Events

Global Frackdown 14 October – photo opp at Maple Farm Community Hub

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Saturday 14th October is Global Frackdown day when communities from all over the globe get together and send messages of solidarity and support. As we are on the frontline, fighting fracking here in Lancashire, we feel it is appopriate to do something. With so much going on we need to keep it simple so the plan is to all meet up at Maple Farm Community Hub at 1.30 pm for an informal chat and photo opportunity. Please wear yellow and bring lots of banners.

Please try and make this event – the more numbers the greater the media coverage.

Register for your free ticket to United Against Fracking II

For the past six years strong local communities have been tirelessly resisting fracking, supported by environmental and social justice organisations.

Together we have prevented the take-off of fracking across England, won suspensions of fracking in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and supported struggles against fracking around the world.

As the fight against fracking intensifies, it is more important than ever to make space for people in our movement to share experiences, skills, stories to stop this planet-wrecking industry.

Join us in Leeds on Saturday 28th October for a free gathering and training day for community groups, national anti-fracking groups and activists. Expect workshops, inspirational speakers, and updates from the fracking frontlines. 

Last year, Friends of the Earth, together with Frack Free Greater Manchester, organised United Against Fracking in Manchester – a day of training and networking for anti-fracking communities. This year, United Against Fracking returns with Frack Free Leeds, and we will build on the experience of last year’s event as well as the latest developments in the fight against fracking. 

Sessions throughout the day will cover topics such as: 
– Media training
– Fighting fracking through the planning system
– Designing creative actions
– Brainstorm – National strategy against fracking
– Avoiding burnout
– Taking on Ineos
– Learning from experiences of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and beyond
– And many more! 

There will be speakers coming from all parts of the UK and beyond to share their knowledge and their experiences, giving the opportunity to learn from each successes in stopping fracking from across the world, struggle, and to share solidarity with each other. 
There will also be lots of space for more informal networking, for updates from anti-fracking battlegrounds in the UK, and for sharing your story, your experience, your skills. This is a chance to enhance your skills, but also to build and strengthen links between anti-fracking struggles. Because we are stronger together, and we can stop this industry. 

Register for your free ticket here and join us for the day.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125308861457501/

Lise Masson
Fracking and Coal Intern
Friends of the Earth
020 7566 1648 – 07784 633 772

Green Mondays, Preston New Road

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As part of the on-going protest campaign against fracking at Preston New Road, local people have organised ‘Green Mondays’, as a follow-on from the Rolling Resistance campaign which Reclaim The Power helped organise throughout July. This idea is now being promoted by various North West environmental groups, including the Green Party, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. At the same time, the national organisations are assisting by providing speakers for most of the ‘Green Mondays’ between now and the end of September. Natalie Bennett has attended, as have a number of Green councillors.

Monday 4 September: Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader) will be the main speaker on that day – and there is the possibility (not yet confirmed) that there will also be a national Greenpeace speaker.

4. Monday 18 September: Caroline Lucas, MP is confirmed as the main speaker for that day. One of the other speakers will be Stephen Hall – president of Greater Manchester Assoc. of TUs, & Chair of Unite the Union/GM Area Activists’ Cttee – who will be speaking about the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

 

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Women’s Peace Walk Every Wednesday, Preston New Road

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Ladies’ Peace Walk, Call For Calm, to PNR Fracking gates and 15 minutes silence- every Wednesday. This is proving to be a popular and very moving event as women call for calm and peace.

Please share the information round. Try to wear white if you can… as you can see from the photograph, it looks really effective when there is a lot of us together.

We meet at 9.30 a.m at Maple Farm and together we walk slowly up to the site. The police have been happy to facilitate this event and trust us because we are women standing united for peace. It’s a moving and safe action, and is a good one to take part in if you are new to anti-fracking and feeling uncertain about taking part in an action outside the site gates.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

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Welcome Wednesdays at Preston New Road

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If you’ve ever wondered why ‘somebody’ hasn’t done something about fracking, it’s time to be that somebody . If you have a few hours to spare or can make a donation, we need YOU! If you have skills to share or tools you can use, there is always something to do. Our aim is for the Community Action Hub at Maple Farm to be a positive space for change where everyone is welcome. We want the space to be inclusive. Come and see us at the Welcome tent and get involved.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

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 started construction work for their exploratory pad at the Preston New Road site in January 2017. They work from 7.30 am until 6.30 pm.

We currently have a presence at the site all day and night. 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. You will not be asked to take part in any actions – we just need to show that when we said no, we meant NO!.

Some weekdays are now themed – such as Green Mondays, Women’s Call For Calm Wednesdays (please see the posts under the Events tab). You will be made very welcome at any event.

How to get there: 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.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

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.

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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 raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.