Penny for the Guy!

During late October, right up until the late 1980s, children would have been out in the streets of England collecting money and wood for Bonfire Night (5 Novemver), pushing carts and wheelbarrows containing scarecrow-like figures called ‘guys’, beseeching ‘Penny for the Guy!” In the North of England, this was called Cob-Coaling and children went from door to door in the days and weeks leading up to Bonfire Night, asking for wood for the fire, as well as money for fireworks: “We’ve come a cob-coaling, cob-coaling, cob-coaling,/ We’ve come a cob-coaling for Bonfire Night.”

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Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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