Action for Peace
21-22 September 2019
A weekend of discussion, workshops, music, film, theatre and networking. 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? 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. Hear the stories of military veterans, an ex nuclear submarine commander and a jailed peace activist.
Try a NVC (non-violent communication) or NVDA (non-violent direct action) taster workshop, hear the stories of peace activists’ past actions, the Greenham Common women, 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 BBQ (£5), bar, Peggy Seeger ‘in conversation and song’, Spill The River, Robb Johnson and Seize the Day. £6 in advance / £8 on door Tickets on sale here from Monday 8 April
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 was honestly 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 here from Sunday April 8
Campfire singing, story telling, poetry walks, woodland walks, quiet meetings and meditations, 55 acres of meadows and woodland to explore or relax in. Opportunities for follow on training and actions.
Talks, discussions, workshops, walks and most activities are free. Saturday night show in the barn £6, Sunday play £6, Film screening – donations. Sunday coach trip £8.
Hot veggie and vegan food will be available at reasonable prices 12- 2pm Saturday and Sunday, Braziers tea- room with home-made cakes will be open Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-5pm. Saturday evening veggie BBQ from 7pm. Refreshments available all day. Breakfast is included for B&B house guests. Breakfast for campers will be on sale from the barn kitchen.
Camping on our beautiful 14 acre secluded eco-campsite £20 per person for the weekend (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun) /£10 concessions, children under 13 free. Car parking £5, Camper vans £10. A limited number of B&B rooms will be available in the main house. Early booking advised. There are also B&Bs in the local area.
There is a woodland adventure playground and plenty of space to run around. There will be some activities for children each day.
Book here for whole weekend or individual events . Queries? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
NB>There is no cash machine on site – we cannot accept card payments for food/refreshments/entertainment – bring cash (nearest cash machine at Co-op Woodcote/Wallingford)
Good public transport links from London, Oxford, Didcot and Reading X39/X40 bus stop nearby.
CND – Global Dangers – CND Vice-Chair Hannah Tweddell
Kirsten Bayes, Campaign Against Arms Trade CAAT – UK arms industry and opposition
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 – Summreen Shah, the anti-nuclear test campaign and founding of Greenpeace
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
- The Case Against Trident, Commander Rob Forsyth, Royal Navy (retired)
- Paul Mobbs
- Drone Wars UK – Peter Burt
- Braziers Park – brief history of Braziers and the peace work of co-founder Dorothy Glaister
War School Saturday film at 5pm on normalisation of war, strategic indoctrination of schoolchildren, with Mic Dixon, Pow Productions
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 during the 2nd World War. The cast includes a descendent of the original community who still farms at the same location.
Ruth Garwood, Braziers Park ex resident and current volunteer leads a peace poetry walk in the grounds
Trident Tiddlywinks – thought provoking game by Sarah LeFevre of ‘Games for Good‘
Saturday night BBQ (incl. veggie /vegan) & Bar
Late-night bonfire – storytelling/singsong
Quiet meetings / meditation / quiet room
Peace activism exhibition
- Peace campaign stalls
Non violent communication (NVC) with Clare Palmer
Non violent direct action (NVDA)
Peaceful action planning
Follow on training and action days – How We Win (Peace News Campaign Training in October), CND /Stop The War Rally London in December