Memories of Basecamp 2014

A Victorian Gothic mansion. Yurts, tents, gazebos and a stately marquee. A bee-friendly garden, a Celtic round-house, glorious trees. Walks on the fells, campaign workshops, conversations, dancing, singing, lantern-making, bonfires. Hearing stories, making friends.

All this and more at Basecamp 2014, Friends of the Earth’s grassroots get-together in Castleton, Derbyshire.

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The scene was set at the imposing Victorian Youth Hostel in Castleton, Derbyshire.  

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Stories from people fighting for justice. Heart-warming, emotional, funny. A great way to kick off Basecamp.   

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Meanwhile... the kids raced into a weekend of activities including building camps in the woods.

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Manchester Friends of the Earth picking up the award for Group of the Year Earthmovers Awards.

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The weather was kind, as evening festivities commenced.

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"What 4" an a cappella quartet started the evening's acoustic entertainment. 

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Behla Hutchinson and Emma Coleman enchanted us with folk music. 

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Catherine Howarth, Executive Director of ShareAction, challenged us to take on the might of the financial sector in the John Preedy Memorial Lecture on Saturday morning. 

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While the kids enjoyed storytelling time.

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It was tough deciding which workshops to attend. Some learnt to swing dance. 

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While the fracking workshop was packed out.

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And others helped plant a Bee World in the grounds.

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The kids got stuck into making props for our new Run on Sun campaign.

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Tea time was a chance to relax and catch up with old friends and new.

At the Sunday morning Year in Action we celebrated campaigning stories from around the network...

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The Year in Action was brought to life by artists.

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It was truly inspirational.  

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The grand finale commenced. A monstrous fracking beast descends on the crowd... 

 

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But the crowd stood their ground...

 

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And were ably assisted by children dispelling the monster with the power of renewable energy. 

  

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And let's not forget the human turbine... 

 

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Thanks to everyone for a wonderful weekend. Here's to Basecamp 2015.

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