Festival of Dissent Nov & Dec 2012











It's fair to say that the Festival of Dissent was an an unqualified success. Organized with fantastic support from the Kensington and Chelsea Residents, the Festival of Dissent ran over three consecutive weekends in November and spotlighted the Save Our Hospitals campaign in a unique and colourful fashion. 

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Save Our Hospitals Reaches Downing Street

Our campaign to Save Hammersmith and Charing X Hospitals recently reached an important landmark with the handing in of our petition to 10 Downing Street.

A delegation of our dedicated volunteers, headed by our Chair Carlo Nero and Secretary Andy Slaughter MP, joined the chair of the Save Ealing Hospital Campaign, Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council and Dean Gilligan, our GMB representative, to submit our petition of over 70,000 signatures to Number 10. 

They were joined by a strong crowd of campaigners and concerned local residents, who marked the occasion with a friendly demonstration opposite the gates of Downing Street.

The strong groundswell of community anger against these disastrous plans to close our A&Es can be evidenced through the enthusiastic support for our petition and by the sheer number of people who signed it in a such a short space of time. The petition will continue and we would encourage anyone who still wants to sign, that they can still do so.

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Festival of Dissent gets off to Agreeable Start!


The Festival Of Dissent, organised by Kensington and Chelsea Residents supporting Save Our Hospitals in association with the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, got off to a dignified start on Saturday when a group of supporters walked round Brompton Cemetery and laid a wreath at the tomb of Dr Golding, the founder of Charing Cross. Mark Honigsbaum, the eminent medical journalist and a founder member of the Save our Hospitals campaign, gave a speech which - perhaps for the first time in over a century - paid tribute to the founder of of Charing Cross Hospital at his place of rest. The full text is here, and makes fascinating reading:  


Dr Benjamin Golding was born on 7 September 1793 at St Osyth, in the Colne Valley, Essex. The youngest son of the sixteen children (only eight of whom survived to maturity), he studied medicine at Edinburgh University and St Thomas’s Hospital in London.

At a time when water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid were rife in London, he provided free treatment to the poor at his house in Leicester Place, Westminster, and in 1818 he managed to expand the service by starting up the West London Infirmary near the Haymarket Theatre. The voluntary hospital soon became popular with actors and war veterans and with the backing of the Duke of York it was awarded royal status. (continued....)


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Benefit Night for Save our Hospitals

We are very lucky that the following artists have offered their talent and time for free in support of the Save Our Hospitals campaign. In the spirit of our campaign, we intend
to split the proceeds 50/50 with our campaign and yours. 

Robb Johnson
"An English original" - The Guardian
There is no songwriter to compare with Robb Johnson operating in the UK" - R2



Still going strong since the late 80's, they mix punk with anarchist lyrical content. We have seen them live twice and they get your blood pumping! They will be playing
tracks from their new album.

Sonja Quita
Quirky comedienne ,surreal stories, satire. Sonja is also an actor, having appeared in award winning short films.

Mista Resistance (Graham from Hammersmith and Fulham campaign!)
Acoustic set from a passionate and committed campaigner.

Venue: O'Neills, 326 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9BQ

Doors open: 7pm. £5.00 waged; £3.00 unwaged.

O'Neills have given us the run of the pub and they will have a special dish on the night, all proceeds of which will go to our mutual campaigns.

We would appreciate some volunteers to help decorate the pub on the night as well as some help at the door and keeping the artists happy!

Look forward to hearing from you.

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