Cross Bones May 2022 Bulletin

 

The Green Man, also known as the May King, and The Lions Part visited Crossbones on Beltane, 1st May, as a special thank you to our Crossbones volunteers. At Crossbones and during the procession through the streets which followed, we were entertained by poetry, including some Shakespeare, songs, readings and a re-enactment of George slaying the Dragon. Thanks very much to the actors who all volunteer their time for this fantastic theatre group!

We’re hoping to be able to be able to host the Lions part again later this year, so please watch this space!

Imagined Portraits

We’ve had wonderful feedback following the Imagined Portraits workshops run by artist Minnie Scott in April.  These workshops sought to commemorate people whom history has erased, picturing the outcast dead as individuals. People were invited to draw or write their imagined portrait.

“I found it peaceful and meditative to sit with others and draw – and in that embodied state, I felt like I was connecting with the dead, just by letting go of the everyday and creating the space for attention. I liked that the workshops were held over a number of days – the sustained engagement feels appropriate to the kind of community building that Crossbones is so great for. The completed portraits looked beautiful around the garden and I like that they are given back to the site at the end rather than taken away.”

“A welcoming experience that made me feel very relaxed and happy in this special place giving me a new perspective on Crossbones cemetery!”

“I really really enjoyed the experience – being able to draw and not worry about imperfections in my drawing, just thinking about the women buried here and their experiences.”

“It was a lovely experience in imagining those buried in a deeper way, trying to relate to them and know them.”

“I loved that the exercise gave faces to the stories we learn about here as well as encouraging us to really engage our empathy and imagination to create images of these individuals, considering how they might be dressed, their expressions, and the style of the portrait in relation to what thought it should it should express. Loved the interactive engagement and connection built with the past here. Volunteers were so nice and helpful and the materials provided were perfect for this activity.”

“I welcome bringing our queer and gender diverse community here to an Outsider Resting Place where we would likely have found ourselves over the centuries.”


“Enjoyed my visit to Crossbones and it was an added delight to be able to participate in and add to the cemetery through this fascinating medium of remembrance.
I really enjoyed it ! I felt very peaceful while doing it and quite emotional too!”

People continue to leave portraits even after the event. Mark Evans, from San Francisco, painted and left one on the Union St gates:

“Hope you didn’t mind but I was motivated to contribute to your garden. I left a small artwork as a token of appreciation for your nice volunteer who showed me your space….I will definitely sign up to your bulletin and try to stay in touch. Keep up the good work.”


May Events at Crossbones
The Goose and the Garden: Friday 13th May, 1230pm

Join Crossbones supporter Jen, who also leads the monthly Crossbones Vigils outside the ribboned gates on Redcross Way, on her final talk about the garden, giving a history of the Goose, Vigil and physical history and spirit of the Crossbones Graveyard. The talk starts outside the ribbon gates, then people will be guided onto Crossbones Graveyard. The tour is FREE. Please book your place here.

                               

Chelsea Fringe

Thanks to our fantastic volunteer wardens, we are delighted to be able to extend our opening hours at Crossbones during Chelsea Fringe week. Crossbones Graveyard and Garden of Remembrance will be open every day 12-2pm from Sat 21st May to Sun 29th May. Entry of course is free.


On Friday 27th May, I’ll be giving FREE tours and Q and A, at 12pm, 1245pm and 130pm. If you’re interested in local history, community activism or are trying to set up your own community garden, you’ll find these tours informative and inspiring.

Portraiture Artist Minnie Scott has developed a self led activity and on every day of the Fringe, where you can create your own imagined portrait or other artwork/poem to remember those buried in this special place.  You are welcome to take your piece home with you or leave at Crossbones to help others remember these once outcast dead.

Crossbones gardening

           

Several new volunteers, both gardeners and wardens, have joined our team over the last few weeks.  Welcome and thank you! Pictured above is Sean who accompanies our Thursday warden teams and loves to sketch at Crossbones.  Volunteer warden Mick has created some stunning collages which we’ve printed as postcards – please ask one of our wardens if you’d like one, when you next visit.  Suggested donation 50p, and all money goes back into garden maintenance and events.

Both our volunteer gardeners and wardens have been watching the parents of great tit chicks visiting the nest box we installed years ago, in one of the goat willows. If you visit the garden over the next few weeks, you may be lucky enough to spot mum or dad collecting food, or listen to their rowdy children.

Thanks again to our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who take care of the Graveyard every Friday 12-2pm, lead by Barney.  If you’d like to volunteer your time as a Crossbones warden or gardener, please get in contact: hej@bost.org.uk.

Crossbones Opening hours
Crossbones is open Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2pm and some weekends when our fantastic volunteer wardens are available.  If you’d like to become a warden, and help us extend our opening hours, please let me know (hej@bost.org.uk). 

Donations
Thanks to the generosity of our visitors, and our wardens for opening the garden, we received £105 of on-site donations during April.

Crossbones Vision detailed design and construction workshops
I know there are many new subscribers since the last bulletin, so I’ll bring you up to speed on these workshops! We’ve hosted the first five of a series of workshops, in collaboration with U+I (the developer responsible for the Liberty of Southwark development next to Crossbones and who will one day be our new landlord) which will explore how we create our Vision for Crossbones, and help to ensure that contractors working on site do so with sensitivity. 

Our first workshop (Friday 12th November 2021) was held at the Liberty of Southwark site which is next to Crossbones. MOLA Archaeologist Antonietta gave us a talk about the fascinating discoveries made on the site. You can follow the dig here

The second workshop (Saturday 27th November 2021) looked at the proposed construction of the boundaries on site. Sculptor Adrian joined us and shared his experience of metalworking and we looked at ways of involving the community in both the design of the boundaries and possibly even contribute to the features on the boundaries through community workshops.  You can read the notes from the workshop here.

Note that the ribboned railings/’gates’ did not form part of the Boundaries workshop and will not be forming part of the Crossbones enhancements. TfL states:
“TfL have reviewed the ribboned gates and advised that there are no urgent works to be undertaken.”

The third workshop (Saturday 4th December 2021) looked at the proposed structures on site: new ramps, a new goosewing shelter to mirror the existing one, as well as new shelters. You can read the notes here.
Volunteer warden Simon gave a talk on the history of ramps and shared his thought-provoking poem Wheel, which details his experience of the city as a wheelchair user. 
Joel from YesMake was on hand to answer questions and listen to ideas about what the new ramps and shelters should be like. 

The fourth workshop (Friday 14th Jan 2022) looked at surfacing on site and a little more at the new ramps and steps. You can read the notes here and the accompanying drawings here and here.


The fifth workshop (Friday 11th Feb 2022) recapped on the surfacing and also looked at Events and Visitor circulation and we looked at storage, seating and proposed new planting. You can read the notes here and the accompanying drawings here.

The last workshop will likely be arranged in June 2022 – we’ll be looking at water and electricity and a summary of our discussions.

Crossbones Vigil
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on 23rd of every month at 7pm outside the gates on Redcross Way. You can also join the Vigil via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Just login to your Zoom account or link on the link here.
Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240
Passcode 377295
For more information about the history of the Vigils, see: www.crossbones.org.uk.

This month’s Crossbones recipe: Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate and Lavender muffins

                                          
My youngest daughter and I made these for the 1st May gathering with the Lions part, as a thank you for the Crossbones volunteers. They are VERY lavendery!

Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
175 g plain gluten-free flour
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
50 g cocoa powder
200 g light brown sugar
250 ml hot water
50 ml rapeseed oil (if you can find it)
1 tbsp. white vinegar

For the lavender icing:
100g Fairtrade 70% cocoa Vegan chocolate (we used Divine)
50g cocoa powder
1 tbsp. dried lavender flowers (we used some of Crossbones’ from 2021 harvest)
2 tbsp. rapeseed oil
100g icing sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt.
A little hot water

Method
For the cupcakes: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Beat in the wet ingredients until smooth.  Transfer into x 12 muffin cases. Bake for 12-15mins at 180C until well risen, springy and a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool on a wire rack.
For the icing: gently heat the flowers and the oil for a minute until just bubbling, and strain.  Put to one side. You can compost the flowers. Gently melt the chocolate and the oil and stir in all other ingredients, including the lavender oil – a few drops at a time (be careful – it’s strong stuff!) – and beat.  Keep adding the oil and try a little until to your taste. Add a little more hot water / sugar depending on the consistency you want.  Spread onto the cakes straight away for a glossy look, when still warm.  Or leave to cool and beat for a fluffier look.  Add edible flowers such as lavender or viola to each.

Got an idea?
As always, the best way to ‘weave Crossbones into the fabric of SE1’ is to get people involved on site. If you have an idea for an event, installation, tour, or other activity / initiative, I’d be delighted if you would get in contact with me via email, phone, WhatsApp, Signal etc. I’m also aiming to be on site most Fridays 12pm-2pm when the gardening team is there, so let me know if you have a positive way of spreading the Crossbones story, and you’d like to speak to me in person. 

Liberty of Southwark development
For those of you receiving this bulletin for the first time, the Liberty of Southwark development is the one adjacent to Crossbones and an exciting archaeological dig is currently being undertaken. 
Many of you will have heard the recent and exciting discoveries made in February 2022 and may even have been lucky enough to attend a tour on site and see the tremendous Roman mosaic which has received a huge amount of publicity

                                                  

You can also view the blog here and contact with the developer directly for information about the works on the site: henriettanowne@uandiplc.com. 

Best wishes

Hej and the team at Bankside Open Spaces Trust

RECLAIM ST GEORGE!

 
a celebration of St George in theatre, music, poetry and inspirational talks
GLASTONBURY TOWN HALL
Saturday 23rd April 2022 at 7.45pm
FREE! Doors close when performance begins 8pm. Please arrive in good time.
England’s patron saint and Dragon Slayer is the patron of lands and cities around the world – from Palestine, Georgia and Ethiopia to Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.
 
The 23rd April Cross Bones Vigil is dedicated to St George as ‘Our Lady’s Knight’ and the protector of spiritual works. This month marks the 215th Vigil to be held at the gates at 7pm. Others will be tuning into Jacqueline Durban’s gathering on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85624178240 or from their own hearths and shrines.
 
We’ll be connecting as we seek to liberate St George from his rusty armour in Glastonbury Town Hall from 7.45pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1308731809621694
 
This celebration places St George in the heart of Glastonbury’s mythic landscape.
 
John Constable, poet, playwright and performer, author of ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ and ‘Grail’.
On Healing The Dragon https://crossbones.org.uk/john-constable-biography/
 
Dr Sam Riches, cultural historian at Lancaster University, author of ‘St George: a saint for all’.
On the internationalist St George https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/history/about/people/sam-riches
 
Pok the Bard of Ynys Witrin. A song for Dragons
 
Paul Weston, author of ‘William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis’.
 
Jenny Bliss Bennett, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Queen Space Baroque.
Songs and dances for St George https://queenspacebaroque.com/welcome/
 
The event will culminate in the first public reading of The Glastonbury St George Mummers Play – with Jacqueline Haigh as the Three-fold Divine Feminine and Michael of Paddington Farm as George.
 
The Mayor of Glastonbury, Jon Cousins, will introduce the evening and play the part of the Doctor in the Mummers Play. The Mayor says:
‘Continuing our exploration of the Sovereignty of this sceptred isle during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Glastonbury celebrates the legendary connection between England’s Patron Saint and ‘the Holyest Erthe’ during an evening of theatre, music, poetry, and inspirational talks at Glastonbury Town Hall.”
 
FREE EVENT!
Funded by Glastonbury Town Council.
 
NB Doors close when the performance begins at 8pm. Please arrive promptly at 7.45 to be sure of admission.
To protect others, please do not attend if you feel unwell.
Masks welcome, optional

Crossbones April 2022 Bulletin

 
Here’s the April bulletin by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who look after the Cross Bones Garden. You can subscribe directly (and for free) on their page: https://www.bost.org.uk/crossbones-graveyard 
If you sign up for the bulletin, you’ll get it with all the photos and any links (for more information) which aren’t given here.
 
“Our life is only a small part of the eternal life. It is interconnected with that huge body-mind always. Birth is not a complete separation but rather the appearance of a new bud, branch, or leaf. Death is not the end of life but one step in a dynamic of change that has no beginning or end. A leaf emerges from a small bud when conditions are right in the spring. It is visible on the tree until autumn when it changes color, falls, and disappears from our view. We do not say the tree dies, only the leaf. To say a leaf – or any individual – has died is not incorrect but is only a very small part of what we see if we enlarge the framework of time and place.” (Jan Chozen Bays 2015)
 
Thanks to volunteer warden Hannah who shared this quote. Hannah writes: “It feels pertinent to the time of year we are in, but also particularly to Crossbones with the tree analogy. I think there is something about Crossbones that really implores us to expand our framework of time and place, living and dying, the individual etc, as the proximity between the dead and the living is so palpable in the way that plants and critters are always breaching that boundary.” Hannah is writing a blog about Crossbones which she’ll be launching shortly and would like you to input, so watch this space!
 
Fundraising for Ukraine
Many thanks to Crossbones supporter Caroline, for arranging the Ukraine fundraising gathering at Crossbones on Sunday 27th March. Thanks also to The Kimberleys, António Breitenfeld Sá-Dantas and guests, actor Stewart Scudamore who read some beautiful poetry and Quaker Chaplain Joe who led a meditation session. Crossbones Vigil attendee Danny led the closure of the gathering by reciting the concluding phrases of the monthly Vigils. A wonderful £581 has been raised, far exceeding Caroline’s target. If you’d like to donate, please visit her Just Giving page. Thanks again to volunteer wardens Ngaire, Ginny and Emma for opening the garden.
 
Dr Angryness & The Crossbones Graveyard: documentary
‘He ran a website called angryness.com. It was based on the word he used to say when he was young, his face would go all red when he was frustrated, and he’d say he had “angryness’. Dave Fisher
BOST and our volunteer wardens Tricia and Chris, were honoured to be able to facilitate the making of this beautiful and touching documentary about Jason ‘Angryness/Brimstone’ Fisher, compiled by Cameron from Weekly Tales and his father, Dave.

“Among the plethora of shrines left on the beribboned gate, one memorial is especially eye-catching. The sign, dedicated to Jason ‘Angryness/ Brimstone’ Fisher, includes a portrait of Jason posing in a baseball hat next to graphics of a radio mast and bright red, angry emoticon symbol. Underneath Jason’s photograph are the date of his birth and death with the words, ‘A Genius, A Legend’ and on the opposing side is the phrase ‘Pirate Radio Is Good for Your Mind’. Laminated to ensure extra protection from the elements, this unusual memorial was created by his father, Dave Fisher. Dave relays that the symbols on either side of Jason’s photograph denote key parts of his life and the very same symbols can be found on Jason’s headstone in Camberwell cemetery.”
 
April Events at Crossbones
 
Vocal Workshop with the Outside Project: Saturday 9th April 2-4pm
One of our local community partners, The Outside Project, is arranging a free vocal workshop from qualified speech and language therapists for trans, gender variant and questioning people. We’re delighted to be hosting at Crossbones on Saturday 9th April. Please email jesse.ashman@lgbtiqoutside.org if you’d like to sign up
 
Imagined Portraits at Crossbones: Wed 6th April, Thurs 7th April, Fri 8th April, Saturday 9th April 12pm-2pm. FREE.
How can we commemorate people whom history has erased?
Many of the people buried at Crossbones have left no traces behind them in historical records. We don’t know their names, we can’t see their faces, but we know they existed. They were buried here because medieval society considered them outcasts. Join artist Minnie Scott in a project to picture the outcast dead as individuals. Sit in the garden and see who comes to mind. Draw or write your imagined portrait and then hang it up on a branch as an act of creative commemoration.
 
The Goose and the Garden
Join Crossbones supporter Jen, who also leads the monthly Crossbones Vigils outside the ribboned gates on Redcross Way, on a talk about the garden, giving a history of the Goose, Vigil and physical history and spirit of the Crossbones Graveyard. The talks will start outside the ribbon gates, then people will be guided onto Crossbones Graveyard. Tours will start at 12.30pm and will run on Thurs 21st and Thurs 28th April and Fri 6th and 13th May. The tours are FREE. Please book your place here.
 
Crossbones gardening
We’ve welcomed several new volunteers, both gardeners and wardens, over the last few weeks. Welcome and thank you!Gardening volunteers have been busy in the garden as it bursts into life. The hops have woken up and we spent last Friday retying the hop twines ready to receive the vines as they grow up to the Goosewing shelter. We’ve also been oiling the benches and other wooden structures to give them some TLC after the winter weather. The frogs are back and they’ve laid this year’s frogspawn in the pond, so look out for the tadpoles which will be arriving soon.
 
Thanks again to our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who take care of the Graveyard every Friday 12-2pm, lead by Barney. If you’d like to volunteer your time as a Crossbones warden or gardener, please get in contact: hej@bost.org.uk
 
Dickens visits Crossbones
Volunteer wardens Mick and Penny were delighted to welcome two groups of school children visiting from Hackney with their teachers Miss Joseph (aka, Nancy) and Mrs Curran (aka Miss Havisham). We’re hoping that the group will be taking part in our Mexican Day of the Dead week 31st October – 4th November which we’ll be celebrating with the Mexican Embassy again – watch this space for more details and to find out how to get involved!
 
Crossbones Opening hours
Crossbones is open Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2pm and some weekends when our fantastic volunteer wardens are available. If you’d like to become a warden, and help us extend our opening hours, please let me know (hej@bost.org.uk).
 
Donations
Thanks to the generosity of our visitors, and our wardens for opening the garden, we received £55 of on-site donations during March, with BOST donating £30 of onsite donations to the Ukraine appeal over the fundraising weekend.
 
Crossbones Vision detailed design and construction workshops
I know there are many new subscribers since the last bulletin, so I’ll bring you up to speed on these workshops! We’ve hosted the first five of a series of workshops, in collaboration with U+I (the developer responsible for the Liberty of Southwark development next to Crossbones and who will one day be our new landlord) which will explore how we create our Vision for Crossbones, and help to ensure that contractors working on site do so with sensitivity.
 
Our first workshop (Friday 12th November 2021) was held at the Liberty of Southwark site which is next to Crossbones. MOLA Archaeologist Antonietta gave us a talk about the fascinating discoveries made on the site.
 
The second workshop (Saturday 27th November 2021) looked at the proposed construction of the boundaries on site. Sculptor Adrian joined us and shared his experience of metalworking and we looked at ways of involving the community in both the design of the boundaries and possibly even contribute to the features on the boundaries through community workshops.
 
Note that the ribboned railings/’gates’ did not form part of the Boundaries workshop and will not be forming part of the Crossbones enhancements. TfL states:
“TfL have reviewed the ribboned gates and advised that there are no urgent works to be undertaken.”
 
The third workshop (Saturday 4th December 2021) looked at the proposed structures on site: new ramps, a new goosewing shelter to mirror the existing one, as well as new shelters. Volunteer warden Simon gave a talk on the history of ramps and shared his thought-provoking poem Wheel, which details his experience of the city as a wheelchair user. Joel from YesMake was on hand to answer questions and listen to ideas about what the new ramps and shelters should be like.
 
The fourth workshop (Friday 14th Jan 2022) looked at surfacing on site and a little more at the new ramps and steps.
 
The fifth workshop (Friday 11th Feb 2022) recapped on the surfacing and also looked at Events and Visitor circulation and we looked at storage, seating and proposed new planting.
 
The last workshop will likely be arranged in April 2022 – we’ll be looking at water and electricity and a summary of our discussions.
 
Crossbones Vigil
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on 23rd of every month at 7pm outside the gates on Redcross Way. You can also join the Vigil via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Just login to your Zoom account or link on the link here.
Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240
Passcode 377295
For more information about the history of the Vigils, see: www.crossbones.org.uk.
 
This month’s Crossbones recipe: Gluten-free Vegan Ukrainian oatmeal cookies
My youngest daughter and I made these for the Ukraine fundraising gathering on 27th March. They’re lovely and crunchy and great for tea dunking! This makes about 24.
Ingredients
125g / 1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
1/tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
175g vegan spread
70g/ 1/2 cup sugar
30g / 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tbsp. apple puréed
1 tsp vanilla
320g/ 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
Method
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Beat the spread, apple, vanilla in another bowl and then mix with the dry ingredients until a firm dough forms. Roll into 24 balls, place on greased baking paper on trays and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 12-15mins at 180C until golden.
 
Got an idea?
As always, the best way to ‘weave Crossbones into the fabric of SE1’ is to get people involved on site. If you have an idea for an event, installation, tour, or other activity / initiative, I’d be delighted if you would get in contact with me via email, phone, WhatsApp, Signal etc. I’m also aiming to be on site most Fridays 12pm-2pm when the gardening team is there, so let me know if you have a positive way of spreading the Crossbones story, and you’d like to speak to me in person.
 
Liberty of Southwark development
For those of you receiving this bulletin for the first time, the Liberty of Southwark development is the one adjacent to Crossbones and an exciting archaeological dig is currently being undertaken. Many of you will have heard the recent and exciting discoveries made in February 2022 and may even have been lucky enough to attend a tour on site and see the tremendous Roman mosaic which has received a huge amount of publicity.You can also view the blog here and contact with the developer directly for information about the works on the site: henriettanowne@uandiplc.com.
 
Best wishes
Hej and the team at Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Three Spells for a Blue Moon

‘On the Full Moon of 30th December 2020, a Blue Moon, I asked The Goose for a spell to open the pathways. She gave me three.’
(from GRAIL, the new book of ‘incantations, spells,meditations’ by John ‘Crow’ Constable)

‘Three Spells For A Blue Moon’ is now available as a pamphlet, hand-printed on the Feast of St Bride 2022 by Crow and Kaos under the patient guidance of Peter Fraser. The ‘Three Spells’, the first three to be cast in Glastonbury, are hand-set in Goudy Thirty and printed on a Rochat Albion Press, on Zerkel mould made paper, 8 pages plus cover, hand-stitched by Katy. 16 of 23 numbered copies at £7 each. 33 unnumbered at £5 each. Plus I-IV on Merrifield hand-made paper at collectors’ prices 🙂 If you’d like one please contact me via the website contact form – with your email plus keyword 3SPELLS – and I’ll email you details.

NB these Three Spells will also appear (with many more incantations, spells and meditations) in the new book GRAIL by John Constable, out on 16th March 2022, 184 pages, £12.99. To buy one please contact me via the website contact form – with your email plus keyword BOOK – and I’ll email you details. JC

Crossbones Bulletin – March

Here’s the March newsletter by Bankside Open Spaces Trust who maintain the Garden of Remembrance at Cross Bones Graveyard. For regular monthly updates on what’s happening, please subscribe to the newsletter via this page on the website (it’s free and you get to see all the photos):
https://www.bost.org.uk/crossbones-graveyard

“We know what we are protecting: the country, the land, the future of our children.” Volodymyr Zelensky.
                                                     
Fundraising for Ukraine
Crossbones supporter, Caroline Grimshaw, is generously donating her time to launch a Ukraine fundraising campaign at Crossbones Graveyard. Details to be confirmed, but it will likely be as soon as it can be arranged, on Saturday 26th March or Sunday 27th March.  If you’d like to get involved, please let me know and I’ll pass on your contact details to Caroline.

BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question time visits Crossbones, broadcast on 25th February                            
Crossbones researcher Lucy Colman-Talbot, who recently completed her PhD, and I, were delighted to welcome BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time team to a very chilly Crossbones last month. It was wonderful being able to explain the Graveyard’s history and the garden’s evolution. The episode is available here…from 12 mins 33 seconds! We’ve had a huge amount of interest since the episode was broadcast and lots more subscribers – welcome to the Crossbones community those of you who have just joined!

Events at Crossbones: March and April
The spring weather has brought a flurry of proposals for activities at Crossbones Graveyard – read on!

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Tuesday 8th March                    
Join staff and friends of The Bridge in celebrating International Women’s Day 2022, (8th March 2022) with a guided walk around the local area. The walk will start from The Bridge Café at 2 pm, finishing around 3:45pm/4.00pm at Crossbones Graveyard. The walk will help you build muscle, make new friends and learn some interesting facts about important women and historical figures from the local area. See The Bridge website for more details.  Many thanks to volunteer wardens Emma and Michael for facilitating this event!

Vocal Workshop with the Outside Project: Saturday 9th April 2-4pm
One of our local community partners, The Outside Project, is arranging a free vocal workshop from qualified speech and language therapists for trans, gender variant and questioning people. We’re delighted to be hosting at Crossbones on Saturday 9th April. Please email jesse.ashman@lgbtiqoutside.org if you’d like to sign up. 

Imagined Portraits at Crossbones: Wed 6th April, Fri 8th April, Saturday 9th April 12pm-2pm. 
How can we commemorate people whom history has erased? 
Many of the people buried at Crossbones have left no traces behind them in historical records. We don’t know their names, we can’t see their faces, but we know they existed. They were buried here because medieval society considered them outcasts.
Join artist Minnie Scott in a project to picture the outcast dead as individuals.
Sit in the garden and see who comes to mind. Draw or write your imagined portrait and then hang it up on a branch as an act of creative commemoration.

                             
Born Free Exhibition at Waterloo Millennium Green
Those of you following BOST on social media will have seen the new exhibition, celebrating the Year of the Lion that we’re hosting with the charity Born Free at Waterloo Millennium Green, SE1 7BE. A reminder to visit and make a donation to this worthy cause if you can. This stunning exhibition will be at the Green until the  middle of this month.

Crossbones gardening
As spring finally arrives, the daffodils and crocuses are blooming and the birds are singing in the goat willows at Crossbones.  We were visited by a sad looking fox as well this week, who seems to be taking refuge at Crossbones.
                               
Our gardening team has been busy tidying the garden after Sotrm Eunice.  Fortunately, Crossbones was left relatively intact, with just the pretty yellow Coronilla in the hop garden needing a prune and tying back in. To cheer up the garden during the recent grey weather, volunteers Priti and Caroline have been hanging Crossbones banners which were previously donated to the space. Ginny, Axel and Didi have been clearing debris from the ponds ahead of the frogs laying their spawn. We were sad to say goodbye to Axel in February, as he is shortly moving out of London. Thanks for all your help Axel and please stay in touch!
 
Thanks again to our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who take care of the Graveyard every Friday 12-2pm, lead by Barney.  If you’d like to volunteer your time as a Crossbones warden or gardener, please get in contact: hej@bost.org.uk.

Crossbones Opening hours
Crossbones is open Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2pm and some weekends when our fantastic volunteer wardens are available.  If you’d like to become a warden, and help us extend our opening hours, please let me know.

Donations
Thanks to the generosity of our visitors, and our wardens for opening the garden, we received £65 of on-site donations during February, despite the erratic weather.

Crossbones Vision detailed design and construction workshops
I know there are many new subscribers since the last bulletin, so I’ll bring you up to speed on these workshops! We’ve hosted the first five of a series of workshops, in collaboration with U+I (the developer responsible for the Liberty of Southwark development next to Crossbones and who will one day be our new landlord) which will explore how we create our Vision for Crossbones, and help to ensure that contractors working on site do so with sensitivity. 

Our first workshop (Friday 12th November 2021) was held at the Liberty of Southwark site which is next to Crossbones. MOLA Archaeologist Antonietta gave us a talk about the fascinating discoveries made on the site. You can follow the dig here

The second workshop (Saturday 27th November 2021) looked at the proposed construction of the boundaries on site. Sculptor Adrian joined us and shared his experience of metalworking and we looked at ways of involving the community in both the design of the boundaries and possibly even contribute to the features on the boundaries through community workshops.  You can read the notes from the workshop here.

Note that the ribboned railings/’gates’ did not form part of the Boundaries workshop and will not be forming part of the Crossbones enhancements. TfL states:
“TfL have reviewed the ribboned gates and advised that there are no urgent works to be undertaken.”

The third workshop (Saturday 4th December 2021) looked at the proposed structures on site: new ramps, a new goosewing shelter to mirror the existing one, as well as new shelters. You can read the notes here.
Volunteer warden Simon gave a talk on the history of ramps and shared his thought-provoking poem Wheel, which details his experience of the city as a wheelchair user. 
Joel from YesMake was on hand to answer questions and listen to ideas about what the new ramps and shelters should be like. 

The fourth workshop (Friday 14th Jan 2022) looked at surfacing on site and a little more at the new ramps and steps. You can read the notes here and the accompanying drawings here and here.

The fifth workshop (Friday 11th Feb 2022) recapped on the surfacing and also looked at Events and Visitor circulation and we looked at storage, seating and proposed new planting. You can read the notes here and the accompanying drawings here.

The last workshop will likely be arranged in April 2022 – we’ll be looking at water and electricity and a summary of our discussions.

Crossbones Vigil
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on 23rd of every month at 7pm outside the gates on Redcross Way. For more information see: www.crossbones.org.uk.

This month’s Crossbones recipe: Gluten-free Ukrainian Honey cake
I made this for one of my best friends in London, Stefania and her son Adam, who are Ukrainian, on the day of the invasion. We light a candle every night at 8pm for her family who are still there. I’ll be lighting one tomorrow at Crossbones.

Although this recipe is not Vegan, you can replace the honey with golden syrup and the egg with a Vegan substitute such as x 2 puréed apple.

Ingredients
1 cup honey/golden syrup, gently warmed until runny
4 eggs / 2 x apple beaten
1 1⁄2 cups gluten-free self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Xanthan gum

Method
Beat the honey/syrup and the eggs/apple together until frothy. Sift together the flour, Xanthan gum and baking powder. Fold into the honey and egg mixture.  Pour the batter into a greased and lined 7 inch cake pan and bake at 180C for about 25 minutes until it shrinks slightly from the sides. It’s supposed to be slightly gooey when you cut it. Pour a few tablespoons of honey/syrup over the cake whilst still warm. Best served warm.

Got an idea?
As always, the best way to ‘weave Crossbones into the fabric of SE1’ is to get people involved on site. If you have an idea for an event, installation, tour, or other activity / initiative, I’d be delighted if you would get in contact with me via email, phone, WhatsApp, Signal etc. I’m also aiming to be on site most Fridays 12pm-2pm when the gardening team is there, so let me know if you have a positive way of spreading the Crossbones story, and you’d like to speak to me in person. 

Liberty of Southwark development
For those of you receiving this bulletin for the first time, the Liberty of Southwark development is the one adjacent to Crossbones and an exciting archaeological dig is currently being undertaken. 
Many of you will have heard the recent and exciting discoveries made in February 2022 and may even have been lucky enough to attend a tour on site and see the tremendous Roman mosaic which has received a huge amount of publicity
                                                  
You can also view the blog here and contact with the developer directly for information about the works on the site: henriettanowne@uandiplc.com. 

Best wishes

Hej and the team at Bankside Open Spaces Trust

The Witchin’ Hour on Goose and Crow Magic

 
The Witchin’ Hour is an enthralling, informal, funny, free-range esoteric chat-show. In this episode Rebecca Bird takes us through her adventures at the February 2022 Glastonbury Occult Conference. Great reviews of presentations by Trevor Jones, Liz Williams, Sally North, Paul Weston and more. John ‘Crow’ Constable’s talk and workshop with Katy Kaos on ‘Goose and Crow Magic – Working With The Spirits’ blew her socks off! Her review starts at 26.23 on the video. Bekie completely gets The Goose. She plugs this website, Cross Bones Graveyard and the Vigils held every 23rd. Probably the raviest review we ever had for one of our esoteric workshops. If I say so meself it was one of our best, with 23 high-octane witches and magicians all getting out of the way to let The Goose do Her wondrous thing. Thanks to all who journeyed with us, and to Bekie for honking our trumpet! The Goose is loose! ❤
 

Crossbones Garden opening hours

The garden is now open Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2pm (and some weekends when the fantastic volunteer wardens are available). If you’d like to become a warden, and help us extend our opening hours, please contact:
hej@bost.org.uk

Cross Bones Monthly Bulletin

 
Here’s some of the January newsletter by Bankside Open Spaces Trust who maintain the Garden of Remembrance at Cross Bones Graveyard. For regular monthly updates on what’s happening, please subscribe to the newsletter via this page on the website:

https://www.bost.org.uk/crossbones-graveyard
 
Dear Crossbones supporters
 
Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable Yuletide and are looking forward to the warmer days ahead. Already there are signs of spring as daffodils start pushing their way up through the soil.
 
Twelfth Night
The Lions part were hoping to be bringing Twelfth Night to Bankside on Sunday 9th January but owing to Covid, had to cancel. However, please visit their webpage, Facebook or follow this link to see Twelfth Night 2022 online.
 
The Lions part are also hoping to visit Bankside again in May this year, so watch this space!
 
Special thanks to Dan Taylor at Southwark Council’s Regeneration Team
Throughout the 18 years that Dan Taylor has been working in Southwark, he has been an excellent friend to BOST and the Crossbones project. He was instrumental in securing a monthly road closure for the Crossbones Vigil for Friends of Crossbones and has long been a champion of the Graveyard and all community spaces in SE1. He is moving with his family to the Lake District to work with the National Trust and we wish him all the best. We’ll miss you Dan – huge thanks for everything you’ve done and all the help and encouragement you’ve given over the years – please stay in touch!
 
Replicas of our Mizuko jizo statues need new home
 
We have been donated some replicas of our beautiful Mizuko jizu statues which need homes. We can’t install them at Crossbones as they are not weatherproof, but they’d be great indoors if you have room. They’re quite heavy and are made of plaster. If you’d like one, please get in contact.
 
Crossbones gardening
Thanks again to our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who take care of the Graveyard every Friday 12-2pm, lead by Barney. If you’d like to volunteer your time as a Crossbones warden or gardener, please get in contact: hej@bost.org.uk
 
We have been busy planting bulbs, kindly donated by the Metropolitan Parks and Gardens Association. There are still lots to plant and we’ll be there tomorrow (Friday 14th) if you’d like to stop by and plant a few with us, and get a taste of volunteering with us.
 
Crossbones Opening hours
We are now back to our ‘normal’ opening hours of Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2pm and some weekends when our fantastic volunteer wardens are available. If you’d like to become a warden, and help us extend our opening hours, please let me know.
 
Many thanks to the wardens who kindly donated their time to ensure that the garden was able to be opened over the Christmas period for quiet reflection.
 
Crossbones Vision detailed design and construction workshops
I know there are many new subscribers since the last bulletin, so I’ll bring you up to speed on these workshops! We’ve hosted the first three of a series of workshops, in collaboration with U+I (the developer responsible for the Liberty of Southwark development next to Crossbones and who will one day be our new landlord) which will explore how we create our Vision for Crossbones, and help to ensure that contractors working on site do so with sensitivity.
 
Our first workshop (Friday 12th November) was held at the Liberty of Southwark site which is next to Crossbones. MOLA Archaeologist Antonietta gave us a talk about the fascinating discoveries made on the site. You can follow the dig here.
 
The second workshop (Saturday 27th November) looked at the proposed construction of the boundaries on site. Sculptor Adrian joined us and shared his experience of metalworking and we looked at ways of involving the community in both the design of the boundaries and possibly even contribute to the features on the boundaries through community workshops. You can read the notes from the workshop here.
 
Note that the ribboned railings/’gates’ did not form part of the Boundaries workshop and will not be forming part of the Crossbones enhancements. TfL states:
“TfL have reviewed the ribboned gates and advised that there are no urgent works to be undertaken.”
 
The third workshop (Saturday 4th December) looked at the proposed structures on site: new ramps, a new goosewing shelter to mirror the existing one, as well as new shelters. You can read the notes here.
 
Volunteer warden Simon gave a talk on the history of ramps and shared his thought-provoking poem Wheel, which details his experience of the city as a wheelchair user.
 
Joel from YesMake was on hand to answer questions and listen to ideas about what the new ramps and shelters should be like.
 
The next workshop will look at Surfacing and will be held TOMORROW Friday 14th January, 10am – 1130am. Please email me if you’d like to attend…bear in mind that spaces are limited and I will be reserving spaces first for our regular Crossbones volunteers. If you are not able to join us, please let me know if there is anything you’d like asked on your behalf. I’ll continue to share notes from the workshops via the bulletin.
 
The last few workshops, looking at water and electricity, planting and a summary of our discussions, will take place later in January or February/March – look out for the Crossbones bulletin for more details.
 
Crossbones Vigil
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on 23rd of every month at 7pm outside the gates on Redcross Way. For more information see: www.crossbones.org.uk/events
 
Got an idea?
As always, the best way to ‘weave Crossbones into the fabric of SE1’ is to get people involved on site. If you have an idea for an event, installation, tour, or other activity / initiative, I’d be delighted if you would get in contact with me via email, phone, WhatsApp, Signal etc. I’m also aiming to be on site most Fridays 12pm-2pm (my last day before Christmas is tomorrow, 10th December, then I’m back on 7th January) when the gardening team is there, so let me know if you have a positive way of spreading the Crossbones story, and you’d like to speak to me in person: hej@bost.org.uk
 
Liberty of Southwark development
For those of you receiving this bulletin for the first time, the Liberty of Southwark development is the one adjacent to Crossbones and an exciting archaeological dig is currently being undertaken. You can also view the blog here and contact with the developer directly for information about the works on the site: henriettanowne@uandiplc.com

Cross Bones updates



Dear Friends, It’s more than two years I completed my 23-year work at Cross Bones Graveyard on 23 November 2019. In September 2020 we moved to Glastonbury where we serve The Goose in Her Mysterious Ways. As we’re no longer on the ground in south-east London, I’m not posting my regular updates on what’s happening. I’ll still post on here to promote what I hope to be a unifying vision of Cross Bones as a shrine and a garden of remembrance for sex workers and all outcasts, sharing photos and films from our years of collective work to manifest our beautiful garden. And share the good news of all the Friends who are working in their own ways to protect this little patch of Holy Ground.

The garden is managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust who put out a monthly newsletter to supporters. You can subscribe to the newsletter on their Crossbones page: https://www.bost.org.uk/crossbones-graveyard. To find out about being a volunteer warden to help keep the garden open, for information about opening times and for other enquiries, please contact: hej@bost.org.uk

For anyone interested in some of the recent events at Cross Bones, here are edited selections from Hej’s December 2021 newsletter. (If you subscribe you can get more up-to-date information, see the photos and access the notes on the recent Crossbones Vision workshops.)

Dear Crossbones supporters

A very merry Yuletide to you all! Following on from Diwali’s Festival of Lights last month, we look to other religious festivals over this winter period which share the common theme of bringing light into dark places.Crossbones events

Donations from The Last Burials at Crossbones
Since the last bulletin, all profits from The Last Burials at Crossbones event were donated to the Outside Project, a total of £263. Lucy, BOST and The Outside Project would like to thank everyone who donated for your generosity!

Trans Day of Remembrance 20.11.21
We were delighted to host a remembrance event for Trans Day of Remembrance at Crossbones on Saturday 20th November with The Outside Project.

Many thanks to Jesse, Lu and volunteers from The Outside Project, who helped our gardening volunteers plant bulbs and Viburnum ‘December Dwarf’ on 19th November. They were planting on behalf of the Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare, in remembrance of their friend and colleague Jane Hatfield.

Crossbones gardening
Thanks again to our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who take care of the Graveyard every Friday 12-2pm, lead by Barney. If you’d like to volunteer your time as a Crossbones warden or gardener, please get in contact: hej@bost.org.uk.

Twelfth Night Sunday 9th January
The Lions part are pleased to be bringing Twelfth Night to Bankside on Sunday 9th January! Please visit their website for more details.

Crossbones Vision detailed design and construction workshops
We’ve hosted the first three of a series of workshops, in collaboration with U+I (who will one day be our new landlord) which will explore how we create our Vision for Crossbones, and help to ensure that contractors working on site do so with sensitivity.

Crossbones Vigil
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on 23rd of every month at 7pm outside the gates on Redcross Way. See also: www.crossbones.org.uk.

Welcoming new wardens!Hello to our new wardens
Sarah and Duncan who have recently joined up. We can’t open the garden without our wonderful warden team. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support and dedication! If you or your friends/family would like to become wardens, please contact me: hej@bost.org.uk.

Got an idea?As always, the best way to ‘weave Crossbones into the fabric of SE1’ is to get people involved on site. If you have an idea for an event, installation, tour, or other activity / initiative, I’d be delighted if you would get in contact with me via email, phone, WhatsApp, Signal etc. I’m back on 7th January). Let me know if you have a positive way of spreading the Crossbones story, and you’d like to speak to me in person. Best wishes Hej and the team at Bankside Open Spaces Trust

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