Elders of The Wica

As I knew Charles Clark, this website is slightly more focused on him and the Scottish Wica. However there were several other Craft Elders that became leading lights and helped to ensure the Crafts survival. On this page you will find information about several; some now have their own pages.

 
Patricia Crowther (Thelema)(1927- )
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Eleanor Bone (Artemis) (1910-2001)
 

Eleanor Bone was originally initiated by hereditary Witches in Cumbria and then later joined the Wica, in 1960. Two of her initiates, Arthur and Madge Worthington (founders of the 'Whitecroft line'), were ultimately responsible for a large number of initiations in the UK which went a long way to ensuring the Craft's survival.

 This website has been set up as a memorial page about Eleanor Bone and you can read more articles there.

◉ witchcraftandwitches.com/witchcraft/witches-eleanor-bone/ has an article about Ray Bone.

◉ Read an article about Eleanor that appeared in the Sunday Telegraph (May 3rd 1964) here.

◉ Ray Bone gave an interview 'My days as a Matron and nights as a Witch' in Tit Bits (June 6th 1964), you can read it here.

◉ 'Real Witches At Work' - featuring Eleanor Bone. Life (November 1964)

◉ There is an interview with Eleanor Bone online here.

◉ 'Witches in Britain' - featuring Eleanor Bone. Weekend Telegraph (May 21st 1965)

◉ An article from 1975 about Eleanor can be read here

◉ There is a page about Eleanor Bone in French here.

◉ An amusing short video from 'Witchcraft 70' which features Eleanor Bone.

 
Fred Lamond (Robert) (1931-2020)

Fred Lamond was a member of the Bricket Wood Coven near London for many years. He used to talk regularly on the subject of Witchcraft and was also quite well-known in the IT world.

◉ Watch an interview with Fred Lamond - Robert: Portrait of a Witch

 

◉ Fred's books: Fifty Years of WiccaReligion without Beliefs,

◉ There is an article about Fred, taken from the 'Far-Out' Magazine here

 

 

Lois Bourne (Tanith) (1928-2017)

Lois Bourne (Hemmings/Pearson) was another member of the Bricket Wood Coven. In the 1990s she and her husband ran 'Magistra' a supplier of magical regalia. 

◉ Lois' books: Conversations with a Witch, A Witch Amongst UsDancing with Witches, and Spells to Change Your Life. Lois also produced a small pamphlet under the name Lois Hemmings, about witchcraft in the English town which produced both Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General; and Cunning Murrell called Witchcraft and Manningtree  (C1946)

◉ There is a small interview with Lois in Saga Magazine, 1966 here

◉ You can find a small article about Lois which appeared in Psychic News on the 12th August 1961 here.

◉ 'She's a Witch' an article from The People January 11th 1969

◉ A succinct biography about Lous can be found here

◉ There is a page about Lois Bourne in French here.

◉ Lois Pearson - A Witch in Suburbia article from 'Voices From The Sixties'

 
Alex Sanders (Verbius) (1926-1988)
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Edith Woodford-Grimes (Dafo) (1887-1975)

Edith Woodford-Grimes was a close companion of Gardner's for many years. It is thought that she may have been the person who introduced Gardner to the New Forest Coven, and whom Gardner often referred to as 'the witch'.

◉ For more information about Edith, please see Philip Heselton's book, Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration.

 

 

Jack Bracelin (Seamus) (?-1983)
 

Jack Bracelin ended up running the Five Acres Sun Club for Gardner. This was also where 'The Witches Cottage' was placed; a small hut that became the location for meetings of the Bricket Wood Coven. Jack is also attributed with being the writer of Gardner's biographer Gerald Gardner: Witch, though it was actually written by Idries Shah and was first published under Shah's own publishing label, Octagon Press.

◉ Jack gave a small interview which appeared in the Sunday Times (October 27th 1963). Find it here.

Monique Wilson (nee Arnoux) (1923-1982) and Campbell Wilson (Olwen and Loic) (1923-?)

For more information on the Wilson's, please visit my Scottish Wica page

Thelma Capel (Dayonis)

Dayonis was involved with the Bricket Wood Coven in the 1950's and replaced Doreen Valiente as the High Priestess after Doreen left. In the late 1950s, she emigrated to Canada and a few years ago  gave a talk about her experiences in the Craft.

 

◉ You can find an interview with Dayonis taken from the Daily Mail (November 3rd 1958) here.

Donna/Dorothea Gardner (1893 - 1960)
 
 
 
 

I feel that this page would not be complete without Donna Gardner, wife of Gerald. Whilst the traditional viewpoint is that Donna was not involved in Gardner's Craft activities. I believe that she would at times, participate in rituals but wanted to be kept out of the media. She was the High Priestess for Charles Clark's own initiation and whilst there is evidence that she was not involved, some evidence supporting a Craft involvement can be found.

When time gives me some, I would like to write up my research into Donna Gardner and her involvement in the Wica.

◉ View an image of Donna's final resting place here.  Note the third degree pentagram on her gravestone.

◉ See a photo of some beads, reputed to be a set that Donna wore in the circle.

◉ In 2010, Tof wrote an article piecing together the evidence about Donna. Read it here (published The Cauldron 136, 2010)

◉ In 2015 Clive Harper wrote this article having discovered some written evidence for Donna being a Witch.

◉ This circa 1953 article has Donna saying she 'practiced a little amateur Witchcraft myself in the old days.' However, the astute will notice that there is an issue with this article when read in its entirety.

◉ You can see a photo of Gerald and Donna together in 'Gerald Gardner: Witch' by Jack Bracelin

 

Barbara Vickers (Morven) (1922 - 1973)

Barbara Vickers appears to have been amongst the first, if not the first, woman Gardner initiated. Recent research by Philip Heselton has shown that she had certainly received her initiation by November 1950. Doreen Valiente also met Barbara and mentions her in her writings.

◉ Read Philip Heselton's article about Barbara Vickers here. This was first published in The Cauldron in May 2008.