Solstice is approaching.

The days are drawing shorter and shorter. Very soon it will be the least light day of the year and to celebrate this and the returning of longer days, people in the New Cross, Brockley, Nunhead and Telegraph Hill area of South London are reviving and re-inventing the ancient local “Night of the Beasts” parade. This years solstice falls on Thursday December 22nd. All are welcome to join in, either starting at New Cross Library at 4.30pm or meeting at the Telegraph pub, Dennetts rd. SE14 from 5pm to then parade with musical accompaniment, through the streets up to The Hill Station for refreshment and wassailing. Keep in the spirit and keep warm by dressing in a beastly theme, bring a pet or a cuddly toy or carry a lantern to help light our way. There are preparatory making workshop sessions where you can help build a beast or make a costume element for yourself or kids; at the Narthex Hall in St. Catherines Church on Kitto rd. right behind the the Hill Station on Sat 17th Dec. from 11.30 to 4 and at New Cross Library Sun 18th Dec. from 11 to 5. But most of all come and join the parade.

Singers and musicians are invited to bring instruments to ad lib music on the parade, then to lead singing of traditional wassail carols, or songs celebrating animals, or the turning of the year. There will be a keyboard, guitar amp and mic.

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