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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Joan Griffiths

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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.

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