Women for Peace 2013, on April Fools Day

Stop Fooling With Nuclear Weapons

Date: 1 April, 2013 (All day)
12 noon to 2 pm
We are the weavers,
We are the web,
We are the flow,
And we are the ebb
We will organise tea and cakes, but more cakes are always welcome, especially vegan cakes. Women are being encouraged to bring noise making devices, instruments and pots and pans to join in the CND noisemaking around the whole site at 2 pm. Also don’t forget banners, things to attach to the fence, balls of wool, and anything else you can think of.
There are plans for discussions about Trident, Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp, Action AWE and other campaigns. It’s a short space of time and it will depend on what women want to do on the day but the emphasis will be more on smaller discussion groups than speeches.
We hope this will be an opportunity to meet up and share with women from groups like Women in Black against War, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and others

In the next three years the UK will decide whether to commit to renewing the current Trident nuclear weapon platform and this demonstration is part of the build up to what we hope will be a mass campaign to prevent this.
AWPC have a different message to some campaigns in that we express a feminist critique of nuclear weapons, the military, notions of security and deterrence, and of NATO. For example, we contrast the vast amount of money committed to maintaining nuclear weapons with the lack of government support for women who are experiencing or have experienced violence including sexual violence, and to government cuts to services that impact more severely on women. We see nuclear weapons as a form of violence against life and the Earth. We therefore see links between our campaign against nuclear weapons production at Aldermaston and other women’s campaigns against violence. As women we say no to violence in all its forms, including the threat of nuclear war.
If you would like to come to the women’s gate on April 1st, there is no need to let us know in advance, just pitch up and join in. If you would like more information or help with directions, or just want to make contact first, then you can contact us at info@aldermaston.net.
Be prepared for April weather! Warm clothes and waterproofs are advised and although there will be refreshments available, a packed lunch and snacks are a good idea. Toilets will be provided around the site including the women’s gate.



On this day in Women’s History in 1932……..

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Her father was a lawyer for a railroad company, a job which required frequent moving, and so Amelia Earhart and her sister lived with grandparents until Amelia was 12. She then moved around with her parents for some years, until her father lost his job due to a drinking problem.

At age 20, Amelia Earhart, on a trip to Toronto, Canada, volunteered as a nurse’s aide at a military hospital, part of the World War I war effort. She made several tries at studying medicine and she worked at other jobs including social work, but after she discovered flying, that became her passion.

Amelia Earhart’s first flight was at an airshow with her father, which motivated her first to learn to fly — her teacher was Neta Snook, the first woman instructor to graduate from the Curtiss School of Aviation.

Amelia Earhart then bought her own plane and began to set records, but sold the plane to drive East with her newly-divorced mother.

info thanks to http://womenshistory.about.com/od/earhartamelia/p/amelia_earhart.htm

Vanessa and Virginia

Vanessa and Virginia
Directed by Emma Gersch
Designed by Kate Unwin
Music by Jeremy Thurlow

A new play by Elizabeth Wright, based on a novel by Susan Sellers

Based on the acclaimed novel by Susan Sellers, Elizabeth Wright’s innovative new play is a moving, poetic and powerful story about the remarkable sisters, novelist Virginia Woolf and artist Vanessa Bell.

Our faces are imperfect replicas of each other, as if the painter were trying to capture the same person from different angles. – Vanessa Bell

Fusing original music, poetic text and immersive design the play creates a dream-like, meditative quality moving gracefully through time and seamlessly transporting the audience through places, events and memories. A highly original and emotional theatrical experience that invites you to journey with the sisters from their Victorian childhood to a Bohemian adulthood.

Produced by award-winning theatre company Moving Stories, Vanessa and Virginia opened to acclaim in Provence in September 2010 and toured across the UK and Europe in advance of coming home to London for its Riverside run.


90 minutes with no interval.


Suitable for ages 14+.

https://vimeo.com/62173522 Image

Riverside Studio’s web page, for further information and ticket bookings


A Passage Through Time, Looking back on the afternoon……….

………..Of Sunday March 17th,

Firstly, thank you’s. A big big thanks to performers, Keanu Smurthwaite, Rebecca Morden and Naomi Paxton. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from everyone who attended. You were all brilliant. Thank you to all those who helped on the day. Special thanks to Jo Bagshaw for the enthusiam and energy you put into announcing the acts, to Nadia and Rob for looking after the refreshements, to Di and Shona for helping on the door (after driving over from Bristol) to May and to Elizabeth, for being there, and pitching in. To Lynette from Newbury for loaning us the Boise peace quilt, and taking time to sort out materials from the Greenham women’s Peace camp archives. Big thanks to everyone who came and brought your positve energies. To all my old friends from greenham, words can’t describe how lovely it was to see you all again. Thanks to all the standholders and artists for coming on board and being part of the day. And thanks to everybody who put the word out that this event was happening………

Secondly, what next? Organising Sunday’s event was quite an isolated experience, I would like to organise something now with a small group of likeminded women. I’ve got itchy feet, and I’m really keen to do more of this sort of thing. We need more of a sense of inclusive community, it’s the root from which everything else grows. We need autonomous feminist networks, to create spaces and places where we treat each other as equals. We need to support each others ventures. And we can have all of the above……….

The week before this event, I was at an event that had been part organised by an old greenham friend for international women’s day. During the course of this day, we talked a lot about the strength of community we had some 25 to 30 years ago. Too many women at that event expressed feelings of isolation in the present days climate. We talked of the need to rebuild this sense of sisterhood and community. Not in a “oh the good old days were perfect” sort of way, but in a yes, we had problems back then, things were not perfect, but even so, we have lost something, and we are determined, now we’re aware of that loss, to find that something again. Life evolves, and in it’s turning, it’s time to return to a more inclusive women’s movement.

The only thing I would have had different on Sunday, would be to have had more attendees. The women who gave time and energy to putting together performances for Sundays event deserved to play to a bigger audience. Again, I think with a more inclusive and supportive and supporting feminist network, we would have got the word out that this event was happening further and wider than we did, and in doing so, we’d have got more attendees. My friends in Shropshire who organised the event I’ve spoken of above had the same problem.

So, what else? I’m part of the working group putting together this years feminism in London conference (happening on October 26th) so that’s going to be a great opportunity to put these ideas of inclusiveness and community spirit into action. Can’t wait……….

Hopefully I will be along to the next London feminist network meeting, if anybody would like to discuss and plan and plot with me concerning any of the above, see you there,

Jo Image

image from the greenham women’s peace camp archives

A Passage Through Time, Looking Back To Look Forward, Women In Herstory

An afternoon in March to celebrate women’s history month. A fundraiser, working towards putting on feminism in London 2013
Sunday March 17th
The Dragon Hall
17 Stukeley Street, WC2B 5LT
3pm ~ 7pm

We will take you on a journey back to tell a little about the other side of history. Her-story will look at how women activists over the years have used art as a tool to campaign for social changes. And how activists have used imaginative means on many levels to flout conventions, to make a stand, to create change.
“Noted, eminent historian Keanu Smurthwaite (absolutely no relation to feminist comedian Kate) presents a brief history of dissemblance, of women who have disguised themselves as men. Some did so to access jobs only available to men, some to escape danger and poverty, some for love or for money, some to legitimise their lesbian relationships or to express what by modern standards we would consider their trans* status. Discover the amazing stories of the first woman to vote in the US election and the first British woman to become a qualified medical doctor, from jazz legend Billy Tipton to yankee civil war hero Albert DJ Cashier all the way back to the downfall of Pope Joan. Please note this talk is “strictly” men only! Definitely no ladies please (moustaches available at the door).”

Keanu Smurthwaite
Also: Rebecca Morden artistic director of Scary Little Girls will be performing on her Uke, She will be looking at how women in blues and musical halls used humour and satire to flout the norms of their day and how folk and popular music artists took their message further still into the heart of women’s lib movement! plus she’ll be chatting about her findings in-between singing extracts of songs and hopefully getting the audience to join in too!Becca Morden

Also joining us will be Naomi Paxton. Naomi is an actress, performer and researcher, who has just published the book “The Methuen drama book of suffrage plays”  she will be giving a talk and showing slides to accompany the research behind the book.  ~ “In May 1909 the Women’s Social and Political Union – the Suffragettes – held a very successful Women’s Exhibition in London. This talk aims to bring it to life and to show some aspects of propaganda for the Cause that you may not have known of before. Featuring ‘Jujitsuffragette’ demonstrations, Prison Cell installations and ‘Political Peepshows’ as well as theatrical performances and stalls from across the UK – the Exhibition had something for everyone!”Image
plus: a slide show of rare footage from the women’s peace camps at Greenham Common and the Boise peace quilt will be on display, lots of stands selling unique products, food, books, art, music and more………Tickets – £5 – 10 whatever you can afford in that range to help cover the costs of the event

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Reclaiming old stories of Gingerbread

A networking organisation providing creative support for lone parents.

Founded in 1969/70 by Tessa Fothergill now known as Raga Woods.

Women Inner Time, WIT.

Eve’s Shrine on the Eve of Women’s Day.
This Thursday March 7th, 2013

Collect at the large and impressive art deco portico of Whiteleys Store at 151 Queensway, Bayswater
London, W2 4YL


I intend to arrive at around 1.30pm. The ceremony will begin at 3.00.

This event has been inspired by the completion of a recent and stunning portrait of Raga Woods by Claudia Bicen an artist from San Francisco.



We will unveil this rather outrageous pastille sometime after 3.30pm.

I, Raga, am now developing a new concept that arises from my very rich and complex life.

This marks the emerging into consciousness of an intention to invite our Crones, Hags and Old Women to step into their creative roles. Based on recent research on the streets of London I see we are ready. It is time for us crones to become the wonderful eccentrics and spiritual artists we all, men, women and children need to engage with.

WIT acknowledges the third age of the divine feminine archetype, Maid, Mother, Crone. The lack of this aspect is clearly related to our sense of disconnection from Sacred Mother Earth.

To save the planet from human greed and myopic madness we need Elders, especially in the form of Medicine Women, who have been deeply trained in the art of warm listening.

WIT needs people, including men, of various ages and skills to provide and enable the old women to offer their skills before they leave us for ever. We, as a Western industrial society, need to consciously and urgently facilitate the meltdown of patriarchal authority.

WIT Crones sometimes have special gifts that are needed at this time.