A Review of the Druid World 2015
Every year for the past 22 years I have been stopping at Samhain to look back on the year that has just passed – to review what has happened in the world of Druidry and the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. The 2015 review has just been published, and it begins like this…
In the end, the universe can only be explained in terms of celebration.
Last year – our fiftieth anniversary year – was so busy and exciting, I thought 2015 might be quiet – possibly even bringing with it a feeling of anti-climax, a sort of extended hang-over after the celebrations of 2014. How wrong I was!
The Order’s year began in the magical forest of Brocéliande at Samhain, with over 100 people present at the ceremony, which we carried out in Abbé Gillard’s garden, on the side of the rectory in Tréhorenteuc. A few nights before, the group had been above the village amongst the stones of the ‘Monks’ Garden’, to witness a ritual carried out by only women in the Order – a magical treat in the lantern-light….
To read more go here. (By the way, in the last blog post we saw the director of ‘Trees for Life’ talking about his fabulous 250 year goal to reforest the Scottish Highlands. That’s the sort of long-termism we need! And in the Review you’ll hear about OBOD’s Golden Anniversary Grove with ‘Trees for Life’. Members all over the world have contributed to this project and 1,000 trees have been funded!)
One of the statements in your review (which I otherwise enjoyed!) stood out to me. “It now looks like fracking is dead in the UK, but we must continue to be vigilant,” I’d just been reading the following on the BBC News website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-34938891)“
“The decision to allow shale gas drilling – or fracking – in Lancashire will be made directly by the government …
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark …is using the “recovery” procedure which allows the Secretary of State to decide the outcome following the appeal rather a government planning inspector. …
The appeal will be heard by planning inspector Wendy McKay. But we now know she won’t be the one making a decision. Instead, she’ll write a report, make a recommendation and hand it to the government. The Secretary of State will have the final say.”
I’d say fracking is anything but dead and vigilance is needed more than ever whilst a government that preaches devolution is more than ready to overrule decisions which it doesn’t like!
Yes Gwion I saw this news today too. Very disappointing, though we don’t know of course what the Sec of State’s final decision will be, but you can bet that if it overrides the CC there will be massive protest. I still prefer to ‘think magically’ that it is dead in the water…and though I know ‘thinking doesn’t always make it so’ it can sometimes help!
Here’s to magical thought!
At least there is such a groundswell of public opinion against fracking that each attempt to force a site through will be a battle for the government and, as was demonstrated on Wednesday, if something looks as though it will lose them massive numbers of votes nationally, the government can be swayed. Congratulations to Warriors’ Call and the other groups that keep the issue in people’s minds.