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Loughborough Left Unity presents the Red Ladder Theatre Company production of:
Wrong ‘un: a suffragette’s story
Thursday 11 September 7:30pm
John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough
A new one-woman suffragette musical written by Boff Whalley and directed by Justin Audibert.
February 1918, and after several decades of protest and four years of bloody war Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have demanded and fought for – votes for all women. After years of direct action, arrest, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems
their time has come.
Wrong ‘Un tells of the adventures of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond in a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England.
The first meeting, on 12 Sept, will be introduced by Matt Sisson with the provisional title:
Growth and the efficiency question
Matt says: “I propose to look briefly at the ways our economy and financial systems are arranged, that requires ever more growth in order to achieve stability. I’ll then refocus for a related discussion on the national and global pursuit of ‘efficiency’ – Why I think it’s not just pointless but counter-productive to any efforts to live sustainably, and what the alternatives might be.”
On 26th September we have a Friday Room Special:
A Conversation with Ruth Lister
The starting point will be “The Open Tribe”, an idea developed in a series of interviews with Sue Goss, who has since published a book with this title.
Further meetings are planned at fortnightly intervals and suggestions for topics would be very welcome.
Up and down the country, we are seeing an exponential increase in the number of people visiting foodbanks. The Trussell Trust, which runs 4 in 10 foodbanks in the UK have seen visits increase from just over 340,000 in 2012/13 to over 900,000 in 2013/14. Thousands of volunteers give their time collecting, sorting and giving out donated food. It is a great testimony that so many people give generously of their time and money to meet this need, but it also highlights the great tragedy of so many people find themselves in such a position that they require emergency food from a foodbank. Why is it that we are one of the richest nations in the world, yet an increasing number of people are reliant on foodbanks to provide for their families?
Today, UK foodbanks and churches are bound together. We are called though the Scripture to feed the hungry and provide for those in need. Jesus invited his followers to pray that they might have their daily bread. Foodbanks remind us that the provision and distribution of food lies at the very heart of God’s engagement with creation.
The Joint Public Issues Team (working on behalf of the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches) has recently launched ‘Faith in Foodbanks?’, a series of resources to help churches to explore the connections between our worship, our world and the work of foodbanks. The resources include information about the rise of foodbanks, a series of Bible studies and ideas for worship and reflections. They also offer some ideas which churches can use if they wish to go further in sharing the stories of those they meet through their foodbank ministry and asking the important questions which lie behind the rise of food poverty in this country.
The resources can be downloaded from www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/faithinfoodbanks
Reducing heating energy demand: external wall insulation, window and boiler upgrades and draught-proofing. Initial research findings and stories
Friday 4th July, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough
Kate Simpson, researcher in Energy Demand Reduction of Buildings at Loughborough University, will introduce the discussion by sharing some ideas of how we can all save energy (and money) while still keeping our homes warm.
Her research is part of a broader effort to upgrade the British housing stock. The domestic sector is responsible for 30% of UK carbon emissions and 80% of this is used for space and water heating. Britain has some of the most inefficient houses in Europe, most of which are likely to still stand by 2050, by which time we hope to make an 80% cut in carbon emissions from 1990 levels. Her research is focused on owner-occupied housing. Local authority housing is now performing better on average, following government funded schemes, such as Charnwood council’s energy-efficiency work in Shelthorpe (co-funded by Eon). The government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation schemes offer financial help for homeowners to carry out similar projects. Her work aims to capture the occupants’ perception of the installation process and she has followed householders over the winter before and after to also measure the energy and comfort benefits of the installations.
Kate says that her research hasn’t – yet – worked out ‘magic answers’ to energy reduction, but she has some practical ideas and examples that do make a difference. She is keen present her work to a public audience and hear your feedback on her initial findings.
Unlock Democracy Leicestershire (UDL) would like to invite anyone
interested in improving our democracy to our next event on Monday 7th July
at 7:30pm at the Ale Wagon on Charles St, Leicester, LE1 1RE.
Avtar Singh will argue we currently live in an ‘elected dictatorship’ and
that rather than vote for untrustworthy politicians, we should vote
directly on the issues i.e. Direct Democracy.
Geoff Gay will argue that, whatever the socio-economic system, our modern
society is far too complex for direct democracy to be practical.
They will have their say and then you will have yours!
Micron theatre Presents:
Till the Cows Come Home
Wed 25th June 7:30
Swan in the Rushes, 21 The Rushes, Loughborough
Harvey Granelli is fed up working for Thistledale Council. He followed his miserable mother into local government, but he has more in common with his Italian father – part-time playboy and one-time ice-cream maker, Romeo.
Inspired by a dream of his long dead dad, Harvey finally finds the courage to follow his heart. But when he whips up a gelato from Papa Granelli’s recipe book it just doesn’t taste the same. Times have changed; the way our food is produced has changed.
Harvey now has a choice. He can make an inferior product, or he can source the very best ingredients and make the finest ice-cream in the world. His quest will take him to the corners of the earth – from Thistledale to Tuscany: from Bridlington to Brazil.
But can Harvey really recreate a taste from the past? Will he return in time to prevent his faithful girlfriend Maud surrendering to the charms of another man? And why is he being followed?
Join Mikron this season for a farm-fresh, full-fat, fair-trade fable about the nation’s favourite food!
LIES, DAMNED LIES AND ACADEMIES
Saturday July 5th, starting 8.30pm at Emmanuel Church Hall, Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3NW
Combines video footage, songs, music and storytelling to follow the brilliant campaign fought by parents and teachers against the imposition of forced academy status on Downhills Primary School in Haringey, and asks the big questions about what kind of education system we want: one that teaches children and young people to think and question the world they live in, or one that subjugates their needs to the requirements of big business.
The venue is close to Loughborough town centre and there is parking space at the site. Refreshments will be available. Tickets : £5 or £3 concessions from Ray Sutton on 07580 952761 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org