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Stop fracking! Resistance call-out for Balcombe, July 25

Great Gas Gala | 24.07.2013 08:15 | Ecology | South Coast

A call-out has been issued to resist fracking in Sussex, as Cuadrilla moves gear on to its Balcombe site and says it will start drilling on Saturday July 27.

From the morning of Thursday (25th) people will be converging on Balcombe in Sussex for The Great Gas Gala! Come along and shield the Weald at a community-led carnival of anti-fracking revelry!

All are warmly invited to join Balcombe Village in a clear demonstration of front-line protection against those that threaten us and our environment.

You’ll be wanting to pack a party-bag in advance so you’ll be ready when the time comes. Imagine being the only one at the party without a costume. Only joking, you won’t be allowed in if you’re not in fancy dress. No that’s not true either. This is a community-led event and is open to all!

Balcombe is only a 25 minutes train-ride north of Brighton, and 39 minutes south from London. Some but not all trains on the Brighton – London line stop at Balcombe. Trains run every hour from Brighton and London Bridge and it is also possible to catch trains from London Victoria, usually changing at East Croydon. See the map page for directions to the site, which is a 5 minute walk from Balcombe Station.

There will also be free buses running. Please contact to request or offer a lift!

Things to bring:

Essential – water, food and warm/waterproof clothes, sun protection.

Recommended –
Picnics, cakes, water, tea-making facilities, warm/waterproof clothes, friends, banners, games, music, instruments, Knitting (yellow and black – gasfield free community colours!), blankets, chairs, tables, Gazebos, small tents, plastic cutlery/plates. You get the picture.

Things not to bring:

Alcohol, drugs, anything which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

Take Note!:

The Great Gas Gala! will be a clear demonstration of community protection against the threat of harm to our health and environment posed by the fracking industry. The industry is supported by the state and therefore there will almost certainly be a police-presence. Know your rights and don’t be intimidated. The Gala will be an inclusive, friendly space. We won’t be bullied.

See you at the Gala, it’ll be a gas!

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