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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Levellers Day 2007

We are rapidly approaching the annual Burford Levellers Day events - this year the event sounds even better than usual, with a focus on Climate Change and speakers including Green MEP Caroline Lucas, one of the greenest Campaign Group Labour MPs Alan Simpson and Tony Benn, with chairing from campaigner Mark Lynas.

9.30am to 6pm Saturday 19th May 2007. Burford. Oxfordshire.

CLIMATE CHANGE - MEETING THE CHALLENGE
(A cool policy for an overheated planet)

Speeches from ALAN SIMPSON, DR. CAROLINE LUCAS and TONY BENN
chaired by MARK LYNAS

Music from SEIZE THE DAY, REV HAMMER & PHIL JOHNSTONE, DANBERT NOBACON,
TRACEY CURTIS, OPAQUE and PILLOWFISH.

Plus - procession through Burford, stalls & information, speeches & debate, music, entertainment, history and more!


On 17 May 1649, three soldiers were executed on Oliver Cromwell’s orders in Burford churchyard, Oxfordshire. They belonged to a movement popularly known as the Levellers, with beliefs in civil rights and religious tolerance. During the Civil War, they fought on Parliament’s side, had at first seen Cromwell as a liberator, but now saw him as a dictator. They were prepared to fight against him for their ideals and he was determined to crush them. Over 300 of them were captured by Cromwell’s troops and locked up in Burford church. Three were led out into the churchyard to be shot as ringleaders.

In 1975, members of the WEA Oxford Industrial Branch went to Burford to reclaim a piece of history that seemed to be missing from the school books. They held a meeting in remembrance of the Leveller soldiers. The following year, Tony Benn came and read in the church and in each succeeding year, people have come to Burford on the Saturday nearest to 17 May, debated, held a procession, listened to music and remembered the Levellers and the importance of holding on to ideals of justice and democracy.




LEVELLERS' DAY is a non-profit making event organised by the Levellers'
Day Committee, affiliated to the WEA (Workers' Education Association) reg.
charity no. 1112775
TICKETS: Whole day £12/£8 concessions
After 1.30pm £7.50/£5 concessions
Under 14 free
Tickets are now available from www.wegottickets.com or at the door.

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