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.


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!


Lammas Camp Timetable 2015 – In HTML

Good folks! Pagans, heathens, witches, druids, pagan-friendlies, pagan-curioses, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots.


Further to our recent post, I am pleased to present – and only in case you had any graphical glitchery preventing full enjoyment of the original – the Lammas Summer Camp 2015 timetable, in glorious HTML table format!

Please peruse the below at your leisure, and do – if you would – forgive the WordPress quirk that means vertical lines are not displayed, and the Coldwind quirk that means I can’t figure out a workaround for it. Try to imagine the columns as being neatly separated, as you’d expect from a professional tabular publication.

Thank you.

Lammas Camp Timetable 2015

Thursday 30 July 2015
7pm (ish) – Beating of the Bounds and Opening Ritual
9pm Thunderstorm (as usual)
Marquee 1 Marquee 2 Domes Craft Outside
11:00 Crystals in Healing
Who’s Life
Sacred Chants
Ongoing through the day:

Children’s activities

Kite Making

Pewter Casting

Totem Pole

Prayer Flags

12:00 Personal Transformation
Belly Dance
13:00 – – – – –
The Missing Witch
John Crow
14:00 Mindfulness Forum & Discussion
Runes 1
Suzanne & Darren
15:00 Herbs
16:00 Meet Your Animal Guide
19:00-23:00 Entertainment
21:00 Blót to Freya
 Night-Time. Go to bed, or stay up all through; the choice, as they say, is yours.
10:00 – – – – –
Power Animal Meditation
11:00 Runes II
Suzanne & Darren
12:00 Regression & Christos
Totem Animal Magic & Folklore
13:00 Headdresses
14:00 Numerology
Earth Star Meditation
15:00 Dream Analysis
Flowering Tree Ceremony
16:00 Plant Spirit Shamanism
Gender Discussion
Suzanne & Cat
21:00 Mind-Expanding Weird Shit
23:00 Drum Curfew
 Night-Time. You may’ve thought that last night’s comment meant there were binary options of ‘Go to bed’ or ‘Stay up’. Of course, combinations of the two were permissible. Sorry for any confusion or excess sleep caused.
10:00 Goblin Market & Suzanne’s Chill-Down Storytelling
Have a safe journey home

Lammas Camp Timetable 2015

Mesdames et Messieurs et That, we would like to take a moment to present unto you, fresh orf the thing, the Lammas Camp Timetable Of Workshops And Such 2015.

Cast thy peepers downwards for the list. It’s currently in an image format but I will, stuff permitting, type it up in the next couple of days.


How Many Bignesses

You know that thing about space?  About how space is, you know, kind of on the big side?

Douglas Adams mentioned it once, and it is actually The Law of the Internet™ that you have to quote him whenever you’re presenting any item dealing with the size of space.  So in order to satisfy this requirement:

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

With that out of the way, I can also offer an insightful observation by Futurama’s Philip J. Fry, who had his own take on the matter:

“Space. It seems to go on and on forever. Then you get to the end, and a monkey starts throwing barrels at you.”

Moving on.

If you’ve a hankering to know just how many bignesses space has, you could start by examining the solar system.  We’re all familiar with the structure: the Sun in the middle, followed by eight planets, if you’re the International Astronomical Union (IAU); or, if you’re me, the Sun in the middle, followed by at least fourteen planets and probably dozens more yet to be found*.

But what we don’t usually get from our astronomy books and star maps is the actual scale of the thing.  Well, thanks to writer and designer Josh Worth, there’s now a chart that does give you a rough idea. Imagine the Moon the size of one pixel on your computer screen…

If The Moon Were Only One Pixel

Click, and scroll, and try not to get too mind-boggled.

Advice: once you’ve loaded the page use the left and right cursor keys to scroll the map.  And, if you want to skip ahead just click on the left or right arrows on the button menu at the top of the screen. That way you won’t miss any text captions (they’re worth reading).

[* In 2006, a decision by the IAU to demote Pluto to the status of ‘dwarf planet’, while promoting a handful of asteroids to the same status, was announced, and is still being argued about, with the IAU, every astronomer on Earth and most people who take astronomy seriously on one side, and me on the other.  It’s like that bit in Blackadder II, after he hires the ship and captain, and they’re adrift at sea:

Edmund Blackadder: Look, there’s no need to panic. Someone in the crew will know how to steer this thing.
Redbeard Rum (the drunken captain): The crew, milord?
EB: Yes, the crew.
RR: What crew?
EB: I was under the impression that it was common maritime practice for a ship to have a crew.
RR: Opinion is divided on the subject.
EB: Really.
RR: Yerss. All the other captains say it is; I say it isn’t.
EB: Oh, God. Mad as a brush.]

Lammas Camp 2015 first look: this years rules and regulations

Gentle peeps,

The very first announcement about this years Lammas Camp is here!  Ta Da!  As it’s important and about the rules, it appears here in full with nothing under a cut.  You may have been to camp before, but there have been some changes to the rules, so please take your time in reading them before you apply for tickets.
Please find below the Camp Rules and Regulations hot off the press:

Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp Ticket Application Form Information, Rules and Regulations!

Please read these terms and conditions before applying for tickets. The ticket application form is on page four of the document below. Once you have read these rules, please indicate on your ticket application form that you agree to abide by these rules/conditions. Failure to do so will result in your ticket request being denied.


Tickets are limited. We reserve the right to refuse ticket applications without giving a reason. Tickets will be sent out by email once payment is made and cleared. Tickets must be printed and presented to the Marshalls at camp where they will be exchanged for wristbands. No ticket = no entry!


Please do not arrive before 2.00pm

On arrival please report to the Marshalls at the entrance to the first field. The Welcome tent will be at the entrance to the camping field. Also, there is a steep hill to climb in your vehicle to get into the camping field, which can be difficult in wet weather. Please follow the instructions the Marshalls will give you about this hill and about where you must camp/park. Marshalls will also be in the main events/camping field and you must follow their instructions should they give you any. We will try our best to help you if necessary!


There are no set pitches. We cannot save any spaces for anyone and NEITHER CAN YOU! The pitching is on a first come, first choice basis. If you want to camp next to your family/friends, we suggest you arrive together. Also, be aware that some workshops may be noisy. Therefore, if you want a quieter pitch, you may want to consider pitching further up the field.


There are two standpipes which supply cold water only. Please use these responsibly and be aware that the area around the taps may get very muddy!


The toilets are eco long-drop toilets, but we do supply two toilet tents on ground level for children and disabled people only! There are also two eco toilets at the bottom of the first field. We also provide gents with urinal area. There is no hand washing facilities, other than the cold water supply. You are responsible for your own hygiene standards.

If you are using camping toilets, you must use biodegradable toilet fluid only and empty these in the long drop toilets. Do not empty them in the hedgerows! Female Urine upsets the Ewes and this is a nasty thing to do.

Please leave all toilet areas in a clean condition, as you would wish to find them. If you ‘miss aim’ please wipe the seats!


There are NO showers or hot water! You are responsible for your own hygiene needs.


All cars/vans must park in the first field unless you have a Disability Blue Parking Badge. We shall require proof of the badge holder’s identity on the site. You will be allowed to drive onto the main field to unload etc but then you will need to go and park in the other field.

Small motor homes will be allowed on the camping field, but larger ones will be asked to park in the first field.

Caravans can park in the main field but your vehicles must go into the first field.
This change is due to the cramped conditions of 2014 and the increase in larger vehicles/caravans.

Non – compliance with the parking changes will result in you being asked to leave the site.

Vehicles are parked at owners own risk. The organisers take no responsibility for any vehicle. We suggest that you lock any valuables in your vehicle. The organisers cannot be held responsible for missing items.


Please be aware that there is a very steep cliff on the field above camp, so do not allow your children to wander unaccompanied in this area.


Please do not allow children of any age to play on the Hay Bales or in any part of the farm yard, by express wishes of the farmer!


Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times. There are children and livestock around (and adults!).

All dog mess must be cleaned up and put in the long drop toilets. Eco bags will be available if required at the Welcome Tent.

Please be aware of the safety issue with dogs on tethers or long leads. People do not always look for ropes etc when walking round!

Please do NOT approach dogs without the owners’ permission!

If ANY dog is found off a lead, or if any owner is found not to be cleaning up their dogs mess, they will be asked to leave the site immediately, or to take the dog/dogs and place them in nearby kennels. This is your choice!


You are welcome to put a small stall outside your tent FOR FREE! However, due to the increase in insurance costs, we must insist you have your own Personal Liability Insurance. We will need to see proof of this before you set up a stall. Please note that you are responsible for your own stall and goods displayed on them.


There are a few fire-pits available to loan, but you can bring your own. However, they must be kept off the grass! You MUST bring YOUR OWN wood to burn or logs can be purchased from Bob the farmer! We do not supply you with logs!

ANY aggressive or violent behaviour will be dealt with by INSTANT EVICTION!

We have qualified First Aiders on camp should you need them. Please go to the Welcome Tent if you require help. We also have Health and Safety Officers should you require advice.

Camp closes at 2.00pm. Please leave by then!

So in Short:-

Please be kind to one another!

Keep your area pretty.

Respect the environment.

Look after your kids, pets, cars and stalls etc.



Looking forward to seeing you all,

The Lammas Camp Organisers & Crew.

p.s.   Workshop info and sheet is available to download at chesterfieldpagans.org from late June/July but may be subject to change.


The Ticket application form is below. You can send in the form to Cherill by post or by email. If you are sending by email, please copy and paste the completed form into a new document to send as an attachment. Thank you!

You may pay by Paypal, Direct Bank Transfer, Cheque/Postal Order or Cash at our local Moot. Payment details will be sent to you on acceptance of application.

Ticket App and Info 2015 – Word document.  This contains all the above and the ticket application form.

The World is Spinning: some folklore and history of spinning and weaving

Before cloth was made on looms and spinning wheels were made redundant by machines which spin hundreds of metres of thread in a day, all thread and cloth had to be made by hand.

Archaeologically, the first understanding of twisting fibres to make thread is thought to be from using a rock to weight the end of the fibres so they could be rolled together.  The rock developed into a spindle, a weighted stick which the user could spin and allow gravity and the weight to help spin the fibres together.

Ths innovation spread across the ancient world, with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all placing a high importance on spinning.

In Egypt, the goddess Neith was responsible for war and weaving (especially linen used for mummy wrappings).  Her identifying headdress was that of a weaving shuttle:



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January Moot: Hand spinning workshop

Lovely folks, just a gentle reminder that next moot this coming Tuesday (13th January 2015)  is a workshop on hand spinning led by Liz and Suzanne.  Have a go at spinning your own wool from fibres by using a drop spindle or spinning wheel, and have a listen to some of the history and folklore to boot.

There’ll be plenty of fibres of different colours, some high tec* drop spindles for you to have a go with, and you’re welcome to take home your woolen efforts 🙂  It’s not a difficult skill to learn, and you’ll end up with a new appreciation of your jumpers and knitwear!

All welcome, see you all on Tuesday!


*  for high tec read made from a piece of wood, cardboard, a paper clip and some electricians tape… no expense spared ;p