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Saturday, 20-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Protest against Deportations to N. Iraq (Kurdistan)

 
 
 
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Nottingham Protest against Deportations to Northern Iraq (Kurdistan)

Desperate to reach his targets, the home secretary is abducting Iraqi asyslum seekers to detention centres for return to Iraq. This goes against UNHCR advice that "failed" asylum seekers should not be sent back to Iraq, either forceably or by inducement, because the country is unstable and dangerous. At the moment, we are not certain how many Iraqis have been lifted, but we know it is happening in Nottingham and all over the country.

There was a demonstration in Market Square on Saturday (12 to 3pm) in support of Kurdish and Iraqi people who fear deportation to Northern Iraq.

People from Iraq who have lost their claims for asylum in the UK, and who have been supported under s4 have unexpectedly been detained then they go to routinely sign at the Police Station. Last week saw
the first unannounced detentions of people living in Nottingham. The first chartered flight to Baghdad and then on to Erbil took place on 18th August.

From all the news reports from Iraq it is clear that there is no guarantee of safety. Reports from the UNHCR are stating that the decision to begin forced deportations is contrary to their recommendation that attempts to repatriate at this time are premature.

The choices for anyone expected to sign at the Police Station are stark: sign and risk detention with a view to deportation to a country which is still experiencing exceptionally high levels of
violence (see todays Independent and the daily Mirror), or to not sign and to attempt to live on borrowed time without any financial support, or any means to support families.

This is an unexpected and premature development at a time when Iraq has still not agreed a new Constitution.

Please support the people of Iraq with whom we share Community. There was a show of support in Market Square on Saturday. There will also be regular shows of support at Nottingham police Station for anyone signing on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Supporters are needed to be at the Police Station to try and establish whether there are any detentions and to monitor who is detained - hopefully with a view to supporting them after detention. Volunteers are needed each Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30 a.m., or alternatively between 12 and 2 to show solidarity.

Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk

Gathering at Point of Disappearance - Nottingham Central Police Station, corner of Shakespeare Street and North Church Street every Wednesday and Thursday 12.00pm to 2.00pm

http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk/deportation.htm


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Earlier related posting :: Nottingham 'Noisy' Demo: Rights for migrants and asylum seekers

http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/04/308207.html

A stand against racism and fortress Europe and for the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. For citizenship based on residency and the closing of all detention centres.


Friday, 19-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Forest Lodge :: A little history

 
 
 
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Forest Lodge :: A little history

On the now 'Forest Ground' in Nottingham, a race stand was constructed in 1777. The Keeper of the Forest lived in the race stand until a special house was built for him some time in the latter part of the C19. That house still stands on Mansfield Road, close to The Rock Cemetery.

A listed building, designed by Henry Moses Wood, Borough Surveyor, in 1856/57.
Trust Architect - the late John Severn.
Contractor - CR Crane and Sons Limited. Works carried out 1984/85.
Refurbishment Cost - about £26000.
Another lodge on the edge of the Forest Recreation Ground, currently unoccupied but refurbished by the Trust and owned by Nottingham City Council. Used at one time as a police station.

http://www.geocities.com/nottsbpt/projects


I have a set of books of photographs of Victorian Nottingham.

I was interested to read a diary entry from a visitor. On the 20th Feb 1857. He said the Lodge, originally build for the Racecourse Keeper, was an absurdity, built in the wrong materials and that the town council should be thoughly ashamed of themselves .... [150 years later, that's still the view of many of us].

The race course shut quite a while ago now, and they haven't used the building since. Just set on evicting people that do actually have a plan for it.


also see http://www.veggies.org.uk/news/e020426.htm to see why / who were evicted ....



Thursday, 18-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 3

 
 
 
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EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 3

Work has been going on with the project for months. But I show you in this post, the very start of the straw bale building of the walls.


We are building an "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since October, and it's time to put the walls up now!

Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.

The walls will go up this weekend! All are very welcome - everyone can help with a straw bale project, regardless of experience. All tools etc. will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn this fascinating building technique and help to create an innovative building for Ecoworks!

Ecoworks is in St.Ann's, accessed from either Ransom Road or Hungerhills Road. Transport can be arranged from the town centre.

For more details phone 07973 116291


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Contacts:

EcoWorks Allotments
Hungerhill , St Annes , Nottingham
Ph: 0115 978 0180

Office: Adrian Horsley
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FN
email: Ecoworks@gn.apc.org
phone: 0115 911 2522


also check out: St Anns Allotments Network http://www.staan.co.uk


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Earlier post about all this at:

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 1
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521573

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 2
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=526951


Wednesday, 17-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sunflowers

 
 
 
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Sunflowers.

Well a sunflower really, in the yard at the Sumac centre. There were a couple of other flower heads, but the birds eat the petals. Bastards!


Tuesday, 16-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 2

 
 
 
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EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 2

Work has been going on with the project for months. But I show you in this post, the very start of the straw bale building of the walls.

Continued from:

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521573


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We are building an "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since October, and it's time to put the walls up now!

Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.

The walls will go up this weekend! All are very welcome - everyone can help with a straw bale project, regardless of experience. All tools etc. will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn this fascinating building technique and help to create an innovative building for Ecoworks!

Ecoworks is in St.Ann's, accessed from either Ransom Road or Hungerhills Road. Transport can be arranged from the town centre.

For more details phone 07973 116291


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Contacts:

EcoWorks Allotments
Hungerhill , St Annes , Nottingham
Ph: 0115 978 0180

Office: Adrian Horsley
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FN
email: Ecoworks@gn.apc.org
phone: 0115 911 2522


also check out: St Anns Allotments Network http://www.staan.co.uk


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Earlier post about all this at: http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521573


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