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Apologies for the delay in producing Merry Meet 68. This was due largely to having injured my arm in a gardening accident, a water leak in my bathroom which caused the floor to collapse, and helping my partner move her (enormous) library out of starage and into her new flat. All that and 2 lockdowns. It never rains but it pours!

Merry Meet Issue 67 Midsummer 2020

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News & Comment – Strange times; A silent Beltane; Doll Tor vandalised; Chieftain and shaman graves found Discoveries
Feature – Roche Rock and the Legend of Jan Tregeagle
Article – ‘And one by one dropped the revellers’ – Dancing with the Devil in Poe, Hardy and M.R. James by Dr Tracy Hayes
Article – Amr’s Tomb by Eric L. Fitch
Article – A Dorset Harvest Home

 

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 66 Imbolc 2020

MM 66 CoverNews & Comment – A Climate of Activism; Plea to record tree graffiti; Second Pocklington chariot burial found; Bluestones being robbed; Iron Age grave discoveries
Article – The Dragon ofChristchurch
Feature – Dorset Fairy Folklore
Article – Lundy Rocks
Article – Kartof the Fiddler
Reviews - Christmas Frolics – The Mellstock Band; Beauty of Blackmore – John Blackmore
Folklore Guide – a four-monthly guide

 

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Merry Meet Issue 65 Midsummer 2019

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News & Comment – May Day Madness; 2019 Lammas Festival cancelled; Hunters Moon Morris bow out; Vandalism at West Kennet
Article – A Holloway in Dorset
Article – Magnis Roman Town, Alfred Watkins & Folklore
Feature – Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native
Article – Midsummer Fires
Reviews – A Little Celebration of the Green Man by Karen Cater
Folklore Diary  – a four monthly guide

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 68 Samhain 2020

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News & Comment – Tunnel Vision – Stonehenge; Campaign to pardon witches; HS2 witch graffiti; Sutton Hoo era cemetery found; New Forest circle investigated
Article – Gwen Ffrangçon-Davies, Thomas Hardy, Rutland Boughton and The Immortal Hour
Feature – Is Cadbury Camelot?
Article – Riding the Skimmington
Article – Some Dorset Holy Wells (part 1)

 

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 64 Imbolc 2019

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News & Comment – Myth and Reality; Stonehenge’s Welsh Connection; Bumper crop for archaeologists
Article – Dorchester’s Ghosts
Article – Wayland’s Smithy
Feature – Woodbury Hill Fair
Feature – Revd R.S. Hawker – the Mystic of Morwenstow
Reviews – Revealing the Green Man, by Mark Olly; Bees vs People, Chris Slade
Folklore Diary  – a four monthly guide

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 63 Samhain 2018

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Contents:

News & Comment – Myth and Reality; Stonehenge’s Welsh Connection; Bumper crop for archaeologists
Article – Dorchester’s Ghosts
Article – Wayland’s Smithy
Feature – Woodbury Hill Fair
Feature – Revd R.S. Hawker – the Mystic of Morwenstow
Reviews – Revealing the Green Man, by Mark Olly; Bees vs People, Chris Slade
Folklore Diary  – a four monthly guide

Merry Meet Issue 62 – Summer Solstice 2018

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Contents:

Comment – Merry Meet’s new look
News – Brimham Rocking stone toppled; Nightjawks loot Hadrian’s Wall; Tintagel: Scribe’s slate found.
Article – Toppling Logan Rock
Feature – The White Horse of Uffington
Article – An etymological folktale by Eric Fitch
Poem – A Green Thought by Katharine Towers
Article – Exploring two lost Dorset villages
Reviews - The Green Hedge Witch by Rae Beth; Charms, Amulets, Talismans and Spells by Marian Green
Folklore Diary – Your guide for the next quarter

Merry Meet Magazine Issue 61 Winter 2018

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Contents:

Comment – Merry Meet is Changing
News – Archaeological ‘Bad Practise’ in Somerset; Roman ‘Healing Dog’ found in Gloucestershire; Yorkshire Woodhenge Discovered; Possible Human Sacrifice in Somerset
Feature – Thomas Hardy’s Ghosts
Song – Yuletide in a Younger Time
Feature – The Devil’s Den
Article – Montem Mound Update by Eric Fitch
Article – A Maiden’s Grave
Article – The Giant’s Grave
Poem – The Paphian Ball by Thomas Hardy
Reviews - Pagan’s Progress – a Ge-Ography Primer by Michael Dames; A Dance with Hermes by Lindsay Clarke
Folklore Diary – Your guide for the next quarter

 

Merry Meet Magazine Issue 60 Summer 2017

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Comment – Tunnel Vision – the plans for Stonehenge
News – Archaeologists discover earliest-known sacred sit still in use; mapping Britain’s folklore; Odinists claim churches; vandalism at Clava Cairns.
Feature – The Magic of Hares
Article – Purgatory Fields- by Eric Fitch
Feature – Merrivale Ritual Complex
Article – The Giant’s Grave
Reviews - Witchcraft – A Hereditary Tradition by Jon Dathen; The Way into Faerie  by Rae Beth
Folklore Diary  – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine 59 Winter 2016/17

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Contents:

Comment – King Arthur: Who was he? Where was he? Does it Matter?
News – Wind Farm threat to stone circle; New stamps celebrate ancient heritage; Stonehenge bypass controversy; Saxon graves and Neolithic henges found.
Feature – The Dorset Ooser
Feature – The Devil’s Footprints
Article – Pagan Gods in the Bible – by Eric Fitch
Article – A Legendary Tree – The Damory Oak
Reviews - Guarding Sacred Sites: The Nine Ladies Anti-Quarry Campaign by Aimee Blease-Bourne; All of a Winter’s Night  by Phil Rickman
Folklore Diary  – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Issue 58 Autumn 2016

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Contents:

Comment – Pagan Heritage post-Brexit
News – Barge Inn under threat; Narrow escape for Kersey Puddingstone; Neolithic Temple at Ness of Brodgar; Dark Age Palace at Tintagel
Article – Following the Old Dog – the West Country’s 4th ‘Oss by Mark Norman
Feature – The Treasures of Whitcombe
Article – Crowley at Piccadilly
Article – Burrow Mump
ReviewsDoreen Valiente, Witch by Philip Heselton; Black Dog Folklore  by Mark Norman 
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 57 Spring 2016

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Contents:

Comment – Pagan Heritage Destroyed
News – Dave Swarbrick obituary; giant beer censored; English Heritage ‘vandalism’ at Tintagel; Police warning on Solstice at Avebury
Article – Following the Old Oss
Article - The Songline of LLeu, by Laurence Main
Feature -The Fairlop Oak
Article – Paganism in the Workplace, by Lee Smith
ReviewsKing Arthur’s Camlan by Laurence Main; The House of Susan Lulham  by Phil Rickman 
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 56, Winter 2015/16

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Comment – Dorchester Archaeology Saved (for now); Merry Meet in Shops
News – Michael Howard (1948-2015); Terry Pratchett (1948-2015); Mystery Bronze Age Enclosure in Devon; Anglo-Saxon Leechbook Remedy Kills MRSA; Peterborough’s Pompeii
Article – Abbotsbury Garland Day
Article - Fate and the Norse Gods by Eric Fitch
Feature - In the Footsteps of a Wizard – John Cowper Powys in Dorchester
Article – Baring Gould’s Chairs
Article – The Devil’s Quoits
ReviewsThe Lost Book of Fleams by Kate Aimson; Friends of the Dusk  by Phil Rickman 
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 55 Winter 2015

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Contents:

Comment – Stonehenge – Should exclusion be reintroduced?
News – ITV commissions Merrily Watkins Drama, Glastonbury temple licensed for weddings, Tarr Steps featured on new stamp, Traces of new stone avenue found at Avebury.
Article – Woden and England, by Eric Fitch
Article - Campaign to save Dorchester’s archaeology
Feature - The Lost Stone Circles of Dorset Part 3
Article – The legend of the dog Gelert
ReviewsListening to the Stones by Beatrice Walditch; Night After Night  by Phil Rickman 
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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