Kingston Peace Council/CND AGM
General Meeting of KPC/CND was held on 13th February at the Quaker
Meeting House, Kingston. Rosemary Addington (Chair)
presented the Annual Report and Hilary Evans (Treasurer) presented the
Financial Report. Both reports were
discussed and accepted and Carol Clisby was thanked for agreeing, at very short
notice, to examine the accounts.
The year has been dominated by Government decisions to replace
Trident and to
co-operate with the US Government by allowing Menwith
Hill to be used for the “missile defence “ programme’s guidance systems.
KPC/CND members have taken part in demonstrations against Trident
and the Iraq occupation, and a group went to Faslane
to participate in the year long Big Blockade.
Some members have supported ‘Block the Builders’ at Aldermaston. In August we held our usual Hiroshima Day
commemoration, and in September marked the UN International Day of Peace with
an event at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. This was a wonderful occasion, organised by
Mary Holmes, with excellent speakers and participants, on the theme “Sowing the Seeds of Peace’.
We hope to be able to build upon this and expand into work with schools
in the forthcoming year. In July George Farebrother spoke
to us about the campaign to return to the World Court to
try to get a clearer statement on the illegality of nuclear weapons, and in
December we heard from Claudia and Michaele about
their music teaching in Palestine.
Individual members have participated in many meetings and
conferences on various peace issues. We
have succeeded in maintaining our twice-monthly stall in Kingston market
place, thanks to Ed and Carol, and Harry and Gill have produced our excellent
monthly newsletter, with Barbara and Jean continuing to organise the
thanks to them all.
Thanks to Maggie and her helpers in organising stalls at Kingston
Green Fair, other fairs in New Malden and Sutton, and in her own garage, and to
those who have given items to sell.
This has remained fairly constant - thanks to Hilary for this and
for her work as treasurer. We were
saddened by the deaths of two of our most long-standing members and former
Chairmen – Jim Addington and Norman Smith.
Trident, Missile Defence, Iraq, Aldermaston, Peace Education…….
Election of Officers
were proposed and unanimously accepted for office:
Chair – Noel
Treasurer & Membership – Gill Hurle
Secretary – Rosemary Addington
Press/Website – Fred Ashmore
– Harry Davies, Gill Hurle, Rosemary Addington, Angela & Philip Cooper
co-ordinator – Maggie Rees
– Ed Evans