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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)
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 51 Winter 2013/14

Merry Meet Magazine Issue 51

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
Folklore Diary & Events – Your guide for the next quarter

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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
Folklore Diary & Events

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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
Folklore Diary & Events

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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
Folklore Diary & Events

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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
What’s On – Your guide for the next quarter

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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
What’s On

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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
What’s On

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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
What’s On – Your guide for the next quarter

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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
What’s On

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 42 Autumn 2010

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Contents:

Comment – Biblioclasts; The Pope’s Visit
News Stonehenge path; Avebury Improvements; Hengistbury Head; Church Returns
Roman Altar; Sacrificial Burials in Carshalton; 10th Lammas Festival
Article – Thomas Hardy’s Stonehenge
Article – The London Stone
Feature – The Magical Tradition: King Orfeo
Short StoryAt the Crossroads
PoemThe Ghost by Charles Baudelaire
Reviews – Beyond the Book of Shadows by Lynden Clarke; The Cornish Witch-Finder by Jason Semmens; Modern Wicca by Michael Howard
What’s On

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 41 Summer 2010

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Contents:

Comment – Stonehenge;
News – Sites at Risk; Pagan Police; Avebury Reburials; Tenth Lammas Festival; Cornish Crosses Microchipped
Article – Groveley, Groveley and all Groveley: Oak Apple Day in Wishford
Poem At the Gates of Dawn by Snoe White Absinthum
Article – The Giants of Clifton
Article – Winterborne Abbas – The Nine Stones, by Laurence Keen
Article – A Wandering Minstrel I: The Medieval minstrel in folklore
Reviews – Wicked Enchantments – A History of the Pendle Witches by Joyce Froome;
Westminster Abbey Chapter House by Mortimer & Rodwell; A Glastonbury Romance
Revisited
by WJ Keith; The Secret Land-Origins of Arthurian legend & The Grail Quest by Broadhurst & Heath; Outlandish by Press Gang (CD)
What’s On

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 40 Spring 2010

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Contents:

Comment – Anti-science and Belief
News – Dark Age Mercia; Discoveries at Stanton Drew; Stonehenge Research; Pagan Groups Consulted on Reburials; Boscastle Museum Reopens; Cheese Rolling Tradition Threatened
Article – A Most Egg-cellent Time of the Year – Easter Traditions
Article – Some ‘Disputed’ Stones–  the Corscombe Megaliths, Toller Hoar Stones and the Toller Porcorum Font (a Roman Altar?)
Article – A Brief Guide to Spellworking, by Peter Nash
Feature – The Magical Tradition: Widdecombe Fair
ReviewsMysteries by Chrissie Derbyshire; The Language of Birds by Dale Pendell; The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman; Georgia Through Its Folktales by Michael Berman and Ketevan Kalandadze
What’s On – Your guide for the next quarter

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Merry Meet Magazine Issue 39 Winter 2009-10

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Contents:

Comment - Good Riddance to the Noughties; Merry Meet 40 Not Out!
News - Winter Solstice at Stonehenge; Eastbourne Bonfire Revival; James Findlay – New Young Folk Hero; Cissbury Ring Campaign; Bluestonehenge; Pagan Lap Dancing (?)
Poem - Winter Solstice by Sylvie Tavares
FeatureThe Magical Tradition: The Boar’s Head Carol
Article – Leigh Mizmaze
Article – Bless This House – Apotropaic Magic
Article – Cord Magic, by Peter Nash
ReviewsThe Well Under The Sea, by Kevan Manwaring; Defences Against the Witches Craft by John Canard
What’s On

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