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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Crickley Hill, the Cotswold Order of Druids & Belas Knap

Here's a New Year musing from Iain: "Is Crickley Hill Man aware that the Cotswold Order of Druids will be holding a number of meetings on Crickley Hill to mark particular festivals throughout 2009 - these are all listed on their website. It would be interesting to know if they place any particular significance on the hill itself or on certain parts of the hill only. On my last two visits with groups of students to the chambered tomb at Belas Knap, just outside Cheltenham, there was clear evidence there for some form of modern rite having taken place on the site, with paper and cloth fetishes of some sort having been tied to the branches of trees around the prehistoric tomb. I wonder how the Druids' festivals are marked on Crickley?"

I am embarrassed to admit that, notwithstanding long periods I have spent in the vicinity, I've never been to Belas Knap, but here's a link to stone-circles.org.uk which has some rather fine photos of the site, none, alas, showing the fetishes described by Dr Ferris.  As for the Druids, here is their website, from which it may be seen that the opportunity to find out the answer Iain's question will come around at the time of both the Spring Equinox (Sunday, March 22nd, at 3.00 pm) and Beltane (Sunday, May 3rd, also at 3,00 pm).  Should he decide to attend, Dr Ferris may wish to do some preparatory reading ...

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