We are going to have the best day!!
You don’t have to knitted anything at all to come along to AWE on 9th August – simply being there will be a fantastic contribution!
Coaches are coming from all over the U.K. See the page “Coach Information” on this website for details. Or get a group of friends together and hire a minibus, car share etc.
Public transport: CND will be arranging shuttle buses from Mortimer train station. If you are booked on or are planning to take a particular train please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can guarantee we’ll pick you up!
Coming by Car: For people wishing to drive to the demonstration, there is limited parking around AWE. There are country lanes that have no parking restrictions (please park as safely as you can) and each Milestone will have a small amount of parking. Another option is to park at the services between junctions 11 & 12 and walk across the bridge to The Mearings entrance to AWE Burghfield – this is the last Milestone of the scarf route. There is a map here if you are coming by car. You do need to know though that the Service Station charges £12. I don’t think that there are hundreds of people coming by car, and at this stage (Wed) I am reasonably confident that you will find parking on the lanes nearby the route, particularly at the beginning of the route. Red and Rainbow Burghfield milestones are trickier.
When you arrive at the demonstration, you will be directed to colour-coded milestones based on their region or affiliation. Take a look below for an idea of where to go on the day, and locate your milestone on the map here. It is completely up to you which Milestone you choose to go to – visit several if you are feeling energetic! Each will have its own unique atmosphere!!
- Rainbow AWE Aldermaston: South-West, Bristol, Stroud
- Purple: Berkshire, Hampshire and South England
- Blue: Scotland and North-east England
- Green: Greens and Women (with Green CND, Green Women and Women in Black/WILPF)
- Yellow: Wales and bordering counties
- Orange: Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside
- Red: Faith Groups
- Rainbow AWE Burghfield: London, East Anglia and South-East
Have you already agreed to help out by managing one of the milestones? Download your first briefing about what will be needed on the day here: Briefing #1 for Milestone Coordinators and Contacts
Timings for the day:
08:00 Milestone Co-ordinators arrive and set up
10:00 People begin to arrive and check in at their milestones, lay out scarf pinwheels, join pinwheels together, enjoy the buzz, sing, chat, eat cake, take part in the film being made, pictures being taken soak up the vibe!
13:00 We are all joined! We are One at One! Big cheering – bells are passed along the length of the scarf, much whooping and feeling very pleased with ourselves!! A few minutes of quiet reflection for Nagasaki Day.
13.30 We begin to unjoin, and roll the scarf pinwheels back up, carefully removing bits of grass and leaves!
14:00 We assemble back at our milestones and tell tales of our daring achievement (and laugh at the things that went a bit crazy-wrong, because they will). Time for celebration, music, speeches, quiet reflection, drumming, partying, whatever we fancy. Oh and cake, surely?
15:00 Approx. - time to pack up, get back on our coaches, remembering to take pinwheels of scarf with us, for the next job of blanket making – many hands make light work (and will keep Jaine sane)
I have my piece of scarf that I will be bringing on the day. Is that O.K
Absolutely, you fab knitter – bring it along and we will join it in to the rest of the scarf. There will be plenty of time, and we will have needles, thread and scissors
I don’t know which milestone to go to?
You are welcome at any of the milestones – and to visit several if you would like. Pick one and go to the set up table there, and they can direct you. I (Jaine, pink hair, can’t miss me) will be beginning the day at the Rainbow Aldermaston Milestone – there will be lots of people there to help you
I’m worried that its a long day and I might not be able to stand for hours on end!
Honestly, not a problem! There will be lovely spaces created at each of the milestones, where you can put out a camping chair and relax if you need to. Infact, a small folding chair is a good option if you will have problems standing for a long time – or something to sit on. Much of the scarf route is along lanes. We will be rolling the scarf out between 10am and 1pm – so a maximum of 3 hours. Bring food to keep you going! It’s a day where anything can happen – it will hopefully be relaxed and fun and something that we create together – so look after your needs and ask for help – there will be lovely people there I’m sure!
What else should I bring?
Dress for a day out in the great British weather – check forecasts – waterproofs, sunscreen, something to sit on. Bring instruments, bells, your voices, face painting, homemade banners or placards. Also bring a packed lunch, and there may be some hanging about, so knitting!, a book, something to entertain kids if they are coming too.
Kids! Is that O.K?
Absolutely, this is going to be a fun, curious and family friendly day. But we also want you to know that the route is along a road, with pathways, and areas off of the road to congregate in, but a road nevertheless, so we really need kids to be safe. There will be areas at each Milestone where they can be safe, but we need you to keep your beady eyes on them!! Check with the Milestone Co-ordinators (CND can give you contact details of these fab people) to see what entertainment there is – for example, we will have facepainting and hopefully stories at the Rainbow Milestone. Create your own fun too!