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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 
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D.O.R.C.H. Campaign – English Heritage Statement

 

1 April 2015

Merry Meet Magazine has been supporting the D.O.R.C.H. (Defend Our Rich Cultural Heritage) Campaign to prevent developers and West Dorset District Council destroying important archaeology during the building of a new shopping centre.

The campaign now has very strong support from English Heritage, as the following document makes plain:

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The site in question lies in the centre of modern Dorchester, within the old Roman walls, and forms part of the site of a unique and internationally important Neolithic henge monument, as the map below illustrates (click on it for high-res. version).

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The developers, Simons, are in cahoots with West Dorset District Council to develop the site as quickly and cheaply as possible. To this end the latest planning application has severely curtailed the amount of archaeological excavation proposed for the site, despite the fact that the proposed underground car-parking area in the new development would effectively destroy all the archaeological layers below ground level.

Please support our campaign by signing the petition at:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-dorchester-s-archaeology?source=facebook-share-button&time=1420744446

 

Merry Meet Magazine Issue 54 Autumn 2014

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Contents:

Comment – Archaeology and Commerce – a Case Study
News – Stonehenge survey; Ancient Sethian Magical Papyrus Translated; Norfolk Doorstop was Offering to the Gods; Pagan Blue Plaques.
Article – An Old Mummer at the Chequers, Wheeler End
Article - King Arthur, Warlords Wizardry, History and Prophecy 
Feature - The Lost Stone Circles of Dorset Part 2
Article – The Twelve Days of (a Dorset) Christmas
ReviewsWassailing – Reawakening an Ancient Folk Custom  by Colin & Karen Kater; The Shortest Day – A Little Book of the Winter Solstice by Karen Kater; Mumming Plays in Hardy’s Wessex by Jerry Bird
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Merry Meet Magazine issue 53 Summer 2014

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Comment – Of Bombs and Bees
News – Ancient Welsh Yew; Austin Osman Spare Portrait Mystery; Gardner gets Blue Plaque
Article  – The Angels of Mons
Article  – Montem Mound
Article  – Midsummer Hemp Custom
Feature – The Lost Stone Circles of Dorset Part 1
Reviews  – Ameth – The Life and Times of Doreen Valiente by Jonathan Tapsell;  Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton
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Welcome to the New Website

 

Jerry20 May 2014

At last, a new website, which hopefully I should be able to update more easily than the previous one, which became stuck around 2012.

Apologies for the late appearence of the current (Spring) edition. It is at the printer as I speak and should be with subscribers within a week. I will endeavor to produce the next one a bit sooner, and with a bit of luck, I may catch up with the schedule by the end of the year – it does all rather depend on what other work I have to do in order to make ends meet, and whatever new disasters befall me in the meantime.

Some readers who knew her, will be sad to hear of the demise of my little dog Freya on 16 April, and a brief obit is included in issue 52. She was very old and while she did not appear to be in any pain, her last stroke left her quite disabled and disorientated, and she had obviously decided it was time to give up, as she stopped eating and drinking, bless her.

Jerry Bird

Freya's Last Portrait

 

Merry Meet Magazine issue 52 Spring 2014

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Contents:

Comment – Of Angels & Baguettes – public art and ancient sites
News – Stonehenge was ‘London of the Mesolithic’; Ancient Iron Rod was Viking ‘Witch Wand’; Farewell to Freya; ‘New’ Dartmoor Stone Circle Uncovered; Scottish ‘Wishing Tree’ Investigated.
Article  – A Holy Sea-fort St Catherine’s Chapel, Dorset.
Poem  – The Old Witch-Hare
Feature  – John Cowper Powys’s A Glastonbury Romance
Article – Who was Saint George?
Reviews  – Of Sirens and Centaurs: Medieval Sculpture at Exeter Cathedral by Alex Woodcock; The Magus of Hay by Phil Rickman; Lord of the Silver Hand by Gerald Killingworth; The Witches’ Herbal by Michael Howard; The Ceremony of May  by Rose & Garry Blakeley (CD); The Liberty to Choose by James Findlay, Bella Hardy, Brian Peters, Lucy Ward (CD)
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 51 Winter 2013/14

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Contents:

Comment – Badger Nonsense
News – Museum of Witchcraft Changes Hands; New Stonehenge Visitor Centre; ‘Princess’ Burial near Windsor; Hill Fort Threatened; Sad End for Hardy landmark; Mesolithic Art Discovered in Wales
Article – Mumming and Rioting in Dorset 1828-30
Feature – Cornish Mermaids and Medieval Church Imagery
Article – The Witch of Endor, by Eric Fitch
Article – The Duke of Monmouth’s Spell Book
ReviewsHedge Witchcraft and Hedge Riding by Harmonia Saille; The Burning Path by Kevan Manwaring; Paranormal Purbeck by David leadbetter
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 50 Autumn 2013

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Contents:

Comment – Fracking Hell!
News – Offa’s Dyke Bulldozed; ‘Brunel’s’ Roman Mosaic Restored; Mars Talisman
at Museum of Witchcraft; King Arthur loses Battle of Stonehenge; Blue Plaque for Doreen
Article – The Black Dog of Lyme
Article – Paul Nash and William Stukeley by John Walker
Feature – Hares in the Landscape: Prints by John Walker
Article – Connla & the Fairy Maiden by Michael Berman
ReviewsDorset Folk Tales by Tim Laycock; Beyond the Henge by Bob Trubshaw; Days and Rites by Mark Lewis; Another Day Another Story by James Findlay
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 49 Winter 2012/13

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Contents:

Comment – Merry Meet
News – Diane Bird Obituary; Offa’s Dyke Bulldozed; Pagan Olympics; ARCH, Stonehenge Scanned; Roman Coffin on sale
Article – Legends of Batcombe
Article – The Dybbuk by Michael Berman
Article – The Merry Maidens
Feature – The Cushion Dance
ReviewsSongs from the Magical Tradition by Jerry Bird, Secret Places of West Dorset by Louise Hodgson and The Megalithic Empire by M. J. Harper & H. L. Vered
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 48 Spring 2012

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Contents:

Comment – More chalk hill figure vandalism
News – New Exhibition in Dorset – Sacred sites & Hares; Maria Cunningham 1958-2012; Mulfra Quoit Fire; Museum of Witchcraft latest; Puddingstone Restored; Druid Meteorite in Wiltshire
Feature – Lord Dunsany’s The Blessing of Pan
Article – Shape-shifters’ Tales by Michael Berman
Article – The Agglestone – ‘a theme of antiquarian conjecture’
Article – Music in the Wicker Man
ReviewsTurning the Wheel by Kevan Manwaring; Treasure of the Silver Web by Marian Green
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 47 Winter 2011-12

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Contents:

Comment – The Great British Pub
News – New Evidence on Stonehenge; Pendle Ruin is not Witches Cottage;
Dartmoor Monument revealed; Priddy Circles Arrest; Bronze Roman Cockerel Found;
Glastonbury’s Holy Thorn Killed by Vandals
Article – The Devil & St Pancras (legends of Widecombe)
Article – Well May Ye Bear! – Wassail Chants
Article – Speen Holy Well
Article – The transformative Power of the Wind by Michael Berman
Reviews Ritual by David Pinner; Children of Cain by Michael Howard; The Secrets of Pain by Phil Rickman; Green Men & White Swans by Jaqueline Simpson
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 46 Autumn 2011

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Contents:

Comment – Sacred Sites and Responsibility; Right-wing Pagans
News – Priddy Circles Damaged; Cultural Olympiad Vandals; New Kent Henge;
The Rodborough Horestone; Intact Viking Ship Burial Found; Winchester Witch Bottle
Article –Heedless William’s Stone
Feature – Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes
Article – The Mother’s Malison by Michael Berman
Article – Martinmas
PoemA Last Look Round at St Martin’s Fair by Thomas Hardy
ReviewsChildren of the Nephilim by Gillian MacDonald; Spirit of the Hare by Karen Cater; Raison d’Etre by Dave Swarbrick
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 45 Summer 2011

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Contents:

Comment – Uncomfortable Bedfellows
News – Penwith Megaliths Endangered; Eastbourne Lammas Festival Anniversary;
Anti Pagan protest Fails; Silbury’s Twin Mound Confirmed; Dr Dee Opera
Article – The First Eastbourne Lammas Festival
Article – Poxwell Stone Circle
Article – The Soul Captivation of King Henry, by Michael Berman
Short StoryThe Death of Pan by Lord Dunsany
ReviewsAncient Stones on Old Postcards by Jerry Bird; Becoming Pagan by Ty Jamie Coxon; The Museum of Witchcraft – A Magical History by Kerriann Godwin
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 44 Spring 2011

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Contents:

Comment – May Day Madness; nuclear Madness
News – Neolithic Sweat Lodge; Wittenham Clumps Centenery; Stonehenge to be laser Scanned; Pagans in the Census; New Book by Merry Meet Editor
Article – West Kennet Long Barrow
Article – The Devil’s Bridges
Feature – The Magical Tradition: Childe Rowland
Article – Edwardian Stoneseekers
ReviewsA Dreaming For the Witches by Stephen J Yeates; West Kennet Long Barrow by Peter Knight; Sport & Play by James Findlay
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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 43 Winter 2010/11

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Contents:

Comment – Legal recognition (of Paganism); Access to Sacred Sites
News – Stonehenge Lottery Funding; Hedges return to Glastonbury Tor; BBC Halloween Coverage; Welsh Standing Stone/Astrological Chart; Portable Antiquities Scheme Saved; Police Handbook – How to Arrest a Witch! New Stonehenge Theory
Article – At the Turning of the year – New Year Traditions
Article – Logan Stones
Feature – The Magical Tradition: The Bells of Paradise
Poem The Face by Ruth Francis-Foster
ReviewsWhere Science and Magic Meet by Serena Roney-Dougal; Wiccecraeft by Sinead Spearing; Hardcore English by Barry Callaghan
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