Autonomy film show in Bridport Sat 13th June 2015.

1506 The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Events organised by others.

Wed 3rd June. Dorset Israel/ Palestine Peace Group.
Gilad Atzmon – Israeli-born international jazz artist, composer and author, talks on: ‘From A to Zion – truth and concealment in Palestine and Israel’ Free entry – donations.
7pm. United Church Hall, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EE.

Sat 6 June. Dorset Socialists meeting.
Tackling Climate Change. Speaker: Peter Barton, Green Party.
1.30pm Colliton Club, Dorchester.

Sat/ Sun, 6-7th June. Renewable Energy Co-ops.
Jon Halle facilitates the renewable technology workshops. £75. http://stirtoaction.com/workshop/
10am – 5pm. Chapel in the Garden, East Street Bridport.

Wed 10th June. Somerset Branch of the Communist Party.
Public meeting in Yeovil; Which Way Forward after the General Election? Speaker: Rob Griffiths, General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain.
7:30pm. Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil BA20 1JL.

Wednesday 17th June Just Press Mini-Festival of Dissenting Ideas & Book Fair 2015. Reverence or Reason in an Ecological Crisis? Two short illustrated talks about nature.
Lucy Goodison: If God were a Tree
Horatio Morpurgo: Climate & Culture: Twin Tipping-Points Entry £4 Drinks & vegetarian food BOOKS FOR SALE
7.30pm for 8pm W.I. Hall, North St., Bridport

Friday 10th July Photographic postcards: A People’s Art? Austin and Potts, two early Bridport Photographers.
Illustrated talk by Carlos Guarita and launch of his booklet: ‘Clarence Austin the Photographer and the Bridport Wildcat Women’. Entry: £4 Refreshments BOOKS FOR SALE
7pm for 7.30pm W.I. Hall, North St., Bridport

Sat 11th July Pop-Up Play! Come to watch or join in you want!
Karl Marx at Home from the The Domestic Theatre Handbook Author Beth Shaw will be there in person to start the play. Entry: FREE Refreshments BOOKS FOR SALE
5.30pm W.I.Hall, North St., Bridport

Sat 11th July for 8pm Agit-prop & Activism since the Sixties
Readings, performances, reminiscences and ideas from the psychedelic 60s to austerity Britain. What was it all about? What does it mean now? BOOKS FOR SALE Entry: £6 incl. glass wine. Vegetarian food.
7.30pm W.I.Hall, North St., Bridport

Oliver Letwin M.P.

Some constituents in Bridport have made a video about their M.P. and would like you to share it as widely as possible, ta.

A brief biography of ‘Evil Oliver’ Letwin, M.P. for West Dorset:

When asked about his membership of the Cambridge University Liberal club he explained: “I was also a member of the Fabian Society. But I am sorry to have to tell you that this was because I was interested in the thoughts of Liberals and Fabians … rather than because I was ever a Liberal Democrat or a Fabian.” – The technical term is ‘hypocrite’.

In 1988, with John Redwood he published a pamphlet entitled Britain’s biggest enterprise; his blueprint for selling the NHS. Both of these MPs were directors of NM Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd‘s international privatisation unit. Letwin remained a director until December 2009, being paid £60,000 a year for an eight-hour week whilst he devised Tory party policies in line with their corporate agenda.

In 2001 Letwin failed to live up to his name when he ballsed up Hague’s election campaign by telling the Financial Times that the party would slash public spending by £20 billion a year. They hid him until after the election

Later in 2001, as Shadow Home Secretary he was credited with forcing the Home Secretary to withdraw his proposal to introduce an offence of incitement to religious hatred.

In 2004 Letwin  told a group of economists that it would be “irrational” to tell voters by how much he wanted to cut public spending. He later astonished a gathering of construction industry representatives in his constituency by saying that within five years of a Conservative election victory “the NHS will not exist anymore”, according to one of those who were present.

Between 2004-2009 Letwin claimed claimed more than £80,000 in parliamentary expenses for a cottage in Somerset.

In 2009, according to the daily Telegraph, he was induced to repay a bill for £2,145 for replacing a leaking pipe under his tennis court.

In October 2011, the arrogant twat dumped a pile of his constituents’ personal letters  in public bins in St. James’s Park – how fucking rude! If he was going to breach their confidentiality he could at least have done it in Dorset.

In 2012 by e-mail to Terry Stewart, president of the Dorset branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Letwin said:

“I anticipate that subsidies for both solar photovoltaic and onshore wind will come down to zero over the next few years and should have disappeared by 2020”

Along with his colleague, Richard Grosvenor-Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax M.P. for South Dorset, whose family introduced slavery to the Caribbean and made their fortune from brutal sugar plantations, he is a vociferous opponent of wind farms, mainly on cosmetic grounds. Despite campaigning for the abolition of renewable energy subsidies, Drax will now cash in on a 174 acre solar installation on his vast estate, over the heads of 500 local objectors. If ever a piece of land was paid for by the blood of the working class, it is the 7,000-acre Charborough house, surrounded by what is known locally as ‘the Great Wall of Dorset’

In July 2014 he told a meeting of right-wing think-tank Politeia that an improvement in the economy would open the way for a flat tax rate, so that preposterously wealthy toffs like him (and most of the cabinet) would pay the same rate as us.

Here are some of Ollie’s replies to e-mails, on his own website, in which he supports fracking, foxhunting, raising the pension age for fire-fighters and the transport of live animals for slaughter. He also expresses the opinion that legal controls on dog breeding are adequate (he says he hasn’t got time to attend the debate, sorry) and implies that the education secretary Michael Gove knows what he’s doing!

More info:

The Dorset Health Campaign

Journal of the Royal College of Physicians: Opening the oyster: the 2010–11 NHS reforms in England

Recipe for Ruin: TTIP the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Why do politicians tell us Debt/Deficit myths which they must know to be untrue?

Roll of dishonour, M.P.s with their hands in the N.H.S. till.

Public Consultation on Slyer’s Lane wind farm, closes 20th December 2014

From West Dorset Pro Wind  Facebook group

Application Number: WD/D/14/002611 Case Officer: Andrew Martin Tel: 01305 252227

For the application & to comment online West Dorset District Council “Planning Application Search”
http://webapps.westdorset-dc.gov.uk/PlanningApps/Pages/Planning.aspx?App=WD/D/14/002611

By post: Mr Martin, Case Officer, Planning Department , West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks, Dorchester DT1 1UZ

If you are writing your own letter make sure you include the application number and your address. Everyone 18 and over in your household can have his/her own say. You can use the same envelope or email address. Save a copy of what you write and use it to contact your local councillors and your MP. Check out the documents online or view at the Council offices on request.

It is an election year. With UKIP and others, there is a new level of climate change denial, a threat to cancel all targets on greenhouse gas emissions and plans to stop the development of renewables both wind and solar in its tracks.

Frack Free Solent news.

FFS_001Greening Petersfield presents a showing of GASLAND 7.30pm Thursday 18th September, Winton House Centre, 18 High Street, Petersfield GU32 1QA – Map
£4 (£2 concessions) tickets on the door

Film in brief:
Fracking has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

London Climate March
A national march has been organised in London on Sunday 21st September 12.30 – 2.30pm to coincide with the upcoming climate talks in New York. Meet at 12:30pm at: Temple Place, WC2R 3BD – Map

March ends at Westminster with a huge group photo outside Parliament. More information

Friends of the Earth Frack Down Day
FoE is planning a national anti-fracking action day on Saturday 11th October. One strand of this work is the idea of putting Anti Fracking stickers on wheelie bins. Tim has a number of stickers on order. If anyone thinks their street / village might make a splash with wheelie bins stickered-up on either 11th or your collection day in the week following, please email him

FoE are still developing campaign ideas – you can contribute here:

March in Chichester

If you can’t make it to the London Climate March this Sunday 21st September, Transition Chichester are organising a local Climate March through the streets of Chichester from 12pm to 1pm to petition the Mayor, District and County Councils.

“In Chichester we plan to march with a petition to the Assembly Rooms in North Street (5 mins) to deliver our petition to the Mayor, where we will invite him to join us and march on to the District Council Offices (10 mins) to hand over the petition to the Leader of the District Council and we will invite her to join us and the Mayor to march on to the County Council Offices in West Street where we hope to deliver the petition to the Leader of the County Council and our MP. End time approx. 1pm”

For more info Contact Transition Chichester or phone 01243 539090

Funtington Public Info Meeting 

Frack Free Solent are helping organise an information meeting about fracking, Friday 24 October at 7.30pm in Funtington Community Village Hall, Southbrook Rd, West Ashling, PO18 8DR. Map

More details to follow.

Contact Frack Free Solent or visit our website

Frack Free Solent public information meetings.

FFS_001The government has rushed to let fracking licences all over southern England. Fracking is a very different process to conventional oil extraction requiring major industrial complexes at every wellhead. Typically well-heads are spaced at 1 mile intervals. These meetings are your chance to discuss the implications and get better informed.

STOCKBRIDGE (between Winchester & Andover) on Tuesday 8 July at 7.30pm Stockbridge Town Hall, High St, Stockbridge SO20 6HE  Map

  • Short film describing fracking
  • Marcus Adams from Frack Free Fernhurst
  • Becky Martin from Salisbury Against Fracking
  • Speaker from Hampshire Renewable Energy Collective
  • Question and answer session

IGas Energy, already responsible for a conventional oil well near Stockbridge, holds three exploration and development licences covering large areas between Stockbridge and Andover and Stockbridge and Winchester. In the next few years the Test Valley could become part of the new UK “Gas Lands” with the countryside becoming industrialised.

This meeting is your chance to discuss the implications and get informed so you are ready in the event that planning applications start to be made in this area.

PETERSFIELD on Saturday 12 July at 10.00am St Peter’s Parish Hall, St Peter’s Rd, Petersfield GU32 3HX  Map

  • Short film describing fracking
  • Tim Dawes from Frack Free Solent
  • Brenda Pollock from Friends of the Earth
  • Peter McDowell, a geologist
  • Question and answer session

Celtique Energy has been given a large concession that includes Petersfield, Liphook and Midhurst and is presently applying for planning permission for a well-head at Fernhurst.

Contact Frack Free Solent or visit our website

Folk Against Fracking in Portsmouth 14th March 2014.

FAF

IMPORTANT NEWS: ‘No Dash For Gas’ action camp to switch location from West Burton power station to Balcombe.

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The coalition of climate, anti-austerity and fuel poverty activists who were planning on returning to West Burton power station for the Reclaim The Power action camp in August have decided to switch location to Balcombe, where the Sussex community is currently resisting exploratory drilling by Cuadrilla.

The decision was made after a meeting of climate and economic justice activists from all over the country on Sunday weighed up the pros and cons of how to respond to a call for support from Balcombe residents. Hundreds had pledged to take action against EDF’s Gas and Coal power station in Nottinghamshire, which was shut down last year by 21 activists in the longest power station protest ever seen in the UK.

For the last two weeks, a coalition of local community members and climate activists, including the national anti-fracking campaign network Frack Off have been obstructing exploratory drilling at the Balcombe site in Sussex. People have super-glued themselves to the gates leading on to the site, and locked themselves into a vintage fire engine which blocked the road leading on to the fracking site last week.

The Reclaim the Power camp – now taking place in Balcombe from August 16-21 – will bring together a wide range of groups and individuals from across environmental, economic and social justice networks to discuss ideas, strengthen links, and share skills in direct action and civil disobedience to take action against the Cuadrilla site. Participating groups include UKUncut, Occupy, Disabled People Against Cuts, Greater London Pensioners Association and Fuel Poverty Action.

Reclaim The Power organisers have been participating in blockades and staying at the camp since the beginning of protests in the village against Caudrilla. In a statement they explained why they had decided to shift focus on to Balcombe:

“We are responding to the call for support from the community in Balcombe opposing fracking. We share their serious concerns about the environmental and social impacts of fossil fuel extraction in their area. Balcombe is a test case for rolling out fracking across the country – with drilling concessions planned for 64% of the surface of England alone. if we can stop it in Balcombe, we can stop it elsewhere.

“Fracking is part of the wider dash for gas which includes the construction of up to 40 new Gas fired power stations. This agenda, if allowed to play out, will crash our climate targets, increase fuel poverty and keep our future energy dangerously concentrated in the hands of unaccountable corporations.

“We want democratically controlled, clean energy. The obstacles to achieving this are political not technical. We need to reclaim our power”

Vanessa Vine, founder of Founder of Frack Free Sussex – living four miles from the Balcombe drill site said:

“For two years we’ve tried everything we can think of. We’ve created ultimately futile petitions, inundated social media and taken a UK-wide deputation to Number 10 – with an incisive and inarguable letter calling for an outright ban on unconventional hydrocarbon exploitation in Britain. Cameron could not answer it, because the truths presented were indisputable – so he ignored it.

Cuadrilla have proven themselves to be both dishonest and terrifyingly inept through their operations and behaviour in Lancashire. The Environment Agency received well over 800 detailed objections to their application for a Mining Waste Permit in Balcombe (along with a 9000 signature petition). They issued it regardless. They are not listening and it has become starkly clear that it is anyway simply not possible to regulate this ecocidal industry safely.

85% of Balcombe residents have stated that they do not want fracking.

Reclaim the Power are a coalition of people of great integrity, who are committed to redressing the imbalance of corporate/governmental manipulation of energy exploitation in this country – with all the dreadful potential ramifications of that which we are now beginning to see unfold.

Between us, the Balcombe and wider communities are making a very impressive delaying dent in Cuadrilla’s designs on our soil, air and water – but it isn’t working quickly enough. They have got their drill bits in the ground.”

Legal Observer training at Reclaim the Power camp this weekend:

Full Legal Observer training – Saturday 17th August 5:30pm. We also hope to run a refresher/advanced session for those who have already trained but have been inactive for a while, probably on Sunday 18th. Plus there will be Know Your Rights workshops – Saturday at 11am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

So, if you want to come to Reclaim Power as a Legal Observer but haven’t been trained yet, then you’re in luck!

**Come along and be part of the essential infrastructure of protests, and get to know your rights while you’re at it!**

Please email gbclegal@riseup.net to confirm your attendance as there’s some stuff you need to know beforehand.