Saturday, 28 November 2015

Breaking News on Witchcraft Exhibition in Brighton

Where Witchcratt Lives Chalice and Book of Shadows
We've had to respond to incoming media and press interest and release the following statement although a proper press release will follow in due course. This is the fullest information available and will remain so for a little while as we sort out our planning and marketing . . . we'd be really happy for anyone in this group to spread the word out there and direct people to the website :
Announced at WitchFest on November 14th 2015
The Doreen Valiente Foundation, in association with Royal Pavilion Museums in Brighton and other partners are pleased to announce two exhibitions in Brighton in 2016 which will be based on the Doreen Valiente Collection and other related collections.
Firstly an exhibition entitled "FOLKLORE, MAGIC AND MYSTERIES: MODERN WITCHCRAFT & FOLK CULTURE IN BRITAIN" which will run at RPM's venue, Preston Manor, for several months from approximately April to September 2016.
Secondly a special exhibition entitled "WHERE WITCHCRAFT LIVES" will run later in the year in its own dedicated venue also in Brighton.
Both exhibitions will be supported with a programme of events througout the year.
More information will be released through the website as it becomes available and also through the Doreen Valiente Foundation and Centre For Pagan Studies websites and social media channels.
We are also pleased to announce the forthcoming publication in February 2016 of Doreen Valiente's biography by reknown author Philip Heselton. A launch event will be held at Treadwell's books in London on Sunday 21st February 2016. Again, further information will be available from our websites and through our social media channels as it becomes available.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett has done several great services to the pagan community and the true Craft of the Wica:  He helped the wider community see us as more include-able and accepted by poking good-spirited, perceptive, knowledgeable and downright genuine fun at us through his hilarious characters  - you know you are widely recognised when the writer trusts the general reader to be familiar enough with you to "get" the in-jokes about you. He also painted witches in a positive light with his witch characters always being the heroines and "good guys" of his stories and, best of all, he reminded us in the pagan and witchcraft community that, by seeing ourselves warmly through the eyes of others, we should never take ourselves too seriously. Terry Pratchett proved that the principles of mirth and reverence are perfect partners in paganism, the Craft and indeed wider human culture. His untimely passing is a great sadness to all of us. One of our favourite quotes of his is:

"Most witches don't believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don't believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman."

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Children and the Craft

New Post - Children and the craft. How do we feel about children attending ritual? What about children and magic?Join the discussion on Facebook

Thought for the Day - Agnosticism

Centre For Pagan Studies Facebook Group Thought for the day -  Agnosticism? Can you be an agnostic Pagan/Wiccan? Could you even be an atheist Pagan/Wiccan? Is a literal deity required?

Monday, 26 January 2015

DVF/CFPS talks and events for 2015 already booked... more to come

Here are the talks and events that we are attending and speaking at for 2015
More updates as they are confirmed.
  • Spirit Of Bridget Conference - Cardiff - Saturday 7th February 2015 - more info 
  • Pagan Federation Spirit Of Me Conference - London - Saturday 7th March 2015 - more info 
  • Staffordshire Pagan Conference - Rugely, Staffs - Saturday 30th May 2015 - more info 
  • Artemis Gathering - Horley, Oxfordshire - 14-17 August 2015 - more info

Friday, 18 July 2014

From Ashley Mortimer - Very pleased to be able to say that CFPS / DVF took part in a symposium of Pagan organisations hosted by Mike Stygal, Pagan Federation President.
The theme was a discussion about some unity in the Pagan community and some more collaboration and, those who know their history will be aware it was an historic day to get representatives of the various groups together - and we expect to be able to make further announcements ourselves in due course. . . .