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

8 August – Hereford Peace Council commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On Thursday 8th August, at 12 noon, members of Hereford Peace Council will commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August, 1945.

The commemoration will take place by the cherry tree in Hereford crematorium.

Sebastian Bowen, Chairman of Herefordshire Council; Kath Hey the Mayor of Hereford, accompanied by the Junior Mayor; Felicity Norman, Deputy Leader of Herefordshire Council; and Clive Thomas, Mayor of Leominster, will attend and say a few words.

The Bishop of Hereford, Ellie Chowns, MEP, and Jesse Norman MP have sent supportive messages, which will be read. Members of the Peace Council and friends will contribute with readings and thoughts.

We shall send a message of Peace, and the hope that such horrific slaughter will never be repeated.

Everyone is welcome to join.

For further information, contact Jenny, on 01547 540 748 or 07711 788 506

Leominster Green View Summer 2019

Below is the Summer 2019 edition of Leominster Green View

Can you spare a few hours this month to help the Leominster Green team deliver the newsletter to every home in the town?

The team is under pressure following recent electoral success. The political upheaval at Herefordshire Council has propelled two members of the team (Trish Marsh and Felicity Norman) into the new cross-party cabinet where they have accepted demanding briefs. Their Leominster Green colleague Jenny Bartlett has accepted an important role as vice-chair of Adults & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee. All three are also busy town councillors. A further three Leominster Green women activists are getting to grips with town council responsibilities following election success in May.

“Green activists who have the courage to put themselves forward for election and work so tirelessly in their roles deserve our support,” said the team’s media officer, Pete Blench. “Good ward newsletters are crucial to the work of our councillors. I am keen to hear from supporters who could help distribute the summer newsletter for the amazing Green women of Leominster. There is also scope for supporters to adopt a delivery round over the longer term.”

If you can help with deliveries please call Pete on 0493776662 or email leogreens@myphone.coop

24 July – Talk by Richard Priestley: “Re-imagining the Global Economy”

7.30 pm, at De Koffie Pot in Hereford.

Everything needs to change to reverse climatic and ecological breakdown. So let’s think big. Richard Priestley presents some ideas about how tens of trillions of pounds/dollars/Euros might be raised and spent globally to maximize human wellbeing and ecological restoration. 20th to 27th September the ‘Schools Strike for Climate’ are planning a week of Global action and asking us adults to participate, and Extinction Rebellion are planning something big for October. Richard would love feedback on the ideas he’ll be presenting, and to hear what local groups are planning for the Autumn, and how we can collaborate to achieve maximum effect.

More here

The Times 7 June 2019 – Opinion piece by Ellie Chowns MEP

We must unite against the forces of raw nationalism and rapacious neoliberalism

Ellie Chowns June 7 2019, The Times

Being a Green in Brussels is inspiring and energising: it’s wonderful to be part of a group that more than doubled its parliamentary numbers in one election, being in meetings helping to democratically decide what our positions should be in shaping the next five years of the European Union.

Hearing how other groups in the EU are scrambling to talk about our issues and pick up our language on the climate emergency and social justice, there is an enormous sense of possibility.

As a development specialist, I’m excited about the work of the parliament’s trade committee, taking up issues crucial to social and environmental justice.

But at least for the next four months, that’s going to be topped by another priority — the debate in the West Midlands about the future of the UK within the EU.

I’m exploring how I can best contribute to that.

One thing I’d like to do is bring Europe to the West Midlands; bring people over from Brussels who can add to understanding of what the EU does for us. I also want to take the West Midlands to Brussels, to showcase our diversity, creativity and innovation.

So much of this debate is about emotion, not data. Crucially what I’ll be doing is getting out and listening to people’s concerns, ensuring they know I’m a direct conduit between them and Brussels. I’ll also be doing my best to ensure that Westminster, which is so distracted, again, by the Tory leadership question, listens and learns.

I want to be part of building a bridge, helping the people of my region to understand more of what happens in Europe, and helping them see its relevance to their lives, from fighting tax-dodging and exploitative employment contracts, to cleaning up our beaches and protecting our wildlife.

I also want to help them get involved, engaged and doing politics themselves, working with their friends, neighbours and communities to take control of their own lives. That means fighting for radical changes in our UK political system, which is so clearly broken. We need to make the most of this political crisis to rebuild a fairer and more democratic UK politics from the ground up.

But this weekend will be a small break, a chance to travel north to Scarborough, where the Green Party is gathering for its conference, a celebration of our wonderful results in the European and local elections.

That Green wave took me to Brussels, elected in a region that even Greens were not talking about as a possible win a week before the vote.

And just a few weeks earlier we doubled the number of Green councillors in England, including many great wins in my own West Midlands.

In Scarborough, which was like my own West Midlands a majority Leave-voting area, we’ll also be seeking to build bridges, joining with local pro-European groups in an “Our Europe” rally that will focus on the benefits of Europe.

Greens have particularly highlighted the rich possibilities that free movement brings to all our lives: the chance to live, work and love anywhere across Europe, and the benefits that people from other parts of the EU bring to our societies.

We’re also staunch defenders of the EU’s record in protecting and extending environmental, social and human rights.

There is much more to do. We face big challenges: social and environmental emergencies, no less. These are problems we can best tackle together, working across Europe, united against the forces of raw nationalism and rapacious neoliberalism and building instead a Europe of hope, fairness and collective action.

Ellie Chowns is a Green MEP for the West Midlands

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