Report from Tolpuddle R.W.B. 2019

Wob kitchen report for Tolpuddle 2019.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and rally 2019 Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st July 2019.  View map No stall this year, apparently they were “oversubscribed”. Nah we don’t either, more time to get drunk then.

On the plus side the IWW are back, with a new improved stall run by Dorset branch.

Wob kitchen will run from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, next to the Big Tent; you’ll hardly notice the difference. Wessex Solidarity will make some of our literature catalogue available on the day. We’ve lots of new stuff that isn’t in the reference library as we’re running out of storage space – it hasn’t been updated for years. Why not get in touch now if there’s a subject you’re particularly interested in.

Catering Cadre: Comrade Les, our Wob kitchen chef is offering free training on outside and event catering for Radical Workers and groups who want to feed their members, homeless or unemployed workers in a safe and cost-effective way. Topics including:

  • Basic Health safety and hygiene.
  • Basic budget and Menu planning.
  • Basic dietary requirements.
  • Basic safe use of LPG and Butane gas cookers.

Let us know if you’re interested or come and see us about it at the festival.

Safe Space Policy: “don’t be a dick”.

This year we ask Radical Workers to be especially kind to members of the Prison Officers Association, as they are ever so sensitive, and easily upset by loud noises and rude words.

Bloody hell it was hot! Tolpuddle R.W.B. 2018

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and rally 2018 Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd July 2018. Change of plan, not enough of us to set up on thursday so we’re going to do it friday morning. Meet up at 11am if you want to join in.

Has Corbyn-mania peaked? Will the disciples turn ugly? Will the Maoists get any visitors to their stall? Only time will tell.

Report from Tolpuddle 2017

This year’s Martyrs Festival and rally is Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017, our well oiled machine will spring into action on Friday lunchtime, if you haven’t done this with us before it’s a lot of fun. If you have, you know what to expect …

For a world without leaders, elections, jobs, money, nukes or fascists: Report from Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2016.

Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and rally:  Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016.

captswing2We’re back again for the sixth year running, with the stall, Freedom Books, the Big Tent and our Wob Kitchen on the campsite catering for our comrades from Friday to Sunday (F.C.F.S). Camp with us, eat with us and march with us on Sunday.  We will have a few of our new ‘Friends of Captain Swing’ T shirts made by the Sabcat anarchist workers’ co-op. If you fancy one for a tenner, let us know through the contact form and don’t forget to include your e-mail address and size. We may ask for a small deposit depending on how much we have to front up – we’re rubbish capitalists!


We’ve also got a limited number of these left in black or red, also by Sabcat, larger sizes only, but they do work best as a billboard!

Freedom Press

revenge of the working class!

Pic by courtesy DeGruchy photography

Open Letter to BBC South Today from Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle: Martyrs Festival and rally: 17-19 July 2015.

It’s our fifth anniversary! Usual deal: scaring the taxpayers, winding up the Tankies – Winning friends, influencing people and impressing them with our revolutionary praxis. Every year we welcome comrades from as far afield as Wales, France, Spain and the Midlands; we enjoy frank but good-natured debate with fellow trade unionists and activists alike. A small contingent doesn’t want us there, but sod ‘em – The Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers was an example of working-class self-organisation – Stalin would have had them shot. Still we hope to extend our safe spaces policy to all festival-goers; their kids will learn to swear without our help and please be kind to the cosplay cops, the council would charge a fortune to close the public highway.

Visit our stall in the Martyrs Marquee, if you’d like to help run it, or you have anything you’d like to give away / accept donations for please contact us An advance party will pitch tents on Friday afternoon, we corral them together so that people can get to know each other. If you’re just marching with us on Sunday 19th July, Meet up as usual 1:30 pm outside the Martyrs Museum; bring your flags and banners, this year’s theme will be politicians heads on spikes…

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Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2014, photo by Wheelz.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Rally, Friday 18th July to Sunday 20th July 2014


Tolpuddle 2013 Radical Workers’ Bloc: the weekend in pictures.

This will be our fourth bloc on the Martyrs Festival and rally; from an inauspicious start with seven of us and a black hanky on a stick, we’ve more than doubled each year to about seventy-five in 2013, from as far afield as Wales, France and the Midlands. Our commitment is to the original spirit of the Martyrs: working-class self organisation in the face of a hostile bourgeois state, more relevant today than ever, owing to the abject failure of political and industrial representation to meet the needs of the people, and the increasingly repressive reaction of the state to autonomous protest and resistance.

Once again we have a stall in the Martyrs Marquee; we will be carrying stock from Freedom Books, Britain’s oldest anarchist publisher, plus flags, badges, zines and pamphlets for donations, and loads of free stuff. If you’d like to take part and help run the stall, or if you have literature you’d like to give away or accept donations for please get in touch.

For those who are staying for the weekend festival, an advance party will arrive on Friday afternoon to pitch tents; we corral them together so that people can get to know each other, exchange contacts and ideas, plan and plot another year of class struggle.

If you’re just marching with us on Sunday 20th July, Meet up as usual 1:30 pm outside the Martyrs Museum; bring your flags and banners. View map

To get involved, contact: wsol@riseup.net        A4 Flyer     2xA5 Flyer

2013 Festival and Rally, Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2013

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Following the success of last year’s bloc on the Martyrs’ rally, we hope to significantly expand the anarchist presence in 2013; the annual celebration of working class struggle is pretty meaningless without us, and allows reformists and reactionaries to claim the union movement as their own. Over the years there have been attendances by individual anarchists and the IWW has a stall. This year we’ve booked a table in the Martyrs’ marquee with the intention of inviting other groups to participate and share the space; we’re going to pitch a couple of large tents for ‘crash space’, first come first served or let us know in advance, also we will have a couple of cars to pick people up from Dorchester station.

Last year we visibly took everyone by surprise – to the extent that the CP decided to squeeze in front of us with their silly flagpoles. We should have expected it but we were busy introducing ourselves; we’d assured the organisers we weren’t out to start a ruck, and in the event it made them look childish and stupid.

If anyone would like to participate in a co-ordinating group to work out the logistics – not least how to publicise the event and arrange transport for everyone who wants to be there, encouraging as many anarchists as possible to march with us on Sunday – please use the contact form to get in touch.

2013 Press release, Download as:  pdf    pdf A5  word doc

Report from the 2012 Bloc

it was the best of times it was the worst of times

– North East Anarchists report on The Durham Miners’ Gala

Calling on Anarchists, Anarchosyndicalists, Libertarian Socialists, Revolutionary Unionists, Platformists, Wobblies, non-aligned working class radicals and all those who want to celebrate 200 years of class struggle without marching under the banner of a political party or the business unions that affiliate to them. Bring your red & black/(A)/pirate flags and let’s start putting the libertarian left back into the consciousness of our class. We’re portrayed as a disorganised rabble – show ‘em we can get organised and march together as a group.

The annual rally and march through the village led by the Agricultural Workers Union, will take place on the 21st July 2013.

Meet up 1:30 pm outside the Martyrs Museum; just look for the sea of red and black banners.

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Our intention is not to hijack the Tolpuddle tradition or antagonise the organisers but to show our presence as libertarians within the union movement. The Tolpuddle story doesn’t end with the TUC, the labour party or the 4th international. There will be no more social democratic settlements; capitalism is reverting to type – the worker has no value beyond her capacity to create wealth for others. The rich must be bribed to go to work, the poor must be starved into it, and whatever representative government is elected can do nothing but facilitate this, by a combination of deceit and repression. Class war is now a daily fact of life for most of us; the post-war consensus is dead, it’s up to us to present an alternative to the reformist agenda.

Anarchy is order!

The Workers’ flag is red and black
they stabbed our martyrs in the back
‘ere they were shot at by both sides
their thirst for freedom never died

So raise aloft the red and black
the game is on, we’re coming back
it’s up to you lot now, you know
you’ll see it everywhere you go.






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