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The magic of Glastonbury town!

As part of the ongoing policy to positively promote Glastonbury, the town’s Green Councillors were delighted that the BBC broadcast a feature on the town as part of its coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Mayor Jon Cousins said:  “Getting maximum exposure for the town during Pilton was a priority discussed with the Festival’s representative on the Town Council’s ‘Promoting Glastonbury Committee’ during May’s meeting, and the idea developed from there.

The feature was shown prime-time on BBC 2 on the evening of Friday 24th June, and again on BBC2 on the afternoon of Saturday 25th June.  An estimated TV audience of 420,000 people watched Friday’s coverage!

Mayor of Glastonbury Jon Cousins and BBC presenter James Ballardie at Glastonbury Town Hall

Mayor of Glastonbury Jon Cousins and BBC presenter James Ballardie at Glastonbury Town Hall

BBC Radio 1 also got involved in promoting the town during the Festival, featuring Glastonbury’s Mayor on the Greg James Show’s ‘Mayor of Where’!

Chris Smith ‘with the News’ and Greg James go head-to-head in the Mayor Of Where, to guess where the Mayor comes from.  They asked me if the town had a Roman name, and I said that it was once called ‘Ynis Witrin’… they obviously thought I was in Wales, and seemed quite lost, until they asked if the town was known for any events.  I said: well we have an annual carnival and a cultural festival with theatre, arts, some comedy, and the odd Rock ‘n’ Roll band.  This seemed to have them stumped for a moment, and then Greg James said wait a minute…  It was great fun!

Glastonbury is the “the mega-node” for the Holy Grail!

‘EU experts on trail of Grail in effort to boost tourism’ - 5th November 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.

‘EU experts on trail of Grail in effort to boost tourism’ – 5th November 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.

Glastonbury’s Green Councillors have taken an active role in ‘The Grail Project’, which seeks to develop and promote a new pan-European spiritual and cultural tourism route based on the legend of the Holy Grail.

The route endeavours to combine and number tourism destinations linked by an association with the Grail outlined in a set of stories myths and legends.

The project is sponsored by the EU Enterprise and Industry Directorate General (Directorate E – Service Industries).

Of all the European Holy places and sacred sites involved, only one is connected to all traditions: Glastonbury…

We are “the mega-node!” according to Professor Fidgeon…

Find out more information about The Grail Project here.

Honorary Freeman Ceremony for Geoffrey Ashe MBE FRSL

A magnificent day indeed: Geoffrey Ashe MBE FRSL is formally adopted as an Honorary Freeman of Glastonbury.

‘Ashe made Freeman and says: this recognition is magnificent’ - 15th October 2015, Central Somerset Gazette

‘Ashe made Freeman and says: this recognition is magnificent’ – 15th October 2015, Central Somerset Gazette

Geoffrey Ashe MBE FRSL admitted as a Freeman of Glastonbury!

Council honours historical author with freeman nod 23rd July 2015 - Central Somerset Gazette.

Council honours historical author with freeman nod 23rd July 2015 – Central Somerset Gazette.

Glastonbury’s Green Councillors are extremely pleased to post that this week, Glastonbury Town Council voted unanimously to honour one of the town’s well loved, most distinguished residents – the acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe MBE – who was made a Freeman of Glastonbury.

Mr Ashe was nominated by Glastonbury’s Green Mayor Denise Michell and Green Deputy Mayor Jon Cousins, in recognition of his eminent services to Glastonbury as an author and cultural historian.

Born in 1923, Geoffrey Ashe is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has dedicated much of his professional career to unravelling the history, myths, and legends associated with Glastonbury.  His seminal work, ‘King Arthur’s Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury’, was published in 1957, and it sparked a revival of academic and cultural interest in the town’s Arthurian and ‘Avalonian’ connections.

The author, editor, and contributor to over 30 books.  His focus on Glastonbury has continued throughout the years, noticeably with the publication of ‘Avalonian Quest’ in 1982, and ‘The Landscape of King Arthur’ in 1987.   He has also written on a wide variety of other subjects, including: Gandhi; the Art of Writing; Miracles; Kings and Queens; Mythology; …and the Art of Bathing Through the Ages!

Following the vote, Cllr John Coles exclaimed, “It’s about time! This is long overdue.”  A delighted Mayor, Denise Michell said, “Geoffrey Ashe’s distinguished work on Glastonbury – a true ‘life-time’s work’ – can have few rivals.  Our town’s high regard for him is clearly shared by others throughout the country and establishment.  Not only is he a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, but he was appointed MBE by Her Majesty in 2012!”

In the past, a Freeman held all sorts of privileges, and often did not have to pay local taxes!  These days, the award is mostly symbolic – however, according to tradition, as a Freeman of Glastonbury Mr Ashe has now been conferred the right to drive his sheep through the centre of the town!

The power to transform the South West

Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Glastonbury's Green Deputy Mayor Cllr Jon Cousins at ‘the Power to transform the South West’ event.

Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Glastonbury’s Green Deputy Mayor Cllr Jon Cousins at ‘the power to transform the South West’ event.

A Public Meeting for the launch of a new report from The Resilience Centre:  ‘The power to transform the South West’

How to meet the region’s energy needs through renewable energy generation.

GLASTONBURY TOWN HALL

+ AVALON COMMUNITY ENERGY’s PIONEER SHARE LAUNCH!
* Learn about this unique opportunity to invest in community-owned renewables for Avalon!
* Help transform our local energy economy!

The Panel:
Molly Scott Cato – Green MEP for SW England
Andrew Clarke – The Resilience Centre
Sonya Bedford – Head of Renewable Energy, Stephens Scown Solicitors
Tom Hathway – South West Young Greens, University of Plymouth

Chaired by Jon Cousins, Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury Town Council

Hosted by Avalon Community Energy and Molly Scott Cato MEP

ACE Website: www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AvalonCommunityEnergy

MEP Website: www.mollymep.org.uk
Twitter:@MollyMEP
Tel: 01179166598
e-mail: office@mollymep.org.uk

Glastonbury’s First Green Mayor

Glastonbury's Deputy Mayor Green Cllr Jon Cousins and Green Mayor Cllr Denise Michell.

Glastonbury’s Deputy Mayor Green Cllr Jon Cousins and Green Mayor Cllr Denise Michell.

Sunday 14th June 2015 marked the ceremonial Mayor’s Sunday Parade, celebrating the election the Worshipful Denise Michell, the 316th (and first Green) Mayor of Glastonbury.

Cllr Michell’s newly elected Deputy Mayor is Green Councillor Jon Cousins.

Glastonbury’s MP, unformed cadets, the Archdruid and Bards of Ynys-witrin, Mace Bearers, Goddess Banner-bearers, a Marching Brass Band, sacred drummers, the Fire Brigade’s Guard of Honour, Councillors, Mayors and other dignitaries from the county… and even the festival’s Michael Eavis (foregoing his trademark shorts, and wearing long trousers especially!) took part in the procession – which was welcomed at St. John’s Church by the Vicar of Glastonbury Rev. David MacGeoch.