Forty five year ago, on Sunday 1st May, 1971, the inaugural meeting of members of the Pagan Front, which later became the Pagan Federation, took place on 1st May 1971 in Chiswick. It was chaired by Doreen Valiente, who wrote a short ritual for the occasion, so therefore it seems appropriate to celebrate the PF’s 45th anniversary at Preston Manor, where material from the Doreen Valiente Collection is currently on display as part of the venue’s exhibition for the summer season: Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain. The event includes some short talks together with a tour of the exhibition.
The theme will be how we can learn from Doreen’s approach and life as we work for the future of the Pagan Federation. Rebecca Beattie will talk about literary Pagans, Richard Levy will talk about Doreen’s approach to making witchcraft more widely accessible, and Julie Belham-Payne will share some personal reminiscences.