By the time we were starting to fit out the Mill in the mid 1980’s the Dutch Elm epidemic had reached parts of Lancashire and there were stands of dead mature elms that were being cut down and burnt by woodland owners and local authorites across the north of England. Continue reading Doing Up the Mill (Part 5)
Roll up! Roll up! See a demonstration of the official government regulation way to survive a nuclear attack. Upon hearing the 3 minute warning siren. You should get your family underneath the kitchen table….. Continue reading Pendle Witches Against the Bomb
Why do people take or keep their children out of school? Mostly for three reasons: They think that raising their children is their business and not the government’s; they enjoy being with their children and helping them to learn, and don’t want to give that up to others; they want to keep them from being hurt, mentally, physically and spiritually. Continue reading What did you learn out of school today?
… The 1970’s saw a blitz of motorway building across the country with the M65 being one of the last to get permission and be built. Continue reading Stop the Motorway! (OK Slow Down the Motorway)
As we had set off for the festival a neighbour after being told where we were going remarked “Oh so you’ve become history then!” …. Continue reading Doing Up The Mill (part 4) – and the mystery of the Burnley Wood communes
It all started one evening sometime in the early 1980’s when we entertained ourselves at People In Common by playing a word game with our names. Continue reading Cathie Cross is No More
The result of our tree planting on the field at Altham was to create a very different landscape from the one that was there when we bought it. Continue reading What Do You Do with a Thousand Trees?
…This gave the network an illusive ephemeral appearance – shifting its location around the country, one moment in SW Scotland, a year later in West Wales, next year coming from an address in the Pennines, popping up a couple years later in Buckinghamshire. Continue reading A wonderful anarchic-jumble-sale-of-a-disorganisation
I didn’t completely give up performing after leaving London. More I gave up pursuing clowning as a career path and my skills became more a part of a toolkit for entertaining ourselves at People in Common and for livening up political activism. Continue reading Enjoy spontaneous creative splurges
…one of the things that had attracted me to the group was the chance to sort of try out being a parent; to be allowed to build a relationship with some kids that was more meaningful than just kicking a ball about or reading them a story now and again. Continue reading Your Children are Not Your Children