LOCATION & PRACTICALITIES
Maple Farm Community Hub (Preston New Road PR4 3PE) is a space set aside for local residents and visitors who want to find out more about the resistance to the development of gasfields in the UK. The Hub with its kitchen, toilets, communal spaces and information areas, offers the ideal opportunity to interact with those who are taking action to stop the progress of the fracking industry. You can collect information sheets and leaflets, find merchandise, ask questions, share knowledge or simply pop in for a cuppa and see what unfolds.
Transport – #61 bus goes from Preston bus station via Kirkham, stops opposite the railway station and there are lots of bus stops past the Cuadrilla site, near World of Water (rear car park until 5.30pm) and Maple Farm hub where there is parking. At the moment trains to Kirkham are only on the Blackpool South line.
There are camping sites available for those wanting to stay.
APRIL 23-28 #NOFAITHINFRACKING WEEK
Every morning our No Faith in Fracking procession will leave Maple Farm at 10am to walk the mile to the gates of the Cuadrilla fracking site where our programme will begin. Most days are a mixture of different groups and faiths.
At 5.30pm we will again gather ourselves to return to Maple Farm for food and companionship before departing.
Outline of Programme
MONDAY FB event
10.00 Slow walk to the gates.
10.30 Silent vigil – Quaker led.
11.00 Tibetan Buddhist chanting & meditation led by David Midgeley from Jamyang Centre, Leeds
12.30 Lunch at gates
3.00 – 4.00pm Gratitude and Earth Care Ritual– led by Green Spirit
4.00 – 4.30pm Readings from World Faiths and Indigenous Traditions on Care of Creation
4.30- 5.00pm Song and Dance for Earth including Elm Dance
5.00 – 5.30 Quaker led silent vigil
One World day, with walking to the gates, a Quaker led silent vigil, Christian Celtic Care of Creation, readings and singing in the afternoon.
WEDNESDAY FB event
9.30 Gather at Maple Farm – Fairtrade stall
10.00 Women’s call for calm (regular walk and silence followed by songs).
10.30 “On Care for Our Common Home”: meet at Maple Farm; process to the site
11.00 Morning of offerings from the Catholic community inspired by Laudato Si and faith witness for social and climate justice.
Welcome by Sister Marian followed by hymns, prayers, readings, reflection and talks to help us deepen into the themes raised in Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si, and on the associated social justice and climate justice issues.
12.00 A personal reflection on Law, Life and Love – led by Mark Rotherham
12.30 Faith and Hope Ceremony (bring blue irises)
13.00 A blessing on the morning.
13.30 Lunch served at the gates
14.00 Guided and Walking Meditation : Community of Interbeing (Zen Buddhists)
Community of Interbeing practitioners live according to the global ethics of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Their vision is of a wiser and more compassionate society living in harmony with the earth; their practice is meditation.
14.30 Laudato Si Readings and Hymns
15.00 Talk about Climate Change and Social Justice – Stephen Garsed
15.30 Talk about practical help of Shared Interest
16.00 Prayers for justice; hands joined together; Our Father & Blessing
16.30 Final Blessing
17.00 Silent Vigil – Quaker led
17.30 No Faith in Fracking walk back to Maple Farm
10.00 Slow walk to the gates
Earth day led by Gill Kavanagh – Druid Blessing Ceremony for the Earth see info on event link below
12.30 Lunch at gates
13.00 – 14.00 Christian Celtic care of Creation and Earth care ritual
14.00 – 15.00 Angels on Earth day see Angels on Earth
15.00 Gift of gratitude to our sacred Mother Earth (small ceremony with Gill)
Silent vigil – Quaker led
Evening workshop with Christian Climate Action at Maple Farm
led by Phil Kingston, Christian Climate Action/ Grandparents for a Safer Climate. Description: Our general culture tends to respond to bad news at the level of thinking and rarely the level of emotions. This workshop will give an opportunity to share our feelings and to the human needs which they point towards. It is based upon the Nonviolent Communication of Marshall B. Rosenberg though no prior understanding of that is necessary for participation. Open to people of all faiths and none.
FRIDAY FB event
8.15 – 9.45 ‘Remembering Reconnecting and Refuelling’ workshop led by Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement – at Maple Farm
Through a variety of practices you will be invited to remember and reconnect with what moved you to engage in the action you are now taking. Sharing this with others and hearing others share their own motivations can help provide the inspiration and emotional fuel necessary for sustained action on this vital issue.
10.00 Guided meditative slow walk to gate with Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement and NFiF
11.00 ‘Earth Agape’ Liturgy led by Father Martin Newell – Christian Climate Action and Faith & Resistance Network
12.30 Lunch at Gates
13.00 ‘The Turning from Winter to Spring’ ritual – Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement
14.00 Quaker-led vigil (1hr later than usual gathering) followed by Earth and spirit poetry and readings, Songs of Hope
16.30 – 17.30 Shared Closing Circle & Sharing of Blessings – Chance to bring together all the groups Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement/ Christian Climate Network/ Faith & Resistance Network/ Quakers
Quiet presence at the gates
Maple Farm Community Hub
Wiccan Wellbeing Celebration day 10.00 – 16.00
With BELTANE FULL MOON BLESSINGS Just share our good energies for a frack-free planet!
10am Welcome! Opening circle for elemental connections
10.30 Angel oracle cards: Annie Rose will share how using angel cards helps the life journey
11.30 My journey with Ayahuasca: Seeing in the world in 3 dimensions, by Jane
12.00 Yoga practise: Simple exercises with Simone
12.30 Naturopathic nutritional therapy: Eat well with Ruth
13.00 Light lunch provided plus bring and share to Relax and chat over creative projects
14.00 Guided meditation creating the world you want to live in: Explore dragon energy connections with holistic healer Ann Singleton
15.00 Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World Joanna Macy on ways the work does itself with return to real awareness: Jewel
16.00 Closing ceremony of potentials for gratitude and appreciation