Great news! A group of boys from King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford upon Avon has formed an Amnesty group and is staging an action in support of the Burma Campaign in the Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon between 3.30 p.m. and 6.0 p.m. on Friday July 9th.They are inviting Amnesty members and the public to make origami boats, sign them with a personalised message, and float them down the River Avon.
They are particularly keen to show their support of students Khun Bedu, Khun Kawrio and Khun Dee De who were arrested for peaceful protest. As leading members of a youth group they had organised local dissidents to release balloons, launch paper boats and spray-paint walls with their peaceful political messages. For these simple acts of defiance they were sentenced to between 35 and 37 years in prison.
It would be wonderful if as many members as possible could support this action. For more information about the Burma Campaign and this event go to: www.amnesty.org.uk/stratfordonavon
On Saturday, 8 May the Stratford-upon-Avon Amnesty Group are running an event on the Fringe of the Chipping Campden Literature Festival. It will be held in the Upper Room of The Old Town Hall in Chipping Campden from 2.30-3.30 pm. Vivien Heffernan will be giving her lecture ‘Shakespeare through Artists’ Eyes’. It is an illustrated talk and includes recordings of well known actors reading extracts from the plays under discussion. Vivien lectures widely for Nadfas both in this country and abroad. From what I understand from the local group this talk comes highly recommended.
Tickets £5.00 Telephone 01789 268700 or 01608 682205
Want to know more about how AIUK works with Individuals at Risk, what the most effective ways in which local groups can help and how we make a difference? Come along to Stratford on Avon’s AGM and hear from Pete Buckenham, member of the IR team who has front-line experience.
The meeting is to be held at St Gregory’s Hall, Henley Street (almost opposite Shakespeare’s Birthplace) on April 16th. The talk will start around 8.00 p.m. and be followed by lots of time for Questions and Answers.
There is free parking behind the hall off Windsor Street.
To find out more about Amnesty International UK’s Individuals at Risk work please see www.amnesty.org.uk/iar
To find out more about Stratford Upon Avon Amnesty International group see http://stratfordonavon.amnesty.org.uk