Page – Green Men

My Green Man teeshirt, available at the Avebury Community shop

My treasured Green Man teeshirt, available at the Avebury Community shop

A selection of images of Green Men, Oak Kings and Holly Kings

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An Oak King. Fantasy pic from Rivendell Photo Studio

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Oak King and Holly King

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The Battle of Holly Oak

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Holly King

The Oak King

An Oak King

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Roy Harper album cover

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Bob Marley Album Cover

An old friend of mine known as Wokko, who in his younger days used to dance as 'The Green Man' with Offley Morris Men. Wokko still plays music for morris dancing and this photo was taken at Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

An old friend of mine known as Wokko, who in his younger days used to dance as ‘The Green Man’ with Offley Morris Men. Wokko still plays music for morris dancing and this photo was taken at Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014.

Churches and Cathedrals
Ancient Christian churches and cathedrals were built by stonemasons who were not necessarily Christians. In fact, it seems that many adhered to paganism, and left little rebellious clues to their true allegience, by carving iconic Green Men into the fabric of the buildings they were working on.

A famous example is the Green Man carved into one of the ceiling bosses of Norwich cathedral, and which is included in the following article:
http://www.cathedral.org.uk/historyheritage/art—collections-the-green-man.aspx

Modern Sculpture
The Green Man is also an inspiration for many modern sculptors. Here are a few websites where you might purchase your own Green Man, if you wish. And if you don’t wish, the realised images are worth a look, at least.
http://www.spiritofthegreenman.co.uk/green-man-index-page.htm

Stevenage Sword Dancers
I have been a member of Stevenage Sword for almost 40 years years now, and probably more by luck than judgement, our kit includes a Green sash with a green badge hand-sewn onto it of a fox-head enclosed by a ‘rapper lock’. The design was quite deliberate and has nothing to do with cruelty to foxes; it actually alludes to one of the oldest pubs in Stevenage New Town where we used to retire for urgent rehydration after our early practise sessions, called ‘The Twin Foxes’. The pub was itself was named for 2 notorious poachers who lived and worked in the area in the 16th Century – identical twins called Albert Ebeneezer Fox and Ebeneezer Albert Fox, and each worked alone. But on the the rare occasions that one of them got caught, he would claim it was a case of mistaken identity, and that it must have been his twin brother wot dunnit. This ploy apparently worked well for many years, until both brothers were caught simultaneously. They were both hanged for their misdemenours.

Our sash badge is shown on our website
http://www.stevenagesword.org.uk/ 

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Stevenage Sword Dancers – ‘Betty’, one of 2 Fools who claim to be the mother and father of the 5 dancers

Stevenage Sword Dancers - conclusion of the Newbiggin Rapper Dance

Stevenage Sword Dancers concluding their Newbiggin Rapper dance

Stevenage Sword Dancers performing the Greatham Longsword dance in green 'tat' suits

Stevenage Sword Dancers performing the Greatham Longsword dance in green ‘tat’ suits

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Stevenage Sword Dancers – conclusion of the Greatham Longsword Dance

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Stevenage Sword Dancers in the procession at the Rocca Festival in Italy

2002 Rocca (30)

Little Bill attempting to defy gravity, performing the ‘Tommy flip’

Full Newbiggin rapper sword dance performed in St. Andrews Church, Whittlesey with yours truly as ‘Betty’, Jan 2015
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVI762N-RxM

Strohbären werden am 13.02.2013 durch die Straßen von Heldra (Hessen) getrieben. Am Aschermittwoch wird in dem Dorf an der Werra traditionell der Winter mit den Strohbären ausgetrieben. Foto: Uwe Zucchi/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Strohbären from Heldren, an agricultural town in Germany

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival
Introduction
Whittlesea Straw Bear – History
Whittlesea Straw Bear website
Peterborough Morris Men – Whittlesea Straw Bear page

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Brian Kell MEB, founder of Stevenage Sword Dancers and the Whittlsea Straw Bear Festival with his son Douglas as the main Bear and another local youngster as the Little Bear, 2014

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The Little Bear, with his accompanying handler and party

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Brian Kell as the original Straw Bear, with Sylvester the Deer and Peterborough Morris Men, 1st Whittlesea Straw Bear Day 12 January 1980

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Bear on a Bike

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Old Glory Molly Dancers musicians

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Old Glory Molly Dancers – ‘Molly’ a Green Man dressed as a woman

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Bourne Borderers dancing Welsh Border Morris

Suri, Ethiopia – young boys traditional floral head-dress
African Green
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