PF North East is a large geographical area stretching from Scotland in the north to Derbyshire in the south and from the east coast to Lancashire. There are five Regions – Northumbria, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire-with-North-Lincs, each one with a Regional Coordinator and at least one Local Coordinator whose main responsibility is making contact with PF members in their area.
There are so many interesting sites throughout this District – monoliths, mounds, turf mazes, stone circles, springs, wells and numerous natural features worthy of a visit – it has been difficult to select just three.
Blakey Topping – a mound on the Yorkshire Wolds
The Devil’s Arrows, large standing stones next to the A1 at Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
Ilkley & Rombalds Moor in West Yorkshire – the Twelve Apostles (previously known as the Druidical Dial) stone circle, plus many carved stones eg Badger, Swastika.
Details of the above – and many more – can be found in Julian Cope’s “Modern Antiquarian”.
District & Folk Events:
Most local areas have meetings of some kind, many are held monthly in local pubs or cafes, some are in members’ homes, others are less frequent and might involve walks, picnics or countryside clean-up activities.
We have our own quarterly newsletter/magazine – Northern Oak – published at the Solstices and Equinoxes and sent out to all Associate and Full members. There are also some members who are ‘specialists’ on the different Pagan Paths and others who can help in areas such as dealing with the media, young people or Pagan parents. Twice a year we hold a District Council meeting where views can be aired and ideas shared.
Cakin Night at Stannington & Dungworth (South Yorkshire) – 31st October
Handsworth Sword Dancers, Sheffield – Winter Solstice
Grenoside Sword Dancers, Sheffield – Boxing Day
Wassailing in Lincolnshire – nearest Sunday to the 13th day after 12th night of Yule.
Viking Festival, York – mid-February
Slaithwaite Moonrakers, West Yorkshire – third Saturday in February
Good Friday Mummers at Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Castleton Garland Ceremony near Sheffield – 29th May
Also the National Trust and local Countryside Services put on a variety of walks, talks, fun days and activities throughout the year.
BARNSLEY: 1st Wed at the Gatehouse, which is right next to the bus station, opposite the Hospice Shop. We have an outdoor moot on some Saturdays, and a house moot with us once a month, but, of course, we like to meet folks at the pub moots first. FFI phone Liz on 01226-790156
BISHOP AUCKLAND MOOT meets in the The Grand, South Church Road in Bishop Auckland (near ASDA) on the third Tuesday of each month from 8.00 onwards. FFI email firstname.lastname@example.org
DARLINGTON: The Mucky Duck Moot meets in the lounge of The Black Swan in Darlington (just along from the Civic Theatre) on the last Monday of the month from 7:00pm onwards. FFI e-mail Kathy at email@example.com
DURHAM: Venue variable, For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FARGATE: Coffee Moot – Discussion group/social gathering; open to all. Starbucks, Fargate S1 2HE – Noon-16.00 on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Please email email@example.com or check Albion Moot’s fb page for info
HEXHAM:’The Rat Moot’ meets either in the back room or side room of The Rat Inn at Anick near Hexham. Second Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm. Please note that the rooms are non-smoking areas. FFI e-mail Kathryn at Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07721 494 315 or 01434 633 634.
HULL: Hull Pub Moot: 1st Monday of the month, Spring Bank Tavern. On the corner of Grey Street and Spring Bank (the town end), opposite the Hull Daily Mail buildings. Gathering from about 8:00pm onwards in the front public bar. Usually we are just to the right of the main entrance. FFI email@example.com. More info
HULL: Hull House Moots, Open Rituals and other events. As is usual for such events these are open to people we have met at the pub moot a few times. If you are unable to get to the pub moot but would like to meet other pagans in Hull please contact Ian, the Hull Local Co-ordinator, via the PFNE Wakefield Box address or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Hull On-line Forum
MORLEY: Morley Pagan Moot. The Moot meets every fourth Tuesday in the month at 7:30pm in the Labour Rooms, Commercial Street, Morley, LS278HZ. To contact us email email@example.com
NEWCASTLE: The Newcastle Gathering at Bob Trollops bar on Newcastle Quayside is held on the second Tuesday of the month and starts at 7:30 p.m. (The group has use of the back room and ‘Private Party’ sign is on the door). FFI e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07890 340484.
ROTHERHAM: Last Wednesday of every month at 8:30pm in The Old Monk, High Street, Rotherham. Contact: email@example.com or phone Mark on 07836-373913. FFI: Francis Clarke-Rowland on www.pf-lc-sheffield.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
RYTON: Half Moon Pub Moot, Ryton, Newcastle. Held on the last Wednesday of the month in Half Moon Pub, Ryton from 7.30 onwards. Look for ‘Witch on a Broomstick’ symbol on the table. For further information, contact Trish or Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 845592.
SUNDERLAND: The moot meets in the Isis Pub on Silksworth Row Town Centre on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm onwards. FFI contact Gordon (email@example.com, 07828 230669) or Lorraine (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07548 11760).
SHEFFIELD:Albion Moot meets at the Harlequin pub on the 1st Thursday each month; there is a coffee moot at the top of Fargate on the 1st Sunday each month and Pagan Pathways have talks/discussions at Airy Fairy on London Rd every other Tuesday.
SHEFFIELD:Pagan Pathways. Semi-formal discussion group, open to all. Airy Fairy, 239 London Rd, S2 4NF – Alternate Tuesdays at 20.00 (light refreshments available to buy from 19.30) – Contact Airy Fairy Tel:0114 2492090 or check facebook
SHEFFIELD: The Goddess Temple – ad hoc celebrations, workshops, training, men’s group – Airy Fairy, 239 London Rd S2 4NF – Contact A/F on 0114 2492090 or check the fb page
WAKEFIELD:Elementals, a modern moot for modern Pagans is held on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Henry Boons upstairs function room, near Wakefield Westgate train station.Scheduled talks/workshops start at 8.30pm.Everyone welcome, all opinions valued. FYI visit www.huddsmoot.proboards55.com/index.cgi or phone Krystal on 07719364318 .
YORK: Kith of the Earthen Star is a corporately-led, nature-loving Pagan group welcoming all who bring positive energies into the Circle. We meet upstairs in the Golden Fleece, Pavement, York, on the first Monday of the month, at 7.30 for 8pm for an informal speaker moot. We also sometimes meet for social and ritual events. Marcus Naylor’s info is now 07582 440 301, email email@example.com. Our website is http://kithoftheearthenstar.co.uk or find us on Facebook.