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The Next Gathering

The Radical Routes Winter Gathering


Dates: 16-18 February 2018

Venue:Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, PE37 7HT 

Contact Point for Attendance / Accommodation / Access:  Jannine (07804885010) or  jannineparry (at) yahoo.co.uk, secondary contact due to Jannine about to give birth is Abi 07340 531506




It is crash space in conference rooms so please bring roll mats and bedding. There is plenty of parking and lots of space for living vehicles. If you have additional needs please let us know. It is a great space with lots of rooms to meet in. There is 100 seater theatre, access to projectors and a turbine to climb up. We will be sharing the some of the centre with the general public on Friday night and Saturday daytime but the conference spaces will be exclusively ours. There will be music on Friday and Saturday night. There should be free turbine tours, when you fill in the booking form if you could register your interest that would be great.


We are asking people to fill in the below google form so we know who is coming: https://goo.gl/forms/v19A4OG8ty1mzSTg2 




The Green Britain Centre is on the X1 route that goes from Peterborough to Lowestoft buses run every 30 mins Friday and Saturday daytime and hourly in the evenings and on Sundays If you are coming by train it is easier to go to Kings Lynn or Norwich as the X1 stops at both these places. There might be options for collection from Downham Market train station but that is 14 miles from the centre so may be easier to catch the bus.


Link to map: http://www.greenbritaincentre.co.uk/visit-us/opening-times






The kid’s space is being run at the gathering by the Kids Working Group. Please let us and the venue know if you‘re coming so they know numbers. Email Kids group contact: radicalrouteskids (at) googlegroups.com with the following details:

1. name of child(ren) and carer and contact details

2. age of child(ren)

3. dietary requirements (beyond vegan)

4. other accessibility needs

5. which days you would like childcare 3

6. Roaming Range / supervision requirements e.g.(I want my child to stay in kids space/can roam in the venue unsupervised/can go anywhere they like unsupervised)

7. which coop you are from We try to plan lots of great activities for kids including trips out and creative games. We always hope to spend time doing fun activities outdoors so it would be good to bring wet weather gear and wellies. Food & snacks will be kid friendly & vegan (and we will try and provide extra things if your child(ren) has other specialdiet requirements.


The Kids Space Volunteers for this gathering: Alice Hemming (Dragonfly) - first point of contact for any questions for this gathering (hemmingalice (at) hotmail.com) Tom Spencer (Equinox) Joy (Cornerstone) Luke (Cornerstone) We would like to have at least 2 other volunteers to help out with occasional shifts during the gathering. If you are interested please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see below for the referencing procedure.


Volunteer Recruitment Procedure We have some safety checks for volunteers who are going to be with the kids at gatherings. They are: 1. Referencing System Potential volunteers must provide 2 of the following 3 thing below by email to the safeguarding officer (lukejusticetilley (at) gmail.com):

● Reference from someone from another Radical Routes Co-op

● An up-to-date Safeguarding/ DBS certificate

● A reference from a non-family member (A reference is a short message from the person explaining how they know you and why they have confidence in your safe participation in a kids space.) We will provide a form for this


2. Names in the agenda - The names of volunteers for each gathering will be sent out with the agenda for that gathering. If new volunteers sign up after the agenda deadline, we will contact parents who have requested childcare to let them know. If anyone has a concern about one of the volunteers in relation to their suitability to work with kids we ask that they raise it in advance. We will take it seriously and treat it with the strictest confidentiality






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Wages of Cooperation - Practicalities of cooperative working in a capitalist system.
 Morning Business Meeting 
10.00  Announcements: domestics, kids, celebration of achievements, etc 
10.10  Introduction round incl. new groups and new people. 
10.15  (a) New groups & people go to “Intro to Radical Routes” meeting. 
(b) Member co-ops continue with business meeting. 
(c) How to set up a workers co-op 
Business Meeting Agenda 
1.  Appointment of minute-taker. 
2.  Clarification of representatives: reps of member/associate co-ops state who they are 
3.  Apologies (through Secretarial Group only) 
4.  Acceptance of minutes from previous gathering. 
5.  Matters arising from minutes of previous gathering. 
6.  Working group reports… to include (a) reports on work done since previous gathering;(b) current needs; (c) specify contact person and contact details for each working group. 
7.  RR Work Commitments for the previous quarter. 
8.   Applications for membership – Roost, SNARL 
9.   Proposals (non-Finance)-  
10.  Any other business 
12.00  Radical Routes A.G.M 
12.45  Lunch 
1.30  (a) “Introduction to RR Finance”  
(b) Member Co-ops – Finance Meeting 
Finance Meeting Agenda 
1.  Finance Group report & briefing 
3.   Rootstock report & briefing 
4.  Loan Applications(a) Wild Peak (renewal)(b) Random Camel (renewal)(c) Golem 
2.30  Workshops & Working Group meetings 
Workshops will include with more to be confirmed… 
(a) Introduction to consensus decision making 
(b) Introduction to facilitation(c) Workers Coop Forum 
7.30  Supper & entertainment 

9 am  Breakfast 
10.00  (a) Business Meeting (open to everyone)(b) Trading Coops Working Group

BUSINESS MEETING AGENDAAnnouncements: (domestic issues only) 
2.  Appointment of minute-taker 
3.  RR Work Commitments & service payments for the next quarter 
4.  Reports back from workshops 
5.  Dates and venues of next four gatherings 
6.   Presentations from co-ops wishing to join 
7.  Presentations from member / associate member coops: Possible presentations from .Wild Peak, Hupla, Random Camel, Perpetual Spinach
8.  Any other business 
9.  Evaluation round (a) New groups / people 
(b) Members co-ops 
10.  Announcements of forthcoming gathering dates / events. 
12.30  Lunch 
1.30  Other workshops (if needed) 
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