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MOTF THOUGHTS: IF YOU WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MOTF, THEN YOU ALREADY ARE! Pete Perry 1968
THE ORIGINS OF THE MOTF
Officially, The MOTF (Magic Oak Tree Family) began in 1968, (see below) when Pete moved back to Stevenage after the tragic death of his first wife Dorothy, (pictured left), but maybe the seeds were sown long before that...
Well, in April 1961, whilst still living in Walthamstow,Dorothy was pregnant with their first daughter, Vivien, and before the Sixties 'Love & Peace' Culture of the hippies, Pete wrote letters to newspapers all over the World, suggesting an 'International Friendship Club'...
WAS THIS THE TRUE BEGINNING OF THE MOTF?
Below: Pete laying in bed for peace with a Grok at his side, and his letter from John and Yoko..
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MOTF Enterprises was spawned in the late Sixties from The Magic Oak Tree Family, (MOTF) - a Brotherhood of hippies, bikers, Mods and Rockers, and ordinary people who believe in Social Justice, free speech, Love, Peace and Happiness with others all over The Earth, regardless of their origins or religious beliefs. Headed by Pete Perry, (Uncle Pete) they believe that we should treat all living things, and the planet Earth itself with due respect.
The MOTF (Family) is not a club, so there are no set rules, no membership fees, no uniform, just the MOTF Symbol, and the shared belief that all the peoples of The World should become one big family.
IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE MOTF, THEN YOU ALREADY ARE!
THE WALL OF SUSSITATION (above) shows all the dreams and philosophies of THE MOTF.
It was originally drawn in felt-tip pen by Pete in 1968, and coloured in, using acrylics, by various Members of The Family.
See the poem 'The Tree & The Wall' on our Poetry page
Above: Detail of 'The Wall' showing The Girl With Green Hair, who represents Mother nature. She is crying, because humans keep chopping her green hair away.
The whole mural was overpainted with luminous paint, so that when the 'Dark was turned on' as Pete put it (The light turned off) - The Girl with Green Hair's tears disappeared, and she had a smile on her face.
The ceiling of the room too, was dabbed with thousands of spots of luminous paint, and the glass globe that covered the electric light was covered with the paint, with craters painted here and there, so that in the dark, the whole ceiling looked like the vastness of space, with the Moon and stars.
Pete even painted the Milky Way stretching across the ceiling.
Above: MOTF Artwork, drawn by CAS AUSTIN in 1968, and signed by members of The Family.
Pete wrote several songs during this time, which were performed by two of The 'Family' bands, 'MOTF International' comprising of Pete on Vocals, Chris Fone on Lead Guitar, Cas Austen and Veranita on backing vocals, Les Prickett on flute, and Del Myall on drums, and 'Archimedes' comprising Pete on lead vocals, Eddie Quince, lead guitar, Steve Done on bass guitar and Phill Franklin on drums...
Here are the fifteen songs that Pete is currenty recording with Dan Alvarez, Kev Crase, Robert Kemp, Nikki Perry, Amanda Jayne Clark, Lorien Clark and Tracy Slater at Studio 45 ...
Oak Tree (The Anthem of The MOTF)
Nobody Cares About Polaroid Bears
Show The Children We Care
That's The Way it is
Petals of a Child's Mind
My Little Princess
Love, Love, Love
Greet The Morning
The Saints In Paradise
Crying For The Children
Girl on The Other Side
'SHOW THE CHILDREN WE CARE' was originally recorded in 1998, with Steve Charles, Lucy-Sian Clark and Amanda-Jayne Clark, (See picture left) to raise money for Children in Need, and then for Great Ormond Street
With the help of Kev Crase and Robert Kemp, the song is being re-recorded and rearranged, with Pete, Amanda and her daughter Lorien providing the vocals...
Musicians from all over North and East herts got together to present Pete with this gold disc (right) for 'Show The Children We Care', not to celebrate how many the record sold, but simply to thank Pete for his support, through 'Switchboard Magazine' to local and National musicians, and for Charity...
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Photos by DOUGLAS SIMMONS
As some of you may be aware, it was a very special day for us when we met original family members Georgina (nee Haigh) and Keith Simmons at The Ancient Briton (Harvester) in St Albans.
The event was Georgie's birthday (We won't split on her age!) and she didn't know anything about it until she arrived.
Coincidentally, soon after this occurence, we have been contacted by TONY FINCH Aka The Pixie Postmaster or Tony The First, BARRY NEWBOULT and CATHY LEE (nee Lewis) - also original Family members since 1968.
IT WOULD SEEM THAT, ALL OFA SUDDEN, THE FAMILY ARE COMING BACK TOGETHER, AFTER ALMOST FIFTY YEARS!
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It all started with a bed-in for Peace, and this is reported in WIKIPEDIA in these words, after a feature on John and Yoko...
In the same year the British author and botanist Peter Perry held a two week bed-in in Stevenage Hertfordshire. He left his front door open and invited anyone to drop in and say hello. He later started the 'Magic Oak Tree Family' which consisted of his various visitors, which is still alive and well globally.
To read the whole feature CLICK HERE
..and go to piece titled COMMEMORATION.