A message just received from Chalice Well:
As good people who love and support the Well and the wider landscape and mythos of Glastonbury, we have some shocking news. Last night a person or persons cut down the Holy Thorn Tree on Wearyall Hill. There is a vigil being held at the site by local people. We thought that you would like to know this in case you wanted to make your own connection with Glastonbury, the Thorn and Wearyall Hill.
UPDATE from local paper:
People of Glastonbury are in a state of shock after a Holy Thorn site was attacked last night. The crown of the iconic Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill has been lopped off and dumped – leaving just… a 6ft stump protected by an iron cage. However, it appears attempts were made to remove the cage, implying the vandals wanted the entire tree. If the tree survives without its crown, it should grow a new supply of thorn.
Police officers are on site this morning (Thursday) and conducting door-to-door enquiries to find any witnesses.
The attack came hours after the annual cutting ceremony by the eldest pupil of St John’s Junior School in Glastonbury Abbey yesterday. The cutting is sent to the Queen as a festive decoration.
Police have pointed out last night’s attack was confined to Wearyall Hill.
Inspector Mark Nicholson said: “A thorough investigation is now taking place and will continue. Police are appealing to anyone who would have been in this remote area, which is popular with dog walkers, to contact the police on 0845 456 7000.”
Alternatively you can contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Quote of the Day
He [Derek Jarman] supported the hunch I had long before I met him, and which drew me to him in the first place: that life is too short a thing to spend outside of your own urges and instinct. An artist’s responsibility is to remain self-determining at all odds: uncooptable and free. Derek modeled exactly this measure of a responsibility met head-on. It was his vocation, just as it is any artist’s – and his challenge, just as it is ours. And if not ours, then whose?