See our previous posting about it making no sense to have the solstice shindig tomorrow when solstice is today (shortly). English Heritage has just come clean why:


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Based on advice from the druid and pagan communities?!”  Are they in charge now? It wouldn’t be the first time. Remember when astrology was used? As we wrote in 2015 – “You’d think finding when Solstice occurs is simple. You just tweet Prof Brian Cox or NASA. Job done. So it’s a surprise to read an official of the “Open Access to Stonehenge” group saying “As for how our access date is worked out from what I can gather, is a combination of factors:- Astrological time is worked out, up to midday and the access will be on the morning of that date. Midday onwards means access will be on the morning after…”” It transpired that “the President of the British Astrologers Association (who also helps organise Peace Stewards at Stonehenge) “liaises with English Heritage regarding Stonehenge access.” ….
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So much for the Society of Antiquarians saying “there’s a fundamental need to educate and inform the widest possible audience about the past to achieve a better engagement with the public and thus inspire commitment to the heritage.” This isn’t engagement. It’s misinforming.
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Meanwhile, hurrah for the Lantern Parade, taking place about now, comprising people who AREN’T misinformed!
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Update from a pagan in the Stonehenge area, 1.00am, Tuesday 22nd, cold, dark, and with actual Solstice and sunset long gone:

“Not impressed!! EH making it very difficult to attend Winter Solstice 2017. [Ed. To be fair, also on pagan and Druid advice!] Drove closed at 1am, nowhere to park in the vicinity due to cones and Security everywhere, being made to pay to pray – pretty disgusting really……..Letter of complaint to EH will be on it’s way ASAP!!!!”