Healthcare for all! - Stroud Against the Cut's NHS weekend
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Healthcare for all!
A weekend of talks, workshops, comedy, film and music

We are writing to invite you to our special NHS weekend of events from Friday 17th-Sunday 19th June. We have an exciting programme with something for everyone: debate, film, art, talks, workshops, music and comedy. More details are below.

We would welcome help leafletting about the event - and will be in Stroud town centre every Saturday before the event from 10.30-12noon - meet outside Nationwide on Kings St (you can also help us share details on Facebook and twitter).

Would any of you like to dress up to get in the spirit? We'd like a few people to wear fancy dress in 1948-style - perhaps as medical professionals, perhaps as members of the public calling for or welcoming the new National Health Service. Email us on if you'd be interested in this and we can put a small group in touch.

You are also welcome to join us at our next regular meeting on Monday 6th June to help with organisational arrangements.
Ahead of the anniversary of the founding of the NHS on July 5th 1948, we've organised a weekend of events on the theme of celebrating and defending the NHS.

The main event is a day of talks, workshops and stalls, 10am-6pm on Saturday 18th - including workshops on researching privatisation, organising in health and social care workplaces and in community campaigns. There will be activities for children at the SVA, and parents will be able to leave children at the regular creche at the nearby Stroud Baptist Church on Saturday morning.

This is accompanied by a weekend-long exhibition at the Line Gallery in John St - "How Come We Didn't Know" - featuring Keep Our NHS Public member Marion Macalpine's series of photographs exploring the hidden privatisation of our NHS.

We're also screening Michael Moore's documentary comparing health systems internationally and the health insurance industry, SiCKO, on Saturday night and further entertainment comes in the form of HEARTBEAT! A night of comedy, video and music at the SVA, John St. on Friday night, and a Closing Party with the Vine Club on Saturday night.

We'll be joined by Corporate Watch, Caroline Molloy - Editor of OurNHS, and Mark - a Unison rep and member of the Protect CCHP campaign which successfully fought privatisation of children's NHS services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Other health workers and speakers will join us for a panel debate, and we'll have a keynote speech on the past, present and future of the NHS. The full timetable of the day of talks is still to be confirmed, but we will circulate it via email and on our website/ facebook nearer the time.

Attendance to all events bar the Vine Club Closing Party is free - but we will be seeking to recover costs and hope to collect donations to help us fund our NHS campaigning activity.
After the Private View for Marion Macalpine's "How Come We Didn't Know" exhibition, Stroud Against the Cuts will host a special John St Social Club event of comedy, video and music at the Stroud Valley's Artspace: Heartbeat!

The event will take the format of a chat-show presented by Joe Reeves' ELVIS, and will feature comedy from National Health Action Party activist Dr Carl Walker, Johnny Fluffypunk, and Brewhaha - Stroud's first female improvisational trio - as well as films and music selected by members of Stroud Against the Cuts and a DJ set from Stroud Global Beats.

Share Heartbeat! on Facebook and invite your friends.

One of the workshops that will form part of Saturday's event is designed for health and social care workers - to explore ways to organise at work (helpful to workers in other sectors too).

The workshop will be delivered by Mark, a Unison rep. in Bristol who is a member of the campaign to defend Community Children's Health Partnership from privatisation. The campaign won a significant victory last year (preventing Virgin Healthcare taking over the service), and health workers have been at the heart of the campaign.

Watch a video of Mark speaking about Protect CCHP at our public meeting on the NHS in February.

Marion Macalpine is a London-based photographer who combines art photography with community and political issues. We're really lucky to be able to bring her "How Come We Didn't Know" exhibition of twenty photographs highlighting some hidden privatisation of the NHS to Stroud.

The exhibition will be open at Line Gallery on John St on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June from 10am-5pm, and for a Private View on Friday 17th from 5-7pm.

More information on Marion Macalpine's website. Please share and invite your friends using the "How Come We Didn't Know" Facebook event.

Among the workshops at the "Saving our NHS" day on Saturday 19th June, Corporate Watch will be joining us to deliver some training on researching the privatisation of our NHS.

There is more in about the training Corporate Watch provide on their website.

Feedback from NHS campaigners has been good: "The training was brilliant – exactly what a workshop should be – explaining, questioning, discussing, being given exercises, lots of breaks, good use of power point, a real exchange of information." -
On Saturday night (7-9pm) we will host a screening of Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, SiCKO. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The movie compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba.

Invite friends to SiCKO and share on Facebook

Watch the Offical Trailer for Sicko
To let our hair down after a day of workshops, talks, debate and film, The Vine Club present their usual 'Killer Vinyl All Night' for a Closing Party with a 'Doctors & Nurses' theme. Tickets will be £7 on the door, and £6 in advance from the SVA.

Join us at our next organising meeting

Stroud Against the Cuts' monthly organising meeting will be held on Monday 6th June, 7-9pm at The Exchange, Brick Row. We will be mostly focused on organising our weekend of workshops, talks, art and entertainment on the NHS from 17th-19th June at SVA. Anyone wanting to help is welcome to attend - contact James Beecher via 07734 058789 for further information.
Email us to volunteer help or if you would like a copy of the minutes from the previous SATC meeting.
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Thursday 2nd June, 7.30pm - EU Debate at Stroud Sub Rooms
Chaired by Stroud News and Journal editor Michael Purton, and featuring Neil Carmichael (Conservative), Sarah Lunnon (Green Party), Roger Helmer (UKIP) and Simon Richards (the Freedom Association).

Monday 6th June, 7-9pm - SATC meeting at The Exchange, Brick Row, Stroud. All welcome to help coordinate action to oppose cuts and privatisation.

Stroud Radical Reading Group will meet in June to discuss Dawn Foster's 'Lean Out'. If you would like to attend, and/or be added to their mailing list or have any questions then send an email to .

17th-19th June - Celebrating and Defending our NHS
A weekend of stalls, workshops and more from Stroud Against the Cuts and friends at Stroud Valleys Artspace, John St.
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