Two Hundred Attend Camp & Rally, Coverage in Local and National Media

October 1, 2012 by combehavendefenders

Some 200 people attended the “Stop the Road” Camp & Rally in Combe Haven on 29/30 September, celebrating the beauty of the valley and enjoying an amazing weekend of speeches, workshops, shadow puppetry, children’s theatre, story-telling, campfires, local music and great food. A big thank you to everyone who donated their time, energy, money and / or vegetables to the cause, and helped make it such a great event!

The Camp saw the launch of the “Stop the Road – Save Our Valley” pledge. You can download a copy of the Pledge here.

Roughly 200 people attended the Camp and Rally over the course of the two-day event

See below for more pictures from the Camp.

An excellent film about the event by local journalist Jake Bowers:

Media coverage extended to the national press, with the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times (see below) both running articles linking the Camp’s preparations for future direct action with George Osborne’s plans to build hundreds of new roads around the UK. The Camp was also name-checked in the Guardian, where a letter from the Defenders also appeared.

Other coverage included BBC Sussex, ITV Meridian, and local coverage on the Hastings [1] and Bexhill Observer web-sites [1] [2]

Coverage in the Sunday Times

Defender Emily Johns and badger friend welcome walkers to the Camp on the Saturday

Renowned environmental campaigner John Stewart leads a workshop on “How to stop a road”

Renowned environmental campaigner John Stewart leads a workshop on “How to Stop a Road”

Local group Las Pasionarias contributed some rousing musical songs.

Intense discussions took place in workshops on campaign strategy and direct action

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