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Renfrewshire CND

People & Parliament Against Trident Demonstration in November 2007

Our Hiroshima Day event was more successful this year in attracting supporters and sympathetic local press coverage. The gathering by the River Cart in Paisley was addressed by SNP Councillor Audrey Doig, the Council’s representative to the Scottish Forum of Nuclear Free Local Authorities. Later in the year at the SNP annual conference she urged councils to oppose nuclear weapon convoys using their roads, and attended the NFLA conference in Dublin. The new council’s commitment to opposing Trident was also shown by her and Council leader Derek Mackay’s joining the 3rd November Scotland’s for Peace rally in Edinburgh, together with some 20 members. We use national events like this to leaflet town centres to publicise the issues and our group’s existence, but our few recruits are mainly lapsed members. Our distribution of Peace Pledge Union white poppies was well received in the streets, but coverage in the Paisley Daily Express with a banner headline ‘Poppy Wars’ favoured the idea that the British Legion should have a monopoly at Remembrance time.

Duncan Macintosh

Edinburgh CND

We had a busy late summer with a successful Hiroshima day event on August 6th. The day was near the beginning of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and we were joined by festival goers. During the festival we also helped with the stall at the Peace & Justice Centre, joined Bruce Kent for his talks at the Three Tuns and supported the gigs of two of our own members. People & Parliament Against Trident Demonstration in November 2007 successful ‘Shout it Out’ street event and several members of the group were involved in organising a useful discussion meeting on NPT and related matters with Edinburgh UNA.

Autumn saw us at the finale of the Faslane365 blockade on October 1st and at the big anti- trident demo on November 3rd. We hold a vigil outside St Johns on the 2nd Saturday of the month and a stall on the 4th Saturday (both between 11 and 1pm).

We continue to work actively with Edinburgh Stop the War and other local peace groups. We supported the successful public meeting held by CAAT on the issue of the British Aerospace ‘bribes’ case and we support Mordechai Vanunu, by both petitioning for his release and writing to him. December 14th saw us, with other Edinburgh peace groups and individuals, outside the meeting of NATO foreign minisiters (which was held in Edinburgh). We ended our year with a candlelit vigil on the 22nd.

Eileen Cook

Stirling CND

Feeding the faithful at Faslane

Stirling CND’s very own Jeely Peace café was out in strength at the Big Blockade on the 1st October, the culmination of the Faslane 365 year of blockades. Yet again, a certain team member forgot to pack the spoons but we reckon we did alright overall. It was great to be part of such a splendid event.

Contact with councillors

For years in Stirling Council the ruling Labour group has given us the cold shoulder. Now the SNP is a large minority on the Council and recently we were given a 50 minutes slot in one of their meetings to explore common ground. It was a really encouraging session, mainly about nuclear convoys and the possibilities of applying pressure to the Council to inform the public in the context of the emergency plan. In the new year we will meet the SNP group in Clackmannanshire and there might be some chance of meeting individual members of other parties since the link between an anti-Trident policy and electability in Scotland is thankfully becoming more obvious.

The convoys keep coming

Thanks to intrepid Nukewatch trackers we now know that convoys passing between Berkshire and Coulport and carrying nuclear warheads sometimes use the MoD site in Stirling as a bolthole. Convoy drivers are still having difficulty with basic navigation and a few weeks ago one managed to split in two, ending up wandering aimlessly round the labyrinth of diversions near the new Forth bridge at Kincardine. When the new Camcorder Guerilla convoy film is ready we will arrange a screening in the McRobert Cinema.

David Mackenzie


Ayrshire CND meet on the third Monday of the month at 7.30p.m. in Nelson Mandela Cottages 17 Townhead Irvine . Anyone interested is very welcome to attend and more details about the group can be obtained by phoning Arthur West 0n 07803936228. The group recently organised a very successful Xmas Social and a number of activities are planned for 2008 including a Peace Walk and some public meetings.

Arthur West


Since re-establishing Aberdeen CND at the start of 2007, we have had a very productive year, with public meetings, protests and events in Aberdeen...... This autumn we sent a group to Faslane to maintain a presence there with our banner on September 30th. Another group from Aberdeen joined the Big Blockade on the following day. And a group from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire formed an enthusiastic presence at the anti-Trident march in Edinburgh on November 3rd. We have continued to build up our profile in Aberdeen, with a stall on the last Saturday every month outside the St Nicholas shopping centre. We are continuing to collect petitions about reaffiliating Aberdeen City Council to the group of Nuclear Free Local Authorities.

In October we invited Alan Mackinnon to speak at a public meeting in the Arts Centre. His talk was on the theme of ‘The Empire and the Bomb’, and attracted local interest and debate. We built on this with our Peace Poetry evening on 20 December. This took place at the Quaker Meeting House and was attended by about 21 people from a very diverse range of local groups, including inter faith groups, local poets and students. The first half of the evening consisted of a wide selection of anti-war poetry performed by the Aberdeen poet Rapunzel Wizard, and by Hilda Meers who is a poet, long-time peace campaigner and a member of our Aberdeen CND group. A stirring version of the song ‘Carry Greenham Home’ was performed by Kirsty Potts from the Aberdeen group of the Buddhist organisation SGI. After some festive mince pies we poems read by Tommy Campbell from the Transport and General Workers’ Union, Brad Oliver, and poets from the Aberdeen poetry group. All in all, it was felt the evening was a great success - thanks to the Quakers for hosting it.

Other planned events in Aberdeen:

  • a quiz night on 31st January.
  • talks in Aberdeen schools.
  • organise another public meeting in March.
  • take part in the Aldermaston protest in March.
The Aberdeen CND meets at the Belmont Cinema cafe on the second Monday of every month from 6.30 p.m.


Helensburgh CND

While half of Helensburgh CND attended the march in Edinburgh on Nov 3rd the other half sold white poppies from our street stall. The Saturday before Christmas we had the stall out again and were a colourful presence in the town in spite of miserable weather.

Next year we will be holding our branch meetings in Victoria Halls on the third Tuesday of each month starting on the 15th January, which will be a planning meeting to set the programme for the year.

Jane Tallents


Glasgow West CND meets on the first Monday of each month at Partick Burgh Hall at 7.30pm. At our last meeting we planned a public meeting and a fund raising social event to project the Scottish Peace Covenant. We organise a monthly street stall with leafletting on Byres Road, meeting at the Ashton Road Car Park at 12 noon on the first Saturday of the month.

Alan Mackinnon

Archive material or photos

Scottish CND are gathering material to mark our 50th anniversary. If you have old photographs or anecdotes please let the SCND office know. We are particularly looking for material from the early days of the campaign and Scottish involvement in the Aldermaston marches. These will be published on the Scottish CND website. We will also be producing a special magazine on the history of Scottish CND.

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