Welcome to Lancaster District Campaign for Nuclear DisarmamentWe work together across the area campaigning for a nuclear-free Lancaster and for British nuclear disarmament. The group campaigns locally at the Lancaster Green Party Christmas Fair in November, on International Women’s Day in March, for the commemoration of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters in the spring, and in the summer we commemorate the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. We also organise peace education events for local schools. We keep in touch with members via our e-mail contact lists, and this website. Our Annual General Meeting is held in the autumn of each year. LDCND members take part in major campaigning events across the country and through the year. As a member group of CNDUK we keep in constant touch with national CND affairs. Along with the East Lancashire, and North Cumbria CND groups, we make up the Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND, through which we are represented on CND’s National Council.
Look below for the latest news, and
below that for the latest tweets from CNDUK.
PEOPLE CAME TO
THE GREEN CHRISTMAS FAIR
THE UK GOVERNMENT
TO BACK THE
GLOBAL NUCLEAR BAN TREATY
At Lancaster’s Green Christmas Fair on Saturday, 18th November, LDCND celebrated the Nobel Peace Prize awarded this year to ICAN – the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and highlighted the UN’s Global Nuclear Ban Treaty launched in July, and supported by 122 countries.
We were delighted that 146 people signed our petition in support of the Global Nuclear Ban, and 110 people signed our Citizens’ Treaty, which will go to CNDUK for an exhibition.
We also sold enough cakes, jars of marmalade and biscuits to raise £56.00 for LDCND’s campaigning fund.
This means we now have around £750.00 in the bank. Our accounts for the year 2016-17 have recently been independently checked and approved. Full details are available from me (Dick Allwright – firstname.lastname@example.org) on request.
Heartfelt thanks to all who provided produce for the stall, to all who helped us on the stall throughout the day, and to all who helped gather signatures for the petition and Citizens’ Treaty. And a huge ’Thank you’ to everyone who visited the stall throughout the day.
The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony itself will take place on Sunday, 10th December, and CNDUK is calling for a day of action on Saturday, 9th to make sure the award does not pass uncelebrated. LDCND has celebrated it already, but look out for media coverage.
GREAT NEWS FOR CND IN SOUTH LAKELAND!
PROPOSAL FOR A NEW, KENDAL-BASED, CND GROUP
The following letter has just been sent out by CNDUK to all National CND members in the South Lakeland area.
The writer is Philip Gilligan, ex-Chair of Greater Manchester and District CND, and long-term anti-nuclear and peace campaigner. He has recently moved into our area and is keen to see an active CND presence in South Lakeland. Please bring his letter to the attention of anyone you know who might be interested in helping form such a new group.
Proposed South Lakeland CND group
As members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, we are committed to freeing the world from the scourge of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and, most particularly, to the decommissioning of Trident and an end to plans for replacing it with an even more dangerous and costly nuclear weapons system.
Local actions, local lobbying and local publicity are essential components of CND’s campaigning. Local groups are important for the effective organisation of activities and coordination with national activities.
With this in mind, I am proposing that we should set up a local group affiliated to CND in the South Lakeland area and I am hoping that you will be keen to play a part in this.
We discussed the idea at the latest Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND business meeting (1 August 2017) and agreed that it would be useful to hear from CND members and supporters in South Lakeland before making our final plans. (I moved to Storth, near Milnthorpe, earlier in the summer, having campaigned for many years with Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group and as chair of Greater Manchester and District CND who I also represented on CND Council.)
The current thinking is that we should try to establish an informal steering group, which can make use of the newly created SLCND Facebook page (see below), as well as communicating by e-mail and phone. The most likely first tasks will be to establish a local contacts list and to organise a street stall and public meeting in Kendal in late autumn 2017, with a view to using these events to recruit the beginnings of a local group of activists and supporters.
Please let me have your thoughts and consider what you would like to do to help establish the South Lakeland CND group. My contact details are:
Address: 7 Rose Hill Grove, Storth, Milnthorpe, LA7 7HR
Landline: 01539 562778 Mobile: 07508850704
South Lakeland CND Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251979861988446/?ref=bookmarks
Thanks to CND national office for circulating this message.
EVENTS SINCE NOVEMBER, 2016:
THE GREEN CHRISTMAS FAIR
Our stall on November 19 at the Green Christmas Fair succeeded in raising funds for our campaigning activities, but it mainly focused on the nuclear convoys that pass along the M6, following on from an earlier Lancaster meeting on the topic, part of ICAN’s national campaign to raise awareness of the convoys on our roads.
NUCLEAR CONVOYS AND COUNTY EMERGENCY PLANNING
On November 29, local County Councillor Lizzi Collinge (Labour) met with a small group of local people to report on the meeting she and Gina Dowding (Green) had had with officers from the County’s Emergency Planning Office to ask questions we had suggested about the nuclear convoys on the M6. Below is a link to download the (unpublished) report we later sent to the Lancaster Guardian.
MEETING WITH CAT SMITH MP ON TRIDENT REPLACEMENT
On December 10 a small group of us met Cat Smith for the long-awaited meeting we had asked for so that she could help us understand why she had chosen not to vote in the Trident replacement debate in the House of Commons on July 18. Below is a link to download the report of that meeting that we have sent to LDCND members.
ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT TO CNDUK
At the end of every calendar year we send in an activity report to CNDUK. The information we send in is then used by CND to compose the annual Review edition of the Campaign magazine. Below is a link to download our report for 2016.
AUGUST 2017 UPDATE
Although we no longer have scheduled business meetings as LDCND, we do maintain our membership system, and our accounts (our annual accounts report is due in early September). We do also have regular formal meetings with our Area CND group colleagues (East Lancs CND and North Cumbria CND), keep in good touch with CNDUK, and collaborate with Nukewatch on monitoring nuclear convoys. We shall also be mounting our stall at the Green Christmas Fair in Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House in November.
For further information please phone Dick Allwright at 01524 33991,
or e-mail him at email@example.com
Our focus on nuclear warhead convoys at the Fair
was a follow-up to the event described below,
where we decided to try to find out more about any County Council plans
to deal with the risks posed by these convoys.
A FREE PUBLIC MEETING AT:
THE FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, MEETING HOUSE LANE, LANCASTER (Mtg Rm 1)
THURSDAY, 22nd SEPTEMBER, 2016
FROM 19.30 TO 21.00
DO WE WANT NUCLEAR WEAPONS
IN OUR BACK YARD?
DR STUART PARKINSON
Scientists for Global Responsibility
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Convoys carrying nuclear warheads
are routinely driven past Lancaster on the M6
putting the lives of the people who live and work in the city at risk.
This public meeting is being held to decide what to do about it.
Come and discuss the issues.
Organised by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,
Lancaster District CND, and Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND.
Past event report:
Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
in Lancaster market Square, on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Thanks to all the people who turned up to help. The weather was also very kind and altogether we had a good commemorative event.
Erecting the gazebo and getting everything set up went very well, and enough people were there throughout the session to talk to anyone who showed an interest in our stall.
The market was not particularly busy but we did have a good number of visitors who stopped to talk about the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, and about our government’s decision to go ahead with replacing the Trident nuclear missile system.
In this respect people also talked about our MP Cat Smith’s decision not to participate in the Commons Trident replacement vote. I have now written to her on behalf of Lancaster District CND to ask her to meet with us so we can better understand her reasons for that surprising decision. I will let everyone one know how she responds.
You should also know that on Wednesday we had a Business Meeting of the Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND group (combining Lancaster District, North Cumbria and East Lancashire CND groups). We are planning to be well represented at October’s National Conference and AGM in Manchester, and I will send out more information about registration much nearer the time.
We are also planning ahead for an event in Lancaster around September 21, the International Day of Peace, probably in collaboration with ICAN, the International Campaign against Nuclear weapons. Again, more information will be circulated later.