EVENT: Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp (8th – 11th July, 2011)

*Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp * invite you to *Long Weekend Camp

When: Starting at noon on Friday 8th July and ending at noon on Monday 11 July.

Where: “Dingly Dell”, outside AWE Aldermaston, (opposite Young’s Industrial
Estate) near Tadley, Berkshire.

How to get there: see http://www.aldermaston.net/camp/visit

Welcoming, relaxed and inclusive skills sharing and discussion that will nurture and inform us in our daily resistance to violence in all its forms; weapons, cuts to services, violence against women, destruction of the earth’s resources.

An extended weekend of women only non-violent discussion and activity,

-A large banner that we make over the weekend which maps our thoughts and
discussions and that all women can contribute to

-Why women only?
-Women’s Non-violence
-Inclusive action – looking at the common hierarchies of arrest
and not arrest and the criminalisation of resistance and how we can find
ways to address these issues.

Practical workshops
– tripod -everyone climbs
– dancing (with extreme ironing)
– blockading

Both Saturday and Sunday will include practical workshops and discussions
Please contact us if your group would like to contribute to the weekend
programme, or to any particular workshop.

Please bring vegetarian/vegan food to share and cook.
If you don’t want to camp, please let us know, and we can provide
information about local accommodation.

This is a women only event.
Further information will be sent out after 12 June or contact

HELP: Knitters wanted for Poppy Project

Hi all. Take a read of the email below from Franny in Hebden Bridge.

Many of you will be aware of the situation with the Eaves charity’s Poppy Project – government funding for the vital, unique, feminist work they do to support women who have been trafficked into the UK has been withdrawn. Meanwhile the government has awarded a similar contract to the Salvation Army – an organisation which is known for discriminating against non-straight people, non-Christians and women. The official reason for this is to save money – the SA are promising to ‘support’ more people for less cash. But supporting trafficked people in a humane, sustainable, holistic way is not a cheap – take a read of this article in the Observer a couple of weeks ago which scratches the surface of the incredible work Eaves do.

Anyway – The Poppy Project needs your support!

Donate now. If you would like to make a donation direct to Eaves, please give whatever you can here: http://www.eaves4women.co.uk/Support_Us/Donate.php

Can you knit? Baby blankets are in short supply. If you can knit (and blankets are no great challenge!) get your needles out and spend an evening or three making a blanket which Eaves can pass on to the women and children they are supporting.
If you’d like a pattern, we have several. Reply to this email and we’ll send you some.
I can collect any blankets made in the Huddersfield area. If you live in the Calder valley you may want to get in touch with Franny direct – her email address is below.

Email from Franny Mac:


Hello lovely gals in Huddersfield!

Franny Mac here, from Hebden Bridge. We haven’t met (yet) but I’m on your mailing list and hope to come along and say hi at one of your meets sometime soon!

Some friends and I are really concerned about the funding being pulled from the Poppy Project, at Eaves Housing in London. As you may be aware, the Poppy Project helps women who have been sex trafficked. The contract for this help has now been passed to the Salvation Army.

Here’s some linkage:


Eaves/Poppy Project desperately need donations and stuff like blankets etc. Blankets will be used to help in Mums n’Tots groups, and so on. I was wondering – does your group have a knitting club, or anything similar? If so, d’ya reckon you may possibly be able to hold some sort of event to get some whipped up?

If so then I would of course come and collect them. I’m contacting loads of feminist groups, women’s institutes etc to get as many blankets made as possible.

Please let me know your thoughts!

Thanks ladies :o)

Franny Mac
07879 468 530