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Aberdeen CND


Report of activities in late 2017

This year’s highlight for our group has been Andy Hinton, our Co-Vice Chair, being part of the Scottish CND delegation at the United Nations Treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons.

At our August meeting Andy gave a report back on his experience of being at the UN and on the Treaty. We also had a talk by Maya Evans from Voices for Creative Non-violence on Afghanistan. Maya will be coming back in March of next year to speak with a larger audience at the University of Aberdeen and to hold an event making Kites for an event ‘Fly Kites not Drones’

Also in August, we held our yearly Hiroshima Memorial in Union Terrace Gardens. Yu Aoki, who comes from Hiroshima but lives in Aberdeen, spoke as did Andy Hinton who spoke on the UN Nuclear weapons ban. We had poems and we formed a band especially for the Memorial consisting of local musicians comprising Kirsty Potts, Nigel Llamas and Wes Gibson who can be seen on You Tube.

In September, we held a successful protest on the question of the very frightening potential nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula outside Trump’s International golf course at Balmedie. Felix Mensah spoke for Aberdeen and District CND and Myshelle Haywood, who comes from The United States, spoke for the Green Party. We received hundreds of toots and waves of support from passing motorists.

In October, we showed the John Pilger film the Coming War with China which was particularly pertinent given the tensions around the Korean Peninsula. We were grateful to Lush who provided the funding to hold the event.

Andy Hinton spoke on the United Nations Nuclear Weapons ban as part of One World Week hosted by the local and University branches of the United Nations Association.

We also held a very successful meeting in Peterhead with myself talking about the work of Aberdeen and District CND and Andy again talked on the United Nations Test ban treaty.                          

Aberdeen CND

Aberdeen and District CND meet on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm. The meetings cover planning and business issues and we also hold talks. Over the last year we hosted debates on NATO and Syria. We also send letters of concern to the local Westminster MPs and Holyrood MSPs. We also maintain our own Facebook page.

Each year we hold a Hiroshima Memorial event on the 6th the River Dee (picture) and an International Day of Peace, Music and Poetry night on or close to the 21st
fundraiser (picture of Kirsty Potts). Both these events have grown in strength over the years. We endeavour to raise awareness of these events and other relevant issues with the local press and media.

We link in with national events such as the 2013 SCRAP Trident demonstration and rally and the blockade of Faslane which took place in April. We not only organised a coach but also music and speakers for a rally in Aberdeen. We have a yearly Christmas Party and on January 11th holding a fundraising soup and pudding event at the Aberdeen Quaker Meeting House.

For further information contact Jonathan Russell on 01224-586435 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aberdeen Spring Events

Dear Everyone
The Festival of Politics is taking place at the end of March. On Friday evening 28th March
Aberdeen and District CND will be hosting a fringe event on  The Future of  Trident and and NATO.
Our guest speaker will be John Finnie Independent MSP.
For further details please see flyer
We look forward to seeing you at this particularly pertinent meeting given the tension around the Ukraine
and the Middle East.

Next Aberdeen & District CND meeting:

7.30pm, Monday 14th April,

Unite the Union,

42-44 King Street,


Aberdeen, AB24 2TJ