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Glastonbury & Patmos, Strengthened Unity Twinned in Perpetuity
Surrender is the key phrase that led us to an adventure in Patmos.
We surrendered and found a blessing bestowed upon us, from Glastonbury twinned in perpetuity with Patmos, a gift of love from the people of Glastonbury to the people of Patmos.
It felt like we were building upon a brotherhood that had already been spiritually initiated by Zoé d'Ay and politically inspired by John Coles, Glastonbury Mayor 2010.
Now we had the calling...
It was but a few months ago Paul, my husband, noticed our Glastonbury sign on the approach from Street to Glastonbury:
'Glastonbury Twinned With Patmos'
Our curiosity quickened. What was this place 'Patmos', anyway? So we searched...
Glastonbury Tor? No, This Is Patmos!
- A hill with an old monastery - looked like and sounded like the tower on the hill of our Tor.
- A revelation of St John from the Bible's book of revelations, the apocalypse. Some would say that Glastonbury is the heart chakra of the world and many would pinpoint Glastonbury as a place forefront of the end times.
- A place of world wide pilgrimage - sounds a bit 'Glastonbury' to me!
- Saint John is paramount to revelations just as Glastonbury's Saint Joseph is known as the keeper of the chalice from Jesus's last supper.
- A sacred music festival - Glastonbury has a well known one of those too!
We couldn't get Pat-mos out of our minds and hearts. Obscure situations started to come our way that highlighted St John and revelations to us.
For us, there was no denying - we had a strong calling. What our work was, we didn't know.
There was a lot of synchronicity in being in the right time and the right place, from booking our travel (the flight from Bristol to Bodrum in Turkey and the boats from Bodrum to Kos, then finally, Pat'mos in Greece) to the timing of family and work committments.
It was all too perfect!
A patient heard of our trip - if you know us you will know that we volunteer for the Ambulance Service - she used to be The Mayoress of Glastonbury.
She said it would be a good idea to speak to Ian Tucker, the present day Mayor of Glastonbury, and tell him of our impending trip.
It was with this that the seed was sown.
Buddhist Relics In Glastonbury
No more was done for a couple of months until I stumbled upon Ian Tucker at the Buddhist Relics opening ceremony at Chalice Well in Glastonbury (see resource box).
There were limited numbers allowed to enter but, somehow, I was picked to witness this magical ritual.
After the blessing, I spoke to Mr Tucker and, to my joy, he suggested that I might take a letter and some memorbilia of John Cole's and Zoé d'Ay previous visit which formally united the Glastonbury twinning back in 2010.
We were the first to return to Patmos and both towns now had new Mayors, our Ian Tucker and Patmos's Stoikos Grigoris.
160 Year Old Bowl From The People Of Glastonbury
Syncronicity And A Message To Garcia
As syncronicity of this visit continued on its magical vein, we happened to bump into Alan Gloak (OBE) in a supermarket and told him of our visit.
He asked me to take a very special gift - a 160 year old wooden bowl made from a beam from the Red Brick Building (see resource box).
My husband and I felt honored to do this for 'The people of Glastonbury'.
We felt like we were advocates of something very special just like Rowan when he took 'A Message To Garcia', Elbert Hubbard (see Resource Box).
Little did we know how important our trip was!
So, there we were, armed with gifts: the latest Glastonbury Gazette Newspaper, 160 year old bowl, DVD of the 2010 twinning trip, a message from Tucker and our own tribute - Chalice Well water from the white spring, the red spring with a hint of blessed water from the Buddhist Relics - we were ready to fly to our adventure.
Thomas and Nicholas Studios
A Message From Tucker
On our arrival, there was no one to greet us, despite John Coles attempts to let the right people know that we had 'a message from Tucker'. Not to worry, a wonderful young man and a dog was right nearby as we got off the boat.
Thomas was his name and the dog was the welcome dog of Patmos (who inspired me to write a story which you can click on).
We asked if he had accommodation as he was holding a board that stated 'Nicholas Studios' (see resource box). It was a strange fact that before we left Glastonbury, Paul had stumbled upon these studios on the internet and would have booked a room with them. John Coles, however, had kindly left messages with various people including Patmos's Tourist Information who knew of our arrival. We thought, therefore, we would be guided and guided we were!
Tourist Information was closed and here was Thomas who turned out to be a guiding light in our mission to deliver 'a message to Grigoris'.
Glastonbury & Patmos Twinned In Perpetuity
We explained to Thomas that we had a mission and, considering that Thomas was born and bred in Patmos, he had no idea that Glastonbury was twinned with Patmos. There were no official signs - only that of their twinning with Belgium situated in the centre of the Island at Skala. It was as if we had made the whole thing up!
Without another word, whilst we settled in our apartment, Thomas had located Mayor Grigoris and there hanging in his office was the official twinning 'Glastonbury & Patmos Twinned In Perpetuity' (see picture and resource box). The only evidence of our unity.
A Message To Grigoris
At last the communication had filtered through and Thomas was the instigator - how blessed we were to be guided to him!
A message to Grigoris will be delivered by Glastonbury's Rowan, between 11am to 2pm the following Monday 10th September.
In the meantime, we enjoyed the hospitality of Thomas and his family, watched some traditional Patmos dancing and ventured around the Island's natural beauty.
Meeting Mayor Grigoris
Thomas drove us to meet the Mayor of Patmos - Stoikos Grigoris.
It was very busy in his office, short staffed, due to the terrible monetary crisis in Greece. Cutbacks and urgent business persisted but we were made welcome with some coffee and charming chat with the Mayor's assistants.
We were told that there had not been any contact with Glastonbury since the 2010 visit and had a feeling that the tie had somewhat been forgotten.
However, our presence and the items that we presented to the Mayor of Patmos had been a positive experience that 'helped to build a brotherhood', as Mr Grigoris put it.
There was a lovely warmth from the Mayor and he seemed overjoyed with the wooden bowl and the message from Ian Tucker.
We had done our job well and told him all we could about Glastonbury, Alan Gloak, John Coles and Ian Tucker.
We even showed him pictures of them in the local Glastonbury Gazette.
The Mayor of Pat' Mos proceeded to ask Thomas to arrange transportation of some gifts for us, Mr Tucker and Alan Gloak that he picked up that afternoon.
These gestures us, Rowan, have brought back to Glastonbury to distribute accordingly and includes a message from Grigoris to the Mayor of Glastonbury.
A lesson that we have learned here is for relationships to flourish, it is up to us to keep up the communication flow, not others, and help our brothers in times of need. This is about being the best we can be.
Patmos needs the support of Glastonbury now. It is our hope, as we return a message from Garcia, that somewhere in the Glastonbury coffers there maybe a donation for a sign advertising the twinning.
As the red spring, the white spring and blessed Buddhist water ran across the step of the apocalyptic caves, remember, you can always rely on Rowan to deliver a message to Garcia!
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