Registration and other News.....
There are two ways in which you may register for the 2012 Mount Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering:
1. You can email us at at the addresses given at the left hand side of this blog.
2. You may register on the day you arrive.
Our permit from Parks Victoria clearly stipulates that they will allow a maximum of 80 people under our umbrella. So once we reach 80 people that is all we can cover under our insurance and permit. This does not mean that you cannot turn up and camp at Mount Franklin-**BUT IF YOU WISH TO JOIN IN THE GATHERING AND HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR LEGAL NAME WITH US WE CANNOT COVER YOU UNDER OUR INSURANCE IN THE EVENT OF ANY INCIDENT OR DAMAGE TO YOU NOR PROPERTY**
If you choose not to register, you implicitly understand you are wholly and solely responsible for your person and property and that MFAPG Inc will take no responsibility whatsoever, nor will be held liable in any way for any loss of property, injury or insult.
This year we will have T-Shirts available for sale- it will consist of a picture of the Mount with "Mount Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering" encircling it. The T-shirts are printed on free trade/pre shrunk organic fibre and will be done in a neutral colour for this year. The photo will be central to the T-shirt and the writing will be in black eco friendly ink. Pre-orders are available now. Shirts cost $30.00 regardless of size and are a generous fit. Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL.
If pre-ordering please post money order/cheque to PO Box 54 Castlemaine 3450 these orders MUST NOT reach us later than the 19th October 2012.
We will have some available for sale at the Gathering as well. If you have any children that you'd like to have one please let us know ASAP as we will not print on children's sized shirts normally.
We are very lucky to be supported this year by Fi & Tex at Big Tree T-Shirts and Promotions who can be found at:
Fi & Tex Big Tree T-Shirts Screen Printing & Promotions P.O. Box 885 GUILDFORD VIC 3451
And we send them a MASSIVE thankyou!!!
Times are 'a changing:
How we all wish we could sometimes go back to the grass root beginnings of the Gathering, and hold forever intact the innocence and organic feel it always has been known for. But times as we all know change and so too, must we to adapt and evolve to keep alive the Southern Hemisphere's most beloved and longest running Gathering. As you all know we have become an incorporated body and have been delighted to become involved with SHARE-Sustainable Hepburn Association -Cultivating Community Resilience. From SHARE's website "Sustainable Hepburn Association – Renewing the Earth (SHARE) is a not-for-profit, non-political community association run by volunteers. SHARE has around 500 members and is focused on the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia". http://share.asn.au/
This has allowed us to obtain not only our required insurance but also look towards the future in terms of a working partnership and involvement with projects related to the Hepburn Shire and Central Victoria. We would like to thank SHARE and all its participants for their fantastic work in and around the community and we look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration.
It also brings up a number of other items we have recently discussed at a recent meeting and are looking at membership ideas for the MFAPG. This will allow us to remain a not for profit Gathering and cover costs annually related to the gathering such as insurance, Marquee hire, permit costs. Next year, Parks Victoria are proposing a fee to use the Mount for the Gathering and/or Camping but we are unsure of details at this time as talks are still underway. Currently, we propose an annual fee of $30.00 which entitles members to a guaranteed place at the gathering, members price on all merchandise and advertising space on both blog and FB. Our discussions around Merchandise has not yet been finalised, but is likely to include bumper stickers, artwork, cards, t-shirts, Franklin Seasonal Calendar and Mel and Linda's coming book Food for The Sabbats.
We welcome feedback on merchandise, perhaps on what you would like to see or have as a keepsake. We will also be holding a stall for the first time in December 2012 at Guildford Victoria. More news on that as time draws closer.
Please remember that we are looking for musicians, artists and artisans to contribute to this years gathering and look forward to hearing from you.
Shortly we will be posting instructions for an item each ritual participant is to have made for this years procession. Watch this space! Not long to go now!!