A New Old Moot Place!

The great cycles of life. The patterns of… erm… thing. You know. The Ciiiii-rcle of Liiiiiife! (And now that song’s stuck in your head, and you’re entirely welcome.)

Some of you may recall that once upon a dream the Chesterfield Pagans would meet at the New Inn at Hasland, before circumstances happened and we moved across the road to The Lodge.

Well, as these funny old things will be, circumstances have happened again, and our new moot spot will be The Three Cottages, formerly The New Inn, across the road from The Lodge.

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One day, all these pubs will be yours. Except Europa. Attempt no landings there. I may have mixed my movies there a bit.

The short version of all this is that our moots have moved. And in order to keep things as roughly the same as they are, for ease of adjustment, we’re now going to be meeting at:

The Three Cottages
229 Mansfield Rd, Hasland, Chesterfield S41 0JJ
01246 273727

And you can click HERE for a Google map of the location.

The next moot is 11 April 2017 at 19:30 at the above. We hope to see you there!

Chesterfield Interfaith Forum

By Kate (Tiro)

Some while ago Suzanne and I raised the subject of interfaith initiatives in the area, and said that we’d be interested in cultivating contacts with representatives from other faith groups locally.

It seems others have been thinking along similar lines. Last night we attended a meeting of a new Chesterfield Interfaith Forum, kindly hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on Sheffield Road.

The initial assembly saw a good showing from several local communities, including a number of Christian denominations, two representatives from the mosque and Muslim Welfare Association on Barker Lane, as well as a Humanist officiant representing secular communities.

Beginning with a tour of the host Church, the group’s business on this first occasion was to agree on the desirability of communication and cooperation between the various faith and secular communities in the area. This, it was agreed, is particularly important in what seem likely to prove challenging times ahead, for our country and for the world, in terms of human relationships.

We agreed, in short, that our baseline view is that we are all human* first, and that our main goal should be to look out for each other, whatever our specific religious or secular views.

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Yule Blessings

Hail to you this Yuletide morning!

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The heart of Yule is evergreen, a time to hail the return of the sun.  These cold days provide us with the best the winter colours have to offer, soft greys, golds, muted browns and cool light from the winter sun, bringing delicate frosts, ice that crunches, red berries and colourful winter birds.

A time for wrapping up warm and taking care outside, but also a time to celebrate and anticipate the return of the light.  The Shortest Day is here! A time for lighting candles against the darkness, yule logs (either the kind you burn to keep warm, or the chocolate kind you eat.  Both are good :)) bright evergreen branches brought into the home, of holly, pine or mistletoe.  A time for celebrating with people, whether you call it Yule, Jul, Christmas or something else, most folks celebrate a midwinter festival of some kind.

Take care of yourself over these cold days, but also take care of your neighbours, watch over your community and offer to help those who might just need a little extra help through winter.

Moot Reminder

Lovely folks,

A gentle reminder that it’s nearly moot time again!  The next Chesterfield moot will be this coming Tuesday, at the function room, Telmere Lodge, Mansfield Road, Chesterfield S41 0JH.  Their website is HERE

The Telmere also do food, so you are welcome to turn up early and sample their menu 🙂

It’ll be my first time coming to a moot, help!
If you’ve not been before, we’re a friendly bunch, and you’ll find the function room double doors right at the end of the bar.  There are some small steps to negotiate to get to the pub entrance, and car parking is available on site.  You can always send us a message or comment beforehand, and we can look out for you.

Hope to see you there!

A Right Good Midwinter Knees-Up (Yule 2016)

Well, it’s coming up to that time of year, when it’s all dark and gloomy and cold, and it’s raining a lot, and, well, it’s 2016. And you might, under all those circumstances – especially that last one – be starting to feel as though the shine’s wearing off your day-to-day jollity and sparkliness.

What you need, dear reader, is a Right Good Midwinter Knees-Up to remind you that spring is just around the corner. Really. Earth only has to do another 188 million miles – even less by the time Yule comes around – and we’ll be welcoming the spring back.

While we wait, though, your friends at Chesterfield and Derbyshire Pagans will not be found wanting in the Midwinter Knees department, oh no they won’t.

(“Oh yes they will!”)

Oh NO, they WON’T. Now be said.

(“Boo! Hiss! Booooooo!”)

Bloody panto season.

Bring yourself along to Eyre Chapel on 17 December (2016), at 19:00 and enjoy frolics until midnight. There’ll be a ritual, along with music and drumming, even a spot of dancing if you’re feeling all rhythmically gyratory.

There’ll be a food share too, so consider bringing along a little something to throw into the mix if you can. (This isn’t a literal mix, by the way. It’s not like, bring sausage rolls and some iced buns and they’ll all get put in a blender or anything. That’d be odd.)

(Also, if you do bring stuff along, please do label whether it’s veggie-friendly or not.)

Also, also, also: if you dress up, you’ll have a chance to win tickets for the 2017 summer Lammas Camp. Worth a punt, I’d say.

If you’d like more information you can check out the Facebook page HERE.

 

Moot Reminder

Lovely folks,

A gentle reminder that it’s nearly moot time again!  The next Chesterfield moot will be this coming Tuesday, at the function room, Telmere Lodge, Mansfield Road, Chesterfield S41 0JH.  Their website is HERE

The Telmere also do food, so you are welcome to turn up early and sample their menu 🙂

It’ll be my first time coming to a moot, help!
If you’ve not been before, we’re a friendly bunch, and you’ll find the function room double doors right at the end of the bar.  There are some small steps to negotiate to get to the pub entrance, and car parking is available on site.  You can always send us a message or comment beforehand, and we can look out for you.

Hope to see you there!

Samhain Tidings

Hail to you and yours this Samhain morning!

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Dance the dance of the dying days, it’s time for the third harvest of this year, Samhain.  A time when livestock was traditionally culled to give meat for the winter and leave enough herd members to live on the limited stocks of feed until next Spring.

A time of ancestors and families, a time for grief and reflection over those who no longer walk with us.  Take time to honour those who are passed in your own way.  Write them a letter, buy them a beer, go to their favourite place and spend time.  Remember them as they were, and what they meant to you.  Wear something that reminds you of them, or connect with others that knew them and remember together.