Saturday 7th July
entrance at the golden gates on Union Street, London SE1 1SD. Please arrive by 1:45 for a 2pm start. Ends at 5pm
Entry by donation – suggested minimum £5 waged/£3 unwaged.
Come and find out about the amazing history of Crossbones, join in a talk about female anatomy, see the herbs at Crossbones and learn to use them for common ailments.
Let’s celebrate ourselves! A unique workshop for women, non-binary and trans folk, and for anyone to whom the topic is of interest. Bring a cup, a mat to sit on, and snacks to share if you can. Please dress for the weather – if it’s sunny bring a hat and suncream to protect yourself! We will work in a small group – limited places available! RSVP as soon as possible on 07963765747
Monday 23rd July gather 6.45 for 7pm Vigil in the street by the red gates to Crossbones, Redcross Way
Our Vigil for the Outcast has been conducted at 7pm on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. We come to renew the shrine at the red gates, to remember all outcasts and outsiders, dead and alive, and to reclaim the secret history of Crossbones as revealed by The Goose to John Crow.
This months Vigil is traditionally our Isis-Magdalene Festival, honouring the Goddess Isis, whose festival in Ancient Egypt fell around this time, and St Mary Magdalene, whose feast day we celebrate at Crossbones on 22nd July (see ‘Blessing and Bards’).
So although we’ll be celebrating her on Crossbones all of Sunday afternoon, we’ll be back in force on Monday evening to rock the party!
John Crow will conduct the Vigil, helped by the Friends of Crossbones – including YOU! As ever on 23rd July, expect to hear Crow and musician friends perform Dylan’s ‘Isis’, and a distribution of some free copies of BURNING ISSUE, Jonathan Harris’ magazine for radical money-burners – this issue includes a £23 note bearing the images of Crossbones, John Crow and Katy Kaos alongside the late sex worker and activist Laura Lee.
All this – and things as yet undreamed. Be there! And may The Goose be with us!
Gather in the street by the gates on Redcross Way, 6.45 for 7pm Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast.
This month we enter the 15th year of these Vigils, held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004, making this the 169th consecutive Vigil. We come together to honour the outcast, dead and alive, to renew the shrine at the gates, to reclaim the secret history as revealed by The Goose to John Crow – and to share our own acts of senseless beauty, love and restoration.
This month we also celebrate St John’s Eve, the traditional English midsummer festival, a night of magic…
Jennifer will conduct the Vigil with a little help from our friends of Crossbones – including you! Feel free to bring a memento or totem to tie to the gates, a poem, song or short personal testimony to share.
Monday 23rd April
gather 6.45 for 7pm Vigil at the red gates / outcast shrine in Redcross Way
As ever, we come to renew the shrine, to remember the outcast, dead and alive, and to reclaim the secret history as revealed by The Goose to John Crow. We’ve done this at the same time on the 23rd of every month since June 2004.
On our 23rd April Vigil, we also celebrate St George as ‘our Lady’s Knight’, the inclusive patron saint of many peoples and cultures, the healer of those in mental distress, and the protector of our magical works at Crossbones.
Like the 23rd April Vigils of past years, we trust that this one will be graced by the appearance of The Dragon and St George, perhaps shape-shifting into his Al-Khidr persona.
This month, George of Bermondsey, who wrote the haunting ‘Crossbones’ anthem, will be doing the honours. Jules will step forward to deliver his ‘spot’ of wisdom and insight. As ever, strangers will step out of the night to amaze you and, Goose willing, you’ll all work through the Vigil together. Enough of you know the form to help newcomers follow the simple rituals.
gather 6.45 for 7pm at the red gates in Redcross Way, London SE1 (Borough or London Bridge)
Our Vigil for the Outcast, dead and alive, has been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004.
We welcome all faiths and none, sex-workers, office-workers, cis, LGBTQ+ and those who don’t identify themselves by their sexuality, outcasts and outsiders of all races, colours and creeds.
We come to honour the outcast, dead and alive, to renew the shrine at the red gates with ribbons and magical totems, and to reclaim the secret history of Crossbones as revealed by The Goose to John Crow in The Southwark Mysteries.
At this month’s Vigil we traditionally celebrate the Spring Equinox and the opportunity to rebalance our lives. John Crow will be doing the honours, working with Jennifer and anyone else who feels able to step forward and help hold the space.
Please bring ribbons or other objects to tie to the gates, poems, songs and personal testimonies to share.
Our monthly Vigil for the Outcast, dead and alive, has been held at 7pm on the 23rd of every month since June 2004, at the red gates in Redcross Way, London SE1.
Most of you know the form – if you don’t, you’ll soon get the hang of it! We perform simple, inclusive rituals – light candles to light the open pathways and tie ribbons to renew the shrine as we speak the echo poem from The Southwark Mysteries: ‘Here lay your hearts, your flowers, your Book of Hours…’
In the process, we may feel intense sadness, grief or anger for our own losses and for the injustices of the world we’ve made. As we work through these feelings, we can also experience great joy and healing, a sense of mending things that are broken and sharing in an act of transformation.
At the heart of the Vigil is a space for us to offer a song, a poem or a personal testimony to The Goose and the spirits of her Outcast Dead. John Crow, who often conducts the Vigil, performs work from The Southwark Mysteries, as revealed by The Goose at Crossbones, Jules shares wise insights into the universal revealed in the particular, Jennifer and other regulars speak as the spirit moves them. Together we build a community around a beautiful act of street magic. The Vigil ends with a collective unconditional blessing.
As Graham Eden said at a recent Vigil, quoting ‘God Is A DJ’ by Faithless: ‘This is my church. This is where I heal my hurt.’ *
* We’re not a religion; just a bunch of outcasts at work and play to heal ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.