Birmingham Wildlfe Festival 21st Feb 2015

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The Vegan Organic Network crew traveled to the Birmingham Wildlfe Festival today.
We had a great day on our stall and on the march; networking and giving our information out to lots of people. There must have been over 5000 people on the demo.

The one day festival of wildlife campaigning organisations & rescues coming together to promote their causes. The event included –

60 Stalls and 4 vegan Food Vendors – open 10.00am
Stage starts – 10.45am
Speeches 11.15pm
Badger March Against The Cull commences at 1.30pm
Music 5 bands/performers through the day from 10.45am
Street performers
Digital screen showing films all day
Fieldcraft workshops 12noon (and 2.30pm if enough interest)

Sponsored by Badger Trust, League Against Cruel Sports, International Fund for Animal Welfare and other groups.

London Vegfest 27/28th September 2014

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Robert London Vegfest emailRobert, Simon, Lucy, Ranjan, John, Salim, Dan and Paul all helped on the VON stall.

10,000 visitors came to VegfestUK London at Olympia West on September 27th 28th.

Highlights included 200 stalls, 100 speakers and performers, plus entertainment from comedy, music, kids area, speed dating, stars quizzes and more!

Fancy helping out at an event?

Contact Dan: 0161 232 7807 or

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Events September-December 2014

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Blackpool Vegan Fair 13 Sep 003 email

Grow Your Own Nottingham 6th September 2014

Simon took the VON stall to Nottingham’s ‘Grow Your Own Event’, he helped to inform, educate and inspire people to grow their own using Stockfree Organic Methods.

About 600 people attended the event including Veggies catering. After the event Simon went to the Sumac centre, a Vegan social centre in Nottingham, where he shared a meal and left some Vegan Organic Materials including dvds , magazines and leaflets for people to use.

Northern Vegan Festival Winter Gardens Blackpool 13th September 2014

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Blackpool’s Winter Gardens first opened to the public on 11 July 1878 and was described as ‘”The Most Magnificent Palace of Amusement In The World” , a fitting venue for a vegan fair.Simon, Paul, Cherry, Robert and myself enjoyed a good day out, giving out free Stockfree herbal tea grown on the Isle of Arran and talking to many of the visitors (about 1000) about the vegan organic network.
25th October West Midlands Vegan Fair What an event. 3000 visitors. An increase of 1000 on 2013. Amazing. It must have been one of the biggest 1 day festivals of the year. Who knows what next year will be like! Maybe more folks.
Sat 22 November: Animal Aid South West Christmas Without Cruelty Festival .
Thanks to our helpers for keeping VON’s show on the road: Simon , Robert, Jamie, Beks, Jessica, Doug, Ric, Cherry , Paul, Abby , Lucy, Ranjan, John, Salim, Dan, Paul, Sue, Izaak, Jill and many more volunteers who have helped on the stall and with cooking, workshops and entertainment.
VON will be at the following events
Sat 29 November: Manchester and Salford Anarchist Book Fair
Sat 6 December: Compassionate Derby
Sun Decenber 7th: Animal Aid Christmas Without Cruelty, Kensington Town Hall, London

23rd December: VON’s Festive Free Fun Shindig




VON at Stop the Badger Cull Demo

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Web Demo

People from all over the country descended on Birmingham to take part in Britain’s biggest anti-badger cull demonstration.

Around 2,000 people packed into Victoria Square on Saturday (Feb 22) to take part in the Birmingham March and Rally through the streets of the city.

Many waved flags, carried placards and banners opposing the planned controversial badger culls while others even dressed up as badgers to hammer their message home.

Campaigners then walked through the city streets chanting “stop the cull” as they marched while volunteers handed out leaflets to people in the city to pass on the anti-cull message.

Amanda Callaghan, aged 47 and her mother Carol, aged 66, both from Kingstanding, said they were outraged by the decision to cull the badgers.

Amanda said: “I saw that the demonstration was taking place and I just wanted to join in and offer my support.

 “What the Government is doing is totally wrong. Badgers are lovely creatures and to see the numbers decimated in this way when there could be other options is just so terribly wrong.”

Sally Roberts travelled all the way from from Land’s End in Cornwall to take part in the march.

She said: “There needs to be a programme of vaccination rather than the culling of badgers. I am really passionate about this as are the thousands of people who have come to Birmingham today to protest about the Government’s culling plans.

“It is a pointless exercise which could lead to an increase in TB as badgers will flee and spread the disease while they do. The culls have so far cost around £4,000 per dead badger – a terrible waste of money. The time has come to stop the cull once and for all.”

Speaking from a constructed stage Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming said: “While I do have every sympathy for farmers culling badgers it is not the solution. Instead of culling badgers we need to look at a badger TB vaccination programme.”

The first badger cull in 15 years began in South West England in September which means that around 5,000 badgers will be shot in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Farmers say a cull reduces the spread of TB in cattle but protesters say it is “inhumane and ineffective”.

An online petition against culling has gathered 300,000 signatures and former Queen guitarist Brian May led a 1,000-strong march through London to hand the petition in to Downing Street.

The disease has seen more than 300,000 cattle slaughtered in the UK over the past decade.

Anti-cull protesters say the disease would be better controlled with stronger biosecurity measures to protect the 13 million cattle moved from UK farms each year as well as a badger TB vaccination programme carried out by volunteers.

The pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset were launched with the aim of killing 70 per cent of badgers in each area within six weeks by “free shooting”.

But at the end of the six-week period back in December the shooters had failed to meet half of their target and the Government controversially extended both culls.

Those against the cull say the £1million spent on policing just the first six weeks of culling in Gloucestershire could have secured five years of volunteer-led badger vaccination over a similarly large area.

However, the Government appears to be pressing ahead with its intentions to roll out the cull to other parts of the UK this year.


Free Food Event Manchester

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The Vegan Organic Network have brought some cheer to 2014, with our free food and short film events. The films have included: Making the Connection Farming with Graham Cole and Ian Tolhusrt; Bejamin Zephania; Alterantive cures for cancer and diabetes; Wha Me Eat – Macka B;  Man-Steve Cutts; Famous Vegetarians and Vegans and Cows with Guns to name but a few.

We are linking the events in with a local food bank, we have now supplied food to over one hundred local people. The frozen food comes via the Shiva Trust who give out vegan food to the homeless.

At the events we provide hot food and  drinks and a wide variety of leaflets and recipe books, the films are shown in a room with space for about fifty people.

Feedback from the events has been really positive with a number of people saying they want to become vegan.

The events have been made possible by the St Wilfreds Enterprise Centre who have provided us with a free space, the Wesley Furniture Project who have supplied a number of freezers, the Tea Time Collective a local vegan cafe who have helped with catering equipment and heating up the pies and the hard working VON volunteers who make it all happen.

Keep a lookout on our events diary to when and where we will be next. Any one interested in helping out email: