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Don't miss the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations starting next week !
SATC Newsletter 2018/11

All the info you need about our NHS 70 Stroud events: nhs70stroud.wordpress.com
In this email newsletter:
  1. Book your tickets now: Coach to London NHS demonstration - 30th June
  2. Don't miss! NHS funding exhbition - Monday 25th - Saturday 30th June, including:
  3. Helen Mercer from The People vs PFI and more special guests at Exhbition Opening Night, Monday 25th June 6-8pm
  4. We need your help! We're raising money for our celebrations of 70 years of the NHS and need volunteers too: nhs70stroud@gmail.com / 07717 491587

1. BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW: #OurNHS70 Celebration and Demonstration in London - 30th June

As part of the NHS70Stroud events, we are organising local transport to the national NHS demonstration and celebration in London: NHS at 70: Free, for all, forever, next Saturday 30th June.

This will be the biggest NHS demonstration ever, and comes at a time not only of celebration but desperation regarding the future of the service. We need to make a clear show that we value our NHS and will fight to defend it!

Coaches will leave from Stroud Bus Station on Merrywalks, at 9am at the latest and returning no later than 9pm. Please reserve a seat as soon as possible, we will be deciding to take a smaller coach on Monday if we do not book enough tickets before then.

We have a limited number of tickets available free, and you can make a donations to help us cover the cost of the coach on the day. If you can afford it, please purchase a 'solidarity' tickets for £20 as this will help as calculate whether we can afford to run a larger coach. Tickets are £5 for 16-and-under,. Contact us if you have any questions. We are hoping to organise a pick-up in Gloucester as well as Stroud if there is the demand.

Tell your friends to reserve their seat on the coach by sharing the following link: tinyurl.com/ournhs70coachstroud

PLEASE BOOK YOUR SEAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Our friends in the HOLD - Hands Off Lydney and Dilke hospitals campaign he HOLD Campaign are considering booking a coach - planning to pick up in Lydney, Coleford, Cinderford and Gloucester. If leaving from one of those locations would be easier for you, drop them an email via: hold@writeme.com so they can get an idea of numbers.
Book your ticket on the coach now: tinyurl.com/ournhs70coachstroud
NHS exhibition poster - all text in email/webpage

2. Don't Miss - NHS Funding exhbition and launch night with PFI expert Helen Mercer


As part of Keep Gloucestershire NHS Public's 70 years of our NHS! #NHS70Strouds, we will host a photographic exhibition aimed at raising awareness and understanding of NHS Funding - Past, Present and Future. The exhbition will be open 11am - 5pm daily from Monday 25th - Saturday 30th June.

The exhibition will include some historic images, and responses to our call to artists to illustrate one of seven quotes from Aneurin Bevan, but focus on a photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine: "How Come We're Still Paying For This?" about "Private Finance Initiatives", or PFI.

At our opening night on Monday 25th June, 6-9pm, PFI expert Helen Mercer will speak (6.30pm) on how we can solve the PFI problem and save our NHS. Helen is a former Senior Lecturer in Economics at Greenwich University, and a founder member of The People vs PFI. We will also be joined by other special guests including music from the Stroud Maternity Matters campaign (John Dougherty) and local historian Stuart Butler with a personal piece.

The exhibition illustrates the range of PFI deals across different sectors and throughout the UK, including schools, health, roads, prisons, housing and refuse into power schemes. It provides an overview of the extent to which PFI contracts have swallowed up public funds and channelled money into corporate coffers.

Feedback on the exhibition from display at the TUC head offices in September/October 2017: Not to be missed!

“Brilliant, eye-opener exhibition!”

“Superb gallery show. Very clear and hard hitting.”

“Super exhibition on PFI and what it represents for the vast majority of peoples in Britain and elsewhere in the world. It’s Robin Hood in reverse – steal from the public to give to the super-rich.”

“As people that knew nothing about PFI before we have been thoroughly shocked and educated by this exhibition. We are now heading home to do further research into our local council and to spread the word far and wide.”

“This is mind-blowing, absolutely brilliant. I had no idea how far and wide this pernicious initiative had spread. Well done!”

“Beautiful photographs and the whole exhibition clarifies this scandal: revealing, persuasive.”
Share the NHS funding exhbition details on Facebook - click here
Teaser video for our #NHS70Stroud event, thanks to Mike Bale and Atelier Stroud - where we've been making bunting.

3. We need your help!
Funding and Volunteers needed
for 70 years of our NHS events

If you haven't already, pick up a programme around town (or on Kings St from 10am - 1pm this Saturday 23rd June) and check out our new website: nhs70stroud.wordpress.com. If you can distribute programmes to friends, colleagues or neighbours please let us know.

We are also asking people to print out posters to put in their windows or cars - you can download a poster from our website (pdf).

If you can afford it, PLEASE DONATE via gofundme.com/nhs70Stroud.

We also need volunteers!

For our exhibition from 25th June - 1st July we need people who can sit with the exhibition for a time - we need to fill a rota to cover 11am - 5pm on each of those days. Can you help? You don't need to know anything about the NHS or PFI - though it would help if you do - we just need someone to keep an eye on the photographs, hand out information and collect donations. Email: nhs70stroud@gmail.com or call Chris Stockwell on 07717 491587

For the #OurNHS70 march in London on Saturday 30th June we need stewards who can help us ensure everyone has an enjoyable day at the demonstration and gets back to the coach safely. You don't need to have done anything similar before, we can provide you with all the information you need. Email: nhs70stroud@gmail.com or call James Beecher on 07734 058789.

For our celebration day in Lansdown Hall and Bank Gardens on 7th July we need stewards who can guide people around the event and collect donations, and other helpers. Please get in touch if you'd like to be involved - Email: nhs70stroud@gmail.com or call Chris Stockwell on 07717 491587

We also need help making bunting and with other artistic elements for the event.
Get in touch: nhs70stroud@gmail.com
DONATE to our #NHS70Stroud crowdfunder
Read: Stroud News and Journal - NHS's first baby to open 70 year celebrations in Stroud
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