Stonehenge opens to Druids for Vernal Equinox

26 03 2010

English Heritage site welcomes worshippers to mark the start of spring

Druids celebrate the sping equinox at Stonehenge(Panasonic)

A handful of lucky Druids took advantage of a rare opportunity to walk amongst Stonehenge this Saturday, 20 March in celebration of the Spring Equinox. Less than a hundred visitors, including Druids and pagan worshippers met at around 5.30am to watch the sunrise and welcome in the spring.

Despite the wet, windy weather, traditional customs such as blessings, chants and drum choruses went ahead in the middle of the ordinarily protected English Heritage site.

With characters dressed in outfits of white robes, floral headdresses, witches brooms and even stag’s antlers, attendees worshipped as the sun rose directly above the equator.

Despite heavy cloud cover, the gathered crowd enjoyed a brief glimpse of the sun before taking advantage of their rare chance to touch and interact with the stones.

Formal proceedings were overseen by renowned Arch Druid of Stonehenge Rollo MaughFling, leading both traditional chants and calling for more contemporary solutions, too. When talking about the upcoming General Election, the Arch Druid strayed away from a political bias and instead asked that, “Whoever is best fitted to lead us out of recession and back into prosperity be the party that wins as many people are suffering.”

One fellow Druid not afraid of showing his political stance was notorious eco-campaigner, Arthur Uther Pendragon, announcing his decision to run as an independent candidate in the forthcoming election.

“I have stood three times previously,” he told MSN UK, “The first time, I embarrassed the British National Party into last place, the second time, the new leader of the Monster Raving Looney Party into last place, and the third time I embarrassed myself into last place, but still polling 1% of the Vote.”

The day was also saw a posthumous appearance by Wally Hope, the founder of the Stonehenge festival. Since his death in 1975, the ashes of Wally Hope have been carried to the stones by their official keepers.

Grantham’s “Stonehenge” has got everyone talking

16 03 2010


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Scene Setter : Somerby Hill Roundabout.

IS it a Satanic site of human sacrifice? Or maybe an area of deep spiritual awakening? 

 Neither of course, it is merely the latest in Grantham roundabout makeovers. 

The Old Somerby roundabout featuring an arrangement of Ancaster Stone is the fourth Grantham “gateway” to be given a new look in recent months.  

Workers have been finishing it off this week and before it had even been completed it had already been dubbed “Grantham’s Stonehenge”.  

It remains to be seen whether the new attraction will draw mystics and spiritualists from across the country or what the arrangement of rocks means.  

The work has been largely funded thanks to a generous personal donation by a Miss Bean of Old Somerby, with sponsors chipping in the rest alongside Grantham Growth and Grantham Future.  

The cost of installation and five-year maintenance is £25,315.  

David Holmes chairman of Old Somerby Parish Council, said: “We are delighted to finally see come to fruition our plans for the renovation of this major entrance to Grantham.  

“It will greatly enhance the area.”  

Journal reader and motorcyclist Steve Foster was first to get in touch and point out the uncanny resemblance to the Salisbury tourist attraction.  

He said: “It looks like Stonehenge. It is just rediculous – the rocks are about five-feet high. “It must have cost a fortune.” 

 Journal reader Adrian Hewis said: “Is the re-creation of ‘Stonehenge’ at Somerby roundabout an essential expenditure considering the number of poorly maintained roads in the locale?” 

 However a Mrs Palmer got in touch to say she was so pleased with the work she pulled over to thank the workmen earlier this week. 

 She said: “They are making an excellent job of it. 

 “It is really nice and whoever is responsible really deserves a bit of credit.” 

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