Solent

Report of the first three meetings of GreenSpirit Solent 2017

We held our first meetings in a room at Trinity Church, Fareham. This is a short walk away from the train station, and convenient car parks. There is an hourly charge for the room which will hold about twenty people at most. We hoped there would be enough attendants to pay for the room and warned everyone that there would be a charge of £4 each. We will hold meetings outside in the summer and on those occasions will ask for voluntary donations. If there is a surplus we will put it in the pot for any times we don’t have enough people to cover expenses.

There are three of us who run the group, which has already proved useful, as at times there may be only two able to attend. One is treasurer and in charge of booking venues as well as paying for them and keeping the kitty. Another circulates notices to all our contacts, of whom there are now over 20. Notices are sent by email a week or so before each meeting outlining the programme and requesting contributions of poems, readings, songs etc., anything required for the planned activity and nibbles to share with a cup of tea. After each meeting another notices is sent, reporting on how much fun we had and with dates of the next two meetings for diaries.

We meet on the nearest Sunday afternoon to each festival of the Celtic year. The first was Imbolc. We always start with a round of names and a few minutes of stilling and centring. One of us reads about the underlying energy of that festival, taken from one of Glennie Kindred’s source books. A ritual is then performed, with an honouring of the five elements /directions from the GreenSpirit source book, and a meditation. Participants are invited to read their contributions and we perform a body prayer, song or chant. At Imbolc, everyone lit a tea light from the central candle and floated it in a bowl of water expressing their hopes for the coming year. For the Spring Equinox we all brought eggs painted at home and placed them in a basket, expressing our intentions for the season. At the end, we each took someone else’s egg from the basket to take home, while singing a song. We then circle-danced to The Bells of Norwich.

The latest meeting was to celebrate Beltane. We had a record number of participants and enjoyed making May headdresses from the greenery and flowers we had brought with us. Wearing them, we danced round a Maypole, mindful of our hopes for the future and singing The Summer is a-coming in, amidst much hilarity. The pole will be kept until the autumn when we will unwind it and remember what we had hoped for.

We then make our cups of tea and sing From the Earth the Grain, before sitting and chatting. This gives people a chance to socialise and discuss requests and intentions for future gatherings.

The next meeting is at midsummer when we hope to picnic on Old Winchester Hill (an Iron Age Hill Fort.) and do some circle dancing. If it rains, we will retreat to the café at the Sustainability Centre!

Joan Angus, 1st May, 2017.

For enquiries, please contact Joan Angus  T: 02392 599299  E: w.angus202(at)btinternet.com