As this recent article from the Farmer’s Weekly website shows, the farmer of the 9 June 2015 Sherston circle was less than happy with its arrival. Shame; we rather liked it.
A question we’ve been asked a number of times. Here’s a very interesting and comprehensive interview with the Wiltshire police, filmed in 2009, which gives the police view of the subject.Courtesy of the Silent Circle website.
Our favourite circle of the season, and one that we know was much-loved by many people.
Even the farmer loved this one, despite his initial misgivings. The story featured in The Daily Mail on 5 August 2014 and is well-worth repeating, if only because it’s heartening to see a farmer appreciative of a circle that appears on his land, especially in view of the anger of many Wiltshire farmers in recent years. Read it here – below we have included screen captures of the whole article, partly for convenience and partly in case the link goes down:
We were especially impressed with the fact that The Daily Mail of all people acknowledged that the pentagram is a harmonious symbol and not a satanic one. Unlike Andrew Pyrka and Report A Crop Circle Formation, who went all fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, over this circle:
Yeah, right, Andrew, of course. Now go and take your meds.
Ignoring the ring of code – which has yet to be deciphered – perhaps the most striking and innovative thing about this design is the fact that the pattern is entirely within the lay rather than the conventional ‘alternating standing and flattened bits’ style. Yes, there have been woven circles before – indeed there were other woven circles in 2014 – but Cherrington takes it to another level entirely. Though few people seemed to pick up on it when Cherrington appeared, there is one particular example we can think of where this has been done before.
This circle appeared below the Hackpen Hill white horse in August 2013. From a distance it merely looks like a small and unremarkable ringed circle.
A closer look, however, reveals a striking hexagram lay.
This was one of those circles which was for the most part neglected when it appeared, but which was loved by all who took the time to appreciate it, especially those who visited. Its qualities take effort on the part of the participant. Perhaps that is the message of these two circles; get to know them, appreciate the detail, rather than just give the aerials a quick glance and a ‘yeah that’s nice’ or ‘fail’.
We’ve not seen anybody else link these two circles, though to our minds the relationship is obvious. Cherrington 2014 is Hackpen Hill 2013 taken to the next level.
Our annual pick of the best UK circles of the season.
Hod Hill, Dorset, 1 June 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander. There were a number of circles in Dorset this year. This one is our favourite; we found the others rather derivative of past seasons, all bells and whistles and little substance, albeit very well-made for the most part. It’s unfortunate that their makers felt the need to flaunt it all over the Facebook crop circle pages, leaving nobody in any doubt as to who they were.
Popham, Hampshire, 21 June 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle. Comparatively simple compared to some of these designs, but we like it.
Wilmington, East Sussex, 3 July 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Charlton, Wiltshire, 8 July 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Forest Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2014. Photo by Mr Gyro.
Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014. Our favourite of the season. Photo by Mr Gyro.
Ansty, Warwickshire, 16 August 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Our annual pick of the best of the UK season….
West Kennett, Wiltshire, 6 July 2013. Photo by Philippe Ullens
Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2013. Photo by Janet Ossebaard.
Tidcombe, Wiltshire, 10 August 2013. Photo by Frank Laumen
Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 11 August 2013. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Pewsey, Wiltshire, 23 August 2013. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 31 August 2013
Our pick of the best of this year in the UK.
Corley, Warwickshire, 11 July 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 17 July 2012. Photo credit not known.
Devizes, Wiltshire, 28 July 2012. Photo by Janet Ossebaard
Ogbourne Down, Wiltshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Owslebury, Hampshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
All Cannings, Wiltshire, 5 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 9 August 2012. Ignore all the bull you may have heard from Report A Crop Circle Formation; this circle was not commissioned. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Wappenbury, Warwickshire, 15 August 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Savernake, Wiltshire, 23 August 2012. Photo credit not known.
Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Windmill Hill, Wiltshire,14 October 2012. Photo by Phillipe Ullens.
Crops aren’t the only canvas for ‘the circlemakers’; herewith some lesser-known media.
Sand Circles – http://sandcircles.com/
Hit the link for a full gallery – though the vast majority are recreations of designs that have previously appeared in crop fields. Herewith a few samples:
This last image in particular is in our view much more asethetically pleasing than its crop equivalent which appeared in East Field, Wiltshire, in June 2001:
Snow Art: http://www.facebook.com/snowartist
Herewith, our round-up of what we consider the highlights of the 2011 season in the UK. Some people felt that the circles were distinctly lacking in quality this year, but we’ve found no shortage of formations to enjoy. We’ve chosen more formations this year than we have in previous, primarily as a way of demonstrating that – despite what you may hear elsewhere – the 2011 season was not characterised by shite circles.Louth, Lincolnshire, 18th June 2011. Photo by Steven Fuller.