Time to Scrap Trident: Stop fooling with nuclear weapons

stop-fooling-logoProtest at AWE Aldermaston

 

This year on April Fools’ Day, we will be going to Aldermaston to highlight our opposition to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system – because that’s where the nuclear bombs are made.

We’ll be saying Scrap Trident and cancel plans to replace it.

We’ll be gathering around the base in our thousands with music, colour, and speeches.

awe-bomb-factory-by-hembo-pagiWhy are we going?

2013 is a year of continuous activity at AWE Aldermaston, prompted by the formation of grassroots campaign Action AWE, to highlight the site’s nuclear bomb-making function. 

This is vital as we head towards the 2016 decision point on whether or not Trident should be replaced. Vast sums of money are being poured into developments at Aldermaston, even before any decision is taken on Trident.

The total cost of a replacement for Trident would be over £100 billion. At this time of cuts to jobs, housing and public services think what else Trident’s £100 billion could be spent on! We say it's time to scrap Trident, and on April Fools’ Day we’ll be telling the government to 'stop fooling with nuclear weapons'!

 

awe2How can you get involved?

Bring banners, placards, knitting, poems… and anything else you can think of to decorate the fence with to show what you want to spend the money on rather than Trident.

Also bring pots, pans and musical instruments, as we will be surrounding the base with the sound of protest. We hope you’ll join us for an inspirational day of protest against Britain’s illegal and immoral nuclear weapons!

Each of the gates at Aldermaston will have a different theme and regional/national focus – including a women’s gate and a faith gate.


If you can't make it on the day, or even if you can, we'd be very grateful if you were able to contribute to the cost of the Aldermaston demonstration.

Coaches

  • London: Coach #1: leaves at 8:45am prompt from outside CND, 162 Holloway Road, N7 (Holloway Road tube) and picks up 9:15am prompt from the Embankment (a little east from Embankment station and on river side). Coach #2: also picks up at 9:15am from Embankment, and has a second pick-up from outside Hammersmith Apollo (near Hammersmith Piccadilly/District line station) at 9:45am prompt. They will both arrive at “West Gate”, Aldermaston in time for the start of the demonstration at noon. Booking in advance (by 25th March): £16 waged /£8 unwaged. After 25th March £20 waged/£10 unwaged. Contact David at London Region CND on 0207 607 2302 for more information.
  • East Midlands: Coach leaving from the lay-by outside the Travelodge on Maid Marion Way in Nottingham (NG1 6AJ) at 8:30am. Prompt returning from Aldermaston: due back in Nottingham approx 8pm. There will be a pick up point in Leicester for those people wishing to travel from Leicester. Tickets £10 waged/ £5 unwaged (including students, unemployed, pensioners) available from Ian Cohen. To book, please text or email your contact details to 07985 00 1904 or ian.cohen@atem.co.uk.
  • Yorkshire: Departure at 6:50am from Bradford, University of Bradford, outside Richmond Building, Great Horton Rd. 7:30am from Leeds, Leeds Met Student’s Union, Calverley Street. 8:15am from Sheffield, Ponds Forge Leisure Centre, Pond Hill. £15 waged/ £8 student/low waged. The coach will return by early evening. To book a space please contact 01274 730 795 / dominic@yorkshirecnd.org.uk with your name, contact number and pickup point.
  • Wales: For transport from South and Mid Wales contact Brian and Jan Jones (Swansea area) on 01792 830 330 or via emailFrom North East Wales contact Duncan Rees on 07774 268 371 or via email
  • Southampton: Coach will leave Southampton Cenotaph at 10:30 am and will pick up in Winchester by King Alfred’s statue. Tickets cost £15 waged/ £8 unwaged. For bookings phone David Hoadley on 023 8022 9363.
  • Merseyside: "AtoB" Coach departs at 7:15am from Mount Pleasant, opposite the multi-storey car park. Also collecting from Chester train station at 8:00am. £20 waged/£10 concessions. Contact Merseyside CND on 0151 702 6974 or at mcnd@care4free.net
  • Manchester: Coach pick up at 8:45am, Chorlton St, Manchester. £15 Tickets from Jacqui at the GM&D CND office - 0161 273 8283 or gmdcnd@gn.apc.org
  • Bath: Coach will leave Laura Place, Bath at 9:00am. £15 waged/£5 unwaged. Please contact Monica on 01225 312574 for tickets or come to the weekly peace stall each Saturday outside Bath Abbey from 11:30am - 12:30pm.
  • Oxford: Coach leaves St Giles at 10:00am. £8 for a seat. Contact Irene for more information at oxfordcnd@btinternet.com or 01865 242919.
  • Sussex: Leaving Hastings at 7:30am and calling at Hailsham, Lewes, Brighton, Worthing and Crawley. £25 per person. For more info and to book a place, contact George Farebrother at geowcpuk@gn.apc.org or 01323 844269.
  • Bristol: Coach departs 10:00am, Anchor Road BS1 5DB (outside @ Bristol) £6/£12; For tickets contact: bristolcndchair@gmail.com or 07527 295 109

 

There are severe train restrictions on Easter weekend due to track upgrades. Please aim to get the coach from your area if possible. If you must get the train: travel to Mortimer station, where a shuttle bus will collect passengers at 11:10am. THIS MUST BE BOOKED WITH THE CND OFFICE. Train times and live departure boards from www.nationalrail.co.uk.

 

What next? The Scrap Trident Tour

The Aldermaston event will launch the national Scrap Trident tour through April and beyond. CND Vice-president Bruce Kent will be touring the country, campaigning to Scrap Trident.

He’s working with a range of different organisations to highlight the wasteful spending on Trident when so much investment is needed to eradicate poverty, boost people-friendly development and make our world a safer and more peaceful place to live.