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Bristol Broadband Co-operative
Bristol-based 'Grandparents for a Safe Earth'
Weekly Program
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Aug. 15, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Author of The Battle of the Beanfield, which describes the police attack on hundreds of travellers in convoy toward Stonehenge festival, Andy Worthington and traveller Sean join us to discuss the social and political reasons why the UKs 1970s and 1980s New Age travellers appeared when they did.
Sean trained as an HGV mechanic so was helping maintain many vehicles, he describes life on the road, the practicalities of moving night after night and relations with neighbours and the police. Sean was at important festivals such as Nostell Priory. Ultimately the traveller convoy was part of a wider movement against the changes being brought in by the Thatcher government, forced repeated evictions by landowners and, since they had been forced out of permanent bricks and mortar homes to live out of vehicles, was about land rights and property.
Nostell Priory festival 1984

On June 1st 1985, a convoy of new travellers, peace protestors, green activists and festival-goers set off from Savernake Forest in Wiltshire to establish the 12th annual free festival at Stonehenge. There were around 450 people in total, and they included a number of women and children.
They never reached their destination.
Eight miles from the Stones they were ambushed, assaulted and arrested with unprecedented brutality by a quasi-military police force of over 1,300 officers drawn from six counties and the MoD.
That event has gone down in history as ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’. This book is the combined effort of a large number of people who feel passionately that only through reaching an understanding of what actually occurred before, during and after ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’ can a proper ‘closure’ take place for those involved and the many people who have been in some way touched by it.

Grandparents for a Safe Earth
We are a network of grandparents and elders who care deeply about the world our descendants will inherit.
We have learned that the current plans of energy companies and governments will, if not radically changed, put our grandchildren’s future at risk. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report for 2013, climate change is being caused primarily by fossil fuel emissions.
We want the Earth’s eco-systems to be kept as intact as possible, thus giving security and well-being to those who follow us.
We want to leave behind us social structures and cultures which acknowledge our primary dependence upon the Earth.

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