Action for Peace
21-22 September 2019
A weekend of discussion, workshops, music, film, theatre, networking and action. Most sessions are free – booking essential as limited capacity.
On International Peace Day celebrate the successes of the peace movement and plan for the future. Explore the meaning and debate the ethics of our Trident ‘nuclear deterrent’, hear about the UK’s plans for Trident upgrades and the costs and risks emerging, find out about the INF Treaty that US and Russia are tearing up – what will it mean to the UK?
Where is the UK on its Non Proliferation Treaty commitments? Learn about the new UN Nuclear Ban Treaty supported by 122 non nuclear states and winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Understand the UK arms industry and our involvement in international conflicts and drone wars. Hear the stories of military veterans, an ex nuclear submarine commander and a jailed peace activist.Try a NVC (non-violent communication), NVDA (non-violent direct action) and/or action planning taster workshop, hear the stories of peace activists’ past actions, see and hear the interactive Greenham Common Women’s peace Camp exhibition and speak to women who were there and are still taking action today at Aldermaston Womens Peace Camp and elsewhere. Understand the aims of the feminist peace movement and get involved in peace-building for the future and action planning.
Saturday Night – Music in the Barn
Saturday night celebration of International Peace Day with bonfire, veggie/vegan hot food (£6), bar, music from Spill The River, Peggy Seeger ‘in conversation and song’, Robb Johnson and Seize the Day. £6 advance / £8 on door Tickets on sale now – Limited capacity! under 12 free.
Sunday Performance: Conchies
by Lincolnshire based ‘A Certain Demographic’ 2.30pm
On Sunday afternoon last year’s Edinburgh Fringe sell-out performance of ‘Conchies‘ tells the riveting and emotional story of conscientious objectors who refused to fight in WWII and set up a community in Lincolnshire to escape persecution and practice non-violence and living cooperatively. ‘A powerful evocation; there Ahonestly not a dry eye in the theatre…’ (Damon Albarn). ‘…really moving; very informative; a very complex, interesting piece of theatre’ (Jim Broadbent). £6 in advance £8 on door. Tickets on sale now – Limited capacity! Suitable 12yrs+
PLUS….Campfire singing, story telling, poetry walks, woodland walks, quiet meetings and meditation space, 55 acres of meadows and woodland to explore or relax in, rustic woodland adventure playground, some kids outdoor activities and films. Opportunities for follow on action training and action for peace.
Talks, discussions, workshops, walks, games are free but you must be booked to be admitted. Car park £5 weekend. Saturday night gig in the barn £6 adv/£8 door Sunday play £6 adv/£8 door, Saturday ‘War School’ film screening – donations please.
Hot veggie and vegan food will be available at reasonable prices from Brazier’s kitchen and Bernard’s Mobile Kitchen as follows: 6-9pm Friday, Breakfast 7.30-9am, Lunch 12- 2pm, Saturday evening veggie/vegan hot food from 6pm, Braziers tea- room with home-made cakes (including vegan and gluten free) will be open Sunday from 3pm-5pm. Refreshments available all day. Breakfast for campers will be on sale from the barn kitchen from 7.30am-9am. Breakfast for B&B guests will be in the dining room 8.30am-9.30am.
Where possible food will be organic, local and/or fair trade. Gluten free and vegan are catered for. You are welcome to bring a picnic (bring a blanket too!)
Camping on our beautiful 14 acre secluded, award-winning eco-campsite has been discounted for this event to £20 per person for the weekend (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun) /£10 concessions, children under 13 free. Extra night £5 person. Vehicles charged separately: Cars £5, Camper vans £10. Car parking is not next to your tent but just a short walk away, wheelbarrows available.
A limited number of B&B rooms are available in the main house at reduced rates. Early B&B booking advised. There are also B&Bs in the local area.
There is a woodland adventure playground and plenty of space to run around but children must have an adult on hand. There will be some organised activities for children each day.
We can accept registered assistance dogs with prior notice.
Book here for whole weekend or individual events
Queries? Email Trish@braziers.org.uk or phone 07974 916954
NB>There is no cash machine on site – we cannot accept card payments – bring cash (nearest cash machine at Co-op Woodcote or Waitrose Wallingford)
Good public transport links from London, Oxford, Didcot and Reading X39/X40 bus stop nearby every 30 minutes Saturday/60 minutes Sunday daytime, less frequent in evenings.
Confirmed Sessions (Print programme/timetable coming soon!)
CND – Global Dangers Tour – CND Vice-Chair Hannah Tweddell
Kirsten Bayes, Campaign Against Arms Trade CAAT – UK arms industry and opposition tactics.
Dr Rebecca Johnson – Founding President, ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, on the Nuclear Ban Treaty and on Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, ‘The Feminist Peace Movement’
David Cullen, Director of Nuclear Information Service – will outline a new report; ‘Trouble Ahead’ an update on the UK Trident upgrade programme and risks and rising costs emerging.
Greenpeace – Julia Spragg, the anti-nuclear test campaign and founding of Greenpeace and where it is today.
Veterans for Peace Adrienne Beever Vice President of VFP U.S. and Danny Beever VFP UK’s National Events Coordinator
Nigel Day, Nukewatch – routes and risks of nuclear warhead convoys on our roads
Andrea Needham, author ‘The Hammerblow‘ jailed activist found not guilty after bashing up a war plane bound for Indonesia and genocide in East Timor will talk about the plan, the action and its results.
- The Case Against Trident, with Commander Rob Forsyth, Royal Navy (retired) who commanded a nuclear powered and armed submarine
- Paul Mobbs, The future of nukes in space – Star Wars
- Drone Wars UK – Peter Burt
- Braziers Park – brief history of Braziers and the peace work of founder Dorothy Glaister
War School Saturday film at 5pm on normalisation of war, strategic indoctrination of schoolchildren, with Mic Dixon, Pow Productions. Age 15+
Conchies Sunday 22nd 2pm in the Barn -Edinburgh fringe hit production by ‘A Certain Demographic’ from Lincolnshire tells the story of conscientious objectors who set up a farming community there during the 2nd World War. The cast includes a descendent of the original community who still farms at the same location.
Poetry Walk, Ruth Garwood, Braziers Park member, volunteer and campaigner leads a peaceful ‘peace poetry’ walk through the woodland and grounds, bring a favourite poem if you like.
Trident Tiddlywinks – thought provoking, ethics testing, strategy game by Sarah LeFevre of ‘Games for Good‘ where players get the chance to take on roles of world leaders or military commanders and explore their dilemmas- this runs across several sessions on Saturday as an alternative to other sessions. Classroom and outdoor sessions.
Saturday night Hot Food (incl.veggie /vegan/GF) & Bar with local beers and cider, organic wine.
Late-night bonfire – storytelling/singsong
Quiet meetings / meditation / quiet room
Peace activism exhibition
- Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp – interactive exhibition on tour
- Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp re-created – explore the camp and speak with the current campers.
- Peace campaign stalls
Mini Taster Workshops
Non violent communication (NVC) with Clare Palmer – a taster of Marshall Rosenberg’s approach to non-violent living and compassionate communication
Non violent direct action (NVDA) with Cliff Jordan – a taster covering the principles and practice
Peaceful action planning – we will be using our NVC and NVDA skills and learning the steps to planning a successful, peaceful action for peace. We will plan a real life action for Sunday.
Follow on training and action days will be outlined including – ‘How We Win’ (Peace News Campaign Training ), CND /Stop The War Rally London in December 7, NVDA full training days, NVC certificated training sessions and more