World to Win Week-end School (29-31 May)

You are invited to this Weekend School

To Book: Email Keith Venables

A World to Win: learning from the past; making the future

Friday to Sunday 29th/30th/31st May 2015.

Join us for this exciting Full Board Weekend at Northern College, Barnsley.

It’s open to all activists with a sense of curiosity and we’ll run a course that provides you with bags of information on key eventsin working class history and asks you to connect this with the present day. From Tolpuddle to “Beer and Sandwiches”, from Peterloo to Grunwick, we’ll explore the past to make the future.  And the knowledge you bring will be valued.

Ask your union branch or campaign group to sponsor you.

For £50.00 you’ll get the full weekend, all meals and accommodation,

presentations, full IT, a booklet and hopefully a weekend to remember.

Tutors include: Ruth Richardson (Global Education), Peter Kilbane (Northern College),  Dave Berry (GMB Learning Project Worker) and Keith Venables (IWCE)

Now Recruiting: Places Limited

To Book: Email Keith Venables

Trevor Griffiths at Ford-Maguire shindig (29 Jan)

Dear friends,

In the 1880s the radicals in Leeds used to gather in Angel pub off Briggate to toast Tom Paine’s memory on his birthday, the 29 January. For several years the Ford-Maguire Society has tried to copy this event without much success.

However this year we have booked Fairuz’s Lebanese restaurant for the 29th January from 6 pm.  There will be a buffet with a wide variety of tasty Lebanese dishes including several vegan dishes plus a meat  dish.  The cost will be £15.

Trevor Griffiths the well known playwright and script writer has agreed to be our guest of honour. Trevor has written a brilliant and successful play about Tom Paine which was performed at the Globe Theater.

At the end of the meal we will toast Tom Paine. And perhaps some of us will go one to the Angel for further toasts.

Please please  could you email Garth [] or Shaun [] (particularly between the 6-21 January when Garth will be out Leeds) if you are coming. We need to do this for the numbers for the buffet .

This promises to be a great evening.

See you there.

Garth Frankland and Shaun Cohen

Ford-Maguire Society

0797 1933 512


Fairuz Restuarant

Merrion Street

Leeds LS2 8JU

England (Fairfax House)

Reparation for slavery – speech by Prof Beckles (14.7.14)

Recently delivered to the House of Commons, this speech by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission, contains stunning facts about slavery and genocide – and important references to Lord Harewood’s and Benedict Cumberbatch’s family estates in Barbados.  Download it from here:  ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR SIR HILARY BECKLES – Chairman of the Caricom Reparations Commission

Notes on the reparation movement and a reading list can be found in the Wiki entry here.

More on Professor Beckles here .

Linda Colley on Britishness and its segmentation

In this interesting article [accessed 11.10.13] from the IPPR‘s centre-left journal Juncture, Professor Linda Colley (author of Britons – Forging the Nation 1707-1837) examines some of the issues underlying England’s identity crisis and Scottish independence.  She suggests that, unlike the Scots, the English find holding ‘multiple identities’ a serious challenge. More here