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Rik Cook for St. Ben’s By-election!

The candidates have been announced for the Glastonbury St. Benedict’s ward by-election, which will take place on Thursday, 5th May 2016.

Glastonbury Green Party have selected Rik Cook as their candidate for the seat, which fell vacant earlier this year after Green Councillor Paul Sander-Jackson was forced to resign due to ill health.

St Ben's by-election Rik Cook and Mayor Denise Michell

Rik Cook with Glastonbury’s Mayor, Cllr Denise Michell at last year’s ‘Mayor’s Sunday’ celebration.

Rik is a local businessman who has lived in the St. Benedict’s ward for 25 years.  He is a single father, living with his daughter Hazel and their dog Ziggy.

For more than 20 years Rik worked in the Licensed trade in Glastonbury; first at The Market House and then at Tor Leisure, and has a great deal of experience supporting community ventures and dealing with Glastonbury Town Council on planning and licensing applications.

In 2010 he set up his own successful small business as a specialist painter and decorator, using eco-friendly paints and plasters to restore and refurbish traditional properties.

Rik helped establish a number of ongoing  community run events, including the Riders in the Sky Annual Ride Out, the Medieval Fayre, and the Glastonbury Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.  He also used sponsorship and promotion to build positive relationships with the town’s more traditional local clubs and associations such as Sea, Air, and Army Cadets, Skittles, Pool, Darts Leagues, local photography, Chess clubs, as well as local Rugby and  Football clubs, and pub cricket leagues.

Interviewed recently, Rik said, “I know the issues that concern St. Benedict’s residents, and understand the task we face as a community. These are difficult times and we’re facing many challenges, but I believe these can be overcome if we work together. I would be honoured to continue working for the community, as your representative on Glastonbury Town Council.”

St Ben's by-election nominations as published by Mendip District Council on Thursday 7th April

St Ben’s by-election nominations as published by Mendip District Council on Thursday 7th April

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Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part three]

Natalie Bennett’s visit to Glastonbury on 26th January, saw the Green Party leader meeting with members of the Last Bank Standing Campaign; listening to residents on Chilkwell Street and Cottle Close – to learn more about ‘Lighten the Load A361’; she also found time to meet some of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, and to visit West Mendip Green Party members and supporters with Paul Lund – the Green Party Candidate in the Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election (on 11th February).

At Glastonbury Town Hall, Natalie was delighted to meet with Glastonbury’s Green Mayor, Cllr Denise Michell, and Green Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jon Cousins in the historic Council Chamber.

Green Mayor, Green Deputy Mayor, and Green Party Leader by Ewan Jones

Green Mayor, Green Deputy Mayor, and Green Party Leader in Glastonbury’s Council Chamber. Photo by Ewan Jones

With the Greens holding minority-control of the Council, Natalie was very interested in the potential of Paul Lund’s election as an eighth Green Councillor (which would give the Greens a working majority), and she talked with Paul about the work he currently does as Deputy Chair of the Council’s Promoting Glastonbury Committee (Paul is the first non-councillor to hold such a position in the Council).

Natalie was also keen to hear about Paul’s pioneering work as the author of the town’s ‘Charter for the Environment’, which was adopted in 2012.

Paul Lund shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s ‘Charter for the Environment’. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

Paul Lund shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s ‘Charter for the Environment’ in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

In the afternoon Natalie and Paul visited Green Party members and supporters on the Redlands Estate, listening to their concerns and thoughts about the future of Glastonbury the A361 petition, the Green’s success at banning the use of the toxic herbicide glyphosate; protecting the town’s green spaces, the renewing of Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status, the new Green-led Neighbourhood Plan, and of course the loss of the banks.

Photos by Laura Zaky and Gabriel Avalon.

Photos by Laura Zaky and Gabriel Avalon.

Paul Lund, Green Candidate in the St. Mary’s By-election with Natalie in front of the Draper’s Factory mural. Photo by Gabriel Avalon.

Paul Lund, Green Candidate in the St. Mary’s By-election with Natalie in front of the Draper’s Factory mural. Photo by Gabriel Avalon.

Reflecting on her visit, Natalie said that the threatened closure of the town’s last two banks gave “One more example of our financial sector failing to meet the needs of communities; threatening businesses through lack of access to cash and lost custom.”

To support the Last Bank Standing Campaign, please click HERE.

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part one]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part two]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part one]

Natalie’s visit reported in the Central Somerset Gazette, 28th January 2016.

Natalie’s visit reported in the Central Somerset Gazette, 28th January 2016.

Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett visited Glastonbury on 26th January to meet with the Last Bank Standing Campaign.

Natalie’s visit certainly caused a stir, with a collection of photographers, press, and microphones following her in a walk around town, to meet with shop keepers, traders, and businesses; to hear directly how they will be affected by the threatened closure of Glastonbury’s two remaining banks.

Natalie Bennett walks around Glastonbury to hear about the impact of bank closures.

Natalie Bennett walks around Glastonbury to hear about the impact of bank closures. Photo by Laura Zaky.

A Green Man welcomed the Green leader, as Natalie was formally met at Glastonbury Town Hall by the Worshipful Denise Michell, Green Mayor of Glastonbury, her Deputy Cllr Jon Cousins, and key members of the Last Bank Standing Campaign.

Greenman welcomes Green leader - Natalie is formally welcomed by civic dignitaries and Last Bank Standing campaigners .

‘Green Man welcomes Green leader’ – Natalie is formally welcomed by civic dignitaries and Last Bank Standing campaigners. Photo by Ewan Jones.

During the visit, Natalie discussed how being denied access to a bank had social and economic impacts on a community.  She was delighted that Glastonbury’s Green Councillors had taken an active role in the campaign and creative action, saying, “Listening to the High Street’s businesses and traders; talking with people about the situation, Glastonbury clearly needs a bank.”

Natalie at Heaphy’s Café, photo by Laura Zaky.

Natalie at Heaphy’s Café, photo by Laura Zaky.

Natalie listening to businesses and traders during her visit

Natalie listening to businesses and traders during her visit – clockwise from top left: The Goddess and The Green Man, Dilliway & Dilliway, Blue Cedar Print Works, and Glastonbury Post Office. Photos by Laura Zaky.

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part two]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part three]

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

Glastonbury at the Green Party Conference

Glastonbury at the Green Party Conference with Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Her Worship Denise Michell - Mayor of Glastonbury, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury Cllr Jon Cousins, and Cllr Emma George

Left to Right: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Her Worship Denise Michell – Mayor of Glastonbury, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury Cllr Jon Cousins, and Cllr Emma George

Wells meets Wales - the Green Party's Candidate for Wells, Cllr Jon Cousins, meets the Leader of the Wales Green Party, Pippa Bartolotti, at the Green Party of England and Wales Conference - also in the picture is the Right Worshipful Green Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr Denise Michell.

Wells meets Wales – the Green Party’s Candidate for Wells, Cllr Jon Cousins, meets the Leader of the Wales Green Party, Pippa Bartolotti, at the Green Party of England and Wales Conference – also in the picture is the Right Worshipful Green Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr Denise Michell.

 

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!

Glastonbury’s first Green Mayor to open Festival!

‘Mayor chosen for the festival's opening act’ - 18th June 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.

‘Mayor chosen for the festival’s opening act’ – 18th June 2015, Central Somerset Gazette.

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.