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Friday 28th August 2009 to Monday 31st August


28th August 2009


31st August

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/img/arc/ar2009.jpgA weekend of 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 2009 National Animal Rights Gathering took place over the Summer Bank Holiday Weekend, near Northampton. See report at

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Food By Veggies

  • Fri Midday: Tomato and bean soup with garlic bread.
  • Fri Eve: Daal with brown rice, samosa, red cabbage salad, yoghurt dip and chutneys.
  • Sat Midday: Pasta with roast vegetable sauce, olives, potato salad and green leaf salad.
  • Sat Eve: Moroccan tagine with cous cous and salad
  • Sun Midday: Potato and cauliflower curry with rice and cucumber raita.
  • Sun Eve: Ratatouille and quinoa with potato salad.
  • Mon Midday: Pot luck lunch!

  • Breakfast each day will be muesli, cereals, fruit, bread and peanut
    butter/yeast extract/jam.

  • In addition, there will be cakes, crisps and the usual Veggies trailer
    snacks food to satisfy the kids and the compulsive munchers.

The gathering will include:
* Workshops, discussions and talks on various animal rights topics.
* Three vegan meals per day, plus site cafe with drinks and snacks provided by Veggies Catering Campaign.
* Info stalls and merchandise from all the main grass roots campaign groups.
* A beautiful rural location, on land owned by a farm animal sanctuary.
* Various entertainment, a chance to socialise and network with other campaigners from across the UK.

Car share
If you're driving to the gathering and can offer spaces to fellow activists either from your area or en route, please get in touch so we can get more people involved.

The Timetable is already filling up with great workshops, discussions, talks and entertainment, but if you've got anything interesting to contribute it may not be too late if you contact us soon with your ideas. This applies also to practical and skills based workshops.

One feature of the gathering this year will be a "Free Shop" where you can bring all your unwanted items which may be useful to other activists, and maybe you'll find something there which you can make use of too. Sounds a great idea.

If you're free earlier in the week to help set up the site, put up marquees etc, or you can stay a few days afterwards to help tidy up the site, you'll be very welcome, we'll provide camping space and food, and a bit of entertainment no doubt!

If you are interested in being part of the catering crew over the weekend, it would nice to hear from you. As well as being a vital part of the gathering, this can be a great way to gain practical experience of vegan catering and campaigning, as well as getting to know and working with some nice, interesting, like-minded people.

If you are arriving in a vehicle and can do an hour or two's driving over the weekend, either picking up supplies, or taking activists to and from the station, please let us know, we will have a rota and the driving will be shared.

If you can bring along any useful equipment for us to loan, this may save us some money. Stuff like tools, chairs, tables, catering equipment, electrical items, audiovisual, tools, and lots of other things we'll probably only think about much nearer the time!

First Aid
If you're a First Aider, don't forget your kit! There will be First Aid workshop on the timetable as well.

Bring clothing and camping equipment suitable for all weathers if possible. If you don't have a tent you can use one of the big marquees. Don't forget to bring a torch as well!

How to get there by Public Transport
If you are using public transport you should aim for Northampton train station, or Northampton Grey Friars bus station. From here we will either pick you up or give you further directions by bus.

We may also be able to pick you up from Rugby, Market Harborough or Daventry stations if this is more convenient, but be sure to contact us in advance to make arrangements.

If you are driving, contact us for details how to get there.

For updates visit the website or contact us

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If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.

We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

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