Treadwell’s bookshop and Pagan retailers

Working in London, there are a number of bookstores catering for the modern practitioner of pagan religions and/or magick.

Some are older than others such as Atlantis Bookstore which was frequented by Gerald Gardner etc.
My favourite has to be Treadwell’s on Store Street. You can visit there website at 
The staff are friendly and helpful and they have a huge selection of both new and second hand books. A nice relaxed atmosphere means you are welcome to sit towards the rear of the store and read etc whilst readings, talks, seminars etc are held downstairs.
There should be more book shops like this around the country. A unique resource and meeting place for those on Pagan paths or conducting research. An environment where you are not judged for your interests as you can be at a Waterstones etc. If someone combined this kind of a bookshop with a retail environment for Pagan supplies such as incense, wands, altar items, statues, jewellery and spell supplies on a large scale (yes, I know it sounds like Giles’ The Magic Box shop from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the later series- and yes I am a fan!), then this would be the ultimate one stop shop. Sure- these things are available to all online, but speaking to people about your needs, having productive discourse on subjects, handling supplies and altar items to help you make the right choice is a unique quality that is lost on internet shopping. 
If I win the lottery tomorrow, such a shop will exist and not in London as let’s not forget there is much more to the country than just London!
Maybe such a shop already exists- if so and you know of it then can you please point me in the direction of it…

Finding a heathen or Asatru group in England

Time after time I search, I contact, I correspond and then I despair…

The challenge- find a heathen/Asatru group in England that has no racial discrimination inherent to the group…

Yes, walk into a Church of England church one Sunday afternoon and you can find a racist- racists are not defined by religion and so all religions have them. Unfortunately, due to the use of Norse god’s, runes and mythology by the Nazi’s- Asatru and Heathenism are unfortunately tainted in the eyes of the uneducated. Realisitically, every religion is tainted by one war or actions of some- the Roman Catholic church has had millions killed in it’s name, tortured, pillaged and crushed rebellions. So some unfortunate use of heathen symbolism by the Nazi’s has essentially not only tainted use of Runes, Sun-wheels etc. but also make the mythology open to abuse by those seeking to hide their racism under the guise of a ‘religion’…hence, you can easily find many racists within the wrong heathen group.

Everytime I think I have found a group where any hint of racism may not be tolerated…I seem to rapidly find too many comments suggesting otherwise- or a too liberal and stringent application of the term ‘folk’. It seems that the stronger the identification with the ‘folk’, then it may be the more subverted the racism towards those not of the ‘northern-european folk’.

I have found groups with promise…but these seem to have disbanded or no longer exist.

If anyone knows of the answer to my prayers- a non-racist heathen or Asatru group within the UK and preferably the West Midlands…please let me know.

This is my battle as someone on the path of a Vitki within the Heathen/Asatru way…I know I am not alone in being a liberal minded heathen and am open to forming a group should that be the path I find myself on.