We thank everyone who travelled to join over 100,000 others at the much-needed and inspiring Unite for Europe march in London. We loved meeting everyone from Somerset – both on the coach, wonderfully organised by Frome Labour for Europe, and those who found our banner during the day. We cannot imagine a more positive and appropriate way to celebrate of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
We have put together a photo gallery of a few of the images from the march. If you would like to add your photographs to the gallery then please email them to us.
On Wednesday 29 March 2017, Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – the single most destructive political act of almost all of our lifetimes. If we believe that the future of both Britain and Europe will be better (more peaceful and prosperous) standing together, then the people of Somerset must be brave enough to say so! We warmly invite everyone who has already discovered Somerset LOVEs Europe to encourage all of your pro-European Somerset friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to join us here.
The Unite for Europe March is going ahead as planned!
This is a statement from Britain for Europe…
“As you will already have heard, the march organisers have confirmed with the police that it can and will go ahead. Britain for Europe remains committed to the march because we believe the importance of continuing with planned activities following the vicious attack in Westminster and the commitment of so many people to the march outweighs other considerations. We have asked the organisers to observe a one minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives, and all those who have suffered injuries both physical and psychological.”
The email issued by European Movement yesterday was poorly worded, as it may have insinuated that the march was cancelled, this was never the case. They have since clarified with a further email.
We would encourage all of our members to join in with the minutes silence. Another idea that has gained popularity on social media is to bring a flower to lay down in remembrance of the events of earlier in the week. Whilst there are a lot of merits to this idea, please do restrict it to one flower and not bunches. The practicalities of this happening on a large march remain to be seen.
There are a few coach tickets still available departing from Frome Station at 7:30 am.
We know its short notice, but if you would like to join us please email us a matter of urgency.
We have a pre-march meeting point in London, at Wellington Arch in the middle of the Hyde Park Corner junction, for those on our coach and those travelling by other means to meet up.
The nearest tube station to our meeting point at Wellington Arch is Hyde Park Corner.
Departure time for the coach from London will be 6:00 pm.
The departure point will be decided by the coach driver on the day depending on the conditions.
We look forward to seeing you on the march.
Are you going to the Unite for Europe march in London on Saturday the 25th of March? If so, please join us and others from Somerset. We are meeting at the Wellington Arch (W1J 7JZ) between 10 and 10:30. If you would like to get in touch, prior to Saturday, just drop us an email. There is also a coach leaving Frome railway station at 7:30am.
Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe. The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens. For 60 years Europe has had a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. On the anniversary, 25th March, lets celebrate 60 years of peace, the achievements of the EU and also send a message that we wish to remain EU citizens.
Frome’s Labour for Europe are organising coaches to the Unite For Europe march happening on Saturday the 25th March. Please get in contact with them to book your seat.
During the 1970s, and into the 1980s, many of our beaches were highly polluted as raw sewage was pumped directly into our seas. EU directives (Bathing Water Directives 1976 and 2006) have ensured that water and waste companies have had to implement major improvements. Today 91% of the UK’s designated bathing waters are considered good or excellent. This has been wonderful for coastal tourism and also for marine wildlife.
To celebrate the effect of these EU directives Somerset LOVE’s Europe will be creating a work of art on one of Somerset’s stunning beaches. Please get in contact if you would like to help us with this art work.
Calling Somerset’s wondeful EU nationals – would you be interested to share your story with #FaceToFaceWithEU?
If so, please get in contact using the form on the about page.
On Friday the 20th January, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, residents of Somerset and beyond gathered on the Packhorse Bridge in Bruton.
The reasons for coming together were diverse but the simple message was one of hope: Let us build Bridges not Walls.
We came to express their concerns about the recent events in American politics. Many of us came to show support for remaining in the European Union, or the importance of protecting our planet. Some came to support minority groups, such as refugees, or to show the need to reduce conflict and division in the world. What is clear is that we all came together to send a message of solidarity, cooperation, peace and hope around the globe. We are all citizens of the same planet and need to work together for both present and future generations.
Our message to the American people (the majority did not vote for Donald Trump) is that you are not alone.
Many thanks to those who braved the cold to join us. Thanks to our photographer. Thanks to those that sent us messages of support but were unable to attend. A massive thanks to Bridges not Walls for their support (take a look at their website to see many inspiring bridges throughout the UK).
There are many events that are happening throughout this weekend including the Women’s March in London and many throughout the globe. There is Hope.
“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, cooperation, peace, kindness and especially love.” – Martin Luther King.
Please join us to show solidarity with all citizens of the world and to stand up to those that propagate lies, hatred and division.
On the 20th on January, at 4pm, we will join the Bridges Not Walls movement and display our banner on the Packhorse Bridge in Bruton. Please come along, bring your friends and family, and extend the hand of friendship to those within our community and beyond.
If you cannot join us in Bruton there are many other events throughout the UK (including one in Taunton). There are also many beautiful bridges so why not create your own banner and join the movement.
We hope you will be able to join us at The Castle in Bruton this Wednesday, 21st, at 7.30 pm. We are planning a relaxed get-together to discuss some great ideas for the new year.
Please join us in our campaign by writing to your MP (more information here) to tell them that we believe the UK’s interests are best served by staying in the EU. Please also sign the petition asking the Government to share the plans for Brexit.
If we don’t see you on Wednesday night we wish you a very happy Christmas and new year.
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These intriguing signs were spotted in Bruton, Somerset this morning.
The words “I am not the people. You are not my enemy. Judge freely” have been scrawled across a copy of the Daily Mail’s “Enemies of the People” article. It is ‘signed’ by ‘The Minority’. The Daily Mail’s newspaper article was controversially published after the High Court Judges ruled that our democratically elected MPs should have a say in the Brexit process. For a newspaper to declare that the Judges, who are simply ruling on a question of Law, are our enemies is extremely concerning. It is also unjustifiable; the judges simply ruled that legally Parliament should vote before triggering Article 50 as once enacted our rights are reduced. In no way did the judges attempt to influence how parliament should vote. Such newspaper articles are written to intimidate and also incite hatred and as such we support the campaigns of Stop Funding Hate.
We would love to hear from you if you know anything about these signs. How long have they been up? Who put them up? Who is/are ‘The Minority’? Are the signs only in Bruton or in other Towns/Cities? If you do see any other signs (or similar) then please send us a photo (contact on the about page).