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Christmas at Veggies & Sumac

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

After an active period travelling all over to support everyone else’s vegan festivities, ending with the Worcester Vegan Fair, Veggie are looking forward to kicking back on Saturday 21st December.

Our friends at our Sumac Centre home base will be celebrating the longest night of the year with a festive bring-a-dish-mega-meal at the Sumac Centre!

The bar will be serving mulled wine and mince pies along with it’s usual fare, we’ll have fire in a barrel in the yard for you to warm your hands and there’ll be fairy lights, bunting and candles galore as we transform the centre into a festive wonderland.

The sumac cafe will provide enough roast potatoes and gravy to feed the masses but the rest is up to you!

So bring a vegan dish to share of your festive favourites, savoury or sweet, and join in the feast!

This isn’t a regular People’s Kitchen and there are limited spaces for the meal so if you’d like to be part of it, please buy your ticket in advance.

We have 50 tickets which we’ll be selling at the bar over the next two weeks or you can reserve your ticket by emailing There’s a suggested donation of £3 and all money raised will go towards the new Sumac boiler fund so feel free to give more if you can!

To ensure you get a slice of ALL the action, arrive on time at 7pm.

We’ll be decorating the centre, chopping, baking and generally merrymaking from 2pm so come get stuck in!

Christmas Day

There are also a few spaces at the Christmas Day get-together at Sumac Centre on Wednesday 25th December. Veggies’ Chrissy is heading up a vegan Christmas Feast, to contribute between £5 & £10, according to their means.

For more info or to express your interest contact us.


For more ideas and info to celebrate a Caring and Compassionate Christmas. visit our Vegan Christmas blog.

That’s all folks, for 2013, but we already have over a dozen events on Veggies 2014 events diary, including our own 30th Anniversary!

So, our thanks and best wishes go out to all our volunteers, friends and supporters. If you can’t make it to one of the end of year celebrations, we look forward to seeing you next year,

Veggies vs the Arms Trade

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Published: September 17, 2013 21:54 at Nottingham Indymedia by Tally

Last week saw peaceful days of action co-ordinated by the ‘Stop the Arms Fair Coalition’ in response to the bi-annual arms fair DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) at the London ExCel Centre. DSEi is the world’s largest arms fair and it exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals.

From ‘Campaign Against the Arms Trade’ (CAAT): ‘DSEi 2013 featured 1,500 exhibitors from around the world displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They were joined by “trade visitors” and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.’

On the Sunday 8th September the week of action was kicked off with a demo organised by Occupy London: Occupy vs the Arms Trade. Volunteers from Nottingham-based Veggies, the vegan catering campaign, went down to London on this Sunday to provide food by donation for the peaceful protesters. Veggies has been supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984.



On Sunday 8th September, Veggies of Nottingham packed up their vegan cakes and samosas and headed down to London to give their support to the hundreds of peaceful protesters campaigning against the immoral and unethical DSEi arms fair. 

At least two Nottingham companies had stalls at DSEi. Heckler & Koch and Ergo Computing exhibited their wares to military delegations from around the world. H&K, which is based in the Lenton Lane industrial estate, sells assault rifles and submachine guns to repressive regimes such as those in Bahrain and Egypt.

Campaigners were very happy to see the Veggies team (and their delicious vegan food!) along on the day. The team provided a boost of morale to those that had been out protesting since the early hours of the day and hadn’t had anything to eat. In fact people were so happy to see Veggies that the stall was swamped with those eager to get hold of food by donation and all boxes of food and trays of cake quickly sold out. 

People were also very interested in the campaign literature the team had brought along, as human rights and animals rights campaigning is all part of the same struggle against needless suffering and injustice. Animal Aid’s purple poppies, sold to commemorate the many animal victims of war, were available on the day and people donated generously for these.

If you would like to join the friendly Veggies team to campaign against social injustice, animal abuse and enviromental destruction then you can contact them at:

Information on the website:

More details about the Arms Trade and what happened during the week of action can be found on the following websites:

Animal Aid’s purple poppy appeal:

Email Contact email:

Veggies @ Glastonbury 2013

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Glastonbury 2013 was a big success for Veggies Catering Campaign, especially in terms of our vegan campaign outreach.

Veggies 2013 Glastonbury Gallery

On arrival we found that Veggies was sited at a key location at the entrance to the Green Futures Field, right off the Old Railway Track crossroads.

Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury Panorama

Info for Action

Info for actonA big part of our mission was to encourage support for the many events that we attend, including Peace News Summer Camp, the Animal Rights Gathering and Reclaim the Power (No Dash for Gas) Action Camp. Veggies Catering Campaign has a unique roll in uniting movements for positive social change, catering at actions, camps and gatherings.

Other campaigns that we support, such as the Radical Routes network and the Movement for Compassionate Living were featured on impromptu displays.

Our location enabled us to highlight other activities in the Green Futures Field, such as the Speakers Forum, which featured the Lush Charity Pot Slam, and the main Green Information Point further up the track:

Glastonbury 2013

A special mention too to Zia Solar Systems that helped with the power to keep the foods as chilled as the crew!

Pulp Friction Smoothies

Pulp Friction Smoothie BikeWe were delighted to have been loaned a Pulp Friction bike to add d-i-y smoothies to the low-tech, low energy activities at Veggies at Glastonbury.

Festival goers enjoyed fresh fruit smoothies and shakes with Koko Coconut Milk.

Pulp Friction logo

Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project, from Nottingham, provides volunteering opportunities for young adults, taking their smoothie bikes to different community events – schools, youth clubs, playschemes, community festivals etc.

Pulp Friction Bike

Goody Good Stuff sweets – too Goody Good to walk on by!

Goody Good Stuff sweets combine the highest quality blend of ingredients including natural fruit juices and extracts which create a beautifully clear consistency and a superior taste experience. The entire line is vegetarian, fat-free, meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Halal and Kosher certified.

And yes…

We got to see some band…

Stones at GlastonburyStones at Glastonbury

… and slept for a week after!

To see how all this compares with our plans and expectations, see our glastonbury-badger-action-cafe posting from before the event.


badgerOur crew are reflecting on ways to make this huge campaign outreach mission work even better in future. If you have and thought, please contact us.

- “Well, first and foremost, I think we should totally be giving ourselves a big pat of the back. Couldn’t really ask much more from a team. :)

- Campaign space worked better than it ever has.

- In spite of some fantastic contributions to the Veggies aesthetic, our frontage and customer lounge still looked like the practical marqueue of a not-for-profit, grass roots, campaigning organization, rather than a slick professional venue (IMHO).

- Campaigning: We need to have recurring activities to draw people in like the smoothy maker, taste testings and other good ideas. They need to be on all the time as well, we had a great campaign space and people came when they could interact in some way, but when there was nothing to interact with the space seemed pretty quiet apart from staff ;) (its Glastonbury they’ll find other things to do). We need to properly brainstorm interactive things we can have inside the space and practice them before the event (maybe use at regular events as well) and have them running as long as the space is open and draw lots of people in and get them educated or at least give them a leaflet.

- One crew member in the multi-use space just didn’t really work in my opinion, you get pulled into a conversation about the badger cull, giving a milk taster round, prepping fruit for the pedal-smoothie, clearing up the space and sign-posting people to the trailer for their coffee. If you add to that trying to start a burger demo, re-organise the merchandise, checking the honesty pots, facepaint and clean up the relishes table, it makes it impossible for 1 person in a multi-use space to do any one of those things efficiently or effectively.

- People used the cafe space when trailer crew encouraged them to, same goes for campaign space. I think if trailer crew felt more joined up with the campaign space and had those quick conversations whilst burgers were waiting or coffee brewing, it would have got a masses more traffic. It’s the point of contact, if we miss that, we miss the person.

- Integrate not just the trailer into the campaign space but the crew and the whole approach – otherwise we really are just serving burgers to rich festival punters and raising funds for Veggies (which is valid but we can do more than just that):

- Trailer crew are resourced with whatever they need to make those conversations with customers possible

- The campaign period is shortened with 2 crew on it at all times or better seek funding or other support to be able to extend the campaigning for a full 12 hours each day.

- Much clearer continuity between the Veggies trailer and the ‘badger cafe’ – customers really didn’t get that it was the same space

- I also think we should have stayed open until 5am as between midnight and 4am everyone who normally camps out around the main stages is somewhere between Arcadia, Shangra La and the stone circle.

- An additional crew member might be be better used helping in kitchen rather than than trailer, so that more cake, bhajis, pizza, soups, meals etc could be made.

- Chrissy enjoyed cooking crew meals, and didn’t mind working through til 9pm most evenings. Surplus meals might be offered on an ad-hoc basis to customers, subject to availability.

- We absolutely should have had some frontage next to Groovy Movie. We were focussed so much on grabbing attention from the cross roads we were actually closing ourselves off from people coming back down from the stone circle, or in the Green Futures Field.

- We need to think about cake display – we should keep an eye out for a two or three tiered cake display with a cover. I also think we should have had cakes, pasties and cold drinks on a table in the marquee with an honestly pot for those who did come in asking.

- The Indian place down the track was already trading when we arrived so we must be open as early as possible. On the Tuesday evening we were the only people open and we were doing steady trade throughout.

- There were times before and after the main festival was running that crew were hungry and the conventional 3 meals a day hadn’t really been considered and planned in.

- I would have liked to have a daily meeting/briefing during which ideally all crew members get together to:
… communicate the ‘extra-tasks’ and priorities of the day, and designate people to action those so everybody knows what to do and how to help
… raise any relevant issues (concerns, worries, requests for help, big-ups…) in order to facilitate communication and relieve any tension amongst ourselves as well as celebrate our hard work 8-)

- The festival officially finished on Sunday night. Some of the team arrived home late on Tuesday evening.

Stop the Badger Cull

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Veggies attended the National March Against the Badger Cull on 1st June 2013.

See report below, with info, links & contacts for you to get involved to Stop The Cull

Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now. If you can, get to the cull zones. If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group.

20,000 more fliers to distribute – [Contact us] for details

National March Against Badger Cull

Veggies at Badger MarchReport from The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog

So we at Veggies went down to London yesterday (June 1st) for the National Anti Badger Cull March.

After a long and complicated journey, via trains and tubes (we will no longer be doing full catering in London) carrying as much as we possibly could of pasties and samosas, we sold out within the first hour of getting there!

Speakers included the amazing Brian May of Queen and members of Hunt Saboteurs.

We walked the march to the end point where we then did street side catering with trays of cakes in our arms and on a small table.

Following the music and crowds we ended at the park where the atmosphere was amazing and there were some pretty awesome badger dancers and music!

Making racism a black & white issue

badger marchBeing as awesome as we are, we then decided to go across to Parliament where the BNP were holding a demo (all 30 odd of them) and joined the Anti-Fascists there.

As several news sites have covered it, ‘BNP get chased through London by a bunch of women dressed as badgers.’ Nice to see that we are all in it together, animal rights activists with anti-fash.

“Save the badgers – cull the BNP”.

Then the long and super-tiring journey back to Nottingham.

What an amazing Veggies day out!

Badger march

More pictures at The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog.

Thanks to Save A Scream for this image. Click to see lots more great pictures:

Badger Match

Shari Black Velvet at Save A Scream says:

“Compassionate folk made their destination London on June 1st to protest against the badger cull that UK’s government has despicably already given approval to in the South East of England. Brian May and Bill Oddie took part in the march with the former giving a speech before the march kicked off. He was joined by Kate of Animal Aid, Wasp of London Against The Cull and Born Free Foundation’s Virginia McKenna. Activists, young and old, dressed in black and white with face masks and paint to show their support for the badgers, who do not deserve to be killed. London Against The Cull are calling for badgers to be vaccinated rather than culled.” …more…

Funds Raised to Stop the Cull

By providing refreshments on the streets just for donations, over 200 Samosas for Social Change, over 100 pasties from Screaming Carrot vegan bakery and 100 drinks went in an hour. 250+ cakes soon followed. Thanks to generous support from ‘customers’ over £100 was raised to pass on to friends working to Stop the Cull in the field.

To stop as many badgers being slaughtered as possible during the culls, activists and hunt saboteurs are ready in the cull zones to take every legal effort to put themselves in the way of those engaged in killing badgers. You can support this work with a small (or large) donation, or support your local group.

Support action to stop the badger cull



Ditch Dairy to Stop the Cull

This text from the campaign website shows why the vegan message is central to the campaign against the cull:

Why we oppose the cull

“We think that the government and farmers are scapegoating badgers to avoid addressing the real cause of bTB: bad farming practices.

We feel the evidence suggests that intensive farming and the inhumane treatment of cows in the dairy industry is to blame for the spread of this terrible disease.

Cows farmed for the dairy industry live in squalid, over crowded conditions. They are also under tremendous stress and are overworked, meaning that they are very prone to the spread of diseases.

We would like to see the end of cruel farming practices and a more healthy respect for this country’s invaluable wildlife by the government and farming communities.”

Ditch Dairy

We need you to stop the cull

Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now.

If you can, get to the cull zones

If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group

or contact

For lots more links & info see

See also:

Other listings on Veggies Website include:

Animal Rights Calendar – Campaigns for animal rights across the UK
including ongoing Action for the Badgers

Veggies Diary – Events, campaigns and outreach in Nottingham & elsewhere.


27th February 2013: National Badger Cull Protest at National Farmers Union Conference

26th May 2013: Campaign outreach against the cull at The Milk Race

1st June 2013: National March Against the Badger Cull

6th October 2013: National Badger Day

2012: 22nd October – Stop Tesco, the Badger Killers.

Also Campaign outreach against the cull at Elvaston Woodland Festival and Stop the Badger Killers Protest at the Tory Conference

2011: Anti Hunt/Badger Cull March at the Tory Conference

2008: Campaign and Demonstration against the Welsh Badger Cull,
including Viva!’s Welsh Day of Action for Badgers.

Support action to stop the badger cull

Dying for a pinta

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Gatherings for Social Change

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Three gatherings . One Location . Three successive weekends

Come for one or come for all

Peace News Summer Camp

Thursday 26th to Monday 30th July

Peace News Summer Camp logo

Local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.

Join us in 2012 for more discussions, training and debates on nonviolence, education and the anti-war movement, fuelled by “wonderful (vegan) food from Veggies of Nottingham”

More PN Camp Details…

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Earth First! Summer Gathering

Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th August
Ecological Direct Action without Compromise

EF Summer Gathering logoWorkshops, skill sharing and planning action, plus low-impact living without leaders. Meet people, learn skills, take action.

The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire.

The 2012 Earth First Summer Gathering will be held on the first weekend of August.

As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the d-i-y cafe space and holding cake baking workshops.

More EF Gathering Details…

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Animal Rights Summer Gathering

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August

AR UK Summer Gathering LogoThe UK Animal Rights Gathering is to a great weekend not to be missed, with talks, discussions and workshops on a wide range of issues and activities related to animal rights campaigning, as well as a chance to relax with like-minded people and socialise and network with other campaigners from all over the UK.

The 2012 Animal Rights Summer Gathering on the second weekend of August.

As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the catering, running a cafe space and holding vegan cookery workshops.
More AR Gathering Details…


These three key Gatherings, inspiring and networking for action for humans, animals and the environment, are all to be hosted by hosted by Crabapple Housing Co-op near Shrewsbury.

Details from each respective group or at Veggies Website

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Peoples’ Kitchen – Nottingham and Glossop

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

People's Kitchen PosterYesterday 11 of us gathered to talk about People’s Kitchen and eat together. The talk was really exciting, with loads of ideas, so here are some notes about it…

We reminded ourselves what People’s Kitchen is all about…

Cooking and eating together can be a fundamental way that a social centre can bring people together and organise more stuff, collectively.  People’s Kitchen plays a really important role in this.

Lots of people come to eat, but much less come to help make it happen.  For People’s Kitchen to be really collective, the people who eat and the people who cook can and should be the same people!

Things we want to see happen with People’s Kitchen…

- Make it a place where those who come to eat are collectively responsoble for making a great meal together happen.  This could mean that on weeks where people don’t sign up to help, that Peoples Kitchen doesn’t happen.

- Make it a place to share skills and learn new ones

- Make it a place where you can drop-in and help.

Separate all the different tasks involved so that people can volunteer to:

- Decide the menu and find recipes

- Get the shopping done (or gather ingredients from Veggies food store)

- Chop stuff

- Cook or help someone else cook

- Serve

- Tidy up

- Or,  if they want to, to cook a yummy meal on their own

- Collectivise our knowledge on mass catering,  recipes, etc…

- Link up the cooking with some growing.  Maybe bring in some allotments or the Sumac garden?

* A new rota, with all the different tasks you can do, will be up in the Sumac.

* Announcements about making these other suggestions happen will be on their way soon.

* If you have any further suggestions or comments,  please email the cafe collective!

See more info on the People’s Kitchen listing on the Sumac Diary.

To keep up with other  Sumac news and announcements subscribe up to the SumacNews mailing list.

You are invited to People’s Kitchen Glossop too.

People's Kitchen GlossopRonny, Jonathan and Anna have been involved in People’s Kitchen projects in other areas, so we’re starting one in Glossop.

The idea is that people come together for an affordable, tasty, healthy and ethical communal meal. We’re keeping it vegan and not-too-spicy, to be inclusive, and can cater for allergies and special requests with advance notice. There will always be gluten-free options.

How can you help?

1. Book, so we have an idea of numbers.

2. Spread the word.

3. Donate any surplus vegetables and (vegan) ingredients earlier in the day, or the day before. Unwanted kitchen equipment also gratefully received.

4. Volunteer as a chef or server. Help clean and tidy the place on the night.

Thank you and hopefully see you there!

For info or to book contact or call 0782 861 7933.


Follow news of possible future meals with People’s Kitchen Glossop on the Vegan Outreach Diary, which lists similar events all over the UK.

[October'12 update: Venue is currently Glossop Labour Club, 11-13 Chapel Street and the suggested donation of £3 includes dessert. Details at]

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Compassionate Derby a great success!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Compassionate Derby, a showcase of healthy, environmentally friendly and cruelty free food and lifestyle products, was held in the Darwin Suite of the Assembly Rooms, right in the heart of the Derby, on Saturday 5th November 2011.

Co-organiser DavidO writes…

A huge well done to all those involved in Compassionate Derby A.K.A. the East Midlands Vegan Festival.

We ended up with over 30 stalls, engaging speakers (that included MP’s, Buddhist teachers and highly regarded vegan cooks) and most important of all, around 700 curious members of the public wandering through – only a tiny fraction of whom were vegan.

There has been a great deal of positive feedback from stallholders and public alike, and a veritable chorus of “Please that we do it all again next year and in a BIGGER VENUE!”

The highlight for me was when a young teenager who having been persuaded to have a look around (by a giant rabbit with sparklers) came back along the same busy high street where she had been leafleted and called out “that vegan food is GORGEOUS!” to her mates (and everyone else within a wide radius).

A massive thank you to everyone who donated their valuable time to achieve such a success and in particular to the half dozen or so committed Derby Animal Rights activists who somehow brought a big idea to life in six weeks flat..

Event website

Nik adds…

I just wanted to say a huge WELL DONE to Dave O and the band of merry men (& women) who pulled it off perfectly!

I think they day went amazingly. I know a few stall holders were wishing it would be a bit busier, but for a first time I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how many people came through the doors.

Also, I’ve not been to many ‘vegan fayres’, but the ones I’ve been to have been so busy you’re restricted to your stall and don’t get to see anything else. It was nice to be able to walk around and actually see stalls rather than be looking over peoples shoulders for a quick glimpse. I even spoke to stall holders and learned a lot!

It went brilliantly and I’m glad I got to witness it.

Can’t wait for next years!

“Find details of similar events all over the UK on the Vegan Outreach Diary, compiled by Veggies Catering Campaign.”

Green Traders Awards winners

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

From Glastonbury Festival News 26 July 2011

The 2011 Green Traders Awards winners are…

“This year was the sixth year of the Festival’s Green Traders Awards, given by Glastonbury, Greenpeace, The Soil Association, The Fairtrade Foundation and Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) to the traders who did the most to help make the Festival greener, fairer and more sustainable.

“Once again this year a team of Greenpeace volunteers trekked across the festival site interviewing traders, quizzing them about everything from: how they arrived on site, what their stall was made of; how much of their stock was Fairtrade, organic or recycled, and any other ethical criteria they proactively used to reduce their impact on the environment.

Veggies Green Award Winners… And the final award was given to Veggies Catering Co who received the Greenpeace Award. “For many years we’ve been trying to encourage all Glastonbury traders to be as green as we aim to be.”

Read full story, with details of other Award Winners (and well done to them all) at Glastonbury Festival News. Special congratulations to “the winner of this year’s Gold Award for food … last year’s runner-up No Bones Jones, who do vegetarian and vegan food”.

Veggies has been shortlisted in the Green Trading Standards scheme at previous Glastonbury Festivals and are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.

Whilst we are delighted to have been recognised with this award, our mission is to reflect searching questions back to the festival itself, including…

Q. What are you selling that is Fairtrade?

A. Coffee, decaff coffee, hot chocolate, tea, redbush, herbal teas. For over 25 years we have never stocked other than fair trade teas and coffees, which are also organic where available.

… nor have we ever sold Cocoa Cola products, despite their being the nominated soft drink supplier to Glastonbury Festival.

Q. What other criteria do you look for when sourcing ethical goods?

A. We ensure that all goods are vegan. We follow the product advice of the Ethical Consumer Research Association.

Many consider Veggies Catering Campaign to be one of the most ethical on the circuit. Our policies are not a flash in the pan, they have been the cornerstone of our operation for over 25 years, drawn from our close involvement is supporting many campaigns for humans, animals and the environment.

Q. “Do you have any other suggestions for improving the sustainability of (Glastonbury) festival as a whole?”

A. Include concerns over the environmental impact of livestock products in all aspects of ethical and environmental planning and monitoring. Livestock products have been held responsible for significant amount of methane & carbon emissions. Whilst there may be debate over the detail, farmed animals compete inefficiently for food/feed, water and land resources, in a way which cannot be sustained if the global population were to adopt western patterns of consumption.

The rest of our submission to Glastonbury Festival Green Trader Awards in 2010 can be seen at our Ethical Policies page.

Read about all our other awards on our award-winning-caterer page

Join Veggies & Sieze the Day at Peace News Summer Camp

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Join Veggies and Seize the Day at


28 July – 1 August 2011
near Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Peace News Camp

More info:


Twitter: pnsummercamp


or call 0207 278 3344


Strands include:

- Cuts and Community Organising: Building Stronger Communities of Resistance

- People Power & Solidarity: Learning from Movements in the Middle East and Beyond

- Building Skills, Sharing Skills: Including nonviolence direct action training

Sessions include:

- Lessons from the Animal Rights Movement

- The London Coalition Against Poverty and Dave Morris
(McLibel) on community organising

- Tim Street (UK Uncut) and Stop Kettling Our Kids
( on anti-cuts activism

- A screening of Michael Channan‘s documentary film about the anti-cuts movement “Chronicle of Protest” (

-Nonviolent Direct Action Trainingfor anti-cuts / anti-arms trade etc… activists

- Ewa Jasiewicz (Free Gaza, organiser for Unite) on organising with migrant and non-migrant workers

- Activist Security ( on dealing with movement infiltration

- Andrew Muncie (International Solidarity Movement) on “Nonviolence in Palestine”

- Guy Smallman ( on Afghanistan

- Author and activist Greg Muttitt ( on oil and politics in occupied Iraq

- Red Pepper’s Alex Nunns (co-editor of new book “Tweets from Tahrir”) on the Egyptian uprising

- Susan Clarkson (Oxford Catholic Worker) on “Harry Potter and Resistance”

- Milan Rai on “Chomsky’s Politics” and “Abolishing War”

- Penny Stone on “Singing for Social Change”

- John Stewart (Airport Watch / HACAN) on “How the Campaign to Stop the Third Runway at Heathrow was Won”

- visionOntv on how to be a citizen TV reporter

- Patrick Nicholson (Bicycology) on “Cars, Carbon and Capitalism”

- Artist Emily Johns ( on “Conscious Oil” and “Drawing Paradise on the Axis of Evil”

PLUS: People Power: The Game of Civil Resistance (

Smash EDO (

Seeds for Change (

Rhizome (

Jubilee Debt Campaign (

Campaign Against Arms Trade (

Lessons from the Animal Rights Movement; Derek Wall

(The Rise of the Green Left); Hicham Yezza (;

and the UK Youth Climate Coalition (

PLUS:  masculinity and militarism; nuclear weapons; abolishing war;
DSEi 2011: resisting Britain’s biggest arms fair;
participatory entertainment; food from the wonderful Veggies

of Nottingham (;

Howard Zinn’s “Emma: A Play in Two Acts about Emma Goldman,
American Anarchist”
; music from SEIZE THE DAY (, TRACEY


and much more!

Join people from across the broad spectrum of the British peace
movement and radical activism for five days of exploration,
celebration and empowerment.


Bring your contribution to a hothouse of creativity, a small
self-governed society run by democratic camp meetings, a viable
example of the kind of world we are trying to bring about. The
Peace News Summer Camp helps build a radical movement for the
future by building a living community today.

We are camping in a family-friendly and renewably-powered way
from 28 July to 1 August in the beautiful grounds of Crabapple
Community, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

Activities include: workshops and discussions, practical skills
sessions, delicious vegan food cooked by Veggies of Nottingham,
music, film, fun and participatory entertainment, a bar,
campfires, and activities and facilities for kids and families.

NB Dogs (except guide dogs) are not allowed on site – sorry.


The camp costs £15 – £65 depending upon income. Payment can be
made by cheque, online or by phone:

for on-line purchases
– 0207 278 3344 for purchases by phone
– Send cheques (payable to “Peace News” to Peace News, 5
Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DY), explaining how many tickets you’re
purchasing and which rates

Food (3 meals a day and drinks) will cost £6 – £11 a day for
adults, depending on income, and should be ordered before the camp
starts. Individuals meals will be available to buy at the camp.

For more info, including details of location, see


“Wonderful workshops and a wide range of people with which to
exchange ideas”

“Safe, friendly, interesting, happy, useful, accepting, great for
networking, well thought out and set up. Thank you for organising
and creating a lovely village”

“It was a great holiday for me and I loved meeting new people. To
become aware of the work that people are doing all over the country”

Debunking the Myths – Calling VegSoc Members

Friday, January 14th, 2011

VegSoc LogoTo celebrate the start of National Vegetarian Week 2011 sponsored by Cauldron Foods, the Vegetarian Society is hosting an event in Albert Square in Manchester city centre on Saturday 21 May.

Catering will be provided by
Veggies Catering Campaign!

sponsorsThe event will be based around veggie myths and will show the public, in a fun and interactive way, that the age-old stereotypes of vegetarianism are just not true. One of the myths we’ll be debunking is that vegetarianism is just a phase and we’d like our members’ help on this one!

Veteran Veggies

For this myth we’ll be creating an illustrative map of Manchester highlighting links to vegetarianism across city, such as Joseph Brotherton, the Salford MP who founded the Vegetarian Society back in 1847. We thought it would be great if we could have some of our members to help us give these maps out on the day and chat to people about what it was like to be a vegetarian in a different era.

Ideally we’d like members who have been a veggie for 30 years or more and remember experiences from when they first became a veggie. It would help if you’re local or easily able to get into Manchester city centre as we will not be able to cover travel expenses.

If you fancy representing our members’ commitment to being veggie, please call 0161 925 2000 or email Graham on with your name, age, address and how long you have been vegetarian. The event will run from 10am – 5pm, but we don’t expect people to stay for the whole time (unless they really want to!)

Are you a  commited veggie?

southend animal aid stallTo help further banish this myth at our event we’d like to create a big visual presentation with photos of veggies accompanied by quotes about how committed they are to being veggie. We’d like you, no matter how old or young you are or where you live, to email us a photo of yourself (of the highest resolution you can) and a sentence saying why you’re committed to being a veggie. We plan on using everyone’s photo and quote at our event and it will show the general public how varied veggies are!

Email with your photo, quote, name, age and how long you’ve been veggie. Please remember it is your responsibility to get permission from anyone who is recognisable in the image you send us. Images of young people under 16 years old can only be used if parental (or guardian / carer) permission has been obtained. Please do not send copyrighted images unless you have permission to do so.

Veggies and the Vegetarian Society

See also Vegetarian Campaigning with Veggies, local branch contacts for Nottingham, and join Veggies providing Vegetarian Catering at Events nationwide.

Veggies Networking DirectoryContact the Vegetarian Society and their Local Contacts in your area, via Veggies Networking Directory.

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