Come and celebrate the turning of the seasons in the Community Garden (Bishophill Senior, opposite the Golden Ball). We have a ‘gathering’ on each solstice and equinox. These are roughly 3 months apart; defined by the heavens and used by humans to mark time. *

In Bishophill we use them to meet up with the neighbours, and make new friends! They are usually 6 – 7.30pm on whichever evening the equinox/solstice falls. We advertise this with an email ‘post’ from the blog, and posters up on the railings. If there’s a newsletter before the event, there’ll be something in that too.

The next event is the Autumn Equinox – Saturday 22nd September 2012 – followed by the Winter Solstice on Friday 21st December 2012. Do come along and join in the cheer; friends and family are all welcome.

We will usually fire up a big barbeque for everyone to use if they wish. Bring along your sausages, burgers, veggie things or veg, and cook your tea alfresco. People often bring along treats to share (shop bought is fine if you’ve not the time or inclination to bake!), mulled wine or whatever you fancy.


*  There are two equinoxes each year, in spring and autumn, and mark the time when both day and night are are equal length, i.e. 12 hours. The winter solstice marks the time of the longest night and the shortest day. The summer solstice is the opposite i.e. the longest day and shortest night. Solstice’s and equinox’s are sometime between the 20-23rd of March; June; September; December.

Wikipedia has more information, plus dates and times of the forthcoming equinox and solstices.


The old church brought back to life by candlelight

Bishophill Wishes. At the winter solstice last year residents wrote their wishes for the year ahead and placed them on the weeping ash. Click here for the slideshow.