October Update

Hello all,

I wanted to contact you today with a little update and to see how you all are!

First of all let me start by expressing my deepest regret to our WASPI members who got the news today that the Judicial Review into their pensions redress has been lost.  Your campaigning and passion have been infectious and I sincerely hope all your hard work will be recognised and some sort of justice will be forthcoming in the near future.   Anything the Women’s Banner Group can do to support you is available.

Secondly, The Big Meeting documentary in which the Women’s Banner Group feature heavily has been given critical acclaim during the first month of its distribution.  Film-maker Dan Draper has been touring the country with the film and carrying out Question & Answer sessions at the events.  I am so proud that we were able to be part of the project and that our first year has been documented so well for all to see.

I am holding a screening in Trimdon Station Community Centre on Thursday 17th October, and I would love it if some of you wonderful women could come along.  It will be a fundraiser for my local Labour Constituency and will involve Q&A with Dan, Stephen Guy (Sherburn Banner Group), Alan Mardgum (DMA General Secretary) and me.  Tickets available here:


Finally, and MOST importantly…..


We have had a sneak peek from the Durham Bannermakers and it already looks amazing.  I am so excited to be able to unveil it on International Women’s Day 2020.  Huge well done to you all for everything you have done, this banner will be one of a kind and the first dedicated to women, to you and all your hard work, to our history and our efforts over decades and our future women who will continue our fights and celebrations.

I hope to see you all again very soon.

Love and Solidarity sisters

Laura xxx

Book nominations re-opened

As many of you know, the idea for the WBG book on Inspirational Women came from our first International Women’s day event in Redhills on March 6th 2018 where we met to discuss potential nominations for the silk banner.  WBG founding member Lotte Shankland suggested as we had collected so many names that we should create a book; so that is where I am at the moment, collating all those nominations.

Speaking with Laura before the Big Meeting we decided we wanted to open the book nominations back up again as many more people have become involved in WBG since we first started this project.  We are hoping to start the publishing process later this year to have it ready for International Women’s day next year, when we will be unveiling our fabulous new silk banner.  If you missed Emily Thornberry MP talking about our book at the Big Meeting last year, click here.

Currently we have chapters on local women, national women and international women, but we would like to have a chapter on women who inspire men

If you have previously submitted a nomination, please feel free to submit another one if you wish.  We ask that in your nomination you write around 100-400 words on why your nomination inspires you, as well as providing a photograph that you have permission to use (it is possible to search on Google under images and select usage rights in the tools and look for images ‘labelled for reuse with modification’, these are all licence free).

In solidarity,


WBG Secretary & Co-Founder