Friday, 9 September 2011


Saturday 1 October. Lambeth Archives Annual Open Day. Always an interesting day. Full details go to

Saturday 1 October: International conference against cuts and privatisation. London. Full details on:

Saturday 1 October: 10am-6pm and Sunday 2 October: 10am-5pm. Black History Live Seminars and Workshops. Wembley Stadium. Admission - Tickets £6 (under 14's have FREE admission when accompanied by a full paying adult). Includes: visit the Arctic with Dwayne Fields, Caribbean and African Language links with Dr Morgan Dalphinis Linguist, Reflections with Victor Richards, readings by for Haitian child slave Jean-Robert Cadet (‘My Stone of Hope’) and former Black Panther Robert King (‘A Cry from the Bottom of the Heap’), advice from Gangsline on how communities can help in the battle against gang crime, the Black Police Association talking about policing in a modern, diverse Britain, and the challenges and opportunities it represents, plus music, a play and talks about Mary Seacole, and The BBC4 documentary Tales from the Front Room followed by discussion with Dr Michael McMillan, editor of the book that inspired the film. There also be a showing of the film African Superheroes, Caribbean Family History Group on how to trace your family history, Black Cultural Archives exploring its Ansel Wong collection. Plus lots more; health and beauty, diabities management, the history of black hair, hair care, media training, AND becoming a DJ. Full details on

Tuesday 4 October. 7-9pm. Start of ten week Socialist Theatre course run by the WEA. Working Class Movement Library, Salford. Brecht, Augusto Boal, 7:84, Unity Theatre, Dario Fo, Agitprop and other important aspects of the Socialist Theatre tradition. Further information from tutor Tom Mclennan, or 0771 684 8894.

Wednesday 5 October. 2-4pm. Localism Bill and big society; what does it mean for Newcastle? Central Square, Newcastle. What will the new rights and powers being introduced by the Localism Bill mean for voluntary and community groups in Newcastle? This NCVS event will be an opportunity for you to have your say and to listen to views from national charity Urban Forum and Newcastle City Council. To find out more visit Comment: such events need to be held all over the country. For further details of Urban Forum activities see:

8 October. 11am. Labour/Co-operative Conference on Co-operative Councils. Exeter Labour Party Hall, 26b Clifton Hill, Exeter. Keynote speaker Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council, telling us about how Lambeth became a Co-operative Council. Workshops will look at different aspects of what this can mean for services, e.g. housing, community services, social services, etc., followed by feedback and the organisers hope to have responses from South West Labour Groups. Conference is sponsored by Devon Labour Party and the South West Co-operative Party Council. More details on :
Comment: My West Country readers should be aware that Steve Reed will give arosy picture of the initiative. Many Lambeth activists have yet to see any real substance. My historical review of mutual and co-operative action in Lambeth is available as a PDF on request at

Wednesday 12 October. 6.15 for 6.30pm. What was Beatrice Webb Thinking and Why Should We Still Care? The Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2. Organised by Smith Institute, Webb Memorial Trust, LSE and New Statesman. Launch of the Institute’s new report ‘Beatrice Webb: Her Quest for a Fairer Society' by Michael Ward (Research Fellow, The Smith Institute). Michael is a friend and acquaintance of many of my readers. Tackling poverty and inequality is at the heart of progressive politics. But what can history tell us about the struggle for a fairer society, and where does the work of Beatrice Webb, the founder of LSE and advocate of the welfare state, fit in? What lessons can we draw from Beatrice’s landmark Minority Report in 1909 on destitution and the Poor Law? After a century of anti-poverty policies have we achieved all that the Webbs had hoped for and what more could have been done to improve people’s livelihoods and life chances? The event will debate these and related concerns about poverty in the UK. Following an opening talk by Michael there will be a panel discussion and question and answer session. Panelists include Stephen Timms MP (Shadow Employment Minister), David Piachaud (Professor of Social Administration, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE), and Jonathan Derbyshire (Culture Editor, New Statesman). To confirm you would like to attend please email:

Friday 14 – Sunday 16 October. History of Youth and Community Conference. Speakers include Gillian Darley, author of Villages of Vision, on historical attempts to develop planned community; and Nigel Todd on the first 100 years of the Workers’ Education Association. To mark the 100th Centenary of the National Association of Girls’ Clubs (now UK Youth) there will be a symposium on the history of youth work with girls and young women. Plus workshops covering an enormous range of topics linked to the history of youth work, adult education and community work. I am discussing leading a Workshop with the organisers. For further details contact Tracey Hodgson See also:

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