Crossbones Celebration

Saturday 18th November 2017: 2pm-6pm
Crossbones Garden of Remembrance, Union Street entrance, London SE1

A special opening of Crossbones Garden celebrating its extraordinary past and present,
and plans for the future of the garden.

Hosted by John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries, with Katy Nicholls

2.30pm and 5pm: historical tours of Crossbones Graveyard

from 3pm:
Wolf’s Head and Vixen border morris troupe – gothic dances
Tom Baker – darkside accordion ballads Fran Loze – haunting cello
Cunning Folk – south London folk songs Mervyn Syna – outlaw ukulele
Performances from The Southwark Mysteries
Herbal Lore with Karen Howell of The Old Operating Theatre

light refreshments, an open hearth and you!

FREE EVENT! Donations for the garden welcome.
Open-air event. Please dress for the weather. Under 16s please bring a responsible adult

Presented by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)
http://www.bost.org.uk/

in association with Friends of Crossbones
http://www.crossbones.org.uk/

Crossbones Celebration

Saturday 18th November – 2pm to 6pm
Crossbones Garden of Remembrance, Union Street entrance, London SE1

A special opening of Crossbones Garden celebrating its extraordinary past and present, and plans for the future of the garden.

Hosted by John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries, with Katy Nicholls

2.30pm and 5pm: historical tours of Crossbones Graveyard

from 3pm:
Wolf’s Head and Vixen border morris troupe – gothic dances
Tom Baker – darkside accordion ballads Fran Loze – haunting cello
Cunning Folk – south London folk songs Mervyn Syna – outlaw ukulele
Performances from The Southwark Mysteries
Herbal Lore with Karen Howell of The Old Operating Theatre

light refreshments, an open hearth and you!

FREE EVENT! Donations for the garden welcome.
Open-air event. Please dress for the weather. Under 16s please bring a responsible adult

Presented by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)
http://www.bost.org.uk/

in association with Friends of Crossbones
http://www.crossbones.org.uk/

Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast

Thursday 23rd November 2017 – 7pm
gather 6.45pm to begin on the stroke of seven at Crossbones gates aka the shrine in Redcross Way, London SE1

The 162nd consecutive Crossbones Vigil for the outcast, dead and alive. This is also the 21st anniversary of the night The Goose revealed The Southwark Mysteries to John Crow.

photo: John Crow performs at the Crossbones Vigil and 20th anniversary of Goose Night, 23rd November 2016

In recent months, many people have come forward to help hold the space and conducts some of the Vigils. This is most welcome as it makes the Vigils more sustainable.

Please bring a ribbon or memento to tie to the gates and thus help renew the shrine. You may also like to bring a poem, song or personal testimony, or anything else that would be good to share.

Cross Bones Vigil – Halloween Portal

Monday 23rd October
gather 6.45 for 7pm at the Red Gates, Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA

The 161st consecutive vigil held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. We come here to renew the shrine at Crossbones, the burial ground for Winchester Geese and paupers, to remember the Outcast, Dead AND Alive, and to reclaim the Secret History of The Goose and John Crow. We begin on the stroke of 7.

On the 23rd October Vigil, we also mark the portal to Hallowe’en, honouring the Crossbones dead and our own lost loved ones. We’ll perform some of the rites created for the now legendary Halloween of Crossbones, including the reading of the names of the dead.

You may like to write and bring your own ribbon with the name, date and a few words to remember someone, and other mementos to renew the shrine. Come prepared to co-create!

FREE! Donations to help cover the costs of the vigil are much appreciated.

Crossbones Celebration

Saturday 18th November – 2pm to 6pm
Crossbones Garden of Remembrance, Union Street entrance, London SE1

A special opening of Crossbones Garden – with guided tours, talks and promenade performances on the site of the outcasts’ burial ground – celebrating its extraordinary past and present, and plans for the future of the garden.

Hosted by John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries, with Katy Nicholls

2.30pm and 5pm: historical tours of Crossbones Graveyard

from 3pm:
Wolfshead and Vixen border morris troupe – gothic dances
Tom Baker – darkside accordion ballads Fran Loze – haunting cello
Cunning Folk – south London folk songs Mervyn Syna – outlaw ukulele
Performances from The Southwark Mysteries
Herbal Lore with Karen Howell of The Old Operating Theatre

light refreshments, an open hearth and you!

FREE EVENT! Donations for the garden welcome.
Open-air event. Please dress for the weather. Under 16s please bring a responsible adult

Presented by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)
http://www.bost.org.uk/

in association with Friends of Crossbones
http://www.crossbones.org.uk/

Cross Bones Vigil – autumn equinox

Saturday 23rd September – gather 6.45 for 7pm at the Red Gates, Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA, UK

To renew the shrine at Crossbones, the pauper’s burial ground. To remember the Outcast, Dead AND Alive. To reclaim the Secret History of The Goose and John Crow. And to celebrate life itself. Begins on the stroke of 7.

This will be the 160th consecutive vigil held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. The vigil is structured around simple ritual forms, conducted by yours truly in my John Crow persona, with everyone invited to help hold the space and to play specific roles. On the 23rd September vigil, we also mark the autumn equinox. Please bring ribbons or mementos to adorn and renew the shrine, and come prepared to participate and to help with whatever is required to let The Goose take flight!

The vigil is FREE! Donations to help cover the costs of organising and presenting the vigil are much appreciated. The Goose is Loose!

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Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast

Wednesday 23rd August – gather 6.45 for 7pm vigil at the shrine on the red gates of Crossbones burial ground, Redcross Way SE1

On the 23rd of every month since June 2004, we’ve held a vigil to renew the Crossbones shrine, to remember the outcast, dead and alive, and to reclaim a Secret History…

Jazz sings at the Vigil, 23rd May 2017. Photo by Graham Eden

Most of the 158 vigils so far have been conducted by yours truly in my John Crow shaman persona, though Jennifer and other Friends of Crossbones have also done the honours.

Many regulars now know the simple ritual forms –

Hold the light in silence and shining emptiness to ‘light the open pathways’

Tie ribbons and mementos to the gates as we echo:
‘Here lay your hearts, your flowers, your Book of Hours,
Your fingers, your thumbs, your ‘Miss You, Mums’.
Here hang your hopes, your dreams, your Might Have Beens,
Your locks, your keys, your Mysteries’

Chant the unconditional Goose blessing:
‘Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!’

– all of which allows us to hold the space for spontaneous offerings of songs, poems and personal testimonies.

Whenever I’m around The Liberty, you’ll find me there there doing my thing. When I’m not, others are. Wherever two or three are gathered at the gates, the vigil happens.

The pathways are open to walk with The Goose. FREE!

Isis-Magdalene Festival

This year our Isis-Magdalene Festival falls on a weekend with a double-bubble dose of south London street magic…

Saturday 22nd 1pm-4pm: Blessing and Celebration of St Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day in Crossbones Garden of Remembrance, Union Street entrance SE1

Sunday 23rd 6.45 for 7pm: Isis-Magdalene Vigil for the Outcast at the Red gates to Crossbones Graveyard in Redcross Way SE1

These events are dedicated to Mary Magdalene and the Goddess Isis, whose festivals are celebrated at this time. At both there’ll also be a chance to wish a Happy 65th Birthday to John Constable aka John Crow! Goose be with us!

See below for more on each event

Crossbones Isis-Magdalene Vigil for the Outcast

Sunday 23rd July gather 6.45 for 7pm Vigil at held at the Red Gates of Crossbones Graveyard, Redcross Way, London SE1

The 158th consecutive Vigil to renew the shrine, to remember the outcast, dead and alive, and to reconnect with The Goose and her Mysteries.

As ever we perform simple, secular rituals – lighting the open pathways, tying mementos and ribbons to the gates as we recite ‘Here lay your hearts, your flowers, your Book of Hours…’ from The Southwark Mysteries, culminating in an unconditional blessing ‘Goose may your Spirit fly free!’

Our 23rd July Vigil is traditionally associated with Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Love and Healing whose festival fell around this time of year, and with Mary Magdalene, whose feast day is on 22nd July.

You may like to bring a short poem, song or personal testimony to dedicate to Isis, Mary Magdalene, The Goose and her Outcast Dead.

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