Frack Free February is a Month of Action in Somerset with public meetings, talks, stalls, workshops, actions and more all raising awareness about the threats to our communities and the bigger picture of extreme energy.
FILM SHOWINGS & PUBLIC MEETINGS
These meetings are an opportunity to watch Frack Free Somerset’s new film ‘The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas’, produced by Marco Jackson. The film will be followed by a question & answer session with an organiser from Frack Free Somerset or another local group. It is your chance to ask questions and understand the threats to your community.
Sunday 2nd: Film Showing at Kebele Social Centre | 7pm | Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol | With a feast cooked by Frack Free Somerset & local Somerset cider for sale
Tuesday 11th: Film showing & meeting at Congresbury | 7 – 9pm | Congresbury War Memorial Hall & Social Club, High Street BS49 5JA.
Wednesday 12th: Film showing & meeting at West Harptree Memorial Hall | 7 – 9pm | Compton Road, West Harptree, BS40 6EG
Monday 17th: Film screening at the Little Theatre Cinema, Bath | 8.15 – 10.15pm | St Michaels Place, Bath BA1 1SG
Friday 21st: Film showing & meeting at Langport Sports & Social Club | 7 – 9pm | Eastover, Langport TA10 9RZ
Sunday 23rd: Film showing & meeting at Chilcompton | 7 – 9pm | Wells road, Chilcompton, Radstock, BA3 4EX
Monday 24th: Film showing & meeting at Paulton Village Hall | 7 – 9pm | Farrington Road, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7LW
Tuesday 25th: Film showing & meeting at Bruton Castle | 8pm | 45 High St, Bruton BA10 0AW
Tuesday 25th: Film showing at Roxy Community Cinema, Axbridge | 7 – 9pm | 36 High Street, Axbridge BS26 2AF (Please park at Meadow St Car Park)
Wednesday 26th: How could Fracking affect Farming? Public meeting for local food producers & landowners | 7 – 9pm | Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Town Hall, Wells, Somerset BA5 2RB | Click here for more information & to book.
Wednesday 26th: Public meeting about the Radiation Risks of Nuclear and Fracking | 7 – 9pm | Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon BS1 3QY
Thursday 27th: What the Frack? Event at Bath Spa University | 6 – 8pm | Newton Park Campus, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN, Room NEG02
Friday 28th: Film showing & meeting at Banwell Village Hall |7 – 9pm | Westfield Crescent, Banwell, Avon BS29 6BS
BENEFIT GIGS & CREATIVE EVENTS
Enjoy live music & entertainment while fundraising for Frack Free Somerset!
Friday 31st: Benefit Gig at Hamilton House | 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon BS1 3QY | An immersive Imbolc experience to raise awareness and consciousness of the threat of fracking to the land and communities of the South West and beyond. We will be creating an enchanted world of music, poetry and story, set in a beautiful mid-winter mirage, to celebrate the coming together of artists, activists and those who stand in solidarity against fracking, big business and the dessimation of the sacred earth. There will be Live Art performance of St. Brigit blessing our garbs, rousing poetry and magical story, bathed in beautiful sounds from:
The Butterfly Wheel, Tallulah Rendall & Calico Jack
Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th: Frack and the Beanstalk Pantomime in Theale | 7pm for 7.30pm start | Theale Village Hall, Panborough, Wells | Tickets can be obtained by contacting Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07747838292
Sunday 9th: Benefit Gig & Info Night at the Arc Bar | 4 – 11pm | Arc Bar, 27 Broad St, Bristol, Avon BS1 2HG | More details coming soon
Friday 14th: Frack Free Somerset Raffle at the Lonely Hearts Club, All Hallows Hall | All Hallows Hall, Easton, All Hallows Road, BH5 0HH
Saturday 1st March: Frack Free Somerset Grand Jumble Sale | 10.30 – 2.30pm | Trinity Hall, Trinity Street, Frome, BA11 3DE
Friday 7th March: Frack Free Somerset Funk Soul Night Benefit Gig, Frome | Cheese & Grain, Justice Ln, Somerset BA11 1BE | Click here for more details.
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
These workshops are a chance to learn new skills, meet other people and feel more confident in organising against unconventional gas. All are welcome.
Saturday 15th: ‘Frack-tion Training Day’ in Swansea (lift shares available from Somerset) | 10am – 6pm | Dyfatty Community Centre, Chapel Street, Swansea SA1 1NB | A day of skill sharing, networking and information gathering to help us prepare for the year ahead. Free training delivered by ‘Seeds for Change’ (www.seedsforchange.org.uk) – open to all (not just fracktivists) – lunch provided by Food Not Bombs (for a donation). | For more details and to confirm a place please e-mail: email@example.com
Sunday 16th: Community Action Training with Frack Free Somerset & Frack Free Bristol | 12 – 5pm | Demand energy equality
The Old Library, Trinity Road, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0NW | Direct action has been an important part of resisting extreme energy developments around the world. Learn a variety of techniques for blockades and lock-ons, and how to work together to stay safe on an action. There will also be training on legal observing & understanding the arrest process | Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place.
DEMONSTRATIONS & OTHER EVENTS
Sunday 26th January: Solidarity Sunday day of action at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester | Click here for more information & to book your place on the coach
Saturday 1st: South West Extreme Energy Gathering | 12pm – 4:30pm | Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY | The afternoon will look briefly at what is extreme energy, before sharing campaign updates from groups across the South West, followed by the remainder of the event, which will be focused on action planning. Solidarity is our strength! | For more information visit: http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/sweeg
Thursday 20th: Demonstration at offices of UK Methane, in Bridgend in solidarity with Frack Free Wales | Details announced shortly | Transport available from Somerset | Please email email@example.com if you’re interested
Saturday 22nd: The True Cost of Extreme Energy | 7 – 9pm | The Camino, 1 King Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JX | Donations welcome
Tuesday 25th: The True Cost of Extreme Energy | 7 – 9pm | Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol | Donations welcome
Talk based around the ‘True Cost of Coal’ Banner, created by The Beehive Collective, from North America, a consensus-based volunteer-run graphics collective. The Banner tells the story of Mountain Top Removal in the Appalachian Mountains, and the contemporary story of energy, resource extraction and American Empore.
With a gigantic portable mural teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet, the Bees will share (and seek) stories of how coal mining and Mountaintop Removal affect communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia and beyond. This graphic also looks to the future, raising questions about resistance, regeneration, and remediation while celebrating stories of struggle from mountain communities. The True Cost of Coal will challenge all of us who casually flip on a light switch to examine our own connections to extreme energy and to think about what we can do to stop it from within our own communities