Welcome to the Tower Hamlets branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND

CND campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.

CND opposes all nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction: their development, manufacture, testing, deployment and use or threatened use by any country.

We aim to:

Change Government policies to bring about the elimination of British nuclear weapons as a major contribution to global abolition.

Stimulate wide public debate on the need for alternatives both to the nuclear cycle and to military attempts to resolve conflict.

Empower people to engage actively in the political process and to work for a nuclear-free and peaceful future.

Co-operate with other groups in the UK and internationally to ensure the development of greater mutual security

As a British campaign, we concentrate first and foremost on British nuclear weapons but we also work with anti-nuclear groups in other countries to eliminate the global threat. CND is also present at the United Nations and other international disarmament conferences.

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Gerald Holtom’s Peace sign of all times

THE designer of the internationally recognised peace symbol, Gerald Holtom, has been acknowledged with a blue plaque unveiled earlier this month on Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park by The Speaker of LB Hackney Clare Potter with a representative from CND.

“It’s great that we can celebrate this heritage by acknowledging the local origin of the world-recognised peace symbol designed by Gerald Holtom.”

The plaque, funded by the LBH Council, was placed at the former offices of ‘Peace News’, where Gerald presented his design 60 years ago, as a symbol to unite protesters who eventually came under the banner of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

The origin of the symbol included the use of the semaphore flag signalling system for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D’, standing for ‘nuclear disarmament’.

There was no copyright put on the design and it was quickly adopted across the world as a global symbol for peace.

Daughter Rosie Holtom said: “Everyone in the family is proud of the symbol and how it has come to represent peace and hope all over the world.”

The Speaker of Hackney, Clare Potter, added: “Hackney has a long history of being a home for radical thought, from the dissidents buried at Abney Park Cemetery to the conscientious objectors of the CND movement.”

Gerald Holtom, Artist

Left: The Speaker of LB Hackney Clare Potter with a representative from CND • Photo: @Rosie Holtom


Jill Truman’s Common Women at Kingsley Hall

Jill Truman’s story “Common Women”, written from her direct experience of the peace camp, keeps the action of Greenham Common Peace Camp alive and, as a play, provides us with an opportunity to re-live the hardship and enduring spirit of the camp. Not only through the way women discovered the power of collective action by a wide range of women from all ages and life experience. but through the dilemmas faced by the character Becky, a 16 year old local girl, who has difficulty overcoming the mythologies and small minded bigotry of different authorities: her father, a local council dignitary, her mother, local people who see Greenham as bringing economic opportunity to the area and small minded people who think only the worst of the protesting women.
The recent fresh and lively staged playreading by Bow Drama Group joined up with the month long 90th anniversary celebrations of Kingsley Hall in London’s east end – An apt venue to host the playreading not only famed for its social and ethical works but also for welcoming and accommodating the peace activist Mahatma Ghandi during his famous visit to London in 1931. The event was also supported by Tower Hamlets CND.
The production was organised by Tower Hamlets CND member, Joan Griffiths
The cast were members of Bow Playreading Group.
The Play Common Women was written by Jill Truman – another member of CND.
Through working closely with Bow Drama Group and TH CND, the commemorative book Common Womenwas designed and produced by ArtZone Co-operative and published by AND Association, 10 Back Church Lane, London E1 1LX
Further copies Common Women can be obtained from
Bow Drama Group e: joangriffiths46@gmail.com
Tower Hamlets CND e: towerhamletscnd@yahoo.co.uk
AND Association e: and@and.org.uk

To see more photos from the play please click this link


Forthcoming Event

East London Peace Network

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We aim to launch the Peace Network on the 8 November.

Building PEACE from the grass roots establishing East London Peace Network 2018 – 6:30-8:30
Thursday 8th November
Informal discussion led by Carol Turner (Chair London Region CND)

Lecture Room 1A Whitechapel Ideas Store Whitechapel Road,

It’s time for change… At September’s Tower Hamlets CND meeting the main item on the agenda was the proposal to establish an East London Peace Network as the successor body to Tower Hamlets CND.

Sixty years ago, during the ’Cold War’ days and the Cuban missile crisis, local members set up CND Stepney & Poplar Group to raise awareness of events which threatened world peace. Later the group was renamed as ‘Tower Hamlets CND’ and continued its campaigning with National CND and other organisations against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and increased military expenditure on Trident nuclear submarines and maintenance of huge arsenals of nuclear missiles. Although these central concerns are still with us, since 1959, people’s anxiety about imminent nuclear war has reduced. However, we are all concerned that war is never far away. During the past sixty years the world has seen many wars – big and small – national and international and,although not escalating into world threatening levels, the potential of ‘nuclear’ was never very far away. A major local event which is also not far away has been the bi-annual DSEI armaments fair at Excel…! This event impacted on many of our members who have been increasingly involved with the anti-war movements and other Peace campaignes. For this reason TH CND is proposing to put its energy towards setting up an East London Peace Network which would bring together other likeminded CND groups from neighbouring boroughs.

Just turn up. Or even better, let us know you’re interested by registering for free on eventbrite here. If you need to contact us, email eastlondonpeacenetwork@gmail.com towerhamletscnd@yahoo.co.uk or phone Phil on 0207 247 5269.

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COMMON WOMEN

A play by Jill Truman with songs

Friday 28th September
at 7.30 – 10.00pm
interval 30 minutes
Refreshments available
Entrance Free

Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley By Bow, London E3 3HJ

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A scene from Common Women as performed in 1991 under the title ‘The Web’

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Jill Truman

“As men have forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a greater and earnest day of counsel.”

Julia Ward Howe (1817)

Women made a protest against nuclear weapons back in the 1980s. They set up camp in the open air at the gates of a missile base. There they resisted for years through winter cold, mud, and police rough handling. In this play, a woman who was there shows what it was like.
In spite of critical praise such as: “…a lively drama which explores wider feminist issues with wit and sensitivity” Time Out… and “…a vital and moving experience in theatre” The Stage, there has been no performance since the first London Fringe run in 1991 under the original title “The Web”.
Tower Hamlets Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been meeting here in Kingsley Hall for many years and taking part in many actions for world peace. New members welcome.

Towerhamlets CND: https://towerhamletscnd.wordpress.com
Bow Drama Group: joangriffiths46@gmail.com tel: 020 8981 8104

Please click on this link to see photographs of a performance of  ‘Common Women’ (Leytonstone Library Playreading Group in collaboration with the Bow Drama Group) which took place at Leytonstone Library in 2016.


Hiroshima Day Commemoration – 6th August 2018

Statement from TH Mayor John Biggs:

The 6th of August is an important point of reflection each year, where we take the time to remember the terrible events of World War 2, particularly Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This day is marked around the world as a vital moment to pause, reflect, and think about how we can all work together to avoid and agree to prevent such events in the future. This has become increasingly important in a world which can sometime feel ever more fragmented. The last century also marked an increased targeting, particularly with modern and more powerful weapons and particularly those able to strike remotely, of urban populations in war.

The events of 1945 feel increasingly distant as each year passes, yet we must not forget them. They are a reminder of what can happen in the darkest of days, and a reminder that we must always strive for peace.

John Biggs

Mayor of Tower Hamlets

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Together Against Trump demo

Friday 13th July • 2pm 
March to Central London
From BBC Portland Place
London W1A 1AA

It’s less than two weeks until Donald Trump visits Britain. Friday 13th July is a crucial day for our movement to oppose the warmongering and nuclear brinkmanship of the world’s most powerful man. Tens of thousands are set to march through London.

  • Trump’s torn up the Iran nuclear deal. He threatened to kill millions with US nukes in North Korea. He recently announced new ‘usable’ nukes to expand the possibility of nuclear warfare, and he’s visiting Brussels this month to demand that NATO members spend even more on nuclear weapons and war.
  • One minute Trump’s posing as the peace broker, the next minute he’s preparing for war. His presidency threatens the security of the world and it’s time for our movement to confront him.
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Together Against Trump

Friday 13th July is our chance to rise up and say enough is enough. We reject the collusion of Theresa May and her government with this dangerous US administration and deplore the invitation to President Trump.

  • Get the word out. Book the day off work. Put on transport. Donate to the campaign. Contact us for support and make sure you and your friends are there on the 13th July.

Together Against Trump national demo

Join CND on the march to say No to Nuclear War, Gather 2pm BBC, Portland Place, Find the CND banner and placards, on the steps of All Soul’s Church,
London W1A 1AA


Marg Behrman

There is to be a Memorial Meeting for Marg at
Kingsley Hall,
Powis Street,
Bromley By Bow, London E3 3HJ
Time: from 14.00 until 18.00 on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28th

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See her writing on DSEI ArmsFair 2015 in Tower Hamlets CND Newslettter The Resister November 2015, and a photo of her carrying the Tower Hamlets CND Banner in The Resister June 2016 P2


John Goring Rowe (1923-2017)

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THCND members will be saddened to hear of the passing of John Rowe on the night of Boxing Day.  He died peacefully in bed, as he would have wished, surrounded by his family.

John was a CND supporter from the beginning.  He was an active member of Stepney and Poplar CND, and the group held its meetings in St Paul’s Church of which he was the curate. He and Isabel were the backbone of this group and its subsequent replacement Tower Hamlets CND of which   John was at different times Secretary and Treasurer.  His annual reports to the AGM in the former role were legendary in their perception and humour, while his letters to successive recalcitrant MPs, written in an avuncular “more in sorrow than in anger” tone surely shamed Labour MPs who really should have known better.

John was a fixture at all meetings and local and national demonstrations.  He inveigled his daughter-in-law Virginia to produce a magnificent rainbow banner for us, which he and Isabel brought on marches and which only John really knew how to erect.

It is too much of a cliché to say that he will be sorely missed.  His life was truly an example to us all.

Rest in peace, John

See also

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l:r John Pemberton, Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Len Aldis, John Rowe, Deputy Mayor Ohid Ahmed – Mayors for Peace Presentation in Tower Hamlets Town Hall • 4 April 2011