Leanne Jones, Labour Link Officer – Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Labour Link Forum

Dear Members

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival takes place this year 19-21 July.  It is a weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village.

There is no entrance charge on the Sunday apart from £10 parking fee and bucket collection. The procession takes place from 2 pm, the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village during the annual rally is a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place. The Procession marches to the Methodist Chapel at the eastern end of the village, turns around and comes back.
Full details of the history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Festival can be found via: https://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/

Southampton District UNISON is delighted to be running a free coach trip for all members to this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, non-members are also welcome, only £5. The coach will be picking up passengers from the Cenotaph at 8.30 am.  Booking is essential, to reserve your space, or to ask for more details please email p.young@unison.co.uk

As your Labour Link officer I will attend the National Labour Link Forum on 4th to 6th of July, if there is anything you would like to me raise, or questions you would like answers to, then please let me know.

If you would like to contact me please get in touch at labourlinkunison@gmail.com
Kind Regards

Leanne Jones
Labour Link Officer
UNISON Hampshire Branch