The place to discuss our ethos, aims, ambitions, campaigns, initiatives, events, membership ideas, editorial policy and how we develop the site.
Pete Lawrence, Rowena Harte, Colin Consterdine, Josie Kemp, Rebecca Dennitt, David Owen, Sharon Prendergast, Paul Hiatt, Jan Trembecki, Ruth Wallsgrove, Meryl Van Spall, Nadia Chambers, Mark Robbins, Pete Blunt, Suzi Glantz, Sandra Ashford
Other things going on
Pete B – Braunston – worked on putting together CC 001 August 2016. Did Braunston festival event with Pete 2011
Paul – at school with Pete – Radford Semele – water engineer. I don’t say I am particularly political, 16 year old son now interested post Brexit and Trump.
Jan – new to this. Want to be involved in something going on
Mark – went to CC 001, having heard of it via social media – marvellous. Farming now.
Ruth – also grew up in Leamington
Meryl – also knew Pete as teenagers. Not an activist but wants to do what I can
Nadia – Portsmouth, recently retired from Health Service, stumbled across CC via a friend; did a thinkshop at CC 001. CC floats my boat, thinking about what it can do – limitless potential
Colin – musician, working for youth charity creative director of multimedia suite. Love CC. Love writing for CC – currently writing an article on work-life balance.
Rowena – involved via CC, primary school teacher. Lovely to get fresh ideas, and want to give something back.
Josie – art and design all my life, met Pete via Bellowhead. Was very active, now a bit of an activist in my own head these days. I get very angry eg about Monsanto, Microsoft.
Suzi - retired music promoter, grandmother. Can’t remember how I found out about CC. Very active in 1960s, one of the first members of FoE. Totally appeals to me – alternative way of being in the world. A rebel all my life
Rebecca – "been a rebel all my life too!" Freelance musician/ music educator / working for community musicians, creating communities, empowering. Four children 20s – 7, all on autistic spectrum, so a lot of time investigating how to come to terms with diverse family communities. How we construct events for all of us. I’ve been waiting for something like CC for a long time. I care so much for communities, I’m a better person when I’m with other like-minded people. Folk Against Fascism.
David – originally Leeds, went into advertising (the SAS of capitalism) – love/ hate. In a rock and roll band in 20s, crashed and burnt in NYC, went to art college, mainly work as an artist. A lot of work in the folk community; criminal justice. Still do music. Very much in favour of direct action. Don’t wait for permission!
Sharon – least activist/ most conventional person… Trained, got a job, still in that job. However, my aunt was at Greenham Common, still a rebel at 92. Come from a family of nurses – just found out we’re descended from F Nightingale. Took my family to CC 001. Political scene is not meeting needs now. I will defend the NHS with my dying breathe.
Pete L – Big Chill made me realise the power of communities, including a web forum (around turn of millennium). Firestarter, potential to grow in different ways..don’t know where it will go as everyone takes it where they want.
Pete L: moving on from last year. At Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, North Wales (August 4-6) Arrival on site Thursday - Sunday evening. Four areas this time – four campfires, each a centre for activity. Central, and 3 Guild-focused (Creative, Leisure, Tools for Life). A bit more open space, as Brian Eno suggested. Relaxed entertainment around central campfire, more acoustic (like Sam Lee/ Unamplifier event).
Other comments :
Food and drink
Pete B – can’t cater for everyone inside fully – have to go for a happy medium. Go for some shelter.
Pete B – have an aerial plan. Off main road, carpark and farm shop; dedicated carpark for CC; camper van space, old cricket field with pavilion, flat camping with fence to denote; other side is the main event, with dips, nooks and crannies, big space to left that we could spread into. Toilets and water – looking into compost toilets on site?
What we still need to discuss here on 002
Ticket sales – maximum £38,000 ex VAT, including camping/ camper vans, not including bar/ food sales
Costs? – could potentially be a lot more. Allowing for PA, generators – need to add in security costs,
PB : Need around 30 stewards this time.
Comment on outline timetable. Main central area – start and end there each day. Some not gathering/ session, eg exhibitions.
Volunteers to set up projects:
Friday and Saturday night entertainment? How many performers do we need? – Unamplified ideas. Start 8pm instead of 6pm.
Safeguarding policy – a good idea.
Still to address –
Page/ flyer with photos (James Rock), minimal details at this point. Print run too, Can hand them out to the right people. First stab at tickets is via site shortly, so ask likely people if they are interested in the site. Someone to oversee ticketing? (Cathryn involvement + assistant/s tbc?)
Steering group: Pete L, Pete B, Colin, Rebecca,
Admin team: Josie, Rebecca, Ruth, Sharon; ask Cathryn re structure / involvement
Hospitality for participants (artists, speakers) and artist liaison: Suzi to lead, Jan, Colin, Nadia
Look at how to use Beacons – Pete, Ruth.. can set up new Projects / Beacons for these working groups (see footer of these minutes). Pete , Ruth, Colin will liase
How to progress content: post in CC002.UK forum thread https://campfireconvention.uk/forum/campfire-community/campfire-events/c... if you can’t think of anywhere else, better to set up a project to propose specific event. Draft timetable is in https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/happenings/campfire-convention-002uk-save-date
When to launch? Sponsorship; one speech before CC?
Steering group : David, Nadia, Suzi, Colin, Rebecca, Mark, Ruth, Adrian all interested to discuss.
Promote the Eno / ideas initiative on the road
Shortlist ideas and get them to do short presentation at CC002, everyone votes with their bodies.
Discussion about people wanting others not to take their ideas… warn them that’s not what this is for.
You are Entering Intellectual Commons zone – any idea expressed here can be taken up by anyone here. Present your ideas as courageously as you dare!
Big Chill reunion would be backward looking for PL though fun…. Trick would be to combine the two elements successfully as social and constructive sessions. Would need team to put together content and also admin team (at hotel?) idea for an event, around 300 people max, but could work for considerably smaller too. Pete can look at potential venue, last week in September (still good weather then), probably Paros (via Mykonos flight / Athens at that time of year probably easiest.) Pete will do a bit of initial work on it. It would be a hotel – if by the beach….
Represented here: Whitby, Portsmouth, Braunston, Shipston on Stour, Milton Keynes, West Wales, Worcestershire, Northampton, Banbury, near Wellingborough, and Leamington itself
Nurse, social media, freelance event producer, water engineer, farmer, retired nurse, musician, youth worker, primary school teacher, meadow maker, asset manager, artist, music educator, retired music promoter, artist, musician
CC002.UK Steering Group Project / Beacon (Colin Consterdine, Ruth Wallsgrove, Pete Blunt, Rebecca Denniff, Pete Lawrence)
MUSIC : https://campfireconvention.uk/projects/music-campfire-convention-002uk
ADMIN TEAM : To be set up Cathryn (tbc), Ruth, Josie, Sharon, (any more offers?)
PROGRAMME TEAM : https://campfireconvention.uk/projects/programme-beacon-talks-panels-thinkshops-2017 (any more offers?)
CAMPFIRE CONVERSATIONS ADMIN AND PROGRAMME SUPERVISION (any offers? This wasn’t covered at meeting)
Really useful flavour of the day, thinking it all through, thanks x