Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Day for Patricia Crowther 2014


Continuing our series of “A Day For . . ” events in 2014 we honoured the achievements and contribution to the Witchcraft and Pagan community of Patricia Crowther. Patricia is one of the few remaining contemporaries of Gerald Gardner and has to be considered one of the true Elders of the Craft and we persuaded her that the Craft and pagan communities deserved a chance to pay her their respects and celebrate her so we were delighted that she was our guest of honour on the day.

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A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who played a part in what proved to be a magnificent occasion!
You can contact us with any queries or suggestions on:  events@centre-for-pagan-studies.com
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The Charge of the Goddess Expanded Edition

The Charge Of The Goddess (Expanded Edition) - Doreen Valiente (paperback book) £9.99 from our shop

Doreen Valiente, hailed as the "Mother of Modern Witchcraft", is one of the most influential figures in 20th century contemporary religion and spirituality. A prolific poet throught her life, her most famous and many previously unknown poems are published here in this special posthumous volume named after her best known work: The Charge Of The Goddess. This 2014 expanded edition features over 80 poems including all of the poems from the previous book of the same title plus many more previously unpublished poems.
Whilst the book will appeal to those interested in Doreen's spiritual and religious themes, the poetry embraces diverse and broader themes from seasonal insights to humorous re-tellings  which the custodians of her legacy are proud to present here along with  some of her better known pieces such as “The Witches Chant” and “The Charge Of The Goddess”.
 Please click the link to purchase.

http://www.shop.doreenvaliente.org/charge-of-the-goddess-expanded-edition

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Press Release

On Friday 21st June 2013, Brighton will host a historic event as a Blue Plaque is unveiled to commemorate ‘the mother of modern witchcraft’, Doreen Valiente.

Valiente (1922-1999) was a writer and poet, but better known for her contributions to modern Paganism - widely accepted as being key to the growth of the movement worldwide. Much of her work was done in a modest flat in Tyson Place, where she lived for over thirty years until her death in 1999.

This is the first time such a plaque has ever been awarded to a Pagan for service to their beliefs.

At midday on the Summer Solstice, supporters and guests will meet at Brighton’s Old Steine for an open ritual celebrating both the solstice and the life of Valiente. The Pentacle Drummers will then lead a procession to Tyson Place, where there will be live music from Beck Sian and Paul Mitchell, and dancing by the Hunter’s Moon Morris and Nina McGhee.

At 2.30pm the plaque will be unveiled by a special guest, and more music and dance will follow. Later, participants may proceed to the Green Door Store, where Greenmantle, a Brighton-based Pagan magazine, will host a ticketed (£5.00) event to celebrate both the plaque and its own 20th anniversary. Music will be provided by singer-songwriters Talis Kimberley and Matthew Callow, .

The Doreen Valiente Foundation, a charitable organisation, has arranged for the plaque and celebration in collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council and the residents of Tyson Place. The Foundation represents the aim of John Belham-Payne, to whom Valiente bequeathed her writings and extensive collection of Pagan artefacts and tools, to celebrate her life and create a lasting legacy to her work. The second part of this legacy is planned to be the opening of a museum, together with BHCC, to display her fascinating collection and to house the Centre for Pagan Studies, a unique centre for education in the fields of Witchcraft and Paganism.

For further details contact:

foundation@doreenvaliente.org (The Doreen Valiente Foundation)
uther8@hotmail.com (Greenmantle Editor)
Websites: - 
Doreen Valiente Foundation     http://doreenvaliente.org
Greenmantle                            http://www.greenmantle.org.uk/ 
Centre For Pagan Studies       http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com

Monday, 15 April 2013

We are very pleased to announce that our trustees have been hard at work researching the archives of Doreen's written material to collect together her poetry. The first printing of "Charge Of The Goddess" contained a selection of her poems we have attempted to do a thorough job of researching the material and have been astonished at her prolific output of poems. A new extended edition will be published in mid 2013 which will contain twice as many poems as the first, lots of previously unpublished material, some new images and several of Doreen's short stories. Watch this space for more news as we have it . . .

Midsummers Day Event in Brighton 2013

Midsummer 2013 is going to be quite a day in Brighton United Kingdom. We have organised a day's programme packed with activity, of course including the special event unveiling of the commemorative plaque to Doreen Valiente. All of this is free all you have to do is get to Brighton for the Merry Meet at 12 midday. All the information is on the map below and you can download the flyer for the event too. In the evening we are helping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Greenmantle Magazine, in Brighton which will start at around 7pm. Tickets are 5 Pounds each and they are limited to 200. To ensure your place please purchase them from the Greenmantle website which is http://greenmantle.org.uk Please download the flyer for the day here
mapof event

Monday, 1 October 2012

Castle Bytham Spirit Circle - 30th September

We were invited to give a talk and mini-exhibition by the good folks who own Castle Bytham's Castle Inn pub in the heart of rural Lincolnshire on Sunday 30th September. We had an excellent time with our hosts and a full to capacity audience who came out in amazing support considering it was a Sunday night and, basically, in the middle of nowhere.

The atmospheric setting was perfect as Ashley Mortimer gave an introductory talk about the Foundation and Doreen's legacy before sketching out an overview of the history concerning Doreen, Gerald Gardner and the Craft and Ashley was lucky enough for the second timne recently to have his talk enhanced (and corrected!)  by Philip Hestleton who Ashley says "added an air of propriety" to proceedings!

In the audience were a number of local authors including Rick Falconr, Shani Oats and Daniel Griffith as well as many other great people who showed great interest and support for both the event and the Foundation.

After an exhibition of some of the artefacts from the collection Ashley gave a talk Doreen had first given to the Henfiled and Steyning Round Table in 1971 on the general subject of Witchcraft and he ended the formal part of the evening with an emotional reading of a previously unpublished poem by Doreen entitled "What Witchcraft Means To Me".

A late night with lots of further talk and discussion gave us a great deal to think and talk about and another successful event brought more new people into understanding the legacy, the collection and the work of the Foundation . . jolly nice beer too!!

London Conference - 15th September

A Day For Ronald Hutton was the CFPS's conference for 2012 in aid of the Doreen Valiente Foundation. A busy weekend in London resulted in a busy event, well attended, well received by all and a great opportunity to discuss the future of Witchcraft with an expert panel made up of some of the others speakers on the day and other eminent experts on the Craft.
The Doreen Valiente Foundation launched its new membership scheme and as well as a rare chance to see Gerald Gardner's original Book Of Shadows on display the event was rounded off by ROnald Hutton's excellent talk and an evening of music with Damh the Bard and The Dolmen.
You can read more about the event on the main website.
The team were worn out by monday morning but were very excited to see so many people supporting the event and the Foundation and we cememnted new partnerships and co-operations with the Pagan Federation, Pagan Pride and Nottingham Pagan Network (who provided events staff for us) and Greenmantle magazine with who we have teamed up to deliver news and information/inspiration to our members.