Green Gathering 2018

Saturday 29th Sept, 10:30am to 3pm

Scout Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QP (alongside Eynsham Village Hall)

The day is designed to give insights into current issues with local relevance, and give opportunities to chat with like-minded people! The date and venue also gives people an opportunity to pop into the Eynsham GreenTEA festival happening next door.

Draft Agenda

Saturday 29th Sept, 10:30am to 3pm

Scout Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QP

10:00 – 10:30 Arrive, have tea or coffee and chat

10:30 – Welcome and start

10:40 – “Addressing UK Food Poverty: Witney and West Oxfordshire Food Bank” – Erik Nielson, WWOFB

11:05 – “Challenging housing growth in Oxfordshire: the case of EPIC, Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign” – Angie Titchen, EPIC

11:30 – Tea break

11:50 – “Sewage Pollution of rivers: the case of the River Windrush” – Ashley Smith, Windrush Against Sewage Pollution

12:15 – “The Green Party’s Holistic Review” by Liz Reason, Chair of the Green Party of England and Wales

Lunch – Bring your own or bring vegetarian and share with Eynsham GreenTEA in Eynsham Village Hall

13:25 – 13:50 – A fun session exploring each other’s passions and hobbies in 5 minute bursts

13:45 – 14:45 World Café discussions on topics suggested by you

14:45 – 15:00 – Close with celebration of nominated activities and deeds. Nominations here: http://bit.ly/2oY7Ayh

More Congratulations

Our very own Liz Reason has been elected chair of the Green Party Executive. This is excellent news for the Green Party. May Liz triumph over all adversity.

More Congratulations

A Report For The Few About The Many

The interim report of the Institute of Public Policy Research on economic justice has just been published. Says the Guardian, it argues that:

“… the UK is being held back by a business culture dominated by decades of short-term profit-taking, weak levels of investment and low wages.”

Somewhere the report relates persistent inequality to the result of the Brexit vote, but the point is lost in the verbiage. 109 closely-packed pages with 299 (!) references suggest this is not a document for public consumption. Whose then? The many authors, perhaps. Let them reflect on this before they produce their full report towards the end of the year.

A Report For The Few About The Many

Congratulations

To no one’s surprise, Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley are to be joint leaders of the Green Party. They promise a “Fiercer Green resistance”. Now there’s a combination of words not often heard. Soppy, weird, nutty yes, but fierce?

Voting Time For Green Party Members

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Voting for the Leadership Team, Executive and Policy Development Committee of the Green Party opened last week.

You have a vote. Don’t forget to use it!

Excellent voting website. You can find all of the candidate statements listed on the website as well as a description of the responsibilities for each role. So many positions to fill.

All ballots should be completed online before 10pm on FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018.

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Green Life Before Brexit

It’s 2012 and Natalie Bennett is leader of the Green Party, but the video is well worth watching for the innocent curiosity of the reporter. He could hardly ask questions that are more direct. “Why aren’t you leader any more?”, he demands of Caroline Lucas. And no mention of Brexit!

And its worth watching for its exploration of the tension between social reform and environmental reform.

Just Plain Wrong

The Safe Passage charity has just won a case in the Court of Appeal. It argued that the 530 children from the Calais Jungle claiming a right of residence in the UK and rejected by the Home Office had to be told why they had been rejected. Now they have been dispersed all over France, it will be difficult to tell them – or even find them. According to Safe Passage, the Home Office kept the kids ignorant of its reasoning so they could not appeal against its decision. Makes you proud to be British.

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