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pls fwd: Reminder TOMORROW-Stonehenge2003 meeting Sat 7th - Leytonstone

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    pls fwd: Reminder TOMORROW-Stonehenge2003 meeting Sat 7th - Leytonstone If you are interested in being involved in the planning of an extended gathering
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      pls fwd: Reminder TOMORROW-Stonehenge2003 meeting Sat 7th -
      Leytonstone

      If you are interested in being involved in the planning of an
      extended gathering during the summer solstice, there is a meeting
      tomorrow @ 11am - bring food to share.
      @ The Arts Organisation
      491 Grove Green Rd
      Leytonstone
      5 mins from the tube
      Afterwards in the evening there is an regularily scheduled
      monthly entertainment extravaganza featuring some of the best
      contempory poets musicians performance artists and dj's around
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      Join the E groups @ http://www.infinitePossibility.org to join
      the discussion
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      The authorities are in full support of this gathering, providing that
      we can meet the health and safety requirements.

      If you are interested in being involved in this historic gathering
      please come on staturday at 11am - bring some food and drink to share.

      Please forward this info to anyone who might be interested and
      communicate it to individuals who are not online

      Please read the following Proposed STATEMENT OF INTENT
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      Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 00:16:39 -0000
      From: "Andy Worthington" <a.worthington@...>
      Subject: statement of intent

      Some ideas:

      The proposed Stonehenge Solstice Celebration is not 'exactly what has
      been done in the past'. Nothing like this has been done before. And
      nor are we looking for 'funding from where ever it may rise'. I'd
      suggest that we're looking for funding from the unlikeliest sources,
      people that none of us may yet know who have also been carrying the
      prospect of a Stonehenge Solstice Celebration in their hearts for all
      these years. Get out there. Talk to people. Find out what the
      prospect of a 'free' festival, over the solstice period, near
      Stonehenge and centred on access to the temple on the crucial day,
      actually means to the wider world. I've been talking to WOMAD, I've
      been looking into established practitioners of alternative energy who
      may be willing to get involved. That's just this week. Join in.
      Spread the word. By all means let's establish our individual
      objectives, but let's not forget that this is also the time to talk
      to everyone, and that it 's no longer the time to play endless
      philosophical ping-pong amongst ourselves.

      I put together a short press release (see below) that's designed to
      appeal to landowners and that's supposed to sound like part of a
      business plan. It is. Without a site, there's no celebration. This
      must be achieved before anything else can take place. As soon as
      possible, we need a more expansive and poetic press release to
      encourage benefactors and participants, and we need to establish a
      committee to come together as one to organize this thing. This is
      bigger than all of us, and we need people of humility and boundless
      dedication to administer it.

      Within this framework, there's room for everything we all aspire to
      and more. Are we not looking to be inclusive and not exclusive? Yes
      we can have live music (free not paid for, giving something back
      instead of always taking), yes we can have sound systems (all the
      people out there who've been waiting for this particular
      opportunity), there will be healing and meditation, all the
      beautiful, far-reaching, earth-healing visionary wonder we can muster
      up.

      To conclude:

      Let's not forget that this celebration, like 'Managed Open Access',
      is about a particular time and place - Stonehenge and the Summer
      Solstice. Midsummer celebrations, centred on the solstice, have a
      long and illustrious history. The Summer Solstice is the centrepiece
      of a solar, seasonal year that was of the utmost importance to the
      builders of Stonehenge, who raised their sarsen temple towards it
      nearly 4,500 years ago. We don't know what they did there, but we can
      infer that the celebrations focused on a solar, seasonal, endlessly
      repeating cycle that is in stark contrast to the modern world of
      linear time and the wanton exploitation of nature. Stonehenge takes
      us back in time to that place, and renews that promise every
      Midsummer.

      And let's not forget that we're also reviving a celebration that has
      manifested itself in various forms at other times. Throughout
      recorded history, fire festivals and symbolic representations of the
      turning of the solar year, including burning wheels and cheese
      rolling, were widespread at the Summer Solstice, and there are
      records of Midsummer celebrations taking place at Stonehenge at
      various times from the 13th to the 19th centuries, long before the
      Druids turned up and long before the free festival. We are part of a
      bigger picture.

      Cheers everyone,

      Andy

      The following is the proposed press release to accompany applications
      to landowners in an attempt to secure a site for the Stonehenge
      Solstice Celebration 2003:

      The Stonehenge Solstice Celebration Co Ltd has been set up to
      administer a licensed, non-profit making, week-long celebration of
      life, love and unity over the Summer Solstice in 2003.

      The celebration is designed to complement the existing 'Managed Open
      Access' at Stonehenge itself, which has been running successfully for
      three years. Proposals for a celebration, at some distance from
      Stonehenge itself, have been repeatedly encouraged at meetings this
      year by both the Police and English Heritage.

      The celebration will be community-based and will operate to the
      highest possible ecological standards. We are looking at alternative
      energy sources, full recycling, and a minimal use of plastics on
      site. We will be inviting applications from a spectrum of high-
      quality food vendors and other stall-holders, as well as
      representatives of charities and other organizations committed to
      making the world a better place. To facilitate a spirit of social
      harmony and low environmental impact, the sale of alcohol will not be
      promoted on site.

      This initial press release is intended to facilitate the search for a
      suitable venue for the celebration, so that the myriad groups
      interested in its manifestation can begin a major fund-raising
      operation.

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      Join the E groups @ http://www.infinitePossibility.org to join
      the discussion
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      An extensive resource database is growing with materials posted to
      help anyone creating a community event find their way through the
      legal hoops. - You are encouraged to use this and add to it if you
      have anything that could be useful
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Stonehenge2003Celebration/files/

      Video of the beanfield and the "solstice operation". Also audio from
      the radio4 program "in living memory", documenting the beanfiels
      operation are available here:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stonehengeentertainmentsdiscussion/files
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      so to recap
      If you are interested in being involved in the planning of an
      extended gathering during the summer solstice, there is a meeting
      tomorrow @ 11am - bring food to share.
      @ The Arts Organisation
      491 Grove Green Rd
      Leytonstone
      5 mins from the tube
      Afterwards in the evening there is an regularily scheduled
      monthly entertainment extravaganza featuring some of the best
      contempory poets musicians performance artists and dj's around
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