It’s nice sometimes to take the time on a Sunday morning to reflect on the older, more established religions and their time honoured traditions.
Take, for example, the Druids. Been around a while. Just look at their old church at Stonehenge.
Well it would seem that even though the stone circle has stood for some 5,000 years with a minimum of interference it needs to be dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st century. So the owners, English Heritage, are looking to employ a £65,000 per annum General Manager.
The job description? The tasks will involve meeting with Druid leaders and ensuring the solstice celebrations “aren’t in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones”. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the attraction, which is aligned with the solstice sun, muck in to help the site’s one million visitors and lead the monument’s 180 staff and volunteers.
Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s historic properties director, said: “You could be up at the stones one minute, in outdoor garb trying to help visitors, then you can be back in a state-of-the-art visitors centre. The next time you could be in a suit, representing our site.”
I am tempted to ask why it takes 180 staff to manage a stone circle in the middle of a field – but that’s just me nit picking…
Another important duty would be maintaining relationships with Druid leaders such as King Arthur Pendragon, who campaigned to make the site open to the public during the summer and winter solstices.
It seems entirely potty and over the top to me. And I am forced ask “Why not let the Druids manage the site?” After all, it’s their temple…