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/

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!

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