26 September – presentation on charity supporting families bereaved in Palestine/Israel

7.30pm at the Steiner Academy, Much Dewchurch: Sana Knaneh, current Development Director of the UK charity Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum will give a presentation about the charity’s work supporting bereaved families across the Palestinian/Israeli divide.

Today, more than 600 families from both sides of the divide, all of whom have lost family members in the conflict, have chosen to reach out to the other side and work together for peace and reconciliation. This work has been building since 1994 when The Parent’s Circle- Families Forum was first formed and the UK charity exists to raise funds to support them in their on-going work of raising public awareness in Israel and abroad and developing educational and advocacy projects that ‘foster dialogue and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians’.

This is important and very challenging work: those involved are seeking to transform the pain of their anger, grief and loss into a catalyst for peace, reconciliation and tolerance. In January, they faced the loss of their US aid which the Trump Administration decided to cut, putting at risk two key peace-building projects the success and importance of which Sana will explain. So, though there’s no charge for the presentation, please consider giving a generous donation.

Sana is a Palestinian citizen of Israel currently based in London. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the LSE. She’s a certified peace and conflict resolution facilitator and is also a researcher at the Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign policies and focuses on the role of the Palestinian citizens of Israel in foreign affairs.

Contact David (Donaldson) daviddon@myphone.coop

29 September – Walk and tea with Kate & Paul Lack at Whitbourne near Bromyard.

A scenic route along the River Teme, with Kate telling us a little bit about the history of farming and landscape use in this area. (She is currently writing a book about the history of Herefordshire farmers and farming from earliest times).

Contributions of cake very welcome!

Follow parking signs and meet at 2.30pm at Colbridge Cottage, Whitbourne WR6 5RT. tel. 01886 821978

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.

If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events. Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 610955 or email folley.farm@btinternet.com

18 September – Talk on “Confronting the Finance Curse” by Tax Justice Network

Summary of the event

The wealthy are getting richer at the expense of the rest of us. Let John Christensen help you see behind the veil of secrecy and complexity which has been constructed to stop us seeing this outrage. The speaker is Chair of the Board of the Tax Justice Network, which is an expert-led network of economists, finance specialists, lawyers, and others, who work with civil society to expose the corruption of tax havens and the economic and social damage they cause.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Talk starts at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: The Malvern Cube

The event is free but voluntary contributions at the door will be welcomed.  Early booking is recommended – register here

Visit Ellie Chowns MEP in Brussels or Strasbourg

Ellie writes:

“I believe a key part of my job as an MEP is to help bring the West Midlands and Europe closer together. One way I can do this is by inviting people to visit the Parliament and see how it all works. So I am always delighted to welcome constituents to visit the European Parliament in either Brussels or Strasbourg.

Visits can include:

  • A visit to the Parlementarium, the Parliament’s visitor centre in Brussels;
  • A peak inside the Hemicycle and Greens/EFA group room (depending on the Parliamentary timetable);
  • Breakfast, coffee or lunch with me in the Parliament’s canteen (depending on my schedule);
  • Q&A with a member of my staff team; A visit to the excellent House of European History museum, just next to the Parliament in Brussels;
  • A chance to explore the beautiful city under your own steam”

read more here

19 October – Leominster Apple Fair

Leominster Apple Fair – Early Notice

Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm at The Priory Church, Leominster

Please save the date and come and support this fun ( and fundraising) event – help needed with running the cafe, and setting up and clearing up afterwards. Also with making cakes and puddings and other refreshments, and we welcome suggestions for additional attractions.

Please contact Felicity with offers of help: 01568 610955 or folley.farm@btinternet.com