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For a brief report on the weekend of events at the 2018 AGM in Hull, click here

Pictures from the The 2018 Annual Memorial at Jubillee Gardens London, click here

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International Labour Day in Oxford
27th April 2019

On a cold and windy, but mercifully dry day, Oxford District Trades Union Council, in collaboration with the Oxford International Brigade Memorial Committee held a campaigning day on the issues of public services.
Speeches by Anneliese Dodds MP for Oxford East and Layla Moran MP for Oxford West and Abingdon were followed by a rally procession to the International Bragade Memorial at South Parks/St Clements where the meeting was addressed by Megan Drobney, Secretary of the International Brigade Trust and others.

Pictured left:  Megan struggles with the gales to deliver her message of solidarity and remembrance of the Oxfordshire volunteers of the Spanish Civil War

Crome Memorial Conference
23rd March 2019

 ... an International Brigade Memorial Trust event






Madrid FC during the Civil War

A full house at Kellogg College, Oxford for the 2019 Len Crome Memorial Conference.

The topic for the Conference was "Football and the Spanish Civil; War".  The main speakers were:-



Sid Lowe, the Guardian's Spanish football correspondent
and author of Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism:  The Juventud de ccion Popular in Spain 1932 - 1037 and Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

Daniel Gray, author, social historian and broadcaster and the author of the history of Scotland and the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Caledonia, and several books on football and working class culture including Saturday, 3pm.

Music was provided by Maddy Carty, Robb Johnson and Na Mara

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The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the IBMT was held this year over the weekend 13th/14th October at Kingston Upon Hull.  As to be expected it was a hugely successful event that displayed the continued sense of solidarity that we have all come to expect within the IBMT and beyond it to the wider labour and trade union movement.

The weekend began on Friday evening with a concert by musician Joe Solo performing "¡No Pasaran!".  Joe's performace was followed with a talk by historian Phyll Smith on IB Commander at Jarama, Tom Wintringham.  A fantastic fish and chip supper was enjoyed by all.

Saturday morning saw AGM delegates and friends enjoying a wonderful exhibition of artwork by students from Hull's School of Art and Design.  The theme of the exhibition was the Spanish Civil War and it displayed the young artists creativity and political consciousness.  Here are just a few examples of their work.  If anyone is going to Hull in the next week or so the exhibition at the college is still open.  But check first.  It closes soon.

 


Following from the art exhibition was to have been the unveiling of the new Hull memorial to the nine Hull volunteers who went to Spain to fight for freedom and justice for the Republic.  But you can't rush works of art and delays with specially sourced materials from Spain have put back the big event til January 2019.  Nevertheless, Gary Hammond and his Hull comrades, made up for our disappointment with a sneak preview of the main piece of the sculture that will be mounted on top of the plinth that is still in the manufacturing stage.  What we were witness to was a remarkable piece of art that wonderfully captures the spirit and guts of the volunteers and their industrial heritage of Hull.  I would love to have put a picture of it on this website but we were under strict orders not to take photographs.  You'll just have to wait and I don't have to make a "spoiler alert"!  I promise you it'll be worth the wait!

At the AGM the formal business was debated and changes to the terms of the executive committee were agreed.  Details on the IBMT website.
A number of members stood down and new faces are:-
Jim Jump becomes Chair (hardly a "new face", Jim has been Secretary and Editor of "¡No Pasaran!" for as long as anyone can remember).  He takes over from Richard Baxell who stood down as Chair due to other commitments but will remain a major supporter and ambassador for the IBMT.  A presentation was made by President Marlene Sidaway to Richard for his dedication and commitment over the past years.
Megan Dobney takes over Jim's secretarial role.  The secretarial role is complex and demanding but coming from a background in South East Region TUC we all know that she'll take it in her stride.
Manuel Moreno remains as Treasurer and our own Oxford IB Memorial member John Haywood remains on the executive committee.

There was a film and social event in the evening after the AGM, and on the Sunday a Radical Walking Tour of Hull was organised.  Whether it took place or not I can't say as the remnants of Hurricane Leslie battered Hull and the entire south and east of England.  I decided to return to Oxford early but, no doubt, there were braver souls than I who faced the elements to explore Hull's long and fascinating history.

To read a summary of the 2018 Len Crome Memorial Conference click here

News and events from Oxford District TUC and others

Click here for a list of local events in Oxford taking place in the next few months The flyer for the International Women's Festival can be found at 2019 Festival

and click here for a list of a number of forthcoming national events taking place over the next few months

Other News

IBMT Merchandise
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You can also buy International Brigade merchandise locally from this website

New Memorial Planned?
Some tips from the Oxford International Brigade Memorial Committee on how to raise a new memorial to the International Brigades: www.international-brigades.org.uk/content/some-dos-and-don’ts-creating-international-brigade-memorial