Monthly Archives: February 2014

Vinna Bee dates – put them in your diary

Hi Andy,I was going to send you the link to the Webs site so try this… If not here are the dates we have so far… The one in Brecon is a small pub and I plan on doing lots of songs I haven’t done for a while…They also serve food, so it will be a nice chilled evening…. Vinna

Sat. 22 March 7:00 PM Vinna Bee live @ The Shoemakers Arms, Pentre bach, Brecon. Vinna Bee live @ The Shoemakers Arms, Pentre bach, (Nr Sennybridge) Brecon. An intimate acoustic / electro show in the beautifull Brecon Beacons

Sat. 3 May 2:00 PM Vinna Bee live @ “Landed Festival” Nr. Rhayader, Powys, times to be confirmed

Sun. 4 May 7:00 PM Vinna Bee live @ Saith Seren, Wrexham + Support

Sun. 1 June 12:00 AM Vinna Bee live @ “HowTheLightGetsIn” festival, Hay on Wye, Gig 1 – Time: 11.30am Venue: The Stage at HowTheLightGetsIn site Gig 2 – Time: 3.15pm Venue: The Pavilion at the HowTheLightGetsIn site.

REMINDER re Bridgend Green Party ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 27th February 2014

This is a reminder that the Bridgend Green Party AGM is this coming Thursday. Details below.

There have been no motions or constitutional amendments submitted so item 7 on the Agenda falls off.

I very much hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday.

Best wishes,


Begin forwarded message from 02/02/14:

In its current incarnation, Bridgend Green Party is now over 3 years old. It has established itself as arguably the strongest local Green Party in Wales in this time.
However, it now finds itself at a vital point in its development. The founding members have done a great job in building a viable and effective local party – but unless other members get more involved and become prepared to take over the reigns, Bridgend Green Party may fade away.This would be an awful shame. So please come along to the AGM and see what you may be able to offer, and get out of it, if not immediately, perhaps over the next 12 months. Otherwise, next year’s AGM may prove to be the last.

Andy Chyba
(Current Chair)

7.00pm Thursday 27th February 2014 at theThe Railway PH at the bottom of Station Hill
ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)

AGM Agenda:

  • (1) Welcome, Election of chair,
  • (2) Minutes,
  • (3) Reports from officers and councillor,
  • (4) Election of officers,
  • (5) Review of year (including campaigning activity and Conference feedback),
  • (6) Report on Election campaigns and situation re target wards,
  • (7) Motions and BGP constitutional amendments (if any),
  • (8) Dates and venues for next 12 months
  • (9) A.O.B.

We run on a skeleton executive of three officers at present in order to satisfy National Party and legal requirements. We are reaching a point where we need to see different people taking on these positions if at all possible.
These consist of:

  1. Chairman – acting also as Local Party Contact (and PPERA Second Officer)
  2. Elections Officer – acting as Election Agent and Nominating Officer
  3. Treasurer

On top of this, there is a need for a Minuting Secretary (currently being done by the Elections Officer) and Blog/Website Officer (currently being done by the Chair). In an ideal world, we also need a Membership Secretary (sort of done by the Chair currently); and a Fundraising Co-ordinator.

MOTIONS and/or BGP Constitutional Amendments
If any body wants to propose any, then please do so by email or post by 20th February, so that they can can be distributed for consideration before the AGM itself. They will need proposing and seconding by full members (either at the AGM or via email/post in advance) before they can be put to a vote at the AGM.

South Wales Artists Against Fracking

It was great, and uplifting, to see so much local talent backing the anti-fracking movement in South Wales.

Yesterday’s “Vale Not For Shale” gig was effectively a one day festival that brought all the ant-fracking groups in the region together in party mood.
As such, is was a great bonding exercise and will, I am sure, build ever greater solidarity and determination to see this battle through to a successful conclusion.
Special mention to Donal Whelan, who brought together such an outstanding line up.

For those that missed out, here are a just a few of my personal favourites (I missed a few gems on door duty it seems):

Vinna Bee
“Thank you for the review of Sat and brilliant you chose Bears Under Decks with my lyrics about Capitalism, corporate etc fitting nicely with the event …Nice one Andy!” Vinna Bee

The Rumble-O’s
Megan Ambrose


Justin Lewis Preece (of Climbing Trees – nearest camera at start of this video)

This cause seems to resonate with musicians like no other. An ant-fracking summer festival has to be worth exploring.

There have been many others very prominent in the campaign in South Wales, most notably perhaps, the founder of Frack-Free Wales (and one of the Balcombe 16 – alongside Justin Lewis Preece above), Frances Jenkins. As well as teaching music, running a studio with her husband, Ben, and composing, she has appeared with various local bands:

Bronwen ‘Little Eris’ Davies has also been a prominent Frack-Free Wales supporter:

Catrin O’Neill was a key player in in the early successes of the Vales Says No! group:

And alongside Vinna Bee, the other star turn at the Fracking benefit gig at O’Callaghans was the Bones of St James:

With so much talent on our side, how can we not succeed!!!

Green Party Conference: 28 Feb – 3 March

Begin forwarded message:

From: “CONFERENCE” <conference>

Subject: Green Party Conference: 28 Feb – 3 March

Date: 20 February 2014 17:45:39 GMT

To: Andy Chyba <greens>

Reply-To: “CONFERENCE” <conference>

Green Party Spring Conference 2014

Friday 28 February – Monday 3 March, St George’s Hall, Liverpool

There is still time to book! Online bookings are open until Friday 21 February, and you can also pay on the door (see website for fees).

Join us in Liverpool at the beautiful grade-1 listed St George’s Hall for a Euro-focussed spring conference in advance of May’s elections. As well as the core conference business of policy making, the programme will include training sessions for activists and fringe sessions on a variety of subjects. There will also be topical panel debates on: “NHS Privatisation”, “Austerity in Europe”, and “The Struggle for Higher Education”. Full timetable attached.

We have some great external speakers lined up, including:

George Monbiot on “Rewilding Britain”,

Satish Kumar on “Soil, Soul, Society”

Hugh Warwick on “Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs”.


For information on nearby hotels and hostels, staying with local members, and crash space, see the website.

National Express have generously offered conference goers 50% off coach travel during the conference period. To book go to and use the code GreenParty14.

Other travel information on the website.


For those who wish to find out more about the history of the building, there will be a guided tour of the venue (including its dungeons!) from 12-13.30 on Friday 28th February.
Places are limited to 25, must be booked in advance, and cost £3.50 per person.
Email Louisa.greenbaum if you would like to sign up.

Evening entertainment will include a quiz night and an open mic, and a bar with local organic real ale.


There will be a free crèche for the children of GP members. For more information and a booking form visit the website. Places must be booked in advance.

Book online at

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Green Room INVITATION 28th February

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Date: 19 February 2014 15:43:59 GMT

Please RSVP if you can.M

Margaret Minhinnick
Sustainable Wales Cymru Gynhaliol

way to my mother.pdf

4/5 James St.
CF36 3BG
01656 783962


Sustainable Wales is an environmental charity. Committed to sustainable development, we focus on society, economy, jobs, creativity and the arts and their inter-connection with the natural world.

Vale’s Not For Shale – Concert Line Up Announcement

Begin forwarded message:

From: Llantrithyd ‘Villagers Against Drilling’

Subject: Vale’s Not For Shale – Concert Line Up Announcement

Date: 18 February 2014 14:35:09 GMT

The concert is almost upon us!

Saturday 22nd February 2014

Cowbridge Town Hall

Line up:

2.00 pm Nancy Ackroyd
3.00 pm The Lunarcyclist
4.00 pm Vinna Bee
5.00 pm Climbing Trees
6.00 pm Colum Regan Music
7.00 pm The Rumble-O’s
8.00 pm Cian Ciarán
9.00 pm Trwbador
10.00 pm The Earth

Tickets £10 on the door or from

Looking forward to seeing you there!

A petition started by Llantrithyd ‘Villagers Against Drilling’ on “Evan Williams and W Philip Thomas, landowners at Llantrithyd: Don’t allow your agricultural land to be used for test drilling for gas.” does not endorse contents of this message.

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Green Party Spring Conference 2014

Begin forwarded message:

From: Louisa Greenbaum <louisa.greenbaum>

Subject: Green Party Spring Conference 2014

Date: 11 February 2014 18:02:41 GMT

Dear All,

I am now attaching the full timetable and the final agenda for Spring conference. I would be really grateful if you could pass this on to your local members if possible. As well as a full programme of policy making, training for activists and topical fringes, we are also pleased to have exciting guest speakers such as George Monbiot and Satish Kumar joining us.

As a reminder, the Green Party Spring Conference will be held at St George’s Hall in Liverpool from Friday 28 February to Monday 3 March.

· Bookings can be made online via the website. Early bird booking deadline is 14 February, but you can book up to the conference and even on the day itself.
· Free Creche
· 50% off national express coach travel for GP members
· Crash space available at £5 per night, as well as £10 B&B with local members (limited places)
· Vegetarian and Vegan catering, organic real ale and cider!

Details of all this and more on the conference

Thanks and best wishes,

Louisa Greenbaum
Conferences Co-ordinator
The Green Party
Tel. 01273 888 360

Spring Conference 2014
28 Feb – 3 Mar, St George’s Hall, Liverpool

Spring 2014_full_timetable.pdf

Final Agenda Spring Conference 2014.pdf