April Update

Dear All,

I hope this email finds you well and I hope you have enjoyed some of the Easter sun we have had.

I wanted to get in touch to give you another little update on what has been happening with the Women’s Banner Group lately.

Blue Plaques

On Friday 30th March we held a hustings to debate and decide on a woman to be recognised on County Durham’s Blue Plaque Schemes.

The event ran in conjunction with Dr Sarah Marsden from Lancaster University, and her project Remembering Resistance, in which she seeks to remember and document the struggles and protests involving women from history across the UK.

As you know there is a serious lack of recognition for the achievements of women in our region, and beyond and this was set to be another step to rectify that.

It was incredible to hear about all the women who were ultimately nominated. Women who should be remembered, women you may not have but certainly should have been aware of.

The winner abolitionist and chartist Elizabeth Pease Nichol, submitted by students from Belmont School was actually located in Darlington and so not eligible for our County Durham Scheme. However we are in touch with Darlington Council to try to get a plaque there for her.

The next winner(s) were in fact a 3 way tie and so we have submitted applications for all three:

The 17,000 “Aycliffe Angels” who worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory during the war; decorated war nurse Kate Maxey; Bella Lawson (the founder and organiser of one of the first child welfare clinics in the County)

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17540505.campaigners-debate-who-should-be-the-first-woman-honoured-by-a-blue-plaque-in-county-durham/

Remembering Resistance

https://www.rememberingresistance.com/

School Workshops

We are proud to announce our school workshops will be going ahead very soon. Emma Shankland of Durham Bannermakers along with the help of some of our members have put together an extremely interesting and exciting workshop to deliver around selected schools in County Durham entitled “Let Them Be Heard”, aimed at encouraging young people to debate and to be involved in shaping their own futures.

Thank you to all those who have worked so hard on this project and who are giving up their time, enthusiasm and expertise to deliver such an important message to our young people.Film Screening

Amber films are holding an event at the Side Cinema in Newcastle which will showcase our film alongside another of their fantastic pieces of work, Entitled Women on the Move the event looks set to be an emotional, heart-warming and empowering session. Please see the link below for further information and do get along if you are able.Facebook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/2123414814445814/

Ticket link

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/of-whole-heart-cometh-hope-cant-beat-it-alone-tickets-59836861664?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listingYour Ideas

The Women’s Banner Group is only possible because of the interest you have all shown. Please continue to support each other and do get in touch if there are any ideas or projects you would like us to become involved in or help out with, we are here to support each other and I look forward to working with you in the near future.

Huge thanks

Laura xx

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