The Ravens Retreat, and the Coven of the Red Kite, traces its heritage directly back to the founder of the Gardnerian Tradition, Gerald B. Gardner.
It is not possible to do him justice here, but further information about "the father of modern witchcraft" can be found at:
We are also indebted to Patricia Crowther, High Priestess of the Sheffield Coven, through whom we trace our Gardnerian lineage.
Further details of her life and works can be found at:
Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to the founding members of The Folk i'the Wood, who, although they no longer practice Gardnerian Wicca, once practiced as the Seven Stars Coven in Sheffield.
It is from them that The Coven of the Red Kite claims its Gardnerian lineage.