Druid has to miss Avebury Solstice

Druid Keeper of the Stones Terry Dobney who traditionally leads a Pagan greeting to the rising sun will be missing from the Summer Solstice celebration at Avebury on Tuesday.

Mr Dobney, 64,who lives in West Kennett and has who has been involved in the solstice celebrations at Avebury for more than 30 years, suffered a stroke and is currently recovering in the Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

There will be restricted camping only at Avebury.

Hilary Makins, the National Trust’s manager at Avebury, said: “Since Avebury is a World Heritage site our options for car parking and temporary campsites are very limited.

“We want people who come to enjoy a peaceful solstice but also to consider using some of the other official campsites nearby and coming to Avebury by public transport.”

There are campsites at Savernake Forest, Devizes and Calne all with bus links to Avebury.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:58am Fri 17 Jun 11

Granti says...

30 years my arse! He arrived in West Kennet in 2000 and no one in the village remembers him being there before that.
30 years my arse! He arrived in West Kennet in 2000 and no one in the village remembers him being there before that. Granti
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Fri 17 Jun 11

motherofinvention says...

Having previously been a resident of Avebury I find it incredible,(even though we were used to the weird and wacky)that anyone can roll up into the village and create a title for himself ,as Terry has done which no-one, least of all the National Trust or the media, ever questions.
To my knowledge,living in Avebury and then West Kennet from 1985-2000,Terry was a relative newcomer to the area and no-one but the gullible tourists took his self -appointed role seriously!
Having previously been a resident of Avebury I find it incredible,(even though we were used to the weird and wacky)that anyone can roll up into the village and create a title for himself ,as Terry has done which no-one, least of all the National Trust or the media, ever questions. To my knowledge,living in Avebury and then West Kennet from 1985-2000,Terry was a relative newcomer to the area and no-one but the gullible tourists took his self -appointed role seriously! motherofinvention
  • Score: 0

4:42pm Fri 17 Jun 11

motherofinvention says...

P.S.Terry's a nice bloke,wish him well
P.S.Terry's a nice bloke,wish him well motherofinvention
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Fri 17 Jun 11

Triton says...

The whole Druidism thing is daft - just a bunch of very sad people dancing around the stones in fancy dress.
The whole Druidism thing is daft - just a bunch of very sad people dancing around the stones in fancy dress. Triton
  • Score: 0

1:48am Sat 18 Jun 11

ChristopherBlackwell says...

Nothing daft about being Druid, than being in any other religion. Ever consider that your own beliefs might look daft to others? I can assure you that to most of the world even Christianity might look a bit daft. But I think most of the others would be too polite to ever say it.
Nothing daft about being Druid, than being in any other religion. Ever consider that your own beliefs might look daft to others? I can assure you that to most of the world even Christianity might look a bit daft. But I think most of the others would be too polite to ever say it. ChristopherBlackwell
  • Score: 0

6:54am Sat 18 Jun 11

Ms K says...

All religious beliefs have been written my man which has been, diluted and interrupted to suit that current leaders need at that time such has King Henry V111 who decided that there would be a Church of England as he disagreed with the Catholics and decided that he would become the Supreme Head of The Church of England!
Christmas day before Christianly ever came along was a day for the pagans to celebrate the Winter Festival known has Saturnalia. Wicca’s better known has witches today were accused of a crime randomly and then thrown into water with rocks attached to them, if they survived they were burnt to death at the stake as this was proof that they were evil, and yet if they drown then they were innocent! Throughout history organised religion and politics have caused more wars and loss of life’s then any natural disaster which mother natures may throw at us at times.
Druids dancing around stones, Christians praying in a church, Muslims praying to Allah all have their beliefs and all have good basic human rights, leaders Politicians have all used their religion for war, Tony Blair once said he prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send UK troops to Iraq, which completely disgusted me to use God name in vain to give him the right to be a war monger and send our troops to fight for what! Was he on the frontline, was his children on the front line no I fear not.
All religious beliefs have been written my man which has been, diluted and interrupted to suit that current leaders need at that time such has King Henry V111 who decided that there would be a Church of England as he disagreed with the Catholics and decided that he would become the Supreme Head of The Church of England! Christmas day before Christianly ever came along was a day for the pagans to celebrate the Winter Festival known has Saturnalia. Wicca’s better known has witches today were accused of a crime randomly and then thrown into water with rocks attached to them, if they survived they were burnt to death at the stake as this was proof that they were evil, and yet if they drown then they were innocent! Throughout history organised religion and politics have caused more wars and loss of life’s then any natural disaster which mother natures may throw at us at times. Druids dancing around stones, Christians praying in a church, Muslims praying to Allah all have their beliefs and all have good basic human rights, leaders Politicians have all used their religion for war, Tony Blair once said he prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send UK troops to Iraq, which completely disgusted me to use God name in vain to give him the right to be a war monger and send our troops to fight for what! Was he on the frontline, was his children on the front line no I fear not. Ms K
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Triton says...

ChristopherBlackwell wrote:
Nothing daft about being Druid, than being in any other religion. Ever consider that your own beliefs might look daft to others? I can assure you that to most of the world even Christianity might look a bit daft. But I think most of the others would be too polite to ever say it.
Oh, come on now. What isn't daft about a middle aged man dressed in bed sheets chanting some incantation whilst dancing around a megalith? You are correct in saying that most (and I would go as far as saying all) religions are a bit daft. I'm sure Anthropologists in 1000 years time will be having a great laugh at our generation of so-called modern Humans who still worship imaginary deities whilst dressed in outlandish attire. We may scoff whilst watching a documentary about African tribes and their rituals but we in the West are just as bizarre - just look what the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury was wearing when he conducted the recent Royal Wedding. The whole religion thing and man's need to worship something means we haven't mentally moved on from the stone age yet - well, some of us have moved on anyway!
[quote][p][bold]ChristopherBlackwell[/bold] wrote: Nothing daft about being Druid, than being in any other religion. Ever consider that your own beliefs might look daft to others? I can assure you that to most of the world even Christianity might look a bit daft. But I think most of the others would be too polite to ever say it.[/p][/quote]Oh, come on now. What isn't daft about a middle aged man dressed in bed sheets chanting some incantation whilst dancing around a megalith? You are correct in saying that most (and I would go as far as saying all) religions are a bit daft. I'm sure Anthropologists in 1000 years time will be having a great laugh at our generation of so-called modern Humans who still worship imaginary deities whilst dressed in outlandish attire. We may scoff whilst watching a documentary about African tribes and their rituals but we in the West are just as bizarre - just look what the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury was wearing when he conducted the recent Royal Wedding. The whole religion thing and man's need to worship something means we haven't mentally moved on from the stone age yet - well, some of us have moved on anyway! Triton
  • Score: 0

3:37am Tue 21 Jun 11

magnolia1 says...

Terry bought and moved to his cottage in West Kennet in mid 1990's when I stayed and celebrated with him regularly. Before that he visited Avebury on his motorbikes for many decades from his earlier Surrey home. Sceptics have no proof one way or another what is the truth of faith or religion. I found them to be benevolent people with much to add to this nasty world.
Terry bought and moved to his cottage in West Kennet in mid 1990's when I stayed and celebrated with him regularly. Before that he visited Avebury on his motorbikes for many decades from his earlier Surrey home. Sceptics have no proof one way or another what is the truth of faith or religion. I found them to be benevolent people with much to add to this nasty world. magnolia1
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Tue 21 Jun 11

magnolia1 says...

Triton: Are you perchance a self made man that worships his maker? I thought so.
Triton: Are you perchance a self made man that worships his maker? I thought so. magnolia1
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Tue 21 Jun 11

Triton says...

magnolia1 wrote:
Triton: Are you perchance a self made man that worships his maker? I thought so.
I don't feel the need to worship anything - megaliths, trees or made up gods in the clouds or wherever. If we were indeed "created" by a omnipotent being why would he/she/it want us to worship it?
.
I find the whole religion thing interesting from an anthropological and philosophical point of view. The bible is the biggest load of twaddle ever written, so much so that dozens of religions have sprung up from this one collection of short stories all claiming to follow the correct path to this "god". I also find it interesting that apparently intelligent people still worship a mystical god that there is zero proof for, indeed scientific fact contradicts most of what is in the bible.
.
Bottom line - all we are as Human beings is just another species of animal which has evolved over millions of years on planet Earth to become what we are today. We take ourselves far too seriously in the grand scheme of things and we have become mere parasites upon this planet as we destroy ecosystems, make animals extinct through our greed and self importance.
[quote][p][bold]magnolia1[/bold] wrote: Triton: Are you perchance a self made man that worships his maker? I thought so.[/p][/quote]I don't feel the need to worship anything - megaliths, trees or made up gods in the clouds or wherever. If we were indeed "created" by a omnipotent being why would he/she/it want us to worship it? . I find the whole religion thing interesting from an anthropological and philosophical point of view. The bible is the biggest load of twaddle ever written, so much so that dozens of religions have sprung up from this one collection of short stories all claiming to follow the correct path to this "god". I also find it interesting that apparently intelligent people still worship a mystical god that there is zero proof for, indeed scientific fact contradicts most of what is in the bible. . Bottom line - all we are as Human beings is just another species of animal which has evolved over millions of years on planet Earth to become what we are today. We take ourselves far too seriously in the grand scheme of things and we have become mere parasites upon this planet as we destroy ecosystems, make animals extinct through our greed and self importance. Triton
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree