Events

Public political meetings

As an organisation, RAFF is apolitical – our members represent all political parties but they all have one thing in common – they want to stop fracking happening in the Fylde.

This post aims to alert you to political meetings taking place in our area. In the interests of fairness and currency please can you alert us to any future public events you hear of, from any  political party.

 

Blackpool & Fyde Green Party

Candidate: Bob Dennet

The Green Party is the only political party to want a total ban on fracking.

  • Election Launch Party on Wednesday 25 February at 7pm onwards, at the Burlington Pub, Lytham Road, South Shore, Blackpool, FY4 1JR. The message from Bob Dennet says: This event is for all existing and new members as well as those just a bit curious about the Greens in Lancashire. We would love to hear your views about the Green Party and how we can best serve the people of Blackpool and Fylde. This will be a great opportunity in an informal setting to meet all candidates running in Local and National elections 2015. If you are planning to come along, please let me know so that we can let the venue know numbers bob@seaweed.co.uk. If you would have liked to come, but can’t make it, then let me know if you would like us to organise another event soon. If you use Facebook, an event has been set up here

 

Independent

Candidate: Mike Hill

Mike Hill’s manifesto and his views on fracking can be viewed here. Mike has given 68 public meetings so far. He will be giving four more at Ribby Hall Village during March, focusing on fracking and his campaign to become an independent MP for the Fylde. Mike will be engaging in a Q&A session after his speech to give everybody the opportunity to ask questions. If you wish to attend any of these meeting, please register your interest at http://votehill.org/events/

  • Public Meeting with Mike Hill 11 March at 7,30 pm – 9.00 pm, at Ribby Hall, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2PR
  • Public Meeting with Mike Hill 16 March at 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm, at Ribby Hall, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2PR

Lancashire Training Dates

Two training dates have been arranged:

Know Your Rights & Community Action Training, Sunday 22 February, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

The Know Your Rights workshop provides the knowledge and skills to deal with police, know what to do if you or someone else gets arrested and understand common protest offences, as well as civil actions which target protest, such as injunctions and possession orders.

Organised resident’s groups have proven to be the most single most effective method for opposing injustice and extreme energy development around the world.

There comes a time in most campaigns when simply informing people abput an issue or threat is not enough and action is needed to empower a community to defend itself. Community action training provides skills and techniques a group can use to plan and take direct action in a safe and effective manner , from road blockades to site occupations. This workshop can help build the confidence needed to take back control of your future.

Please contact Rebecca@seedsforchange.org.uk to book you place

 

Media Training, Saturday 28 February, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Quality communication is an integral part of any community campaign and the strategic use of various forms of media can greatly increase your effectiveness. Media training will give your group an opportunity to hone their interview skills, learn how to write the perfect press release, develop strong local interest stories and on-topic messaging for your campaign’s twists and turns and exploit social media effectively. Whatever stage you campaign is at, this workshop offers your group the skills to develop a communications strategy and amplify your efforts.

Please contact Sharon@seedsforchange.org.uk

Both events will be held at: Boys Brigade Hall, Carr Lane, Treales, PR4 3SS

Time to Act Climate March London, 7 March

The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to frontline communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.  We know what needs to be done; the solutions are here now. Climate must be at the top of every politician’s agenda.

Now is the time to act.

Join us on March 7 to bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored. Form blocs or join with others from your area to show solidarity and strength (find out about planned coaches).

And together let’s continue to power up and celebrate our movement – locally, nationally and internationally – throughout 2015, and beyond.

Help build the march

Join us on Facebook

Public meeting in Thornton, Saturday 21 March 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Coffee, Cake and Chatting about Fracking

Come along to this informal gathering and find out what the latest developments mean for you living in this area.
The mass industrialisation of Lancashire from Fleetwood to Freckleton and as far out as the M6 motorway. Frack pads in excess of the size of two football pitches, methane burning chimneys and a massive increase in heavy goods vehicles bringing fresh water and removing toxic waste.
Unconventional hydraulic fracturing is linked to earthquakes, poisoned water, polluted air and long term health problems. Is this what you want for your countryside and your children’s future? Come along and find out more – Saturday 21st March, 2pm-4pm Thornton Methodist Church Hall, 60 Victoria Road East, Thornton. FY5 5HQ

Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.