Update on Spring Equinox ritual on 24th March

**UPDATE**

Ritual to Celebrate the Spring Equinox
Huddersfield on Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 2:00pm

Just a quickie to let you good folks know … we’ve decided not to pre-order food at the pub cos they want £9.95 each and we think that’s a bit much if you’re on a budget and are a family of 5. Although, LPC is willing to subsidise the cost, it will still be a fair whack if you’re a large family.

Sooooo … we’ve decided we’re going to provide some food ourselves. It won’t be a lavish buffet but we’re thinking things you can eat al fresco with your fingers or drink from a cup … soup, sandwiches, savouries, crisps, cake, hot drinks & pop … that sort of thing. If you want alcohol, you’ll need to provide that yourselves or wait until we get to the pub afterwards.

Because we want to recoup some of the cost, we’re going to charge £2 per person to attend (babies & dogs free). Trying to organise these things where people are all choosing different options is a logistical nightmare so the cost applies to everyone whether you plan to eat with us or not.

If you’ve already told us you’re coming, then I’ve got your name on a list and will be in touch later with final details but, in the meantime, you can pay via PayPal or bank transfer.

Paypal addy = contact@leodispagancircle.co.uk. If you pay this way, please choose pay friends and family so they don’t deduct interest.

By bank transfer:
A/C Name = Leodis Pagan Circle (or LPC if there isn’t room for full name)
Sort code = 55-70-23
A/C number = 83268324

Whichever way you pay, please put Ostara and your name as a reference so we know who’s paid for what.

Obviously, we have no idea what the weather will be like (and some past events at this time of year have been in torrential rain) but we’re taking a shelter and will plow on regardless … as we always do. Remember, be there or be square!

Spring Equinox celebration, Huddersfield, 24th March, 2pm.

Ritual to Celebrate the Spring Equinox
Huddersfield on Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 2:00pm
Children & Dogs welcome at both the Stone Circle and the Pub

LPC is hosting a short ritual in Huddersfield to honour the season and there will be a craft activity for the kiddywinks. And everyone will be gifted a chocolate egg. These activities are free to attend.

I’m negotiating with a nearby pub to provide some nosh but, although we’ll subsidise some of the cost from funds, we’ll need to make a small charge to cover the balance (I’m thinking between £3 & £5 each). I can’t say exactly what food will be served or how much it will cost until I know how many we’re catering for. We’ll also try to link people up with a lift but, again, we can’t do that until we know who’s who and what’s what.

I know some of you have already indicated your attendance but to keep things neat please will you comment below to let me know how many of you are coming (how many adults, how many children). I also need to know whether you need a lift or can give a lift and whether or not you want to be included in the pub grub? If I can’t get people to fully commit to paying up front for food, I’ll let it drop and folk can just order their own (or not) when we get there.

NB: I’m not being secretive about the exact whereabouts of the circle but the location and directions need to go on a separate post.

Pictures from our Imbolc ritual

Thank you to everyone who came along to support us again yesterday.

What a fabulous turn out for such a cold, February evening. So many people helped behind the scenes that it might be a mistake to try name anyone (cos I don’t want to leave anyone out) … but here goes:

First of all, thanks to Jeff Gants (our Keeper of the Stones) for tidying up the circle and for supplying the rosemary. Thanks to Andy Norman for manning the gate. Thanks to all those who helped with decorations – especially Tina Lark Dyson and Helene Foxglove who made the magnificent Bride’s Cross and did SO much more. Thanks to Philip Jackson for supplying us with an arch to walk under and a lovely warm fire. Thanks to Nicola Deplacido and her family for painstakingly getting rid of the manky handles on our candle jars and supplying us with new. Thanks to Peter Quinan for doing such a great job of leading the ritual with me and to all those who joined in. Thanks to John Baker for taking photos.

But most of all … HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who made it such a lovely, friendly atmosphere. I hope all the wishes you made come true.

Open Imbolc ritual – important update – now Sunday 10th at 5pm

POSTPONED! Please read – now on Sunday at 5pm

Sorry folks but we’re postponing the Imbolc ritual. We’ve never done so before but it’s silly to turn up in the dark AND rain. We’re planning to do it on Sunday 10th at 5pm instead but I’ll confirm nearer the end of the week when we see what weather we’re likely to get then. So wrap up warm and enjoy an unexpected cosy night in 😉

Edited to add: For those who don’t know, there’s a barrier across the bridge leading to the car park at Thwaite Mill. We will raise it tomorrow evening so you can cross the bridge but whoever is manning the barrier will want to take part in the ritual – so, if you want to park, please arrive BEFORE 7:10pm. Whatever you do, DON’T park in the lane if the barrier’s locked cos you might be clamped. And remember… be there or be square!

Don’t forget it’s our Imbolc ritual on Tuesday (5 Feb). And don’t forget to bring a coin to make a wish (value doesn’t matter) and bring a torch if you can because we are well away from any streetlights. And don’t forget to wrap up warm and wear something sturdy on your feet cos it’s weathering out there. Don’t know what the weather forecast is but the ritual will go ahead whatever so I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

We meet at 7.15pm at Stourton Stone Circle, Thwaite Mill, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, LS10 1RP.

For more information contact Debs on 07947 012235

More Spiritual Moor

High BridestonesIn July this year, Leodis Pagan Circle hosted a tour of sites that are of Pagan significance based around the North York Moors. One of our members, known as Farmer Jeff, was so taken with one of the sites that he was inspired to go back and perform a ritual there and I was honoured to be invited along.

As you all know, the summer this year has been one of the warmest and sunniest for a very long time but on Sunday 10 August – the day of the ritual – it was teeming with rain. Undeterred, however, a small group of us valiantly set off for Sleights Moor to take part in the ceremony that had been written and organised by Farmer Jeff. The purpose of the ritual was to breathe new life into the remote moorland landscape and seemingly dejected stones known as High Bridestones.

The High Bridestones are a group of stones located amongst the heather and bogs, just a few meters away from the road linking Grosmont to the busy A169. They’re thought to be the remains of two small Bronze Age stone circles. Many of the stones have fallen over but some are still standing and some people obviously know they’re there because visitors have left offerings of coins in the nooks and crevices of the tallest upright stone.

On the day of the ritual, the early birds waited in their cars for the stragglers to arrive because the rain was beating down so hard that crash helmets were more use than umbrellas. Everyone was in high spirits though and there was a strong camaraderie as we chatted to each other through the car windows and on our phones whilst sipping hot toddies from a flask.

When we were ready to begin the ritual, the rain was torrential; there was a strong, biting wind and there were puddles turning into lakes as far as the eye could see. We never even thought about abandoning our mission though and we were laughing and joking as we splashed our way through the drenched heather to the starting point. Jeff went on to lead a beautiful, poignant ceremony with everyone else taking part in one way or other and I can honestly say it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life so far.

The grandeur of the moors, the majesty of the stones, the supremacy of the elements, the feeling of joyful fellowship amongst the group and the emotive ritual, all came together to make the day forever memorable. Despite the general solitude of the moors and the bleak weather conditions, I’m sure the whole area felt revitalised when we left that day. In fact, I do believe the participants had an extra sparkle too. We may have looked silly to passers‑by but we didn’t only have a spiritual experience that day, we had a lot of fun as well.

Blessed Be
Debra Scott
Group Coordinator, Leodis Pagan Circle