The Bentley Effect film coming to the Fylde




The Bentley Effect follows the story of an Australian social movement that grew in response to unconventional gas mining and it concludes with the final showdown between ‘protectors’ and the gas industry.

Two local screenings/workshops are planned:

  • Wednesday 24 May at 7.00 pm at the Island Cinema, St Annes. Please book here
  • Friday 26 May at 6.00 pm at Ribby Hall (Woodlands Suite), Wrea Green. Please book here

Tickets are free – donation on the door.




DON’T FRACK LANCS – international solidarity meeting 

When: Wednesday 31 May, 10am – 1pm
Where: Maple Farm,  Preston New Road PR4 3PE

Campaigners from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network will be visiting Maple Farm and the Preston New Road site on 31st May, to show support to the local residents and our campaign to stop fracking at Preston New Road.

This will include campaigners from Milieudefensie, who are part of the coalition that got a moratorium against fracking in the Netherlands and who continue to combat Cuadrilla in that country.

Join us for tea and cake at Maple Farm, and a photo opportunity for local media at the roadside. This is an opportunity for international campaigners to show solidarity, share experiences and learn more about Lancashire’s experience of grassroots campaigning at Europe’s fracking frontline.

Frackopoly – book launch and discussion



Wenonah Hauter and Andy Gheorghiu of ‘Food & Water Watch’  and ‘Food & Water Watch Europe’ are coming to Preston. Food and water watch are one of the primary anti fracking facilitators and campaign groups in North America and Europe.

In the evening of 6 June there will have an event at the Mystery Tea House in Preston 7-9pm where Wenonah will launch her new book Frackopoly. Wenonah will  describe the dangers inherent in fracking and why pursuing this harmful practice threatens public health, natural resources, and the climate. She will  describes a political system rigged in favor of laissez-faire economics, allowing a juggernaut of polluters and other greedy economic forces to dominate the media, educational institutions, and our government.

Andy and Frida will talk about the fracking situation in Europe and further afield. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Public meeting, Lowther Pavilion, 27 June

Independent Fylde oil and gas engineer Mike Hill has organised a public meeting to be held in Lytham on 27 June.

This will be the first public meeting on fracking since the 2015 General Election! So much has happened! There has been so much conflicting information. Come and hear the latest news and information on fracking in the Fylde. How will the wells be drilled and fracked? What protection do U.K. regulations offer in 2017? Who is monitoring our air and water? What are the consequences for us who live here? This meeting is intended mainl y for those new to the topic and those who were previously not concerned. Many have only begun to engage with the issue since Cuadrilla started work at Preston New Road. Please come, bring your questions, find out what’s going on and what is likely to happen next.

Please note this is not a pro or anti fracking event. It’s about information and facts. It’s about answering your questions and giving people the initial impetus to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.

Venue: Lowther Pavilion Theatre, West Beach, Lytham St.Annes, FY8 5QQ

Date: Tuesday 27th June, 2017

When: doors open 7pm. Start 7.30pm

Bar throughout with tea/coffee served in interval


We need to raise funds to pay for leaflets, advertising and the venue itself so that the residents of the Fylde get the opportunity to understand more about the implications of fracking for them, their families and the area. To help support this event please click here. Many thanks!

Leaflets and posters are available to download – please click here.

PNR Solidarity Saturdays at Maple Farm – every Saturday!

Now that Cuadrilla have invaded Preston New Road, people gather each day to delay their progress and receive huge support from passing motorists. Online too there is a wealth of support but not everyone can be at the demonstration each weekday 9am-3pm; so on Saturdays we are hosting get-togethers just down the road at Maple Farm (next door to World of Water Blackpool.)

Ths is an opportunity for passers-by, drivers who honk support, visitors, residents, Protectors and others to get together after the long week, enjoy refreshments from the Nanas and chat as a community about what we do to ensure we stop this site from ever reaching the fracking stage.

There will also be Frack Free Lancashire merchandise for sale, information sheets and plenty of people who can answer questions.

You can park either at Maple Farm or at the rear of World of Water. If travelling by train get off at Kirkham and get the 61 bus just outside the station – there’s a bus stop very close to Maple Farm on Preston New Road. If travelling by bus from Blackpool or Preston, you need to catch the number 61 and get off at Maple Farm.

We do hope you can join us – the first few have been very popular and the cakes just get better and better!

Preston New Road Rolling Roadside Protest

As you are aware Cuadrilla has started construction work at the Preston New Road site.

We currently have a presence at the site between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm each weekday and 9.00 am. We will only engage in peaceful and legal actions.

This is going to be a lengthy campaign and we need boots on the ground. Please do come along and give your support even if it’s just for half an hour. A Facebook page has been created to keep you up-to-date with events.

The number 61 bus from Preston/Blackpool travels along Preston New Road. The bus stops near Maple Farm- marked bus on right of map. Walk towards Ma Bakers Cafe/Waterworld –  it’s only a short walk to the site from there. If you’re coming by car (PR4 3PE) you should be able to park at Maple Farm or Waterworld/Ma Baker’s. Please remember that these are business; please treat them with consideration and respect. Please also note that parking is not allowed anywhere on Preston New Road.

If coming by train you need to get off at Kirkham. The Blackpool South and most of the Blackpool North trains (check before boarding) from Preston stop at Kirkham. From Blackpool all trains to Preston stop at Kirkham. From Kirkham Station catch the 61 bus (Blackpool) and follow the instructions above.



Scroll down the posts below to see a day-by-day account of activity at the site, compiled by Tina Rothery.

Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK, including the House of Lords. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire and have worked with Frack Off and Friends of the Earth in setting up local groups. We have over four years of experience in fighting fracking and are happy to share this experience, wherever you are based.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch