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Subject: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 27 Jun 03 - 07:48 AM

At 08:40 27/06/03 +0100, you wrote:
I live in view of Burford church - Cromwell - Puritanism - Tony Benn...

Kim 'Cromwell' Howells etc. etc Who will be the Leveller Martyrs in pursuit of freedom to sing?


Please come organise others to attend and circulate this?

Talking of martyrs and Tony Benn - you all may like to pencil in the weekend of 18 19 20 July and turn- up for a musical/dancing protest.

The TUC organise this free Rally to take place mainly on the Sunday every year and encourage people to attend the weekend by devoting the Friday and Saturday to music. I have contacted the TUC and they are happy to have us attend and contribute. The following is the programme as it appears on the web. However Nigel Costley is prepared to place our information on the final programme - if he gets it ASAP. As you can see there is already room for our contribution on the Saturday in the programme as it stands.

More details from
NCostley@TUC.ORG.UK

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally
Friday 18 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July 2003.
Tolpuddle village
Dorset

Off the A35 just east of Dorchester.

The following site has the following details + a map
http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-6486-f0.cfm

All events free [except Writing on the wall with Tony Benn and Roy Bailey £10 Saturday 7pm.

Friday 18 July

Camping contact South West TUC to book your pitch £20 per pitch
SW TUC Church House, Church Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BD

8pm The Martyrs Marquee
'Come all ye' session. An evening of singing songs, old and new. Whether you sing, play and instrument or just hum along, get down and join in.
Licensed bar and food on sale.

Saturday 19 July
From noon onwards:

Singer-songwriter sessions in the Tolpuddle village hall.
Fiddles, banjos, whistles traditional music in the Martyrs Inn
Sing/around session in the Festival Beer tent
Radical choirs singing in the Martyrs Marquee
Plus the Tolpuddle Summers School discuss current issues facing the Trade Union Movement
Details to be announced nearer to the time.

7pm The Martyrs Marquee
Writing on the wall The renowned double act of Roy Bailey and Tony Benn host an unforgettable session of song and spoken word. This show will be over-subscribed four times over buy you ticket now and something to tell your grandchildren! Admission £10.

Followed by Reggae Revolution music to get jiggy to.

Alternative free entertainment for children with the Monster Massive Kids Ceildh.

Sunday 20 July

Main stage

11.45 Nick Harper singer/songwriter simultaneously steeped in tradition yet completely contemporary he deserves to become a major figue..Robin Denslow, The Guardian.

12.00 Susan Hedges- Blind since birth, a 17 year old with an amazing voice and talented song writer. Another act that is destined for great things, with a set thats hard to define Country? Folk? Rock? Doesnt matter shes great.

12.45 Guest speakers including Nigel De Gruchy TUC President.

1.15 Eric Bogle legendary Australian singer-songwriter on tour in the UK. His songs have gone around the world and been covered by just about everybody. Now hear the man himself.

2.00 Dedication of the Parade with John Ellis secretary for Business and Economic Affairs of the Methodist Church.

2.05 MusiciansUnion Great Western Marching Jazz Band

2.15 The Parade of banners. Up off your backsides and join in the procession through the village, accompanied by a brass band, The Musicians Union Marching Jazz Band, and a samba band you wont have been on many marches with this music!

3.00 Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne)

3.45 Billy Bragg local resident and Tolpuddle aficionado, the man for all seasons and all campaigns. Enjoy his inimitable mix of songs to rouse the rabble and soothe the fevered brow.

4.30 Pato Banton and the Reggae Revolution.

5.00 Martyrs Day service in the Methodist Chapel with Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury .


Plus on the Martyrs Marquee stage, there is a full programme of entertainment in a slightly more restful mode, with Socialist and radical choirs from around the UK, and laid back jazz, plus lots of stalls and kids stuff.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 27 Jun 03 - 09:13 AM

Yes this is a protest where as a bonus for attending - you get to see Nick Harper, Billy Bragg and Eric Bogle all for free!

Will we be seeing you, your friends, your dance side, your children there?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 28 Jun 03 - 05:01 AM

For a potted history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs -

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/England-History/TolpuddleMartyrs.htm


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 29 Jun 03 - 04:18 AM

This looks too wonderful to miss.

And the irony that it was a Whig government too! Just too pointed.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 09:06 AM

There are plenty of opportunities to make music but can someone organise some dance sides?

The set up is that the one village road - from the marquee site to the main festival stage and the Martyrs Inn is effectively closed to traffic. The procession of union banners goes from the main stage to the Martyrs Inn on the Sunday when there will be most spectators present.

The free watching events on the Sunday will take place on the main stage so would not stop anyone from dancing elsewhere, especially outside the Martyrs Inn where are always plenty of people to watch.

So any sides wish to attend would be free to dance as much or as little as they choose. Outside the pub would be favourite especially but there will be a beer tent at the marquee and at the main stage- the whole distance is just over quarter of a mile.

The TUC have in the past placed the emphasis for the Friday and the Saturday on music to attract folk to stay all weekend but up to now, as far as I know there has not been any traditional dance - but this I suspect is because no one has been asked or has offered before.

The event is really crying out for traditional dance but I don't really have many contacts with dance sides so any help will be welcome.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 01:13 PM

Events have moved on but the Bill is now due to be ratified on 17 July.

As the dust settles - perhaps we can all assemble here and work out if we are mourning - celebrating or just planning for the future.

These are the words that I have been requested to send for inclusion in the Rally programme.

Action for Music http://actionformusic.cjb.net - The Musicians' Union and many others have been campaigning against measures contained in the Government's Licensing Bill that are damaging to LIVE MUSIC.

These concerns were echoed when an E petition containing 110,000 signatures was recently presented to 10 Downing St. However the Government are not listening to reason - despite this popular concern and the many defeats inflicted on the Bill by the House of Lords.

These measures threaten the right of freedom of expression, employment prospects and the benefit that music making and dance brings to us all. Including measures that will mean that a piano alone - as an entertainment facility - will be illegal on premises without an additional licence for it!

Thanks to the TUC for inviting concerned performers from all over the UK to perform and contribute here at The Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally. The the idea is to simply to bring attention to the threat presented to live music - by the Licensing Bill's illogical, inconsistent and unfair measures.

Please see the Musicians' Union website for more details.


http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/articles/welcome.shtml


The Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally
Friday 18 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July 2003.
Tolpuddle village
Dorset
Off the A35 just east of Dorchester.

The following site has the following details + a map
http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-6486-f0.cfm

All events free [except Writing on the wall with Tony Benn and Roy Bailey £10 Saturday 7pm..

Friday 18 July

Camping contact South West TUC to book your pitch £20 per pitch
SW TUC Church House, Church Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BD

8pm The Martyrs Marquee
Come all yesession. An evening of singing songs, old and new. Whether you sing, play and instrument or just hum along, get down and join in.
Licensed bar and food on sale.

Saturday 19 July
From noon onwards:

Singer-songwriter sessions in the Tolpuddle village hall.
Fiddles, banjos, whistles traditional music in the Martyrs Inn
Sing/around session in the Festival Beer tent
Radical choirs singing in the Martyrs Marquee
Plus the Tolpuddle Summers School discuss current issues facing the Trade Union Movement
Details to be announced nearer to the time.

7pm The Martyrs Marquee
Writing on the wall The renowned double act of Roy Bailey and Tony Benn host an unforgettable session of song and spoken word. This show will be over-subscribed four times over buy you ticket now and something to tell your grandchildren! Admission £10.

Followed by Reggae Revolution music to get jiggy to.

Alternative free entertainment for children with the Monster Massive Kids Ceildh.

Sunday 20 July

Main stage

11.45 Nick Harper singer/songwriter simultaneously steeped in tradition yet completely contemporary he deserves to become a major figue..Robin Denslow, The Guardian.

12.00 Susan Hedges- Blind since birth, a 17 year old with an amazing voice and talented song writer. Another act that is destined for great things, with a set thats hard to define Country? Folk? Rock? Doesnt matter shes great.

12.45 Guest speakers including Nigel De Gruchy TUC President.

1.15 Eric Bogle legendary Australian singer-songwriter on tour in the UK. His songs have gone around the world and been covered by just about everybody. Now hear the man himself.

2.00 Dedication of the Parade with John Ellis secretary for Business and Economic Affairs of the Methodist Church.

2.05 MusiciansUnion Great Western Marching Jazz Band

2.15 The Parade of banners. Up off your backsides and join in the procession through the village, accompanied by a brass band, The Musicians Union Marching Jazz Band, and a samba band you wont have been on many marches with this music!

3.00 Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne)

3.45 Billy Bragg local resident and Tolpuddle aficionado, the man for all seasons and all campaigns. Enjoy his inimitable mix of songs to rouse the rabble and soothe the fevered brow.

4.30 Pato Banton and the Reggae Revolution.

5.00 Martyrs Day service in the Methodist Chapel with Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury .


Plus on the Martyrs Marquee stage, there is a full programme of entertainment in a slightly more restful mode, with Socialist and radical choirs from around the UK, and laid back jazz, plus lots of stalls and kids stuff.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 08:30 PM

I'm curious how you can call Billy Bragg a local resident - he lives nearly 20 miles away on the other side of the county (in a village where true locals can no longer afford a house) and originally came from Barking, Essex!

LTS


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:14 AM

It was not I who thus described him. I did not write the programme..but.

Dorset is a large county, but there are not many in West Dorset who would - knowing his contribution to the local communities schools, halls and projects - have any problem in hearing him described as a local resident and a valued one at that.

How about you Liz? Will you find this Rally a good excuse to return?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 05:57 AM

It was also pointed out, on another thread that Eric Bogle was not an Australian, but Scottish.

Perhaps the programme would be more correct in describing him as an Austalian local resident?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:49 AM

I have been praising this to the skies and some others may wish to come down with me. One, however, is a bit right-wing and disapproves of trade unions per se(!) (funny,'cos he's not rich).

So far I have told him to stay away.

Views?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 05:00 AM

Despite what it may appear - the event is really just a jolly good day out, with fine ordinary folk.

The political aspects are not really evident on the Friday and Saturday where music is very much to the fore and not too intrusive even on the Sunday.

However, the only way the judge is to come and find out for yourself.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 12:25 PM

Oh, I'm coming, but my politics are with the awkward squad.

I'm bringing a mate who is also a card-carrying member (keep an eye out for the wheelchair - I managed to persuade him to leave the electric one behind because the year he took it to Cambridge he ran 5 people over)).

I sternly rebuked a (different) mate who thought of coming just to sing "Lack of honest work".

I wonder what the response will be if I reveal that my trade union is the Law Society!

But what do you do with a fascist at a TUC sponsored event in Tolpuddle...?   I might just bring his wife.....


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 01:23 PM

But what do you do with a fascist at a TUC sponsored event in Tolpuddle...?

They do sometimes have current members of our Government present.....So your friend won't be noticed or out of place.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 09:32 PM

Maybe Kim Howells himself will show up?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 11:39 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 01:39 PM

Anyone else coming - apart from Richard and his Blackshirt's wife?


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 11:30 AM

I must say that after the way we got crucified by the civil servants and career politicians (and local authorities and teh police) I am surprised not to see more people saying they are going to the protest.

I've bought my mask, and decided to leave Eva Braun behind.

See you anywhere folk is being played, and if there's enough room I might put up a gazebo for a night session...

Camped on the site - two fat old gits with guitars, one in a wheelchair...


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 03:19 PM

Oh! I was Looking forward to meeting Eva Brown-Behind.


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Subject: RE: PELs - Protest invitation 18/20 July
From: The Shambles
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 08:16 AM

All events free [except Writing on the wall with Tony Benn and Roy Bailey £10 Saturday 7pm.

Friday 18 July

Camping contact South West TUC to book your pitch £20 per pitch
SW TUC Church House, Church Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BD

8pm The Martyrs Marquee
'Come all ye' session. An evening of singing songs, old and new. Whether you sing, play and instrument or just hum along, get down and join in.
Licensed bar and food on sale.

Saturday 19 July
From noon onwards:

Singer-songwriter sessions in the Tolpuddle village hall.
Fiddles, banjos, whistles traditional music in the Martyrs Inn
Sing/around session in the Festival Beer tent
Radical choirs singing in the Martyrs Marquee
Plus the Tolpuddle Summers School discuss current issues facing the Trade Union Movement
Details to be announced nearer to the time.

7pm The Martyrs Marquee
Writing on the wall The renowned double act of Roy Bailey and Tony Benn host an unforgettable session of song and spoken word. This show will be over-subscribed four times over buy you ticket now and something to tell your grandchildren! Admission £10.

Followed by Reggae Revolution music to get jiggy to.

Alternative free entertainment for children with the Monster Massive Kids Ceildh.


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