Step by step, a military presence is entering schools across Britain. This is part of a conscious strategy to increase support for the armed forces in the wake of unpopular wars. Quakers in Britain have produced The Unseen March, a short film to start a public debate about the militarisation of education.
Made by award-winning Speak-it films (Black Gold, When China Met Africa), The Unseen March includes candid voices from the worlds of politics, education and entertainment. Perhaps the most powerful message comes from Ben Griffin, a former soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK. Ben says, “We’re told that ‘military ethos’ is about teamwork, discipline and duty. In reality it’s about obeying orders without question, removing the barrier to kill and creating a sense of loyalty to an institution, usually through the formation of a gang mentality”.
Watch the film here.
Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture 2015
ROWAN WILLIAMS will speak on ‘Conflict, Peace and Justice’
Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was formerly Archbishop of Canterbury.
Wednesday 9 December, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 7.30, tickets from the Assembly Rooms, £12.00, concessions £10.00, students £5.00
Ben Griffin will talk about ‘The making of a British soldier’ on Thursday 8 October 2015.
Ben is a former professional soldier who served with the Parachute Regiment and SAS in Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and he is also the founder of the campaigning organisation Veterans for Peace UK.
He will be talking at Ludlow Assembly Rooms (Oscars), at 7.45. Tickets from the Assembly Rooms, £7.00, concessions £5, students £5.
Sunday 21 June will be BEE-FRIENDLY Day at Ludlow Meeting House. From 12.30 there will be a demonstration hive and a real bee-keeper. You can find out about the importance of bees for pollinating crops and current threats to their welfare. Bee-friendly plants will be on sale. Activities for children include a puppet show about bees. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome!
More details here.