Network at Burston, 4 September .
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 24 10:47:24 BST 2011
The Burston Rebellion anniversary
Sep 4th 2011 at Burston, Norfolk
I hope as many as possible will attend.
The Burston Story.
The Book and the
The Burston story
In 1911 Two consciencious primary teachers, Kitty and her husband Tom Higdon
were dismissed from their posts at the village school because of Tom’s support for farm workers and Union activities against low wages.
The villagers and school children supported the Higsons and
boycotted the old school and started up a new school from their own meagre
resources which carried on successfully
The achievement was
only successful after the children , on
their own initiative started a strike.
The Burston event , only 100
years ago shares similarities with the better known Tolpuddle Labourers who in 1834
were harshly treated for daring to
oppose wage cuts to their already inadequate wages.
The key issue was the
exploitation of child labour , and farm
labourers, and control of society via ownership of land, then by a combination
of big farmers, the church and the magistrates extending into control
of peoples religious beliefs and interference in education etc -Now by agribusiness and multinationals monopolising land and taxing households secretly via C.A.P., huigher house prices etc
TUC and Unite etc are holding a mini ‘Tolpuddle festival’ at
Burston ,where TLIO will have a stand campaigning on CAP , near Diss Norfolk on
Sunday 4th Sept.
to support the local people , with
talks, music and banners.
The Book and the Film
BBC broadcast a film featuring Eileen Atkins . Remarkably,I found a copy of the book on Burston Rebellion
by Zamoyska – in an old bookshop in Calcutta
Even more remarkably, how I got to find out about the Sep anniversary was I found a TUC leaflet
about it in my car – either it came from
Tolpuddle or from someone I gave a lift to. (Did I hear you mention 'untidy car'?)
I hope as many as possible will make an effort to attend on
Sep 4th Its a good opportunity for other groups to network. . If two people need a lift a car will leave from London on 3rd- to camp overnight there.
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