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Poems and songs from our Nagasaki event

We wanted to write a post about the Nagasaki memorial evening that was held online on August 9th, to highlight some of the performances, poems and resources that were shared. We were pleased that the virtual event worked so well and were very grateful to everyone who contributed.

The commemorations opened with a short video from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which concisely detailed the devasating consequences of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After the video, Kate Hudson spoke movingly about the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as outlining some of the current work of national CND. One campaign that she urged us to get involved with is signing CND’s letter to the United Nations to report the UK government for breaching its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). When the UK signed and ratified the treaty we committed to “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament”. However we are doing the opposite and replacing and upgrading our nuclear weapons – increasing our warheads by over 40%. A legal opinion commissioned by CND states that the UK govenment are in clear breach of the NPT and have broken international law. Please sign the letter to ask NPT states to call on the UK and other states in breach of their commitments to halt all policies and activities that breach and undermine the treaty.   

Next we had a song from Staffordshire singer and songwriter, Rick Ford, who introduced the two videos that he shared. The first song was called ‘The Tree’ and is featured below. The song was inspired by a large tree that Rick passes most days near where he lives. In the lyrics he reflects on all the life and lives that it has seen and wonders whether the tree will still be standing in the valley when the last human dies. You can find more of Rick’s work on his Youtube channel.

Stoke-on-Trent poet Jason Smith performed three of his poems live, including the powerful ‘What is Peace’. We did not record the Nagasaki event, so the video below is from his Youtube channel. There were many poignant images in the poem but, after thinking about the Non-Proliferation Treaty, this part really stood out: “What is peace? When a refugee no longer flees home and treaty’s success preventing nuclear tech spreading over war zones.” Lets hope these words prophesy the success of the NPT campaign and the cessation of nuclear weapons.

As the theme for the evening was peace and love Jason also read a tender poem called ‘Your Face‘. We had a live song from Rob Harper from the Birmingham Clarion Singers; a reading of Vernon Scannell’s ‘The Power of Love’ by local poet and SCANSCND member Paul Williamson; Angela Glendenning from ASHA (speaking in a personal capacity) made a contribution and read ‘Lament for Syria‘ by a young Syrian woman named Amineh Abou Kerech; Joan Walley (former MP for Stoke-on-Trent North) spoke on the important work of CND; and candles were lit to remember all those who died at Nagasaki and Hiroshima and we held a minute silence. SCANS secretary Jason Hill closed the evening by thanking all those who had made the event such an inspiring one.

Thank you again to everyone who came together to commemorate Nagasaki and wish for a world free of nuclear weapons.

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AGM/ Summer 2018 Newsletter

It has been a whole year since we lasted blogged! Whilst we are not good at blogging regularly, we do meet regularly. Please come along to our Annual General Meeting on Monday 17th September at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Miller Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ. The meeting will start at 7pm.

We are delighted that our speaker for the AGM is Dave Webb, national Chair of CND and Chair of Yorkshire CND. He is also the convener of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, a member of Scientists for Global Responsibility and formerly a Professor of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Summer 2018 Banner

Please read our latest Banner newsletter and if you’d like to contribute to the next edition, just email

In peace,



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Latest Banner newsletter

Here’s our summer newsletter, including a report on the Stop Trident public meeting and details of forthcoming events.

You can download it at the following link:

Banner Summer 2017

If you require this newsletter in an alternative format or wish to contribute a piece for the next edition, please email or call 07778 913528.

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Photos from the Stop Trident demo


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Wrap Up Trident pictures

Photos from the Wrap Up Trident mass demonstration in London on Saturday 24 January.

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Remember Fukushima


There will be a series of events in London marking the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on 11th March 2011. Find out more on the CND website

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Forthcoming activities in the Scrap Trident campaign

There are several local and national events in the next two months as part of the Scrap Trident Tour, which runs from 1st to 30th April all across England:
Monday 18th March
SCANS CND meeting
Peace Centre, Burslem School of Art, 7.30 pm
Monday 1st April
National CND demo at Aldermaston, 12 noon
Tuesday 9th April
Bruce Kent (CND’s vice-president) visits Stoke-on-Trent on his ‘Scrap Trident’ tour. A day of action, finishing with a public meeting featuring Bruce as the main speaker. The Atrium, Burslem School of Art, 7.00 pm

Bruce Kent is working with a range of organisations to highlight the wasteful spending on Trident, at a time when so much investment is needed to eradicate poverty, boost people-friendly development and make our world a safer and more peaceful place to live.

Please support these events. For more information on the Scrap Trident Tour see


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Meeting next Monday at 8

Come along to the next SCANS CND meeting on Monday 16th July, where we shall be finalising our campaign plans for the rest of the year. Proposals include a public meeting with a major speaker, an event to mark Hiroshima Day in August, CND stalls at various local summer festivals, a one-day Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) workshop and building the anti-Trident campaign. We shall also be looking at improving ways of communicating with our members including a new, improved Banner newsletter and making better use of social networking on the internet. Our representative on CND National Council, Owen Sloss, will report on recent National Council meetings.

The meeting will take place from 8.00 – 9.15 pm at the SCANS CND Peace Centre, Ground Floor, Burslem School of Art, Queen Street, Burslem, ST6 3EJ

Our meetings are welcoming and not too formal! Drinks, such as tea, coffee, water and fruit juice, are available, and all members and supporters are welcome. We hope you will be able to come along.

Burslem School of Art is located in Queen Street (off Swan Square) in Burslem Town Centre. There is a car park at the rear of the School of Art: turn off Waterloo Road into Cleveland Street by the snooker hall, and see the car park entrance ahead of you at the end of Cleveland Street. Alternatively, turn into Queen Street from Waterloo Road, take the first left (Bournes Bank), and see the car park entrance on your right. Enter the School of Art by the rear door, and go up by the stairs or in the lift to the Ground Floor (Floor 0). The following bus routes operate to Burslem Town Centre in the evenings: 20, 20A, 21, 98, 99.

If you’re not yet a member, you can join SCANS for £5 per year or there is household membership (two or more people at the same address) which costs £7. There is also a concessionary rate of £2 for unwaged people: unemployed, students, pensioners etc. Please send your cheque, payable to ‘South Cheshire & North Staffs CND’ to us at the above address, together with confirmation of your contact details or bring to monday’s meeting. If you are already a member and pay annually, membership fees for 2012 are due if you have not already paid these.

You can keep in touch with our activities on this website or by joining our Facebook group: SCANS CND. If you have an email address, please let us have it by emailing and we will contact you by email in future. (If you are not on email, don’t worry: we can contact you by post.)

Look forward to seeing everyone on Monday

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Cancel Trident, save 100 billion

CND campaigns to scrap nuclear weapons such as Trident and create genuine security for future generations.

MPs have tabled an Early Day Motion, calling on the Government to cut the Trident replacement.

Write to your MP to make sure they are signed up to the motion.

Find out more on the CND website.

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Protest at US Embassy (19th May) & Tweet-out today!

In solidarity with protests at the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, CND and the Stop the War Coalition have organised a protest at the US Embassy this Saturday 19th May to say NO to NATO interventionism and NATO nuclear weapons in Europe.

Speakers include Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Kate Hudson (CND); Lindsey German (Stop the War); Mitra Qayoom (Afghan writer & activist); London Assembly member Murad Qureshi and many others.

You can join and follow today’s mass ‘Tweet-out’ to say No to NATO at:!/search/%23May19No2NATO

The ‘Tweet-out’ is coordinated with the US anti-war movement to release a joint statement on NATO. Use the hashtag #May19No2NATO


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