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11 October 2015 - 10:10am

This week, which we’ve been building up t0 in a series of articles about unions, unions’ history and general and specific unions, is DFs Join a Union Week!! So get going, go n join a motherfuckin union!!

Here‘s a good place to easily look for one to join. The other place that’d be good is the IWW website (read the article about general unions to find out more). Then post about it in the facebook event or comments here,  selfies, poems, artwork, just words or any other form of contribution welcome!

Literally why are you still here? Go join a union!

Types of Union Part 2 – Sector Specific Unions

4 October 2015 - 11:45pm

Sector specific unions (not sure if that’s the right technical term but it describes what they are pretty well) are for those in jobs within specific industries, professions and even specific companies! Of course they come in all shapes and sizes…

Fairly general

A good example of this is Unison, the second biggest union in the UK. It is solely for public sector workers. Although not hugely militant, it is often present at demos and is (unsurprisingly) great at specific rights within the public sector.


Another fairly similar one is PCS, the Public and Commercial Services union. It largely consists of civil service and private sector workers.  With around 220,000 members it’s another biggie!


Fairly Specific

One of our affiliates among unions is CWU! As their name (Communication Workers’ Union) suggests, their members are in the communications industries such as post and telecoms, but also in the financial sector. They are incredibly cool, for example they are currently running a campaign “People’s Post” about retaining public control of the post service. If you look on their website you’ll see links to specific industry related issues which exist to a much lesser extent in the more general unions.

The RMT are an example of a militant sector specific union. They are public transport workers and so you can thank them for tube and rail strikes! (which are great because those workers are often treated terribly). Another very militant union is the FBU, Fire Brigade’s Union, who go on strike loads and are really cool!

Many public sector professions have quite specific unions, for example teachers (NUT and NASUWT being the main ones), college and university lecturers in UCU, and midwives in the RCM (they had their first ever strike in 2014). However, medical workers’ unions are often one and the same with the body they have to be a member of in order to practise the profession (Equity for actors works in the same way, weirdly).

The list goes on! There are unions for practically every profession, the TUC’s list of unions is a good place to start looking if you wanna find one for you.


Super Specific

Some companies have a union just for their workers; these are mainly banks and financial organisations, but worth looking up to see if there’s one relevant to you.


Unions have strong links to Woodcraft Folk as an organisation, and in DFs we’re trying to work to rebuild that relationship with our own age group. So this article is part of a month long celebration of unions in the build up to “DFs join a union” week, 12th-18th October. Last week’s was about general unions, and these two articles would be a great place to start when you look to join a union next week!

Types of Trade Union Part 1 – General Unions

27 September 2015 - 11:30pm

A general union is a union any worker – and at times non-workers – can join. This is good news for people who haven’t necessarily got long term employment, or a “career”. They normally have local groups and are politically fairly active. They’re good at building large movements and solidarity, especially when they include members who aren’t necessarily in work, and not so good at getting specific claims within industries. But enough about specific industries – that’s what we’ll be talking about next week! Onto some general unions…



Unite is Britain and Ireland’s biggest union. It welcomes not only workers but also the unemployed and students, through its community membership. Len McCluskey, its leader, is a name you may have heard on the news – the union is seen as fairly radical given its size, for example being the first union to back Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election and campaigning against austerity.


Another huge general union (third largest union in the UK), extremely politically active with many campaigns going off all the time, such as GMB no more page 3. They are pretty involved in the Labour party with a GMB Labour councillors network. Another union to campaign strongly against austerity, you’ll probably have noticed their bright orange and black banners at protests! Again they welcome student and unemployed members.


Now the IWW are a little different. An international and grass roots movement, it’s a bit more radical and doesn’t have the same sort of structures as many other unions, and is run by volunteers. They are also unaffiliated to any political party. There’s something quite amazing about being linked to other workers not only from other professions but from all over the world – and you can join no matter what your current employment status or whether or not you’re in another union. Here‘s a video from their Sheffield group to explain about them.

These are the main general unions, and they’re all pretty cool. Definitely worth looking up and maybe joining! Next week we’ll have an article about unions specific to their sector.

Unions have strong links to Woodcraft Folk as an organisation, and in DFs we’re trying to work to rebuild that relationship with our own age group. So this article is part of a month long celebration of unions in the build up to “DFs join a union” week, 12th-18th October. Look out for next week’s article, a discussion of industry specific unions, and see last week’s for a brief history of trade unions.


A Brief History of British Trade Unionism

21 September 2015 - 6:20pm

The British Trade Union movement really began in the late 18th and early 19th century, with the rise of industrialisation and lots of people moving to towns and cities to work in factories leading to something called “combination” (a fore-runner of unionisation) and trade organisation. The government tried to suppress them from the start with the Combination Acts of 1799/1800. However these were repealed in 1824 and their 1825 replacement was less restrictive. Development of unions was seen above all in the textile industries and women were extremely prominent in these unions.

The most famous early union is the Grand National Consolidated Trades Union (GNCTU) 1833-4 – in 1834, 6 members of the union were arrested in Tolpuddle and were transported to Australia due to their membership. A huge grassroots movement against their punishment sprang up in indignation. They areremembered today at the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival.

In the decades following, short time committees which sought the improvement of working conditions were hugely popular. The rise of Chartism, based on political rights explained in a 6 Point Charter was evident in the mass petitions to parliament in 1839, 1842 and 1848 containing millions of signatures. A general strike, organised in 1842, was highly disruptive and on 10th April 1848 a huge Chartist demonstration was held in London. However this culminated in the arrests of many prominent Chartist figures, including the inspirational William Cuffay. After this Chartism never knew the same levels of success it had previously.

After the second phase of industrialisation began in the late 1840s, a “New Model” trade unionism began to be established. With high membership rates, full time staff and national organisation, these unions served many functions such as operating as “friendly societies” (ie lending money to members) and often dealt with disputes through negotiation rather than strike action, although there were large scale strikes among engineers in 1852 and builders 1859-1860. Smaller craft unions not organised on the “new model” were also prominent. Trade union membership rose from 100,000 in 1850 to a million in 1874! However women were largely excluded from unions during this period, except in the weaving industry. The government began increasingly to respond to trade unions, for example in 1871 the Trade Union Act recognised unions as legal entities and the 1874 Factory Act set a working day of 10 hours (although unions had campaigned for 8, bloody capitalism).

Between 1888 and 1918 trade unions grew at a faster rate than at any other time in their history. Membership figure stood at roughly 750,000 at the beginning of the period, rising to six and a half million in 1918. The women’s strike in 1888 at the Bryant and May match factory, and the 1889 Gasworkers’ and Dockers’ strikes encouraged more working class people to join unions, and at this time the movement was also becoming increasingly linked to socialism. The largest campaign for both traded unions and European socialists at this time was the 8 hour week: a huge demonstration in Hyde Park on 1st May 1890 is the origin of the May Day celebration of unionism.

Women were still excluded from the movement to a large extent, with only 10% of working women being union members and half of these being in the textile industry. However, women only unions were very active and in 1888 the first equal pay motion was brought before the TUC by one of these organisations, the Women’s Trade Union Leauge.

Before the First World War, the entire labour movement opposed war, but most unions made a concerted effort to help the war effort once war was declared (like the suffragette movement, essentially becoming neutral during these years). However the labour party remained opposed to the war for example opposing the introduction of conscription in 1916.

In 1915 engineers in munitions factories on the river Clyde went on strike and this spread through workers all around the surrounding area; this wave of strikes is known as “the Red Clyde”. The emergence of elected shop stewards and committees formed of these representatives was also key at this time. Women’s membership of unions increased by 160% during the war, but the only union which truly tried to involve women was the Workers’ Union, who employed 20 women staff by 1918 and contained 25% women members. The successful Equal Pay Strike of 1918 was led by women in London and spread to other cities.

In 1919 35 million working days were lost to strike action, including among the army and police. In the inter-war years things improved for women workers, with 25% of them belonging to unions in 1920 and a Women’s Conference was established within the TUC in 1925. However, in 1937 a publicity campaign was introduced based on the assumption that trade unionism would only appeal to women if it was concerned with ‘womanly’ issues such as health and beauty!

The Second World War saw many mining strikes mainly due to the use of conscripts (“Bevin boys”) in the mines. 1944 marked the peak of wartime strike action with over two thousand stoppages involving the loss of 3,714,000 days’ production. “Women’s issues” such as childcare were forced onto the agenda with 1,345  nurseries created by 1943 but unfortunately this was a temporary political concern.

By 1979 there were 13 million union members and 4 million of these were women. The expertise of trade unionists from fields such as engineering was frequently harnessed in the public sector with such people being employed in unions in areas like local government and the NHS. The 60s and 70s also saw the introduction of many laws around employment such as the 1963 Contracts of Employment Act. In 1969 Barbara Castle the Labour Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity published “In Place of Strife” which attempted to restrict union power. It was opposed by the TUC and unions refused to implement it, leading to the deterioration of relations between the Labour party and the unions which played a part in Labour’s 1970 election defeat.

The 1970s and 80s saw perhaps the most famous chapter in the history of British unions. The years 1972-74 saw huge disruption caused by two miners’ strikes and a dockworkers’ strike. Labour won the 1974 election with the aim of negotiating with union leaders and introduced legal reform around employment. However with continuing de-industrialisation unions remained unsatisfied, and winter 1978-79 known as the “winter of discontent” as it saw many strikes particularly from miners but also in the public sector. The election of Thatcher in 1979 was in part due to voters’ mistrust of Labour to control the unions.

Over the next few years steep increases in unemployment saw steep decreases in union membership – in 1979 there were 12.6 million members but in 1984 there were 10.3 million. Meanwhile the Tories came down on the unions like a ton of bricks, introducing a set of laws in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990 and 1993 which restricted union activity immensely.

The 80s saw many instances of militant strike action, most notably the Miners’ Strike in 1984/5 (see the film Pride for an account of the group Lesbians and Guys Support the Miners’ Strike, oh no wait you all have already) as a response to planned pit closures. It was a drawn out battle between government forces and striking miners, resulting in 11,291 arrests and heavy use of dodgy police tactics. In March 1985 the union voted narrowly to return to work. Strikes became less and less common throughout the period.

The (very necessary) introduction of the minimum wage in 1998 was in many ways a success for unions but demonstrated the increasing need for unions to rely on the state due to their loss of power. Unions are increasingly under threat to this day – the Trade Union bill which restricts the right to strike by imposing harsher ballot thresholds will be discussed in autumn.

The history of Trade Unions has always been one of courageous people standing up to authority in adversity. So many of the basic rights we can easily take for granted today were the results of this hard work. It is essential we do not let them go forgotten and continue their work in the unions which can help us so much.

Useful Links:

The TUC’s timeline – what I’ve used in my research, comprehensive and interesting

An illustrated history with some snazzy pics

Pretty nice looking video

Website specifically about women workers’ rights

Unions have strong links to Woodcraft Folk as an organisation, and in DFs we’re trying to work to rebuild that relationship with our own age group. So this article is part of a month long celebration of unions in the build up to “DFs join a union” week, 12th-18th October. Look out for next week’s article, a discussion of general unions, and see last week’s for an introduction to unions.

MEST-UP Training!

15 September 2015 - 6:23pm

MEST-UP training is GO!

MEST-UP stands for Mediation, Education, Support Team Umbrella Programme. On DF events (and at V Camp) they provide services like mediation and information on topics like sex, intoxicating substances and mental health, as well as running workshops. (You can find out more about MEST-UP here:

Want to get involved? Well, now’s your chance. On the 23rd – 25th October there’s a training weekend near Birmingham for new MEST-UP reps, where you’ll learn the skills and knowledge you’ll need as well as getting to know the rest of the team. It’s completely free, and you’ll even get your travel paid for.

Interested? Then fill out the application form below.

Applications close on the 29th September.

Blue skies




Booking open for COP21 climate camp!!!

14 September 2015 - 7:39pm

This explains the aims of the camp quite nicely. This is a provisional booking form. I am hoping to organize a way of funding your travel so book now if you want to go and then I will know how much I need to apply for. Dates i had in mind are 5th-13th of December but you can do less or more as you please. x



DFs at Stop the Arms Fair

14 September 2015 - 7:21pm

I’m going to let someone with better words explain what DSEI is here and I’ll get on with telling you about our experience trying to disrupt it.


So a bunch of us turn up to Elliot’s house on Tuesday evening. (Big up him and his parents for their incredible hospitality. Let the record of it be immortalized on the span that world website for as long as the internet shall live). The next day we set off bright and earlyish, picking up more DFs along the way, to the dreaded arms fair. We are greeted by some super friendly occupiers who had been camped out in a little protest camp complete with camp fire all week. (Everyone loves youths. Protest while your young it’s like being a celebrity but just like someone off of corry not like being a Kardashian) There aren’t too many people there but we gather and are shown how to use lock on tubes. Everyone tells us that no one has to put themselves in an arrestable or physically uncomfortable position if they don’t want to. We talk tactics a little and check in with each other.

This incredible woman spots an armoured truck coming up the road. She sprints towards it, chain in hand. It doesn’t see her in time to stop completely and she is knocked over. We were super worried about her but by the time we’ve run over she is back up and had her hands pressed against the still slowly moving truck. We join her in trying to push the truck to a stop, which it does after the police shout to the confused drivers for a bit. The woman who had been knocked down had locked on to the truck and was insisting she was fine. Soon someone is locked to her with an arm tube. Us DFs link arms infront of the truck and sing. We hold the truck for around an hour and a half. In that time we sing so so many songs covering peace songs, socialist anthems and a fair bit of ABBA.

The woman’s chain is tied round the truck with a little metal screw thing so to get her off you just need to unscrew it. Despite this the police take a lot of time and a little faff to go get some pliers just because they like making us giggle. When she is removed from the truck, we are also dispersed but in high spirits. After that the two women locked on are arrested. Arrestee support was arranged for them and we saw them again on Saturday.

It seems that that day they were the only people up for locking on. we spend the rest of the day stopping trucks when we see them coming sitting in the road, linking arms and legs and having a little game of sticky toffee with the police. Because we didn’t use lockons and were pretty outnumbered by the police, we were moved on very quickly. This can be quite scary but we suffered nothing more than a few wee bruises. After one very uncool DF (Nick) ran in front of a lorry hadn’t seen him in time to slow down fast enough to not make the rest of us stress out a little, we got far more safety conscious. Between each blockade attempt we chilled out, sang, made sure we were all fed and watered and ok. We finished the day with some proper tunes, a game of ninja and a check out.

Saturday was the best day ever ever ever. There were so many people so much singing and so much love. The day kicked off with loads of interesting speakers from allover that continued on the road after we all ran on to stop a truck. Our singing was on point and it was a great moment when we were asked by an admirer ‘Are you the Woodcraft Folk?’ to witch we could reply with pride ‘Yes we are!’. At the other entrance a critical mass bike ride stopped traffic. We stopped all arms entering by road for a good proportion of the day.

Most DFs didn’t want to be arrested for reasons ranging to not being able to miss work, having trains to catch and simply not wanting to be arrested because being arrested is bloody horrible. All reasons to not want to be arrested are perfectly valid. The old woman who was determined that she would not be leaving the road unless it was in the back of a police van was wrong when she called us cowards. Although she was right when she told us off for singing The Internationale off key. Despite having decided to move as soon as the police tried to move us, it turned out to be hard to do that in the scuffle that occurred when the police were quite forceful.

Having every intention of doing so but being unable toin the chaos, I was pretty darn pissed off when an officer told me (I think mockingly) to pick up my litter while shoving me into protesters still sat down. My mood improved when he pushed me over and I put my hands out only to have them land on a carton of apple juice that emptied itself forcefully onto the shoes and socks of another officer. That’s Karma, Police. We were moved away from the more stubborn protesters to the chorus of solidarity forever. Half of us were now on one side of the road and half on the other. They weren’t letting people into the road but I managed to cross to make sure we had everyone at that they were all OK and we did and they were

After everything had calmed down we had some time for a check out and some goodbyes before we had to dash for trains. A thanks so big it cannot be expressed in words to everyone who came. So many people wanted to know who we were and will remember what a positive presence Woodcraft DFs were. ‘Inspirational’ is what we have been named.

And (almost done now I promise!) now that you’ve heard, or experienced, how great this was why not provisionally book for COP21 climate camp in Paris? I could write about what that is and why you should go but I think you’ve heard enough from me and others have done it better here. This booking is saying ‘I will go if Josie sorts out funding to cover the cost of my travel’. In most climate camps food is cooked communally and you are encouraged to donate towards it if you are able. I’m thinking DF preasence at camp from 5th of December to the 13th. BOOKING CLOSES ON MONDAY 28TH OF SEPTEMBER because I need to start applying for grants!!!

Book Here Now!!!

Photos by Mark Kerrison (who I am going to ask if we can have un-watermarked copies but I wanted to post this tonight)

What is a Trade Union?

14 September 2015 - 12:00am

A trade union is an organised movement of workers who can work together to attempt to improve their conditions of employment in some way. This can be in one specific field of employment, or across certain types of job, or more generally – some unions even accept unemployed people or students as members.

That’s a quick definition, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“A trade union is an organization of workers who have come together to achieve common goals such as protecting the integrity of its trade, improving safety standards, achieving higher pay and benefits such as health care and retirement, increasing the number of employees an employer assigns to complete the work, and better working conditions. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labour contracts (collective bargaining) with employers. The most common purpose of these associations or unions is “maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment“. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies.

Unions may organise a particular section of skilled workers (craft unionism), a cross-section of workers from various trades (general unionism), or attempt to organize all workers within a particular industry (industrial unionism). The agreements negotiated by a union are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers. Trade unions traditionally have a constitution which details the governance of their bargaining unit and also have governance at various levels of government depending on the industry that binds them legally to their negotiations and functioning.

Originating in Great Britain, trade unions became popular in many countries during the Industrial Revolution. Trade unions may be composed of individual workers, professionals, past workers, students, apprentices and/or the unemployed.”

Oxford Dictionary – Trade union – an organized association of workers in a trade, group of trades, or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.

So whilst trade unions may at times seem a thing of the past, and potentially expensive to join, as well as often being demonised in the press, in fact it’s a really good idea to join one whether you’re employed or not. They’re one of the few ways “ordinary” people can fight for their rights in a way that is easily organised, and there are many opportunities to get more involved in the union once you have joined. Unions are becoming increasingly vocal in criticising the cuts and are becoming more militant even as the government tries to implement further restrictive legislation on unions – for instance, the Royal College of Midwives held the first strike in their 133 year history last year.

What is a strike?

A strike is a type of protest, often organised by unions, when workers refuse to work for a certain amount of time in hope of improving something about their working conditions, such as pay, pensions or job security. During this time they are not paid. When a union organises a strike, a vote is held to determine whether members wish to go ahead with the strike (as they have to decide whether the potential improvement in conditions is worth losing their pay for). If the majority of members who are balloted vote to strike, the strike goes ahead legally unless union leaders reach a compromise with bosses.

Oxford Dictionary – Strike – a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer:

  1. “dockers voted for an all-out strike”

However, the government is proposing changes to these laws so that 40% of all members, not just those balloted, need to support the strike for it to go ahead. Unions are aghast at this idea which would make it even harder for British workers to strike – after all Britain already has the most repressive union laws in the Western world, brought in by Thatcher and left in place by New Labour.

Some workers are deemed as providing “essential” services and therefore cannot strike. In 2014, David Cameron caused controversy by trying to add tube workers to this category to limit the impact of tube strikes.

The RMT, which includes tube and other rail workers, is one of the most militant unions, often taking industrial action (another name for going on strike). You may have noticed the rail and underground strikes this summer. Another union which often goes on strike is the FBU (Fire Brigade’s Union), but many unions strike from time to time. Remember days off as a kid when your teachers went on strike?! You can thank teachers’ unions like the NUT and NASUWT for those lie-ins!

NUT teachers’ union on strike

Unions have strong links to Woodcraft Folk as an organisation, and in DFs we’re trying to work to rebuild that relationship with our own age group. So this article is part of a month long celebration of unions in the build up to “DFs join a union” week, 12th-18th October. Look out for next week’s article, a short history of unions in Britain!


Useful links

Government website on trade unions

Find law website – legal viewpoint

TUC – Trade Unions Council, collection of over 50 British Unions

Woodcraft Volunteer Training

8 September 2015 - 11:55am

Hello there fellow DFs.

I’m Emily Connor, a member of staff on Woodcrafts New Groups Project. As an aim to get Woodcraft Folk bigger and better over the next few years we’re helping support parents and volunteers open up lots of new Woodcraft groups across the country. I work in West Yorkshire but there’s also new groups opening up in Scotland and Liverpool areas.

At DF Camp this year I ran a workshop to find out why a lot of DFs don’t get involved with their districts and to find out how we can better support you guys to do so. Sure, DFs offers us an abundance of exciting opportunities, but just imagine how great it could be if we ensured more Elfins, Pioneers and Venturers enjoyed their experience in Woodcraft and encouraged them to stay on… Many DFs told me they’d love to get involved with other, younger groups in their district but they felt they lacked confidence with running sessions, or didn’t feel comfortable having to discipline kids. Well fear no longer… As part of the New Groups Project, we’ve developed some training for our volunteers to help skill them up on topics such as our Aims & Principles, Staying Safe and Promoting Positive Behaviour.

There will be 3 free training weekends at Lockerbrook this Autumn on the following dates:

Friday 25th – Sunday 27nd September (that’s only 3 weeks away, after Annual Gathering)
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November

To book onto courses, go to and follow the link for the relevant date. You have to log into the website in the top right of the screen to access the online booking form.

It would be fantastic to get some DFs booked on to these courses – having input from young people would be really valuable as we’re the ones who remember being Elfins & Pioneers best and probably have lots of interesting insights.

If you are unable to make these training weekends, we have also developed some of the sessions into a format which makes it easy for you to run at your own group nights. The New Groups Project has developed these 90 minute sessions based on feedback from groups, and as a taster for the fantastic free weekends at Lockerbrook this autumn. They are designed to be pretty straightforward for experienced volunteers to deliver.

Putting the Aims and Principles into Practice
Staying Safe
Working Together
Promoting Positive Behaviour

Please let me know any feedback related to these sessions. And drop me an e-mail on if you have any further questions about the training weekends.

DF Camp Sketchbook

18 August 2015 - 11:46pm

At DF Camp 2015 there was a book made for all of the attendees to contribute to. The rules were that there were no rules. This book could and would be filled with all of the creativity that DF Camp had to offer.

The Result is here on this very link  – DF Camp Book

If that PDF is too hefty, here is a link to a folder full of the images CLICK HERE

This is an idea which can and should and WILL be brought to all future camps. Make it happen.





Winter Wonderland 2015

9 August 2015 - 2:16pm

Can you feel a slight chill in the air? If so, it’s because it’s time to book for Winter Wonderland 2015! Come to Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, for three nights of magic and mystery in the heart of winter. No separate North and South – this time, there’s just one big, wintry, wondrous event. Combat the cold with quality time with other DFs, and prepare to have the time of your life.


Event Info:

Theme: Timelines

Dates: 27th – 30th December

Price: £80 (including Fairer Fare)


  • Admin – Ash Taylor
  • Programme – Ruby Kelman, Toby Hanson-Iles
  • KPs – Georgie James, Hannah Hardy
  • KE – Sam Hall

Travel: The nearest train station is Ashchurch for Tewkesbury (2 miles from site)

If you have any queries, offers of programme or anything else, contact

So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present – book now!



Althing 2015 bookings open!

2 August 2015 - 10:27pm

Althing is the most important democratic event in the Df calendar: it’s where is where committee roles are elected, motions debated, campaigns chosen, and amendments to the constitution made. This Althing is set to be a super exciting and empowering couple of days, so make sure to book soon, get involved, and help shape the DF movement!
For a more detailed explanation of what Althing involves, click here


4th-6th September 2015


This year Althing is going to be in a wonderful housing co-op in Liverpool (Same place as NW Thing 2015) The nearest station is Brunswick. 

North West Thing 2015


All Dfs can come to Althing regardless of whether or not you are planning on submitting a motion or standing for a role, the only requirement is that you are a registered member. If you do want to submit a motion, run for committee, or nominate someone for committee, email or
The roles that will be elected this Althing are:
Chair of DF committee
Shadow Treasurer
International Opportunities

The non-committee roles are:
Representatives to Woodcraft’s General Council
Venturer Committee Liaison
London Liaison
Zine Editor
Workers’ Beer
and possibly Shadow events

Anything Else?

This event is indoors, but you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and a rollmat. The event will cost £25, (members of Df committee are expensed).


Visit Grow Heathrow!!!

16 July 2015 - 7:53pm

I arrived at Grow Heathrow after 6 legs of public transport across London, tired and daunted at the idea of staying with strangers for 3 nights. Sure, people had assured me they were all super friendly, but would they really be? As it turned out, yes!

Straight away I joined a tour of the site which was much larger and more permanent than I’d expected. Everyone introduced themselves to me and was interested in who I was and why I was there, although unsurprised at having visitors if a little shocked by how short my visit was! I stayed for 3 nights, arriving about 7pm on Sunday and leaving at 1pm on Wednesday. In that time I found plenty to do and many people to chat to; I cooked, cleaned, watered plants, shifted firewood and went skipping as well as doing yoga and playing music. There was no shortage of things to do and great company. Tuesdays and Thursdays are workdays so clearer tasks were set out in the morning meeting – if you’re only visiting for the day you may wanna give those a miss, but if you’re going for a few days it lent some helpful structure to my visit.

Stuff you might wanna take

A friend or two – although it was fine on my own, I think the stay would have been easier with some familiar company.

A tent – there are places to stay inside as a guest but it was quite nice to have my own space when I needed.

Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and for all weathers.

A book – there is a fair bit of sitting around! But also a really cool library so you don’t need to take your own.

Directions – found here. It’s quite easy to find by following these written instructions.

Enthusiasm – it’ll be great! #getactivated

Any other worries, give me an email on