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.

circleofpubs

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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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.

 

Yule Festivities

Friends, pagans, friendly non-pagans, those of an interested bent – or better still, of an interesting bent, fnerk – please lend us your winter-weary peepers for a moment or two, as we declare the announcement of the Yule Bash for 2015.

The aforementioned frolics will take place at the Eyre Chapel in Newbold at 19:30 hours (that’s half past seven in the evening), on the 19 December. In 2015. That’s this year – so, ooh! Not far to go, yay!

Many of you will be familiar with the venue, but if not, it’s the chapel behind the Nag’s Head pub off the B6051 Newbold Road in Chesterfield. If you’re sat-navving, the postcode is S41 8RJ.  Just go up the side of the pub and you’ll find a car park with some gates at the far end. Beyond those gates is another car park, for parking. Then, out of car, follow the path with the twinkly lights twinkly twinkly – and then: revels and merriment.

There will be a ritual, handfasting – and it’s open season on entertaining turns. If you have a talent (family friendly, for preference), and would like to flaunt it brazenly in front of everyone, we’d love to see it, so please let us know.

Elsewise, we’ll see you there. :o)

Samhain Ritual and Celebration 2015

It’s getting dark out there.  The leaves are going their shiny bronzey-gold-y sort of shades, and it’s all getting very autumnal. Some might even say it’s nudging towards the wintery bit.  And with the grain and the fruit harvests safely gathered in, the livestock start looking a bit edgy.

And our thoughts turn traditionally towards reflection on the fading year, the things that are ending, and those who have moved on to other realms, and we may perhaps think, “Damn, but it’s gloomy. Shall we have a knees up?”

Samhain – Summer’s End – the Third Harvest.  It’s a time of sober contemplation, of due attention paid to the ancestors, and for the parting of ways.  It’s a time of preparation for the deepest, darkest winter still to come.  But it’s also a time of warmth and comfort: of closeness to our friends and family still with us, of hope and inspiration, and a time to renew connections we might have lost.

With all that in mind, then. Chesterfield Pagans would like to announce our forthcoming Right Good Old Samhain Bash.

Please feel free to join us, beginning at 19:30 hours on 30 October 2015, at the Eyre Chapel in Newbold, Chesterfield – behind the Nag’s Head pub off Newbold Road. The postcode, for them using the satellitey steering magics, is S41 8RJ.

We intend – should weather allow it – to begin with an outdoor ritual to mark the Turn of the Wheel and to honour the ancestors (inside if sloshing down, blowing a gale or just too cold).  After the ritual, the party.  There will be a fancy dress competition, a pumpkin-carving competition (adult and child sections in both competitions), and a food share – bring a little something along if you’d like to participate; it needn’t be big or expensive.

There will be drumming during the ritual, so playable-while-standing-up drums suggested – and no doubt afterwards as well.

Let us know via the comments system if you’ve any queries, or visit the Facebook page HERE if you prefer.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lammas Camp Ticket Deadline

Good folks:

If you’re planning on attending the splendiferous sparklyness that will be this years Lammas Camp, and you haven’t yet got your tickets – Contact Cherril asap. The deadline for tickets is a mere days away.  Get them in by the 22nd July folks.

Yes, even you folks living on pagan non-standard time.  Go get them booked- it’ll be one thing less to fret about, and you can take it off your list of things to do.

You can contact Cherril through her facebook page, which you can find through the Chesterfield Pagans facebook page.

Make sure you have a good read of the regulations for this year – even if you’ve been with us before, there’s some new useful stuff in there.

Highlights planned for this year include a ritual to thank Mother Earth.  If you would like to participate, please make sure you bring an offering that can be given to the fire, so no plastics or other non-burnable things.  There’s also going to be a labyrinth to dance before the handfasting, and workshops on a mighty breadth of topics from learning to spin yarn to pewter casting, animal guides to dream interpretation, crystals to sacred chanting,  plant spirit shamanism to gender, wrapping up with the goblin market and the Sunday morning storyteller.

Do be there, it’s going to be awesome – but make sure you get your tickets in first!

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 🙂