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Stanmer based growing group Fork and Dig It are launching a share issue with a difference: a share in this year’s harvest of organic local veg.
Fork and Dig it set up the popular ‘Veg Share’ two years ago, as Brighton’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme. CSAs are a way for people to access quality local produce at an affordable price, by volunteering some of their time to grow it. The more produce is grown, the greater the size of each share!
All the produce is grown in Stanmer Park and certified organic by the Soil Association. The veg travels weekly to Brighton and Hove pick up points so as to keep ‘food miles’ to a minimum and guarantee freshness; or shareholders can opt for doorstep delivery. All profits go back into the group and there are discounts for people on a low income.
Fork and Dig It welcome also welcome volunteers on a drop in basis every Tuesday and Friday and the first Sunday of the month, to enjoy the group’s beautiful site at Stanmer Organics; learn about organic growing; and be part of this friendly community project.
Note to editors:
Fork and Dig It is a volunteer led community growing group based in Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, Brighton and certified organic by the Soil Association. They grow on just under 2 acres of land surrounded by lovely woods on the edge of the Downs.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers an innovative approach where a food or farm enterprise has members who own ‘shares’ in the harvest and therefore also share in the risk.
Local food- there has been considerable growth in the local food sector with organic box schemes, farmers’ markets, farm shops and more recently community supported agriculture.
The Soil Association is a charity campaigning for planet-friendly food and farming and has some of the most comprehensive standards for organic production and processing in the world.
Last week a drilling rig was set up near Balcome in Sussex to start boring for water samples, taking residents and the Environment Agency by surprise. This has galvanised the local community to set up “Rigwatch” — a gathering of people to monitor Cuadrilla’s activities.
Friends of the Earth South East Regional Campaigner, Brenda Pollack said:
“Shale gas will do little to tackle rising energy bills. It’s extraction will have a damaging impact on local communities and their environment, and pump more climate-changing emissions into the atmosphere.”
Carol Dawes from Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth added:
“We totally support the people in West Sussex who are fighting fracking. This energy process will industrialise the Sussex landscape and undermine investment in clean, renewable energy.”
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith — International expert on toxics and contamination and advisor to the anti-fracking movement in Australia
Tony Janio B&H Council Conservative environment lead
Howard Johns — founder of Southern Solar and expert in local energy solutions
Tony Bosworth — Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner
Fracking for shale gas is one of the hottest environmental issues of the moment. Experience from the US has raised concerns about contamination of water resources and air pollution. Proposals for shale gas drilling in the UK have led to vigorous local opposition,but the Government is determined to press ahead. Its supporters say shale gas is a key part of our energy future , but what will be its impact on the local environment, on tackling climate change and on energy bills
See lively introduction of the Dangers of Fracking
FOE’s report on Fracking is here: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/shale_gas.pdf
AND A STORY NOT OF CUCKFIELD SUSSEX BUT OF COOK’S VALLEY USA AND THEIR EXPERIENCE OF FRACKING
This story is the first installment of Truthout’s Fracking Road Trip series on the wide-reaching impacts of the fracking industry.
The bluffs rise up gently from the rolling hills and farmlands of Wisconsin’s Chippewa County. For years, the bluffs stood silent as small farming communities grew around them. The bluffs are too steep to farm and most of the trees in the area grow on the tops of bluffs and around their rolling slopes and steep faces. It’s unusually cold for April and trees stand as silhouettes against a layer of snow.
This scene is quickly interrupted at the intersection of two county roads in the small township of Cooks Valley. A large bluff behind a farm has disappeared. The bluff has been blasted, churned up and turned into giant piles of sand. The sand will soon be trucked off to a processing plant, loaded back into trucks or perhaps onto a waiting train and then shipped to oil and gas fields in other states.
The sand will be mixed with water and chemicals and forced deep underground to break up rock and release precious fossils fuels. This isn’t the kind of sand you find at the beach; it’s silica, or “frack sand,” a carcinogenic dust and a key ingredient in the hydraulic fracking process which has facilitated a nationwide natural gas boom and, according to opponents, an ongoing environmental crisis. Silica particles are uniquely shaped and prop open fractures in the underground rock to free the oil or gas.
Cooks Valley may be far from the oil and gas fields, but like the rural neighborhoods in states where fracking rigs and gas pipelines have replaced pastures, the frack industry’s demand for natural resources has pitted neighbor against neighbor and turned this once tight-knit community upside down.
In the Shadow of the Mine
Jane Sonnentag is a busy woman. Several children bounce around her humble kitchen as she holds her youngest child and laughs as she recalls her father advising her not to marry a farmer. She did not take his advice, and now Sonnentag and her husband Louis are raising seven children on their 160-acre farm nestled between the rising bluffs of Cooks Valley. Sonnentag has lived in the area all her life and her family has farmed there for generations. Her farm, she says, is a “little piece of heaven.” But Sonnentag’s farm is not as heavenly as it used to be.
Since 2011, when a massive, out-of-state energy firm won a permit to set up shop in their neighborhood, the Sonnentags have lived in the shadow of a 234-acre frac-sand mine located on the bluffs behind their farm and home. Sonnentag explains that as many as 400 trucks, laden with silica sand or wastewater from a sand-processing plant, may roll past their home in a day. “I’ve got 400 trucks and seven kids and a yard this size … it’s not fun, you know, being by a stop sign, really,” says Sonnentag. “It’s like David verses Goliath, except I don’t have a slingshot.”
For generations, mom-and-pop–sized mines in Wisconsin have supplied silica for a variety of purposes, ranging from water filtration to road paving. But in recent years, the industry has grown exponentially as the fracking boom in other states such as North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania has increased the demand for silica across the country. Big mining and energy companies have swooped into rural communities like the Sonnentag’s to expand existing mines and break ground on massive new ones, turning Wisconsin’s western bluffs into giant piles of sand and its rural towns into centers of sand shipment and processing. There are now 70 active mines operating in Wisconsin, along with dozens of processing facilities. Three mines, each more than 100 acres in size, are currently operating within miles of Sonnentag’s home in Cooks Valley, a small township of less than 1,000 people.
EOG Resources, a massive energy firm and former Enron subsidary (known at the time as Enron Oil and Gas), operates the mine near the Sonnentags’ home. The company’s local office told Truthout to contact its Houston office for comments on the mine and its impacts on nearby farms, but a representative there failed to respond to several inquiries.
When EOG Resources was blasting apart the bluffs, Sonnentag says, the shock would shake her house. Once a blast knocked her to the floor. At times, dust from the mining operations would invade their farm. EOG Resources would dispatch a couple of water trucks every hour to wet down the dust and keep it out of the air, but the effort was “like taking a thimble to a dust bowl.” With dust blowing in the wind and hundreds of trucks passing their house everyday, the Sonnentags became increasingly concerned about their health. “There were not a lot of days we could go outside, because we have two kids who have asthma,” Sonnentag says.
Silica dust is a known carcinogen and has been linked to lung disease and cancer among workers, and the federal government has set limits on silica exposure for the workplace — but has not set limits on public exposure. The frack sand industry in Wisconsin routinely assures the public that airborne silica poses no proven dangers to the public, but without any federal or state regulation of exposure, the industry’s assurances do little to ease Sonnentag’s mind. What if silica is the next asbestos, she wonders? Her family never signed up to be “test dummies.” And what about the water? Pointing toward the mine, Sonnentag says that EOG Resources is currently trucking wastewater from its sand-processing plant, where the sand is treated with water and chemicals, and dumping it back into the mine. “I always thought my kids would want to live here long after we’re gone, but now I don’t know. There might not be any air to breath and water to drink.”
Regulators Stretched Thin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulates sand mines as “nonmetallic mines,” a class that includes the small gravel pits and limestone mines that have long operated throughout the state. Tom Woletz, the DNR point person on frack sand, tells Truthout that DNR has regulated sand mines in this way for years, but now the frack-sand rush has brought much larger mines to the state. “The fugitive dust, that is a potential problem, and that’s what people are concerned about,” Woletz says.
DNR requires mine operators to monitor silica dust emissions and report them to the state, but DNR officials rarely visit the mines in person. Federal funding requires the agency’s limited staff to focus on major sources of air pollution such as large metallic mines.
“Some of these mines are never going to see a DNR air inspector at all unless there is a complaint,” says Woletz. “We could use more people on the ground to make sure that these people are doing the appropriate things.” A state budget proposal could add two more compliance officers to the DNR staff, and Woletz says DNR could always use more people. But much of the responsibility to keep silica out of the air in rural neighborhoods falls on the industry, he says, and DNR can’t always be there to hold its hand. “There’s some really good [operators] out there, and there’s some that have a ways to go,” he says.
In 2012 alone, the DNR issued violations to at least 15 frack-sand operators in the state, according to state records.
Under state rules, a mine located near a child care center or a neighborhood operates under the same pollution standards as a mine located in the middle of a forest, according to Woletz. In many cases, it’s up to the county or local government to regulate trucking, mine locations and land use. With some residents supporting local measures to protect their homes and farms and other residents eager to cash in on the sand rush, local controversies over sand mine regulation have created brutal divisions in communities that would otherwise be models of Midwestern neighborliness.
“There are family members up in Chippewa County that may never talk to each other again, ever,” Woletz admits.
That’s a familiar story to Sonnentag, who was involved in a local push to regulate the sand mines in Cooks Valley under a local ordinance that was opposed by local landowners, including her neighbors. “Sand has dictated everything in this town … pitted neighbor against neighbor,” she says. The best man at her wedding will no longer talk to her. He wanted to start a mine on his land, Sonnentag says, and saw her family and other supporters of the ordinance as standing in his way.
“It’s unfortunate, because he’s no closer to getting that mine started than I am to becoming a vegetarian,” Sonnentag says with a grin.
A Fractured Community
Sleet is turning the snow to ice outside of Sonnentag’s house, but her kitchen, busy with young children arranging pots and pans on the floor, is warm and cozy. Sonnentag chats with Victoria Trinko, who lives a few miles up the road on a small farm located across the street from a frack sand mine. The two women are discussing the local politics surrounding the ordinance they fought for years to put in place in order to regulate the sand mine operations.
“It’s really split our community apart,” Trinko says.
Earlier that morning, Trinko had returned to her home after volunteering at a Sunday pancake breakfast. She says the turnout was good considering the cold weather and a bit of friendly competition from another pancake breakfast at a local church. She takes a seat in her living room, where she has agreed to be interviewed by Truthout. A picture of her daughter, who is now studying abroad, hangs above the mantle. The conversation quickly turns to sand.
Trinko is the Cooks Valley Board clerk and kept notes on the battle over the ordinance, which was first drawn up and passed in 2008 after residents learned that sand mines might open in the neighborhood. The ordinance addressed noise from blasting, hours of operation, silica dust control and the number of trucks allowed to rumble down the roads.
Landowners who wanted to lease their properties to mining companies or open their own mines quickly hired a lawyer and sued the town to defeat the ordinance. It amounted to a “zoning ordinance” and was not properly filed with the county, they argued, and a local judge agreed.
“So we appealed,” Trinko says, “and that made them all angry.”
What followed was three years of litigation and showdowns in the local town hall. At one point, the town board was accused of embezzlement; at another, the pro-mining landowners tried to take over the board and dismiss Cooks Valley’s village powers, which, under state law, grant the township the authority to pass ordinances.
“It’s gotten really, really nasty,” Trinko says.
Neighbors have sued neighbors, and Trinko herself was sued (along with two board supervisors) over open records laws. Meanwhile, the town board continued to appeal the challenge to the mining ordinance, which eventually landed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As clerk, Trinko had been keeping notes throughout the whole fiasco, and eventually, she had to hand them over to the highest court in the state.
“I was very proud of myself, I guess, or satisfied, that my paperwork held up in the [Wisconsin] Supreme Court,” Trinko says with a smile.
In 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed an appeals court decision and ruled in favor of the Town of Cooks Valley, and the township was finally allowed to begin enforcing the regulations it originally passed in 2008. As the battle over the ordinance wove its way through the courts, however, three mines were established in Cooks Valley, including those near the Trinko and Sonnentag farms. To date, the township has only completed the permitting process for one mine under the ordinance. A draft permit prepared by the township for the EOG Resources mine includes mandatory air monitoring and a $112,500 fee to be paid to the Sonnentag family, so they can build a new house, across the street and farther away from the mine’s trucking route.
For Trinko, the matter of sand mining continues to be a big part of daily life. As town clerk, she receives permit notices and posts them in public places such as the local bar. But there are more personal issues as well. In 2011, after the mines began digging into the bluffs, Trinko said she could “chew on dust” when working outside her house. Soon she would have a sore throat, but not the cold that usually accompanies it. She says the symptoms disappear when she travels to visit relatives in other states.
Trinko now believes she has developed asthma from living near the sand mines. She saw a breathing specialist who told her that the breathing problems were related to her living environment, but the specialist refuses to go on the record with reporters due to the ongoing controversy.
Trinko says her daughter is worried the air pollution may be shortening her life, but she wants to stay on her farm. It has been in her family since her father bought it in 1936. Trinko points out the window to a bluff rising beyond the next pasture.
“That bluff … that’s where my dad grew up,” Trinko says. Frack-sand mining and processing continues nearby, and another facility in the area is under development. “It would be very sad to see all the trees disappear. Plus, I am breathing this stuff.”
Radio Free Brighton’s Maria McEvoy examines the issues around the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay with consultant neurologist and human rights campaigner David Nicholl, Joy Hurcombe of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, Clara Gutteridge Human rights lawyer formally with reprieve.org and her fellow RFB reporter Missie, who is working with young people from Priory School amnesty group who are joining the campaign. Listen here
Update: Brighton & Hove MP Caroline Lucas called for the Prime Minister David Cameron to personally intervene and phone President Obama now to secure the release of Shaker back to the UK and his family. Watch the video at bit.ly/104K63
Read on if you want to find out more about this story
FORMER GUANTANAMO CHIEF PROSECUTOR LAUNCHES FAST-GROWING ONLINE PETITION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
- Col. Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, launches petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to take concrete steps to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
- Over 75,000 sign onto Col. Davis’ petition in less than 24 hours, following President Obama’s vow in a press conference on Tuesday to renew efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.
WASHINGTON, DC – Colonel Morris Davis, who was the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, has launched a rapidly growing petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to fulfill his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
As the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Davis personally prosecuted Osama Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, David Hicks, and Omar Khadr. Davis stepped down from his post due to disagreement over the use of certain interrogation techniques. Since leaving his post at Guantanamo, Davis has become one of the prison’s most outspoken critics. On Tuesday, he started a Change.org petition calling on Obama to fulfill past promises to close the detention facility and to transfer the 86 detainees cleared for release.
“As the Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay, I saw many things that I regret seeing. Since its beginning Guantanamo has been costly, inefficient, and morally wrong,” said Col. Morris Davis, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “Now there are over 100 inmates on hunger strike to protest their current situation. Obama must uphold the promise that he made on Tuesday and close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center before someone dies.”
In less than 24 hours, over 75,000 people have signed onto the petition, and it has been covered in the Guardian, BBC, and The Huffington Post.
The petition is part of a growing grassroots movement around the issue. Witness Against Torture has coördinated people around the country to fast in solidarity with the hunger strike, hundreds of letters have been written to the prisoners, and hundreds of phone calls have been made to the Department of Defense, White House, and US Military’s Southern Command.
As of May 1, over 100 inmates out of 166 total prisoners were on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The hunger strike began with a few men in February in protest of current prison conditions, and it is estimated that 21 are currently being force fed.
“Col. Davis is using Change.org’s tools to successfully connect with thousands of people who support his petition to close Guantanamo Bay,” said Emilia Gutierrez, campaign manager at Change.org. “It’s clear his campaign is resonating with people.”
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And from journalist Andy Worthington: Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
86 cleared prisoners remain in Guantánamo, out of 166 prisoners in total, and although President Obama faces hurdles in Congress when it comes to releasing prisoners, and has also contributed to the failure to close Guantánamo, as he promised on taking office in January 2009, by backing down when faced with criticism, there is no fundamental obstacle to the release of Shaker Aamer. His ongoing imprisonment is deplorable and unforgivable, and both the American and British governments ought to be profoundly ashamed that he is still held.For Shaker Aamer’s story, see:
Also see my archive here:
Please sign the e-petition to the British government here (UK citizens and residents only):
There is also an international petition here that anyone can sign:
Also see the website of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign:
LISTEN HERE: Est. January 2012, Stop Smart Meters! (UK) is an independent, not-for-profit voice calling for an immediate halt and reversal of the UK’s Smart Meter programme — which in itself is part of a global Smart Grid agenda. Our campaign aims to raise awareness about Smart Meters so that people can become informed about Smart Meters and take necessary and appropriate action to resist them. This is a very long way indeed from what Big Energy and Big Utility are trying to do.
There are many serious problems presented by web-enabling our electricity, gas and water supplies and turning our homes into wireless, network-attached nodes on the Internet. From documented (and suppressed) health risks, unwarranted privacy violations and safety issues to the loss of sovereignty & control of our property in our own homes and much higher bills, the Smart Grid will cause far more problems than it purports to solve. In reality, Smart Meters are a money-making solution to a very different challenge — namely, how profit-seeking corporations can continue to monetise further aspects of our lives.
We encourage you to stand on your indefeasible human rights and to say a loud “NO!” to Smart Meters. Smart Meters are not mandatory — you are lawfully entitled to refuse one on whatever grounds you like. And if you would like to help other people do the same, please download and hand-out our leaflets to your neighbours and friends — this will make a huge difference in raising awareness about Smart Meters within your own community. — See more at: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/#sthash.5aKRWJ9U.dpuf
With an interview about Genetically modified crops and a discussion on immigration Sam and Thomas bring you a wide range of views and opinions on topical and interesting issues across the globe. Listen here.
Brighton and Hove Eco Houses Event: Celebrate Hanover Centre eco-refurb 22nd-23rd June including One Planet Public Meeting
Two days of celebration will showcase an ongoing environmental transformation of Brighton’s Hanover Community Centre.
A raft of energy-saving measures was made possible after the local carbon reduction group ‘Hanover10:10′ won £10,000 in a national environmental competition run by energy firm EDF, and gained a further £1,000 donation from The Southern Coöperative.
The Centre will open its doors on June 22 and 23 as part of Brighton and Hove’s Eco Open Houses event. It will give people a chance to look round, get information on the improvements, and discuss energy-saving with those involved.
A key highlight is a One Planet Living public meeting at 5pm Sat June 22. The keynote speaker will be Pooran Desai OBE, who is one of the UK’s leading sustainability experts, at BioRegional. The meeting is organised by Hanover Action for Sustainable Living (HASL), Brighton.
Specially commissioned information boards will be unveiled at the Centre showing insulation works carried out over the last 2 years with contributions from local volunteers, students and the support from local businesses. These link to further information on how everyone can take action themselves. Plans for further major improvements will on show together, complete with displays from the Eco Open Houses.
The aim of the work is to reduce the Centre’s energy bills, and its carbon footprint by 10% year on year. Partnership with the University of Brighton enabled ‘smart meter’ installation, monitoring whether the target will be met, and provide data for local student research projects.
Last month the City became the world’s first to win ‘One Planet Living’ status. The evening session on June 22 will be a chance to find out what this means in practice.
Paul Norman, Coördinator of Hanover10:10 said: ”this has been a great partnership that really engaged local people using the Centre, local students and environmental groups in the eco-refurbishment of the Centre, in a way that helps the whole Hanover community become more sustainable.”
Mr Desai, co-founder of green developers BioRegional and inventor of the One Planet Living concept said: “One Planet Living is a simple philosophy, a story and a set of principles which can act as DNA from which sustainability can emerge…Its principles can be used to create a clear framework for sustainability for a person, business or local authority”
Eco Open Houses opening for the Hanover Centre:
Sat June 22nd 2-5pm,
Sun June 23rd 10-1pm and 2-5pm
One Planet Living public meeting: Sat 22nd June 5pm-6.30pm
3rd June — February 2014 Volunteering at Fold and Dig It
Fork and Dig It welcomes people of all ages and abilities to get out of town and spend some time on site in a peaceful location within easy traveling distance from the heart of Brighton. Volunteering can involve sowing, planting, digging, netting, harvesting, composting and much more besides. All work is supervised. Bring enthusiasm, sensible clothes and some lunch and enjoy learning to grow at your own pace. See below and have a look at our contact page to find out more. On-site: Volunteer days are Tuesdays and Fridays 10am — 2.30pm, and the first Sunday of each month 11am-3pm. If you’d like to get stuck get in touch to let us know when you’re coming. Skilled: We’re also really happy to hear from people with skills in areas such as carpentry, irrigation, tree-surgery and any other skills related to small-scale food agriculture. Do give us a call. Fork and Dig It is a big site run almost entirely by volunteers — some weekly, others monthly, and some once or twice a year — whether you have one day to spare or many, if you are interested in the project and can offer time or expertise we’d love to hear from you. As well as all the intrinsic benefits (including a share of the harvested produce to take home whenever available), regular volunteers are offered relevant external training opportunities to expand and improve their own (and the group’s) knowledge & skill-sets. If you are interested in volunteering with us visithttp://www.forkanddigit.co.uk/ or contact us via the email address provided
For more details see http://www.forkanddigit.co.uk/.
13th June 7:30 An Evening with Satish Kumar
Soil, Soul and Society – a talk by environmentalist and humanitarian, Satish Kumar with film excerpts from Earth Pilgrim.
For more details see http://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk.
15 June 2013 10:00AM to the 23rd June Eco Open Houses
15–16 & 22–23 June Visits to new and renovated eco-houses in Brighton & Hove are available over four days, to discover how the owners reduce energy, water bills and environmental damage. Eco Open Houses is of value to homeowners, builders, and anyone interested in making buildings more eco-friendly. See website for full details. ***NOTE visits are free but some must be booked in advance. Full details: www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk
18th June Physic: An Introduction to Everything
This FREE workshop will make a challenging subject accessible and fun with the help of cool experiments and demonstrations! Want to know how to view an atom with a toilet roll holder and an old CD? Everything you wanted to know about the universe but were too afraid to ask. ALL WELCOME. PLEASE REGISTER AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.
For more details see http://www.freeuniversitybrighton.org/events/physics-an-introduction-to-everything/.
15 August 2013 09:30AM to 16th August 2013 05:00pm Introduction to Permaculture
This course introduces the basics of permaculture design and shows how this approach can be applied to individual circumstances to facilitate a move towards sustainability. Cost: £90-£210. Tutors: Bryn Thomas and Hedvig Murray. See website for full details. ***NOTE bookings can only be made via our website:www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk
Brighton and Hove People’s Assembly Against Austerity includes speakers Mark Steel, Owen Jones available to listen to here.
This event took place in the Brighthelm to which all Brighton and Hove residents were invited to. The speakers discussed issues around austerity for the Brighton specific occupation against privatisation at the University of Sussex to global issues of hunger and fuel poverty.
Listen here to some of the speakers from Brighton and Hove people’s assembly against austerity. This recording starts with Kayla Entre from Brighton and Hove energy services. Other speakers on this recording are Hilary Wainwright from Red Pepper, journalist and comedian Mark Steel and Owen Jones.
Listen to David Wolfe tell RFB about the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton here. To read more about the programme take a look at the University’s website via this link.
Listen to Member and Founder of Resound Male Voices Chat about their Choir and a Selection of their Music
Scott ‚a member of Resound Male voice , and Stephan, the founder, chat to RFB about their group. Listen to their interview and selection of their songs here.
Led by Swedish opera singer Stefan Holmstrom, Resound Male Voices is a small ensemble with big ambitions!
We sing everything from early music to pop, barbershop to opera,jazz, folk, improvisation and more. We’re a group where every voiceis vital, every voice is heard and everyone is given the chance to perform solos, duets, trios.
Get in touch if you fancy being part of Brighton & Hove’s newest an most innovative male voice group!
Email us at email@example.com or check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/resoundmalevoices
Photo courtesy of Justine Kilkerr
“In my dreams, I’m digging, I’m always digging. Digging my way in, or digging my way out.”
Playing at All Saints Centre, Lewes, June 21st & 22nd 2013
Written & Directed by Jonathan Brown
Winner Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2012
Shortlisted Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2013
Winner Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013
Best Male Performer nominee, Brighton Fringe 2007
This June, Lewes sees a new play about Sussex’s hidden past.
It is a well-kept secret that the World’s Deepest Hand-Dug Well stretches down 1300ft beneath Brighton.
The Well, which combines physical theatre, haunting songs and evocative lighting, is a powerful drama, set in Victorian Brighton, about the digging of the world’s deepest hand-dug well, a well that stretches down as deep as the Empire State Building is high.
Something Underground Theatre Company, who last year Won the Best New Play Award at The Brighton Fringe have created a stirring, sometimes disturbing rollercoaster of a play which, they say, “incorporates tender and visceral performances bathed in an atmospheric world touching on the archetypal, whilst grounded in themes of personal struggle, intimacy and love”.
”.…wholehearted, studied performances and a clever script…. The effect is to give the play an intoxicating fluidity and unpredictability.….” …a gripping, expertly paced story. Some superbly dramatic set pieces, including a genuinely thrilling finale, .…well worth the effort.” The Argus May 2013.
Written and directed by Lewes-based Jonathan Brown, who was born near the well, it is set in 1862 Brighton, where Jack and 45 other men have been digging a well to supply the new local workhouse. But they’re finding no water. Despite this seemingly pointless exercise and the ever-mounting expense, the digging continues. But Jack is also digging for the truth about his mother, Betsy, a prostitute who was found dead under the Chain Pier. Now, in a relationship with Bella, another prostitute, he discovers too much; about those in power, and about Betsy.
Jonathan says, “The company has worked incredibly hard, a feat that mirrors, if not matches, the digging of the well itself. “Striking water”, perhaps by moving the audience, is the main aim of all their Brunelian efforts!”
4 Stars. “This production is a powerful example of physical theatre. They achieve this with spectacular imagery aided by creative lighting and haunting songs. The Argus. Brighton. 2011
4 Stars: ”.… (the) huge achievement in creating “The Well” is admirable for its audacious development of a footnote in history, an amazing experience.…… scaffolding, ladders and levels are irresistible to the gymnastically inclined cast who provide constant fascination by their inventive interaction with the set.…” Their movements at times flow with almost balletic grace …Each (performer) demonstrate total competence in their art, .….Simple ingenuities pepper the entertainment. Torches are used to startling effect … everything theatre should be.…..” Remote goat, Bridgwater, June 2013 http://www.remotegoat.co.uk/review_view.php?uid=9858
And Something Underground Theatre Company scooped up several awards and nominations at this year’s Brighton Fringe and Festival. Not only were they once again shortlisted Best New Play for “The Silent Stream”, a prequel to “The Well”, but also won the Best Male Performer Award for the same show. Whilst Rachel Guershon was nominated Best Female Performer, for their third Fringe show “Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore”, another prequel to “The Well”.
“The Well” June 21st 22nd, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes,
Tickets from Union Music Store, Friars Walk, 0787 9832857 or on door.
Attention keen cyclists and adventure seekers! Maternity Worldwide are pleased to launch their annual African bike ride challenge, previously in Ethiopia, we are excited to launch our new ride in Uganda to mark our latest project there.
Details about the ride are below, it is suitable for people who haven’t cycled much in the past as there is plenty of time to begin some training. Please forward to any friends or colleagues who you think may be interested and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Uganda Bike Ride
Cycle from the bustling Ugandan capital city of Kampala, whiz past the source of the Nile and take in the stunning sights at the Murchison Falls National Park on a 3 day safari before heading to Hoima where you’ll visit the people whose lives you will help to transform with the money you raise. After that you can head home, triumphant, with life changing experiences and a group of fantastic new friends.
When: Thursday 26th September to Wednesday 9th October 2013
Total distance: 370km over 5 days
Charity: Maternity Worldwide – saving lives in childbirth in developing countries by training doctors and midwives, improving access to health centres and hospitals and providing community education about maternal health and the risks to look for during pregnancy.
Total cost: £1400 (includes flights, accommodation, food and drink on the ride and 3 day safari)
Fundraising target: £1400
More information is available on our website http://www.maternityworldwide.org/news/uganda-bike-ride-2013/
If you are interested in taking part or want to find out more please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty on 01273 234033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Fundraising Support Officer
Community Base │113 Queens Road │Brighton │BN1 3XG
Registered Charity No: 1111504
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