Outdoor skillshare, Dipton (Durham), 26th to 1st March
1st February 2018
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Shut Your Coal Hole warmly invites you to join us in beautiful rural County Durham for a few days of skill sharing and workshops about outdoor life and resistance techniques to protect this area from a new opencast coal mine. From mass catering to foraging wild foods, from land defence to climbing trees and everything between; come and learn new skills, meet new people including locals residents and share your experiences with others.

The problem

Banks Group thinks that it is going to start the first new coal mine in the UK since the government started talking about phasing-out coal at Bradley this spring. We’ve almost run out of options to stop this mine other than direct action.

Banks Group has until the 3rd June this year to start mining at Bradley and then 27 months to extract 550,000 tonnes of coal.For more info on the history of this site see this post.

Whose coming?

Shut Your Coal Hole be joined by experienced activists from the Hambacher forest occupation, Coal Action Network, international coal campaigners and the successful Coal Action Scotland campaigns.

This skillshare will be a safe, inclusive and participatory environment for learning new, interesting and transferable skills and is open to people of all abilities and experiences. Beds available at the accommodation and inside and outside activities. The skillshare will be a creative melting pot of ideas and techniques to sustain life and resist oppression (however it manifests itself).

What to bring

sleeping bag and mat, head torch, good footwear for rough ground, warm clothes, towel, campaign materials (if you have them), your mates, passion and burning rage. There are beds but there may not be enough for everyone.

Timetable

Confirmed so far: Bradley – what’s the issue?, tree climbing, bender building, defence construction, Russian coal, navigation by day and night.

Starting at 10.30am on Monday 26th, 9.30am on Tuesday to Thursday.

There’s still slots available if you want to run a workshop, please get in touch. info@coalaction.org.uk

The skillshare will finish with an awesome gig on Wednesday 28th February and clearing up on Thursday 1st March.

Location. We will release the exact location the weekend before the camp, (so that Banks don’t try and pressure them not to host us). It will be in central Dipton and the village is not that big, so finding out at the last minute shouldn’t affect your transport plans.

Transport The nearest train station is Durham. There are regular buses from Newcastle (X70 and 6A) and Durham (16 and 16A) and we will run additional shuttle buses if needed. The nearest bus stop is Red Lion, Dipton.

There are a limited number of spaces available in a minibus between the Earth First Winter Moot in Sheffield the weekend before and the camp, with over night accommodation. It will then return to Sheffield on the 1st February by 6.30pm. You must book this, by emailing info@coalaction.org.uk

How to stay in touch

Check this page or our facebook and twitter to receive updates as they happen and feel free to contact us with any suggestions/requirements/questions you may have contact info@coalaction.org.uk