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Monday, 12 September 2011

Events: Ancient Stones on Old Postcards. Folklore of Sacred Sites - A talk by Jerry Bird

Ancient Stones on Old Postcards
By Jerry Bird
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On Wednesday 14th September 2011 - 7.30pm at the Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall - The Menzies Room, Jerry Bird, musician, author and editor of 'Merry Meet Magazine' will present an illustrated talk on England's sacred ancient stones, the menhirs, circles and cromlechs that remain as monuments to a forgotten spirituality; caves, gorges, high rocks, crags and tors that have inspired folklore, poetry and literature for millennia.

The early twentieth century was the Golden Age of the picture postcard, when Edwardian stoneseekers travelled in their thousands by coach and horses or charabanc from the nearest railway station, thrilled to picnic at a place of ancient druidic sacrifice, or follow the trail of hide-clad Stone Age savages through underground passages and caverns. Jerry will explain how these early tourist attractions and their differing types of folklore were regarded at a time when a newly mobile population began to visit hitherto remote and obscure sites of antiquarian interest with an enthusiasm and romantic fervour that has since been matched only by the modern Pagan revival.

He will display original postcards and show us treasured images, from his unique collection, that date from a time when stories of druids, faeries, witches and giants were still commonly told to children around the fireside at home or to travellers in the snug of the local in.

All are welcome: Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) Free parking and refreshments

For further information about the talk Tel: 01305 81664 or Email: spiraloftranquility.roma@virgin.net

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Directions: Turn off Dorchester Road into Victoria Avenue. The Menzies Room is at the back of the Hall
(follow the pavement and turn right – pass the door marked Women’s Institute –  entrance around corner next to private garage)

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