The Coming of The Light

Friday 26 January 7.15pm to 9pm in a magical garden surrounded by trees, Glengall Road, London SE1

with John Constable, George Hoyle and Vanessa Woolf

Join us in the darkness to celebrate the coming light. Sublime poetry and magical storytelling with live music around the fire by John Constable (Crossbones and Southwark Mysteries), George Hoyle (Cunning Folk) and Vanessa Woolf (London Dreamtime). Frighten the ghosts away and get ready for Spring. Bring a candle in a jar. Hot mulled cider available (bring cash!) Toilets and shelter are provided, but the event is outdoors so dress warmly.

Payment is in cash on the night £6 per person. Book your ticket to get the meeting place and all the details. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coming-of-the-light-london-dreamtime-john-constable-tickets-41214068388

Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast / Portal to Imbolc

Tuesday 23rd January gather 6.45 for 7pm by the shrine at the red gates in Redcross Way, London SE1

The 164th consecutive vigil held at this place and time on the 23rd of every single month since June 2004! Why do we do it? To remember the outcast, dead and alive. To renew the shrine at the red gates, and to reclaim the Secret His(&Her)story as revealed by The Goose to John Crow on 23rd November 1996. To remember ourselves. To share our simple rituals, open to all faiths and none. To stand together, in shining emptiness. To light the open pathways and let the magic happen. And to celebrate Life Itself.

Photo (c) Katy Nicholls

Out of all this, there once came a secret, Invisible Garden – now the Crossbones Garden of Remembrance. This month we also welcome the Return of the Light at the portal to Imbolc, Brigid’s Day or Candlemas. Bring a totem or token to tie to the gates and be prepared to be part of it all. Free! Donations welcome.

Crossbones Vigil at Christmas

Sunday 23rd December: gather 6.45 for 7pm Vigil at Crossbones Gates / Shrine, Redcross Way, London SE1 – Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and…

To remember the outcast, dead or alive, to renew the shrine at the gates in Redcross Way and to reclaim the secret history as revealed by The Goose to John Crow. This is the 163rd consecutive Vigil, held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. The Vigils are linked to traditional seasonal festivals.

On Sunday 23rd December, we celebrate the winter solstice and the return of the light, the pagan festival of Yule – and Christmas. Having briefly experimented with alternatives, we’ve recently reverted to singing traditional Christmas Carols. We’re all faiths and none, and you’re welcome to share something from your own tradition. And, as ever, we perform our own inclusive secular rituals to honour the outcast. Come help hold the space. Please bring a ribbon or memento to tie to the shrine, a song, poem or personal testimony to share.

BBC World Service / PRI radio: ‘London has a unique vigil for its forgotten dead’

This radio feature could be heard coast-to-coast in the U.S. on Halloween 2017. It was recorded by Leo Hornuk during the 161st ‘Crossbones Vigil and Halloween Portal’ held at the red gates in Redcross Way, London, on 23rd October 2017

click link to PRI webpage and play radio report

John Constable aka John Crow calls out Irving Rappaport’s name to begin the reading of the names of the dead as participants tie memorial ribbons to the gates.

‘Irving Rappaport: Mensch, 23rd September 2017…’

Grant Burford, who co-created this website, died on 18th April 2017. His parents, Vernon and Terri, are at the vigil. Terri reads out Grant’s ribbon:

‘Grant Burford, Friend of the Outcast…’

Maggie Woodall is also present, honouring her son:

‘Tyson Cochise Haynes: Sept. 27, 2016, was killed, shot dead in the Netherlands’ <3

The names of three of the recent dead, the magicians Steve Ash, David Blank and Steve Wilson are all called, though they’re not included in the radio report. And so many more, loved and lost. And not lost. Remembered.

‘Steve Ash: philosopher. prankster.’ Restored to the shrine to the outcast, Crossbones Gates, 2017. Photo by Max Reeves

A few days ago, Katy Kaos and John Crow were in the garden tending the shrine when they heard a stranger in the street, reading from a memorial ribbon on the gates, saying Irving’s name out loud.

A recent visitor to the graveyard, Steve, reported seeing a ghost of a young woman, appearing and then vanishing behind a lamp-post.

And at the 23rd November Vigil, the ribbons fluttered in the breeze to remind us all that, here at Crossbones, there’s a time to bind and a time to loose…

Open pathways >><<

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/

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