8 February – visit to Herefordshire of Siân Berry

Siân Berry, co-leader of the Green Party of England & Wales, will be visiting to celebrate the difference our four elected County Councillors are making, inspiring us about the national Green agenda and calling for action to re-elect our Councillors and to elect new Green candidates.

There are two opportunities to meet Siân:

A bring and share lunch in Leominster at the Forbury, Church Street, Leominster HR6 8NH from 1pm

Siân will then speak at a meeting in Hereford at 7.30pm in the Garden Room at the Left Bank, HR4 9DG

Spaces are limited – to help us plan please let us know here if you are intending to come.

Local Election Update

Our new local support worker, Helen, has been busy getting the forward plan for next year’s local elections in place, and coordinating our activities. Helen will be supporting campaigns in all parts of Herefordshire, especially where we have sitting councillors, but also in Hereford where we hope to break through and add to the four already elected.

We have had two Big Days Out in November, one in Ellie’s ward, Bishops Frome & Cradley, and one in Leominster. Both were very well supported with dozens of activists from all parts of the West Midlands arriving to help with a ‘60 second’ residents’ survey and other leafleting. Both very positive days and very heartening to have so much support. Many thanks to all those who came along to help.

The next few months will be busy with plans for delivering a New Year card in early January, a visit from Co-Leader Sian Berry, a newsletter for February, and then newsletter and leaflet delivery in the countdown to the elections in May. We will need lots of help and will be letting everyone know the dates for these activities as soon as possible, so get your diaries out and allocate some time for helping where you can.

Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

12 January – West Midlands Green Party conference, Birmingham

The event on 12th January 10.00-17.30 at St Lukes Church (Great Colmore Street, Birmingham), is packed full of exciting sessions, including our latest councillor successes, expert training, and a talk by Green MEP Jean Lambert.
Elected as an MEP for London in 1999, Jean is our longest-serving MEP, and is one of our most effective and dedicated elected representatives.
As an MEP Jean has worked tirelessly across a whole range of issues, particularly around asylum seekers and migration, where she is heavily involved in shaping European Parliament policy.
Jean will be talking about her work as an MEP, as well as her take on Brexit. Jean has 20 years of experience and success in pushing Green policies and ideas, so this is one not to be missed!
Tickets are selling fast and spaces are limited – so book now

The Address for sat-navs is St Luke’s Church Centre, Great Colmore Street, Birmingham, B15 2AT. There is some parking available at the venue. The venue is accessible and disabled parking is available.If you’re arriving by train, the venue is only a short walk away from Birmingham New Street station.
Despite increased costs  prices are held at £10 for the Conference (this includes lunch), and there’s an early bird rate of £9 for bookings before 14th December. There’s also a bursary ticket rate for those on low or no incomes.

2 December – celebration of ancient trees and the species they support

Back from the Brink and Moreton Wood invite you to “a walk of hope and support” – celebrating ancient trees through art.

At 11.00

A fun, creative and moving family art event in Moccas Wood a beautiful Herefordshire woodland (entry only to those who have pre-booked)

Come long to celebrate Ancient Trees and the myriad of amazing species that depend on them for survival as part of the Ancients of the Future project.

The walk will be a procession of handcrafted banners, that you can make at home (see downloadable document here) and bring along to show your love of wildlife – and will end with a simple ceremony.

The idea is to make a banner that represents 1 of the targeted endangered species to bring along to the procession. Contact Jo at Moreton Wood for more information or if you are unsure about being creative!
If you can’t make it and would like to make a banner anyway you can post a photo of it on twitter/instagram #bannersforancients.
There is a pdf with banner making tips and ideas here.  Be as creative as you like – the only rules are that they are to be made from natural biodegradable materials.
Artist-made banners will be exhibited at Hereford Museum and art Gallery Dec 4th – 15th

 

Free but booking is essential through:

Email

OR

07920 851 674

20 to 27 November – Herefordshire Mind@40 Expo

Week of Mental Health events – Mind@40 at St Peter’s Church Hereford

For a week (20-27 November), St Peter’s Church in High Town Hereford will become the temporary home of Herefordshire Mind.  To celebrate Mind’s 40th anniversary, Expo Mind@40 promises a wide range of activities, exhibits and talks for anyone interested in mental wellbeing.  This Expo follows the success of Art From The Dark Exhibition last year in Hereford Library and Museum.

Talks with guest speakers include Sleep (Thursday 22nd November 1pm); Understanding Self-Harm (Monday 26th November 2pm); the History of Mental Health Support in Herefordshire including Rhys Griffiths from HARC on the History of St Mary’s Burghill (Tuesday 27th November 1pm);  a Creativity and Happiness afternoon (Saturday 24th November 12-4pm) for anyone aged 0-99 years; a Poetry Workshop and Showcase (Wednesday 21st November 12-2pm) in collaboration with Ledbury Poetry Festival; and an overall discussion with leading local organisations about the Future of Mental Health in our county (Friday 23rd November 1.30pm). All these talks are free, but it is helpful if you could get tickets from Hereford Library or through Eventbrite, or from St Peter’s Church during the week.

Most mornings there are drop-in sessions – Art (Tuesday 20th and 27th November 10.45am-12.45pm and Thursday 22nd November 10am-12), Reading (Thursday 22nd November 11am-1pm) or Active Minds Fitness (Friday 23rd November 10.30-11.15am).

Exhibition displays cover past and present Mind activities, including projects with joint collaborators such as the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, the Music Pool, Herefordshire Council Adult Learning, Herefordshire Library, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Hereford College of Arts, and SHYPP.  It will be open most of the week for visitors to drop in and enjoy.  Tea and coffee will also be available.

Mind hopes that anyone interested in learning something new about mental wellbeing, for themselves, their family or friends, for study or work, for kids and adults, will be very welcome, as well as past staff, volunteers, users to enjoy any of these events, or just to say hello and have a cup of tea.

Full details of the week’s events are on Herefordshire-mind.org.uk

Or Email:

MindAt40@herefordshire-mind.org.uk.

Climate Rally Hereford – 1st December

We’re facing a Climate Emergency! Together with friends across the political spectrum, we have to show Hereford that the risks from global warming are deadly, and that systemic change – not incremental change – is needed to stop climate change spinning out of control.

Following the lead shown by Rising Up and Extinction Rebellion, the rally on 1st December will be hard-hitting, peaceful and fun.

Organisers will be meeting at De Koffie Pot, Hereford Left Bank 6pm to 8pm on 23 November to finalise plans for the Rally. Come along to help in whatever way you can.

From Friday 16 November there will be leaflets at The Rocket Cafe in Church Lane Hereford. Please go along to say Hi to Ben and collect some leaflets to give to friends, neighbours, people in the streets…you get the picture. We need as many people invited to this rally as possible. Let’s make it big so that the powers that be take notice of us. Thank you.

Rising Up say

Together we are irresistible!

We are facing many crises resulting from the system we live under (it’s a form of extreme capitalism called neo-liberalism). The system is based on unsustainable and increasing amounts of debt It is causing gross inequality, poverty, mass misery, and species extinctio. It gives a lot of money and power to a very small number of people, who use that money and power to shore up their position. This system is destroying our planet’s capacity to sustain life by destabilising the climate. There are many issues and to change anything, we have to change everything. We have to change this system in support of the most basic of universal values – the right to life.

There are loads of brilliant, detailed proposals for how things could change, how problems could be solved. But we can’t make changes without taking our power back, getting more connected to each other and to the wider world. We reckon system change needs a mass movement of people willing to take disruptive, loving and effective direct actions, saying no to the destruction and sickness and yes to life sustaining alternatives. An inclusive uprising will have many ways for people to get involved. It must be effective and sustainable, it must be fun!

Extinction Rebellion is a recently formed completely Non-Violent movement, which believes in Mass, Peaceful, Civil Disobedience. It has started in the UK, fittingly as here is where the industrial revolution began, but is now growing at a fantastic rate and spreading abroad. ER launched outside Parliament on 31 October this year.

They say:

Position

  • We are in an ecological crisis caused by climate change, pollution and habitat destruction; a mass species extinction on a scale much larger than the one which killed the dinosaurs is underway. Our course is set to societal collapse, the killing of millions, likely billions of people – human extinction is possible. The future is bleak and our children are not safe.
  • Change to avert the worst of the disaster is still technically and economically possible. The changes won’t be simple but there is nothing more important or worthwhile. It involves creating a world which is less frenetic and more beautiful; making the necessary changes will also create jobs. This is an emergency situation – action is urgent.
  • Our Government isn’t acting in accordance with what science and history tells us. Therefore our Government is criminally negligent. We have a moral duty to rebel, whatever our politics. Social science shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change. Our lives have meaning and purpose when we follow our conscience and are willing to make sacrifices to protect what we love. We ask others who feel the same way to join our peaceful Rebellion.

Demands

  • That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
  • Good intentions and guidelines won’t save the ice caps. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
  • By necessity these demands require initiatives and mobilisation of similar size and scope to those enacted in times of war. We do not however, trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.

Further Reading

Here’s a video called ‘Heading For Extinction and What To Do About It’ . It’s the kind of video you might like to watch with a good friend, while the children are out, so that you can assess what you’ve seen and heard. They pull no punches about the state our global climate is in.

A video to end on – John Jordan on Creative Activism

explores how the group Liberate Tate came into being and how they WON…The Tate has stopped taking sponsorship from BP! What does that feel like after about 6 years of work?

 

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