UNISON @ Tolpuddle

19 – 21 July 2024


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The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival takes place from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July.


Download a copy of our programme for the weekend

Saturday 20 July

10.00 – 10.30 Cuba solidarity visit to Cuba

Ella Peters from the UNISON SW young members’ forum will be talking about her experiences when she joined the young trade unionists’ May Day brigade delegation to Cuba, meeting ordinary Cubans in their workplaces, communities, and trade unions.

Find out more: unsn.uk/Cuba

10.45 – 11.15 Introduction to UNISON’s year of LGBT+ workers

Dariénne Flemington from UNISON SW LGBT+ member’s group will open the UNIZONE.

11.30 – 12.30 Trans ally workshop

Micheál Duffy from UNISON SW LGBT+ members’ group will facilitate this shortened version of the UNISON trans ally training course: learn how you can support your trans colleagues.

Find out more: unsn.uk/trans-ally

12.45 – 13.45 LGBT+ quiz & panel

Dariénne Flemington and Paul Windsor from the UNISON SW LGBT+ members’ group will host an entertaining & informative quiz followed by a lively panel discussion.

14.00 – 14.30 Performance – Bertram: that Geezabird – gender non-conforming hip-hop poetry, spreading joy and understanding and looking real cute doing it.

Take a look at Bertram’s instagram: www.instagram.com/bertramthatgeezabird

Or listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/5iWtwkzhNRvKI6BZOqYjbO

14.45 – 15.45 Bin-painting and placard-making workshop

Roberta Wakefield from UNISON SW LGBT+ members’ group will lead this fun and practical workshop: make your own banner to carry on the march on Sunday.

16.00 – 17.00 Performance – Frazer Aze is a young, queer, singer/songwriter from the South West and will be joined by his band mate Yuri on guitar.

Take a look at Frazer’s instagram:

Or listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/1X2GSmj1JWuCZe3hh2TcIo

The UNISON marquee will be open throughout the weekend for you to drop in and find out more about us, our current campaigns, and grab some goodies (donations to our welfare charity “there for you” encouraged in exchange).

Sunday 21 July

We will be joined on the march by the Bristol Sambistas samba band, so come and dance through the village with the UNISON bloc.

Take a look at their instagram: www.instagram.com/sambistas_bristol