Celebrating Matariki 2015

The rising of the star Matariki sigifies the start of the Maori New Year.  To celebrate this, the Wellington Museums are holding a two month exhibition, with this year’s theme of ‘people gather and affirm love in a myriad of ways’.  You can explore their programme of events HERE or watch a video of a traditional Maori healing  preparation being made and explained HERE

The Aurora Austrialis is just in time :)




Faith Action Audit results night

Lovely peeps, your roving reporters are pleased to report… wait… reporters would be reporting, wouldn’t they?  Blast, I’ve got all tangled up, and I’m only one sentence in…  let’s start again:

Last night Tiro and I attended the results night for the Faith Action Audit run by the Cinnamon Network.  The national and local results were presented through the evening, with guest speakers ranging from the police to council members and those who run some of the faith-based social initiatives which Chesterfield benefits from, such as the work of the Trussell Trust food bank.

Divisional Commander Debbie Matthews, spoke about the current issues of her policing area and the benefits of having the Street Pastors working alongside officers, Councillor Alexis Diouf spoke about the importance of understanding localised community issues, with Mayor and Mayoress Bingham also in attendance.  Pastor Toyin Taiwo from Grace Church and Rev. Simon Robinson spoke of needing to create stronger links between faith-based groups to benefit the community as a whole and make Chesterfield a better place for everyone.   Rev. Mark Broomhead talked about his community in the Order of the Black Sheep, and vibrant entertainment was provided by Gaz Simmonds.

If we give you a flavour of some of the results that the survey found; there were 291 projects currently being run by 46 faith-based groups in Chesterfield alone, helping a total of 31,087 beneficiaries in 2014.

Let’s just go over that number again.

Over 31,000 people being helped every year, the majority of support being delivered by 2,004 volunteers in our town.  Of those groups surveyed, 59% would like closer working relationships with other organisations.  That’s not to say that there isn’t interfaith and collaborative work already being done, but that groups feel they want to do more.

Nationally, the figures are staggering: 16,068 social action projects, run by 2,110 groups, benefitting 3,494,634 people and delivered by 169,300 volunteers.  Nationally 62% of organisations surveyed wanted to work closer with other organisations.  You can download the full national report HERE

After the presentations and guest speakers, Tiro and I had a chance to network with the other lovely people, ask about some of the showcased projects and generally chat about how we can all make Chesterfield and the surrounding places a nicer, safer and kinder place to live for everyone.

Results for the Faith Action Audit

sounds a bit dry, doesn’t it?  A bit of background then:  Tiro and I have been undertaking some interfaith work , and one of the things that we were invited to participate in was a faith action audit which measured the amount of social responsibility work that local faith-based group’s do.

The results are in!  And, as pagan participants in the survey, members of our community  (you lot what are reading this) have been invited to the results night.  Tiro and I will be going, but we’d love to see some of you there too!  If you happen to have a free evening this coming Thursday, and would like to engage more with other faith communities in our local area (and spread the pagan love), do feel free to come along :)

If you would like to come, then your next steps are

1) book a free place by clicking HERE 

2) Write us a comment, so Tiro and I can look out for you!

You can find out more about the event here: Final invite chesterfield

Lammas Camp

Just in case you’ve just woken up from winter hibernation, Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp is nearly upon us!  Get your tickets in people!  Like last year, there are no gate sales this year.  The dates are:

Camp opens: 2pm Thursday 30th July 2015.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2pm as you will not be allowed access to the site.

Camp closes: 2pm Sunday 2nd August 2015.  Please ensure you are offsite by 2pm.

Be sure to refresh your understanding of the rules and regs before you arrive, to prevent any misunderstandings.  As usual there will be plenty of Crew about to answer any questions you might have.  There’ll always be at least one Crew member at the welcome tent at the gate to the camping field throughout the days, and others will be out and about.  Crew can be easily identified due to their lanyards and ID badges :)  If you have a query, question, want to know what’s on, or need first aid assistance, please either make your way to the welcome tent, or alert a Crew member, and Crew will be there to help you.

If you would like to pitch up nearby to family or friends, please ensure that you arrive together!  Crew, or you our lovely guests, cannot save pitches for anyone else.  This is so that the camping space available is fair for everyone.  Unless you have agreed otherwise (only with Cherril!) then please take any cars from the camping field after you have pitched.  We’ve got a fair few of you lovely people coming this year, and we’d like to fit in as many as possible :)  many of us are pagans, we should all have respect for each other and the environment we are lucky enough to share.

If you don’t let the Crew know you have a problem or a difficulty, we can’t help you.  Letting us know a week or fortnight afterwards means that we can’t help resolve it there and then, and ensure that everyone has a fabulous sparkly time at camp. 

We have the return of the wonderful RJS Caterers from last year, so expect a goodly selection of items available for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or anytime through the day if you’re working on pagan time :))

There’ll be a confirmed list of workshops, discusssions, demonstrations and lectures here soon, but expect the return of some old favourites, and the appearance of some new stuffs!


Get your tickets in person from Cherill at the next Chesterfield moot, or fill in the form on the rules and regs page, and send it off by post or e-mail :)

Eco Homes opening around Derbyshire

A little while ago we talked about what would be involved in building your own eco-friendly home.  It’s a big step to take, even if you’re passionate about the environmental impact of new builds, or your own lives.   If you want to take the first steps in your own research into the practicalities, there are eco homes and buildings opening up to the public throughout May in Derbyshire.  Go through the friendly little link below, see where your nearest one is, and go ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask – like whether eco loos really smell…


Explore Derbyshire


For those of you interested in find out a little bit more about the places that you visit and pass in our fair county, then take a look at this smartphone app especially built for the purpose  :)

You can download it from the Apple store, and it’s imminent on Google Play.  Discover lesser known local highlights and walks, listen to audio clips about the people and places, and turn your smartphone into a window on Derbyshire’s past.   There are some screen shots available on the website, it’s the official app for the Made in Derbyshire Festival of 2015, and best of all, it’s currently free :)