Witchcraft Times – Sep 2018

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Witchcraft Times

Welcome to the brand new Witchcraft Times with news from the pagan community, we hope you like the new clearer layout. We would like to thank-you for choosing to sign up to this new list, only those who actively sign up on the list will receive this email newsletter. Much has happened this year, and the pagan community continues to evolve, CoA is not immune from this and has started several new projects and there are still some very exciting announcements to come later in the year.

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Winner of the Pagan Federation 2018 Community Award

Elric Sullivan, of the Dagda, Witchfest Midlands, Pagan Events UK, and much more has won the Pagan Federation community award 2018. It is only fitting that his tireless efforts for many pagan causes over the past couple of decades have been recognised and at CoA we are delighted with the decision and wish to congratulate Elric on winning the award.

Elric talking about the award

Official announcement by Inkubus Sukkubus

Witchfest Market and Halloween Ball 2018 – Reading

The Witchfest Market and Halloween Ball is a new event from Children of Artemis. Witchfest has always had a vast esoteric market, and obviously as this event is focussing on the market aspect the market here will be even bigger. This is a market organised on a true Witchfest scale, truly everything the Witchfest visitor could possibly want to buy all in one place. Doors open at 10am Admission to the market is free! and trading continues until 5:30pm.

Stay up to date with announcements and more details you can join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/766983146820792/ Talks will be held in a separate hall with speakers including: Kate West Professor Ronald Hutton Damh the Bard Barbara Meiklejohn Free & Flavia Kate Peters Entry to individual talks on the day will cost just £3 per talk or you can buy an advance pass for the whole day valid for all the talks. Please note pass holders MUST be at the room 5 minutes before a talk starts to guarantee a place!

The Halloween Ball With live music from : The Dolmen Damh the Bard Perkelt With the best pagan music you could imagine and a prize for best dressed for just £12 for members or £15 for non-members. The infamous Witchfest Mead Bar will be back with all the trimmings, with some new offerings to tempt the mead connoisseur. The Rivermead Bar will open at 4pm and remain open for the evening, even when the market closes. The Cafe will be open all day serving affordable snacks, tea and coffee. A Readers zone will offer a variety of types of readings for affordable fees A Healers zone will be there to offer healing to your mind and body. Do not miss our themed Selfie Corner with cool themed backdrops where you can take selfies of yourself and your friends. Combined tickets for talks and ball also available!

Witchfest Market & Halloween Ball 2018

Witchfest Midlands 2018 is a massive success

Witchfest Midlands 2018 was the first time that a Witchfest has ever been held in the Midlands, and it went amazingly well. The new venue the Rose Theatre was great, with great facilities. With two halls for talks the schedule had something for everyone. The food provided by local caterer Sue was wonderful, many commented on how good the chilli and curries were. Tea and coffee were available all day and the bar was busy from the moment it opened. The evening music was awesome with great performances from both Green Fortune and Inkubus Sukkubus.  Many stayed right to the end for the Oblivion Rock club and even went to the after party at the Vine. It was a truly great Witchfest, and stood up there with the best. Everyone enjoyed their time there and vowed to return next year.

We would like to thank Elric for an amazing Witchfest Midlands. We absolutely loved the event and cannot wait for the next one. We are so very proud of Elric and it is an honour to have him on our team!  A big thank you to everyone that supported the event, to all the volunteers, speakers and workshop leaders, traders and of course all you that attended the event.

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Witchfest Midlands 2019 tickets on sale Friday!

Witchfest Midlands 2018 tickets sold out in record time, so it is important to book for 2019 as early as you can. Witchfest Midlands 2019 tickets go on sale on Friday 1st June, so put the date in your calendar so you don’t forget. The list of speakers at Midlands 2019 is even more impressive with both National and Local experts represented in the line up. Speakers include Emma Restall-Orr, Kate West, Damh the Bard, Pete Jennings, Rachel Patterson and many many more. With music from Damh the Bard, Inkubus Sukkubus, and Green Fortune, the entertainment just keeps getting better. For tickets and the latest details click the button below.

Witchfest Midlands 2019

Doreen Valiente Foundation gains charity status

In the UK it has been rare for pagan organisations to gain charitable status as in the past the process has been extremely difficult. The lastest organisation to be recognised as a charity by the charity commission is the Doreen Valiente Foundation, thoroughly deserved after the years of work it has taken to get that official status. We hope that this will be the first of many, time will tell.

Doreen Valiente Foundation

Witchfest International 2019 plans are going ahead

After the financial losses of 2017, there has been some uncertainty whether there would ever be another event on that scale. The good news is that plans for Witchfest International 2019 are going ahead, and it is almost certain that the event will run in 2019. We are currently expecting to be able to make detailed announcements in August. This news will be published here in the Witchcraft Times and on the www.witchfest.net events web site.


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New Metal Stamped Cuff Bracelets

There are new handmade metal stamped cuff bracelets available in Witchshop, with a variety of pagan themed designs available. They are made from jewellery grade aluminium, which is lightweight and hypoallergenic which makes it very comfortable to wear. Custom orders are welcomed at the LucyFurr BrightStar Etsy shop

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CoA launches LucyFurr BrightStar our new handmade brand

Welcome to LucyFurr BrightStar shop! Very busy kitty over here making a range of different things! In this shop you will find candles and candle melts, loose incense, metal stamped items.

LucyFurr BrightStar on Etsy

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Local Gatherings

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• Witches of London CoA Gathering: The first Children of Artemis Gathering to be established in the UK. This Friendly social evening is open to all Pagan Paths as well as those who wish to seek a coven plus those covens that wish to recruit will be welcome. We will be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at the back bar of the Cittie of Yorke at 22 High Holborn, London. WC1V 6BS Starting for 7.30 onwards. For more details you can email coacentral@witchcraft.org or go to the official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coawitchesoflondon/

• West Wiltshire CoA Gathering: Local Gathering in West Wiltshire. We will meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Swan Hotel, 1 Church Street, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1LN at around 7PM.Everyone is welcome to come along we have the little room at the front of the pub reserved for us so feel free to join us. For more details you can like the page https://www.facebook.com/coawwiltshiregathering/ or email coacentral@witchcraft.org

• Treefold Okehampton CoA Gathering: We meet at The Highwaymans Inn, Sourton, Devon. EX20 8HN every third Thursday evening of the month at 7.30pm. All paths welcomed to an interesting and varied, relaxed and informal meeting, For more information you can email lesleadines@yahoo.com or the official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Okehamptongathering

• Bishops Stortford CoA Gathering: Is held at Castle Public House, Bishops Stortford, Herts, on the third Monday of the every month from 8PM. Come along and join us, we have a different subject every month. For more information you can use the Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/coabishopsstortfordgathering/

• So Moot it Be: The meeting is held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Good Intent Pub, 3 John Street, Rochester, ME1 1YL. We meet up at 7.30pm to start at 8pm, so there is plenty of time to mix and meet with your friends. For more details you can check the official website: http://mayeve.co.uk/ or their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/somootitbe/

• The Jolly CoA Moot: Held on the third Wednesday of the month at The Old Manor Freehouse Pub and Restaurant, Darks Place, Potters Bar. Herts, EN6 2JD. A multi-faith Pagan meeting, to laugh, learn and exchange, or just hang out with in a friendly and welcoming company for more details and dates check the Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jollycoamoot/.

• The Hobbit Social Gathering – Southampton: Every fourth Friday of the month, meeting at around 7.30pm at The Hobbit Pub, 134 Bevois Valley Road, SO14 0JZ Southampton. A good old get-together hosted by Southampton Witches with a friendly atmosphere and very welcoming. Everyone welcome to join in. For more details just have a look at Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSouthamptonWitches/ or the Page: https://www.facebook.com/coasouthamptonwitches.

• The Chi Monthly Gathering – Portsmouth: Every third Thursday of the month, meeting at around 7.30pm at Chi coffee. 146 London Rd. Portsmouth. PO2 9DJ.A good old get-together hosted by Southampton Witches with a different topic every month, everyone welcome to join in. For more details just have a look at Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSouthamptonWitches/ or the Page: https://www.facebook.com/coasouthamptonwitches

• CoA Rugby & Daventry Gatherings – Friendly and welcoming pagan Gathering meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the Month from 7PM at the Seven Stars Pub, 40 Albert Square, Rugby CV21 2SH. For more information you can check the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/coarugbydaventrygatherings/ or join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/735387406599616/

• CoA Divine Moon Moot – Meeting on a Saturday from 12 noon at the family room at The Towers Walsall Rd, Great Barr B42 1EY, dates and location can vary dependent on the activity we have arranged for the meeting, so please do check our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/coadivinemoonmoot/ or email at omian65@hotmail.com for the exact date and more details.

• Stoke Central CoA Moot – Meeting on the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00pm at the upstairs room at The White Star in Stoke. Everyone is welcome to join us!!! For more information you can like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stokecoamoot/ or join our group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stokecentralmoot/

• CoA Mid Sussex Pagans- Social meeting in around Mid Sussex, meeting on the first Thursday of the month. Venues are changeable so please do contact us if you wish to attend to make sure you go the right place! You can either message this page or email us at whitebeamguardian@gmail.com. From us you can expect a nice and informal meeting and everyone is welcome to join us. Once we are up and running we will start thinking about rituals for Sabbats/Esbats so like our page to be up to date with all the news: https://www.facebook.com/Coamidsussex/

• Worthing Pagan Moot – – Friendly and welcoming meeting on every second Wednesday of the month, 8pm at The Vine, Tarring. Join their group to keep up to dates with all the news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/444764955938470/

• South Lincolnshire CoA Gathering: Social Pagan Gathering meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm at The Swan 13 High St, Moulton, Spalding, South Lincolnshire, PE12 6QB. Everyone is welcome to join in! For more information you can email deborahhowton2014@yahoo.co.uk or the official https://www.facebook.com/southlincolnshiregathering/ :

• Dundee Pagan Moot – pagans and pagan friendly folk welcome. Meeting dates vary and will be updated on the group page. Find us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/DundeePaganMoot/ :

• Central Lincoln CoA Gathering: Friendly and welcoming pagan Gathering meeting every 1st Tuesday of the Month from 7.30PM at the Dog & Bone, John Street, Lincoln, LN2 5BH. For more information you can check us at https://www.facebook.com/pg/lincolncentralgathering/ 

Support your local Gathering, or consider starting one

In the age of Facebook everything seems to happen online, actual meetings are so last year, or are they? Human contact and real life meetings are important, no matter how good a web site is, it cannot substitute for the real thing. The number of CoA Gatherings (local meetings) is steadily growing and there seems to be a real need for more. If you are lucky and have a local meeting in your area already, make the effort to attend. You will enjoy the experience and help to ensure the meeting survives. If people fail to turn up for a meeting the organisers become disillusioned and close it down, so it really is “use it or lose it”.

You should remember that local pagan meetings are frequently the first port of call for people new to paganism. The impression they get at that first encounter will help decide whether they continue on the path, or not, so it is a massive responsibility to get it right. We should be welcoming more people into our community and we can only do that if there is a local meeting that people can attend.

If you are not so lucky and there are no meetings in your area, it is simple to start one yourself. All you need is just one Children of Artemis Member and you can become an official CoA gathering, if you don’t have that just yet, you can still be registered as an independent meeting, just contact at coacentral@witchcraft.org for details.

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