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I have the legal right to Archdruid's title

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

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I AM Rollo Maughfling, referred to in your letters page of May 30, under the heading "Archdruid title is debatable".

A Mr Hall says "The description of Rollo Maughfling as Archdruid of Glastonbury is highly contestable"; a view which he claims, is shared by the mayor, town council and local vicars of Glastonbury.

No it isn't.

As sub-leasees of the intellectual property rights to the use of the name Glastonbury, (owned by Glastonbury Festivals Ltd), Glastonbury Town Council awarded its use as part of the registered IP name "Glastonbury Order of Druids" to me, as founder and presiding archdruid of G.O.D.S, in 2007, in recognition of the founding of the Order, in May 1988.

As Mr Hall suggests, Mr Bennett was raised as an archdruid in 2005, but subsequently abandoned his post and went to live in Portugal for some years, thereby making it incumbent upon me to reassume the running of the Order, and reorganise it. Later, it became necessary to apply for registration, in order to protect the name of the Order.

As a result, anyone still bearing the job description of archdruid or archdruidess who no longer wished to continue being part of the Glastonbury Order of Druids, and who therefore resigned, or were otherwise unavailable at the time that the registration process began, thereby forfeited their right to use, or be associated as a druid with, the registered name of Glastonbury, which belongs to the Glastonbury Order alone.

Hence I am the only person with the legal right to call themselves "Archdruid of Glastonbury", as head of the Glastonbury Order of Druids since 1988, registered as such since 2007, for which permission was given, for the use of the name "Glastonbury", as I was told at the time, by unanimous decision of Glastonbury Town Council.

It seems that Mr Hall has got his facts wrong.

Rollo Maughfling

Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge

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