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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Equinox Food for Thought

Happy Equinox all. Looks like we're set for a few more days of lovely sunshine and clement, spring weather - perfect for sitting in the Circle and enjoying a cup of tea :) The weather is good news for the campers as well as camping is available again in the car park for Friday and Saturday.

We'd also like to say 'Hi' and 'welcome' to all our international visitors to this site including people from Sweden, United States, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Canada, France and New Zealand.

It looks like there's going to be plenty on as well - most of which have already been published in the Avebury Circular.

Saturday night is the Avebury Open Mic so check out their Facebook group for full details.

Also on Sunday over at the Rising Sun in Marlborough Paul Cummins will be putting on an exhibition of his art work from 12 noon. For all those attending take note that they serve lunch there from 12.15pm through to 3pm.

With age of petroleum-man coming to an end is the Human species ready to evolve? Here are a couple of films that I thought might help us answer such questions. The first is by Frank Cook - he reminds me of a gentle Ent. He's got a website called Plants as Healers and an internationally renowned expert of plants as foods. In this clip he talks to us a little about the common Nettle. There are a few other videos of interest by Frank including one about Docks and another about Pines - check em' out at Eat Weeds.

This second film is by Rebecca Hosking and follows her and her family as they set up self sustaining homestead in Devon. Of particular interest is an interview with Martin Crawford (after about minute 35) who 12 years ago planted a forest that is now more productive and far far less labour intensive acre for acre than modern day farming. You can find more from Martin Crawford at the Eat Weeds site.

Also, be sure to check out Terry Dobney's new Facebook group - Avebury - Caer Abiri - Druidic Events Page. He's already listed all the observations etc through to the end of May - join the group to stay informed.

Finally, the Beltane issue of the Avebury Circular will soon be available for purchase from your usual Vendors and from this site.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Chippenham/Calne Moot & The Age of Stupid

...is a Film by Franny Armstrong who is a very very good friend of the band Luminous Frenzy. The Frenzies have dropped me a line to ask for all us at the Avebury Moot to offer support to Franny. You see, Franny has been very concerned about the issue of climate change and during the last 6 years has been on a fantastic journey to make a film about the issue. Her hope is that the film it will touch the hearts and souls of all those that watch the movie. Her dream, through hard work and determination, has become reality and in a few weeks Franny's organising the world's biggest Film Premiere (the 'People's Premiere') with simultaneous screenings around the country on Sunday March 15th. For those that live close to Avebury it's being screened at the SWINDON EMPIRE Cinema, Greenbridge Retail & Leisure Park, Drakes Way, Swindon, SN3 3SQ Box Office: 0871 471 4714. What's important is that sufficient numbers show up for the Premiere so that the film gets out for a proper general release. So by seeing the film on Premier day you will be supporting Franny and her work to raise awareness of Climate Change. Go to the bottom of this article to see a news report and a trailer for the film :)

Calne Moot - on the first Thursday of every month Calne hosts the Chippenham/Calne Moot - and a very warm and friendly moot is is too. Last night the guest speaker was John who gave a talk about dowsing with rods and geopathic stress. According to John the Earth is criss crossed with ley lines which are forms of energy or radiation that flow across the landscape. Sometimes these energies can become contaminated be waterways, pipes, power lines etc and are transformed into unhealthy ley lines. Long term exposure to these unhealthy ley lines can result in a condition called geopathic stress which weakens the immune system and causes the body to spend too much time on protection and repair rather than growth and rest. In fact one of the tell tale symptoms is the feeling that you're not getting enough sleep, even when you are getting plenty of sleep time wise. John gave us a demonstration on how to locate and divert unhealthy ley lines so that conditions like geopathic stress can be eliminated.

For more information about Luminous Frenzy go to their website where you can even listen to a few of their tunes. A few of the band members recently came to the Avebury Open Mic and played a few numbers for us there. For more information about the Avebury Open Mic join join their group on Facebook.

Finally, we're in the process of booking speakers for the Moots and we would like to get the next 6 moots booked in so that we can properly advertise who's doing what and when. Please email in to wyrdmagus@gmail.com if you are interested or call Marcus on o9741 839 73o. You can even put suggestions of the Facebook group or add a comment to this article if you have some good ideas about who we could invite.

Enjoy the weekend :)

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Playing for Change

Playing for change is a collaboration of artists from around the world. The music they have created is a lovely example of how a community of motivated people can join together to create great things.

The song that first caught me was "One Love."

For more info have a look around their website - they have one or two other songs which can be listened to as well.


Sunday, 1 March 2009

The Gathering - Moot 1st March

A new season rolled up to the Moot on Sunday with a beautiful sun-shiny Spring day. And to celebrate this we all decided to sit out in the sun and fully enjoy the new season to its fullest. With maps spread across the tables a major topic of conversation was centred around the wealth of undiscovered sites in the area, including sites of breathtaking beauty. The usual suspects were noted of course, such as Swallowhead Spring and Oliver's Castle. But everyone seemed to have one or two little gems that nobody else had ever heard of. These included a spectacular cluster of springs outside of Calne, hill forts close to Wroughton and a number of forests out Castle Coombe way which have a plenitude of ancient sites hidden away in them.

So, as the warm, summer months begin to emerge from the dark, frosty mornings of the winter, thoughts and plans are set in motion to perhaps have a few of our wonderful moots located at some of these sites. Can you imagine sitting up on Oliver's Castle with its sweeping vista across the the vast expanse of the Wiltshire countryside. All this whilst listening to new and fascinating speakers, maybe even hearing ancient stories being told or music being played - music with drumming and dance. Watch this space before each Moot... you'll always know what's in the offing if you check in.

There was also a good deal of discussion about litter. A challenge to any of you is to go out for a walk with a bag and fill it up on your bimble. Well, that's not really the main challenge. The big challenge is, having already done one round of litter picking, to go out for another walk a day or so later and notice what you see, and notice how you feel about that.

The town of Calne is lucky becuase one of the Avebury Moot followers, Moira, lives there. She has called for a meeting to take place in Calne at the Lansdowne Strand Hotel on Tuesday 14th April at 6pm. This event is being held to raise awareness of the growing litter situation in our countryside and to recruit soldiers for the Litter Army. The council have already furnished her with enough equipment and supplies to fully kit out 10 brave souls. Topics for consideration include the extremely heavy littering of the river Marden - can this really be just down to people tossing litter into the river... or is there another cause? Check out the meeting to find out.

Once again the Red Lion were the perfect hosts and ensured that the tradition of the Avebury Moots being held at this focus point continues into the future. There was a fine mix of clientèle, including bikers on their impressive looking Harley Davidsons, families with all their children out for the day about the stones, and even a bunch of scouts that marched off of the ridge down Green Street and who holed themselves up to get fluids and valuable carbs.

Keep watching this space now because speakers are in the process of being booked. If you have a subject that you might like to talk about then drop us an email with a telephone number so that we can have a natter. Also check the site before each moot for confirmation of what has been booked. It's worth noting that the Avebury Moots works in close collaboration with the Avebury Circular and so noteworthy information about the moots, the Circular, the Spirit Camp etc will all be published here.

Enjoy the sun:)

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