From Nat and Alan: Details of upcoming talks are below. Please, as ever, do pass on to individual friends and family, but please do not share this access information publicly on social media.
Christmas Through the Ages Wednesday 23rd December 7:30pm – 9pm
To celebrate the last discussion evening of 2020, we plan to have a lighthearted look at the history of the tradition of Christmas, followed by some mince pies, mulled wine, tinsel and an impaled angel atop a tree – all virtually, of course. So, feel free to Deck your own hall(s) with Boughs of Holly and bring forth your stories of Christmas’ to share.
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NEW YEAR BREAK! No discussion evening on 30th December.
We all want to change the World… but HOW? With Richard Priestley Wednesday 6th January, 7.30pm – 9pm
Assuming we all want to change the World in the same general direction, how do we do it? In this talk Richard Priestley will explore the complex relationship between political organising, non-violent activism, technical innovation, project development, lifestyle choices and the role of imagination (and any other method we can come up with!). The focus will be on the Climate & Ecological Emergency. What can we each as individuals, and collectively, do?
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Q for the Bypass! With Perry Walker Wednesday 13th January 7:30pm – 9pm
Herefordshire does not divide into two blocs, one for the bypass, one against. The results of a ‘Q-methodology’ analysis carried out by Talk Shop seem to suggest there are three distinct views among those in favour, and four among those against. There is a lot of common ground between all these groups, including across that for/against divide. Could this common ground aid in developing policy for traffic and bypasses that is less contentious? Perry Walker from Talk Shop leads us in discussion.
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The Herefordshire 2030 Project, with Mark E Thomas and Perry Walker Wednesday 27th January, 7:30pm – 9pm
Mark Thomas and Perry Walk will talk about the 99% organisation’s Herefordshire 2030 project. The aim of the project is to develop a clear, compelling and fact-based picture of how Herefordshire in 2030 can be fairer, greener and more prosperous than today. It will also show the actions that will need to be taken to achieve that progress, and how they can be realised. And it will develop a practical plan to engage those who will need to make it happen. Mark and Perry will ask you to input your ideas and invite you to join the project.
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Other events you may be interested in….
EXTINCTION REBELLION – THE LAST DANCE OF 2021
Friday 18th Dec, 6pm at Hereford Cathedral West Gate (moving to other locations in town…) Wear: As much glitter, tinsel and baubles as humanly possible obvs! And facemasks! Be: Joyful of life and respectful of social distancing. Dancers and supporters required – bring warm clothes and hot water bottles!
A VIGIL FOR OUR RIVERS – PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND THE WYE
Sat 19th Dec, 3-4pm at the Old Bridge Hereford and the Castle Green pedestrian bridge and the nearby river banks. Be: Silent and socially distanced, together in grief and love. A placard to download and print, and information about how to take part are here.
Our discussion evenings are free and open to all. We hope you can make it! We love to hear from people, so if you would like to ask questions, comment, pass us any feedback or suggestions for topics, please feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, Nat, Alan and Nigel Coordinators of the Talks and Discussions Calendar (usually!) at The Left Bank Village