Myth of the Festival
Last TRC Meeting



Sunday 20st June 2004
Carpark opens 8PM
Stonehenge open 10PM
Stonehenge closes Monday 21st June 9AM
Carpark closes 1PM

Please can everybody read Terms & Conditions these are the rules of behaviour for a happy peaceful Solstice, that we have been involved in negotiating!

If there are any queries please ring the English Heritage Hotline 0870 3331186 where there are people who are paid to answer your questions!

Please DO NOT ring the Secretary of the Stonehenge Peace Process with your queries! I will not be involved in the 2004 public access, and will not be answering your queries.

Make your own amusements! Yes, just like we used to do!

The Summer Solstice Access is a managed access, it is not an "event" within the meaning of the law, if that sounds crazy, you nevertheless need to know that the only "entertainment" that can occur is of the impromptu, spontaneous kind that you can provide for yourselves!

The following activities are not banned but are permitted:

* Acoustic music
* Chanting * Dancing
* Dressing-up * Drumming * Jesting
* Poetry * Play-acting * Processions * Rituals
* Singing * Story-telling

The Stonehenge Peace Process is happy to register as Peace Stewards, impromptu performers, including musicians, because we think that these folk arts are one of the best ways to make people happy and peaceful and defuse the night club environment that has sometimes arisen where people get drunk waiting for the dawn amd occasionally get stroppy with each other or with the police etc... People should be aware that those turning up at the stones who are already drunk or abusive will not be admitted.

To find out about Peace Stewards, click HERE

To register as a Peace Steward, print the form at FORM


National Trust Land and the 'Pointless Picnic'

The National Trust fields are open to the Public on foot as normal, over the Summer Solstice and subject to the bye-laws. That's not any different from previous years, or any other time of year.

There has been some question about what those bye-laws say, but very basically, you must leave the land as you found it, and among activities which are banned are picking flowers, mushrooming, climbing trees as well as leaving litter, camping, making fires, erecting any structure whatever, be it only a pole or post. Basically all these activities damage the land. There are also restrictions on swearing and loud noises.

Most of these bye-laws begin by saying "No unauthorised person..." and the thing that you might in some cases need to do, if your group has a legitimate activity you want to pursue, is talk to the Trust and try to get their permission, you then become an "authorised person" and you are then protected by the bye-laws, which prohibit interference with your legitimate activity.

The text of the byelaws is at BYE-LAWS

This year 2004, some people are advertising a "pointless picnic" which is a gathering on National Trust land in the morning of June 21st starting at 9AM. We imagine this will be a peaceful and happy gathering and we imagine it will not be too large as at that time most people will have their heads down in preparation for the journey they will have to make later in the day.

The National Trust have stated "The issue is whether it is an organised or informal gathering. If too many people or camping beyond 'reasonable use' should occur, the NT will ask everyone to leave". The Secretary of the SPP is urging, through the stonehengepeace newsgroup, that those promoting the picnic take on the responsibility of organisers, or if they cannot find it in their hearts to do that, at least talk to the NT about what they are doing. By building up trust over the years, more activities may become possible on this land, although this should not encourage hopes that there will ever be a free festival or a music festival permitted there. This is most unlikely.

User Survey

Opinions are often expressed at the Round Table and at the TRC meetings which purport to be on behalf of the 30,000 plus people who have come to the access. There is doubt however that they are represented, the truth being that neither we nor English Heritage know what they like or want and they are a very diverse population who probably do not agree with one another.

This year English Heritage has arranged for some researchers, which may include some of our own volunteer peace stewards, to do a brief questionnaire with people on the morning of 21st June before they leave the site. The results of this could be very useful, and the Stonehenge Peace Process is asking you to spend a few moments and co-operate with the research in the interests of improving future access gatherings.

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