Glastonbury & Street Green Party

GSGP Members’ Meetings

Message from GSGP Membership Secretary, Christine Prior:

GSGP are holding a regular local Green Party branch members’ meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm in the Morland Room of the Red Brick Building. It is a good meeting place and it would be great to see you there one of these days.”

Up-and-coming 2018 GSGP members’ meeting dates are as follows: 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November.

The Red Brick Building is on the Morland Enterprise Park, (Morland Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FT).

Greens campaign for a People’s Vote

On 23rd June, Green Party members joined over 100,000 people who marched on Parliament Square to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.

Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas, was among the speakers who argued the case for Britain to remain in the EU at the rally in London.  Caroline said that a new political consensus needed to be built around the campaign to remain in the European Union.

We can’t afford to be defenders of the establishment, of some kind of vapid centrism that has failed in the past and will fail again. Our campaign must be radical, it must be young, it must be diverse; it must listen to people, empower them and create reasons for hope; it mustn’t simply make economic threats and call those who threatened to leave ‘stupid’. We must be different to win and we have to win.

On freedom of movement, Caroline said that it was a “precious gift to be able to travel, work, study and live and love in 27 countries,” continuing: “We should be celebrating freedom of movement, not apologising for it!

Civic Inauguration of 4th Green Deputy Mayor!

On Sunday, 10th June, Green Councillor Alyson Black was formally inaugurated as the Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury at St. John’s Church.

Deputy Mayor Alyson Black and Escort Linda Little at Glastonbury Town Hall on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June 2018.

Alyson, who is Chair of Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town Steering Group, will also become Chair of the Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee as part of her new role. Outside of her work as a Town Councillor, Alyson spends time volunteering for Glastonbury Abbey’s wildlife area and for rescued horses.

Speaking about being Deputy Mayor, Alyson said, “This year, as my focus, I would like to work with the wildlife organisations in our area to protect and develop wildlife sanctuaries, and also Glastonbury’s wildlife corridors – as mentioned in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Volunteers Week Launched by Glastonbury’s new Deputy Mayor

Make a difference to your local community through volunteering” was the message when CSW You Can Do joined Glastonbury’s new, Green, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Alyson Black to celebrate the launch of Volunteers Week 2018 by hosting a Volunteer Fair at Glastonbury Town Hall, on Friday 1st June.

This was Alyson’s first official engagement as Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury, a role in which she will be formally inaugurated on Mayor’s Sunday later this month!

Congratulations Alyson Black, our new Deputy Mayor

Glastonbury & Street Green Party is delighted to announce that Green Councillor Alyson Black was elected Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury with a unanimous vote at last night’s Town Council ‘Mayor Making’ meeting.

Alyson, who has served on Glastonbury Council for the St. Edmund’s Ward since 2011, becomes the town’s fourth Green Deputy Mayor in five years!

Although she is our new Deputy, Alyson is no stranger to Mayoral Engagements because she was the Deputy Mayor’s Escort to Glastonbury’s first Green Deputy Mayor – Cllr. Denise Michell – in 2014/2015.

Alyson’s formal Civic Inauguration will take place at St. John’s Church on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June.

Green Party Video

Message from GSGP Coordinator, Denise Michell:

A video featuring Deputy Leader Amelia Womack explaining to members and activists why it is so important to get out canvassing in the run up to local elections.  We here in Glastonbury and Street do not have any elections coming up at this time, but I believe this is a useful piece of kit to have in our tool box!

 

How Green Councillors make a difference

Leader of the Green Party in the London Assembly, Siân Berry, on how Green Councillors make a difference.

 

Why be a Green Councillor?

Together we can make a difference!”  An excellent video from the Association of Green Councillors on why people from across the country stand for election and become Green Councillors.

A Community Savings Bank for Glastonbury!

Do we want to create a new type of community-owned, mutual bank in the South West?  This was the question posed at a meeting held on 12th October in Glastonbury Town Hall – organised by the Last Bank Standing team with the Royal Society of Arts and the Community Savings Bank Association

Do you want to own a Community Bank?

Imagine if there was a bank dedicated to the South West that put the welfare of its local communities before profits.  A bank that helped local economies to grow by supporting all residents to upskill, regardless of their financial means.  A bank that empowered people to grow their ideas into thriving local businesses.  A bank that people trusted.  What might the South West look like in twenty or thirty years time?

During the evening, the RSA’s Director of Economics, Tony Greenham, discussed the economic and social case for regional banks, and explored the opportunities and challenges of creating a truly co-operative bank dedicated to the South West.

The need for regional banking was highlighted in the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission, which highlighted that the lack of access to appropriate banking and financial tools can have a serious impact on people on low incomes or with a poor financial history, as well as on SMEs and micro businesses.

Incredibly, there are over 1.7 million adults in the UK that don’t have a bank account, while at the same time the pace of branch closures has accelerated rapidly, leaving 1,500 communities without a bank – as we are well aware here in Glastonbury!

Whilst already severe, these challenges are likely to become even more acute in the context of Brexit and upcoming reforms to local government financing.  There has never been a more urgent need to rebalance the UK economy.

The RSA are supporting the Community Savings Bank Association to create a UK-wide network of customer-owned, regional banks to serve the everyday financial needs of ordinary people, local community groups, and small and medium sized companies.

The Green Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr Emma George, with the organisers of the South West Community Bank event. L-R: Paul Manning (Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce), Tony Greenham (RSA Director of Economics), the Mayor, Mark Hall (RSA Deputy Head of Engagement), and Kevin Redpath (Last Bank Standing).

The Glastonbury event explored the motivations and barriers in Glastonbury – and other local areas – to establishing this kind of bank, and the role that different stakeholders could play in catalysing the establishment of a South West bank.

To find out more, please visit the CSBA website HERE

 

Yes We Can Ban Fracking

On Tuesday 12th February 2013, Glastonbury Town Council passed a motion against Hydraulic Fracturing; opposing Fracking in the Mendip area and throughout Great Britain.

With your support, we can all help to recreate Nationally what happened here in Glastonbury – please take a look at the link below, and add your name to the list of people calling for a ban on Fracking throughout the country.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200307