LJN National Gathering Bristol – 19th January 2019

Our next national meeting will be in Bristol on Saturday 19th January (& Sunday 20th  for a group land action!) Hello South West!

Mass trespass with Rising Up! at the Bathurst estate, April 2018

The network meeting will run from 12-5pm, exact location tba.

The meeting will be a chance for new and old members to meet, discuss, and make plans for the coming months of land justice action! This will be a really important meeting for our actions in Spring and Summer 2019 and if you’d like to get involved in LJN work over the next few months, we’d love to see you there.

On Sunday 20th join us for a south west land action, more details to come!

If you can, we’d really encourage people to stay for both days.

If you need help with travel and/or a place to stay for the Saturday night then please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

More details will be up on our website and social media as they are confirmed, so save the date and keep a look out for more info!

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Report from our national gathering

On Sunday 11th November 2018 we held our national gathering at Friends of the Earth’s offices in London.

We had a beautiful group network members gathered, including a v. dedicated contingent who made the pilgrimage (by minibus) all the way down from the Reclaim the Power gathering in Sheffield, and it was the first LJN gathering for eight wonderful people – welcome!

Our 30 second intros which kicked off the meeting were a challenge, but we got some major updates– David is a cat person, Maddy likes good books and bad jokes, Tom feels it’s important to wave the flag for the flageolet bean. Good.

But it was four-year old Luca who really hit the nail on the head and got us off to the best start with his call to action. We need to ‘take back the land!’ he said, ‘and there’s a lot to do, so we better get on with it.’

Continue reading Report from our national gathering

LJN National Gathering, Sunday 11th November – London

The next national gathering will take place on the 11th November at Friends of the Earth’s Offices in London from 12-5pm with option pub visit afterwards for the freelancers among us…

The meeting will be a chance for new and old members to meet, discuss, and make plans for the coming months of land justice action! If you’d like to get involved in LJN work over the next few months, we’d love to see you there.

It’d be massively helpful if you could quickly RSVP using the form below so we can send you the agenda ahead of time. And also so we can find enough comfy chairs for you all 😉 !

 

National Gathering in Sheffield and Peak District walk – 18/19th August 2018

National gathering

Come to Land Justice Network’s next national gathering to find out what the we’ve all been up to and plot fresh action together!

It will take place on Saturday 18th August at Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Sheffield, S2 3DT.

We’ll meet up 12 noon for a shared pot luck (bring a dish if you can) and we’ll start the meeting around 12.30, finishing 5pm with optional social time at a nearby pub afterwards. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

The gathering will include a visit to REACH Homes a project based at the farm which has designed genuinely affordable homes for £35k.

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Peak District walk

On Sunday 19th all are welcome to join us for a walk in the Peak District – we are hoping to meet some of those affected by the recent fires on Saddleworth Moor, connected to the mismanagement of moors for grouse shooting.

We are also inviting along Hebden Bridge residents who were badly affected by the flooding a few years back… also connecting to mismanagement of land for grouse.

If you are interested in coming for both days and need to sort somewhere to stay overnight on Saturday night, please drop us an email at landjusticeuk@gmail.com as we may be able to help.

Please also get in touch if you are able to offer a lift and/or particularly need support with travel costs or a creche for your child on the Saturday.

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Report from The Landlords’ Game

On Saturday 14th April, after a week of rain, on what felt like the first warm and sunny day of the year, just shy of a hundred people gathered in central London for the inaugural Land Justice Network Landlords’ Game guided walk.

The meet point and official start was Brown Hart Gardens, a POPS (privately owned public space) in the heart of Mayfair.

Continue reading Report from The Landlords’ Game

Promo video for The Landlord’s Game

THE LANDLORD’S GAME: a tour of London’s land and housing crisis. Please share this wicked promo video via facebook or youtube and then come along on Saturday 14th April, Mayfair!

Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/154637835243225/

National gathering in March

Come to Land Justice Network’s next national gathering to celebrate the start of our Week of Action on Land Rights, discuss what the network’s been up to and plot fresh actions together!

We’ll meet up 12 noon to eat lunch together (bring a dish if you can) and start the meeting at 1pm, finishing 4pm with optional social time at a nearby pub afterwards.

Facebook event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/169320923865119/

If you need financial support so you can make it to the event please drop us an email at landjusticeuk@gmail.com

Friends of the Earth offices, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London, SE1 0DG

A picnic for Captain Pouch

On Sunday 12th November, the day after our Land Justice Network Leicester gathering, a group of us will be trespassing onto the lands of Boughton House, the location of the slaughter of 50 commoners, 410 years ago. We will take the train from Leicester to Kettering, one stop down on the London line, and walk into the grounds owned now by the Duke of Buccleugh, one of the largest retainers of private land in the UK, for a cheese-themed picnic, in honour of Captain Pouch and the commoners that lost their lives in the battle against enclosure.

If you are interested in staying overnight, and trespassing with us, please bring sleeping bags and roll mats to indoor camp at this address: Graceworks, Wycliffe URC, The Common, Evington, Leicester LE5 6EA. And for the walk, remember sturdy shoes and water, and some choice cheeses!

This picnic will be a gentle walk in the country, with no intention of public fanfare and confrontation with the landowners (perfectly feasible due to the acreage of the property). It will be a first foray into direct action, a nice little practice for what the group has planned next.

Also, please register your interest with Nick Hayes so he can tell you when and where to meet, hayes.na@gmail.com

thank you!


Historical Context, or, why cheese?

Across the Midlands in 1607, large numbers of commoners were gathering to tear up the fence posts that had enclosed so much of their commons in recent years. 14 years earlier, the Tudor dynasty had relaxed the enclosure laws, and common land had been swallowed into private ownership, never to return.

In Kettering, Sir Thomas Tresham was the pantomime villain landlord, widely reviled. By 1597, he was grazing over six hundred sheep in the parish and had been prosecuted in the star chamber for this but to no avail, because a decade later, the whole parish was fenced off for sheep, with no lettings to commoners for their grazing needs. In 1599, he bought another swathe of land from his neighbouring cousin, also Thomas Tresham, which allowed him to destroy five more tenant farms, and enclose the land for his sheep. With poor harvests and a growing population served by ever diminishing commons, the Midlands was a hotbed of discontent, and in 1607, led by the mystic figure of Captain Pouch, peaceful protests of up to 5000 people occurred in Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, pulling up fences and routing hedgerows. Captain Pouch, aka John Reynolds, was the charismatic leader of this disorder, picking the sites of disorder strategically, to make the most political impact. A tinker by trade, uneducated, he carried with him a leather pouch in which he claimed was a special substance that gave him and his followers the protection of God and the Crown. By the time of the Newton Revolt, Reynolds was already in custody, and the 1000 locals that met in Rockingham Forest were leaderless, and this time armed, prepared to die for their beliefs.

James 1st commanded the Montagus, another wealthy family of the area, to suppress these people by whatever means necessary, They had trouble drumming up a militia from the local population, but when they did, they met the rebels on June 8th, 1607. After twice reading the royal proclamation commanding the people to disband, the troops charged on horseback, murdering 50 to 60 people, and injuring many more. Most of the survivors were pardoned, provided they signed their names on a list, now kept in Boughton House. Several of the ringleaders were hanged, and with them, John Reynolds, was hanged drawn and quartered. After his death, the contents of his pouch were revealed to be nothing more than a lump of locally made green cheese.

In some ways, the revolt was a success. Just two months after the uprising, King James ordered a royal inquiry into the state of enclosure, which lead to several landlords being prosecuted by the star chamber, and fined. However, none of the land was returned to common grazing, and these fines amounted to nothing more than a tax on enclosure for a paltry few of the landlords guilty of land grabbing. England was given its scapegoats, and the system of enclosure was, if anything, reinforced. The Tresham’s power faded into obscurity over the next century, whilst the Montagus thrived, Boughton Hall becoming, through marriage, the English seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch, one of the most prominent land owning dynasties of the UK.

Next network meeting and Leicester Land for What? information

Saturday 11th November @ Graceworks, Leicester
(Wycliffe URC, The Common, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6EA)

10.00am – Land for What?
An introduction to land as a common ground social justice issue
11.45am – Biscuits and tea
12.00am – Understanding the housing crisis in song and pie charts
1.00pm – Shared pot-luck lunch
(Bring a dish if you can… there will be plenty of food provided if you can’t)
2.00pm – Land Justice Network meeting (2-3 hrs)
Agenda to be participatory agendered soon

Please reserve your place here –
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/land-for-what-leicester-and-quarterly-land-justice-network-meeting-tickets-37908182394

There is the possibility of a minibus coming up from Brighton via London. Please email landjusticeUK@gmail.com if you are interested, letting us know whether you’d prefer to go up Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Also worth dropping us a line if you can offer a car share or need assistance with travel costs (we have some budget to support expenses).

There’s a Three Acres And A Cow show at the same venue on the evening before if you fancy – https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/leicester-show – Friday 10th November.