle’ Folk Combat Play of St. George, featuring the St George, Beelzebub, the Turkey Sniper, the Doctor, Clever Legs, the Old ‘Oss and many others, dressed in their spectacularand colourful  ‘guizes’. The play is full of wild verse and boisterous action, a time-honoured part of the season recorded from the Crusades.

King Bean and Queen Pea

At the end of the play, cakes are distributed  –  a bean and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with ceremony.

They then lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.


Sightings – Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

This green man was photographed in Basel, Switzerland by Pierre Menard. Basel is Switzerland’s third most important city, located where the French and the German border meet. The green men of Basel feature in an article in our current e-newsletter available free to all our members.

This sighting is in our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE


Sightings – Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

Basel, Switzerland © Pierre Ménard

My thanks to Pierre Ménard  for sending in this wonderful green man from Basel in Switzerland. More of Pierre’s pictures from Basel will feature in our December e-newsletter available to our members.

This sighting is in our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE

And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE


Sightings – Bamberg Cathedral

Bamberg Cathedral © Pierre Ménard

Bamberg Cathedral © Pierre Ménard

This instantly recognisable  Green man can be found in Bamberg Cathedral in Germany. My thanks to Pierre Ménard  for sending in these wonderful pictures.
The Bamberg Cathedral Green Man dates from around 1237. This green man forms one of the two corbels supporting a shelf on which the famous Rider of Bamberg stands. Strangely the other corbel was never carved.  The face is formed from stylised acanthus leaves and at first glance can almost be missed amongst the foliage.

 

This sighting is in our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE

And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE

 

Bamberg Cathedral © Pierre Ménard

Bamberg Cathedral © Pierre Ménard


Sightings – Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Exeter Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

These wonderful green men can be found in Exeter Cathedral. My thanks to Jennie Miller and Gary Truss for allowing me to reproduce their photographs.
Exeter Cathedral was founded in 1050, when the seat of the Bishop of Devon and Cornwall was transferred from Crediton because of concern about sea-raids. Its official foundation was in 1133, but it took many more years to complete. Following the appointment of Walter Bronescombe as bishop in 1258, the building was already recognized as outmoded, and it was rebuilt in the Decorated Gothic style following the example of nearby Salisbury Cathedral. Much of the original Norman building was kept, including the two massive square towers and part of the walls. Exeter Cathedral was constructed entirely of local stone, including Purbeck Marble. The new cathedral was complete by about 1400.
Exeter Cathedral suffered during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but not as much as it would have done if it had been a monastic foundation. Further damage was done during the English Civil War, when the cloisters were destroyed.
On 4 May 1942 the cathedral suffered a direct hit during an early morning air raid when the chapel of St James was completely demolished along with the muniment room (used for keeping records) above. Three bays of the aisle and two flying buttresses were also destroyed in the blast. The medieval wooden screen opposite the chapel was smashed into many pieces by the blast, but it has since been reconstructed and restored. Subsequent repairs and the clearance of the area around the western end of the building uncovered portions of earlier structures, including remains of the Roman city and of the original Norman cathedral.

This sighting has been added to our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE

And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE

Exeter Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Exeter Cathedral © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss


Sightings – Ormskirk, Lancashire

St Anne's Church Ormskirk Lancashire © Stephanie Runciman

St Anne’s Church Ormskirk Lancashire © Stephanie Runciman

COTGM member Stephanie Runciman discovered this previously unreported green man:

Place: St Anne’s Church, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Location: Window casing on the front wall of St Anne’s Church, Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L394TG

This sighting has been added to our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE

And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE


Sightings – St Mary’s Isles of Scilly

St  Mary's Museum, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly © Chris Walton

St Mary’s Museum, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly © Chris Walton

After many years of searching I finally found a green man on the Scilly Isles last year. I would love to know if anyone finds any more.

Place: St Mary’s Museum

Location: Captains chair taken from the Minnehaha which was grounded on Scilly Rock in 1910. The Minnehaha was built by Harland and Wolff and launched in 1900. On 18 April 1910 the liner grounded on rocks on Bryher in the Isles of Scilly while en route from London to New York. She remained stranded until 13 May when two tugs managed to pull her off the rocks. The cattle on board were saved by swimming them onto the island of Samson. In 1917 the Minnehaha sank within four minutes after being torpedoed by German U-boat U-48, with 43 fatalities off the Fastnet.

This sighting has been added to our gazetteer which can be viewed HERE

And has been added to our Flickr photographic archive which can be viewed HERE


The Green Man at the Twelfth Night celebration events: Sunday 6th January

Twelth Night 2013

The 2013 TWELFTH NIGHT Celebrations will be held from 2.45pm on Sunday 6th January 2013.

Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area of London. It is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient seasonal customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather.

The Holly Man from the Thames

To herald the celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man (the Winter guise of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore) decked in fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the River Thames brought by the Thames Cutter, Master Shipbroker (boat subject to weather!) rowed by hardy volunteers.

The Bankside Wassails

With the crowd, led by the Bankside Mummers, the Holly Man ‘brings in the green’ and ‘wassails’ or toasts the people, the River Thames and the Globe – an old tradition encouraging good growth.

The Mummers play

The Mummers then process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the traditional ‘freestyle’ Folk Combat Play of St. George, featuring the St George, Beelzebub, the Turkey Sniper, the Doctor, Clever Legs, the Old ‘Oss and many others, dressed in their spectacularand colourful ‘guizes’. The play is full of wild verse and boisterous action, a time-honoured part of the season recorded from the Crusades.

King Bean and Queen Pea

At the end of the play, cakes are distributed – a bean and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with ceremony.

They then lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.

More information at: http://www.thelionspart.co.uk/twelfthnight/


The Mummers Play – A Midwinter Ritual

North Curry Mummers Play Copyright © David Lawrence

North Curry Mummers Play Copyright © David Lawrence

“There can be no Green Winter
All things have a Time and Place and Order.
So – Now that Winter’s here again
Come around and gather in,
We wish your favour for to win.
This handsome band is come today
To re-enact the famous play”

A very Merry Christmas to you all. If you decide you would like to escape the turkey the inlaws and the pudding why not head out to see one of the traditional Mummers plays that take place this time each year.  Both the Green Man and Jack in the Green or Green Jack appear in the text of many of the plays.

“For now comes a man all dressed in green
The ugliest brute you’ve ever seen

Green Man
Awake , Awake now hear me bawl
For I bring life and death to one and all
Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring
Essential to all of these I bring
Pagan ritual and fertility to all I do keep
As jack in the green and green man I do leap”

You can find details of dates and times by using the wonderful resource available at:  http://mastermummers.org/index.htm . Just enter the date range and the details of any Mummers Plays taking place will be shown.

Many of the Mummers Plays take place on Boxing day including In North Curry in Somerset where David Lawrence revived the tradition:

Their play tells the story of the battle between Summer (or Good) and Winter (or Evil). At one o’clock on Boxing day a troupe of strangely garbed figures processes into the village square led by assorted musicians playing some strange old melody. A man dressed in black and disguised with a mask (for this he is known as the Guiser) steps forward to introduce the characters:

‘You may wonder what is the Mummer’s play, and what is its meaning.

This is what there was before there was Christmas.

The Winter Solstice and the turn of the year was then celebrated by a play of ritual and symbolism.

Here we have the fight between Summer ( St. George), and Winter (The Black Knight). You shall see Summer killed by Winter and then Summer’s rebirth by extraordinary means. And then you will see the death of Winter. This is the story of the seasons.

There is (supposedly) humour in this play but its true meaning lies much deeper.’

For more information about the North Curry Mummers play and for details of the book and CD of their Mummers Play go to:

http://www.fromthegreenwood.com/About%20DL/Mummers%20Play.htm