For our bi-annual New Putney Debates Festival we will be celebrating the 799th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. This is the companion charter to the Magna Carta and had greater relevance to peasants, granting access to the commons and securing land rights that last until the present day. On the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November 2016
we will be hosting a walk, exhibition and celebration of social struggles for Land Rights in song and music.
We will exhibit a timeline of the history of democracy and land rights in Britain and host a musical celebration of Land Rights: 3 Acres and a Cow, with Robin Grey. These events will take place at Fordham Gallery, moored on the Thames at Hermitage Community Moorings on Saturday.
On Sunday there will be a guided walk through central London, marking points on the journey to establish the Charter of the Forest as statute, and how this links to wider peasant struggles for access to the commons.
These events will take place alongside others, so please check this web-page for updates to the planned schedule of events.
This is prelude to a bigger celebration which we will host next year (2017) on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.
After the Occupy London
protests ended at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2012 the New Putney Debates collective continued to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates.
This examined the democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice.
The biannual The New Putney Debates
took place in accessible London locations during 2014 and 2012 . Please visit the programme pages on this website for more information on past events.
On the weekend of June 15th 2015 New Putney Debates organised an Alternative Runnymede festival with the Runnymede ecovillagers more information can be found here
To find out more about the original Putney Debates (1647) listen to this excellent radio programme.
Highlights from previous events:
in video number 2 of Basic Income, Democratising money and Social Security; Duncan McCann looks at mechanisms which control the creation of money…
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