We Shall Overcome Weekend

Saturday 3rd October and Sunday 4th October
We Shall Overcome Weekend
Admission by donation


The Trades Club is proud to take part in a country-wide weekend of music and culture against austerity. Over the weekend we’ll be featuring some of the finest musicians from the Calder Valley and ask you to turn up and show your solidarity with those hardest hit by this government’s cuts.


Saturday 3rd October
Resistance is the Secret of Joy!
1pm to 5pm

Presentations and discussion on migrant and refugee solidarity, workplace union organising, the social strike, beyond austerity, from capitalism to red plenty! With confirmed speakers from:

No Borders is a grass roots campaign & support group fighting racist immigration controls. We believe that everyone should have the right to freedom of movement and call for an end to deportations and detention. We are all volunteers and rely on donations. We are an open non-hierarchical group and welcome new people to join us in the struggle. The majority of our group are migrants coming from all over the world. We are anti-colonialist & anti-capitalist. Together we support each other and call for ”No Borders! No Nations! Stop Deportations!”

IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) is a grassroots and democratic union helping to organise all workers in all workplaces.The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, will be introducing the ‘fighting union’, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class – like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers. We organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on union full-timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out what the IWW is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved!

Plan C is an organisation of people who are politically active in their workplaces and communities. We work together to support each other, amplify our struggles and think strategically. We want to go beyond network-based organisation, without falling back on the model of a party. We are committed to ongoing experimentation to find the forms of collective activity needed to build a world beyond capitalism. Plan C is also concerned with making plans – plans to survive and resist capitalism’s attack on our lives, and plans for collective self-organisation.

Saturday 3rd October
We Shall Overcome
Doors open 8pm

Compere: Dave Boardman

8-8.25pm Calder Valley Voices
Community choir
8.25-8.55pm Will Kaufman
Songs of Woody Guthrie
8.55-9.pm What happens at Todmorden Food Bank
9-9.35pm Molly Tilston
Fantastic voice of a great local singer songwriter
9.45-10.30pm Charlie Carr and Dave Nelson
Classics from another top quality female vocalist alongside Dave’s keyboard
10.45-11.45om Des Horsfall Duo
Rustic rock ‘n’ roll and songs from Des’ Ronnie Lane trilogy
12 Midnight onwards DJ set from The White Noise Collective


Sunday 4th October
National Rally and March on the Conservative Conference, Manchester. 

As Conservative Party Conference meets in Manchester this year, thousands of trade union members and supporters will march through the city, taking a clear message to the Conservative Party about their Government’s damaging programme of austerity and their attacks on the rights of working people and their unions. 12noon assemble Oxford Road from All Saints Park southwards. 1pm Opening rally. 1.30pm march through the city on a route that circles the Conference Centre.

Calderdale Trades Council is co-operating with Calderdale People’s Assembly to maximise attendance at the TUC’s No to Austerity, Yes to Workers’ Rights demonstration at the Tory Party Conference on Sunday 4th October. For information about coaches that have been organised from Calderdale to Manchester for the demonstration, for details email [email protected]

Transport Arrangements:
We are please to offer transport to this from across Calderdale, and have booked two coaches, which will pick up from somewhere near you.  We know people can get the train, but this may leave people isolated.  The Peoples Assembly believes that we are better demonstrating together.  If you can, please use the transport, which is cheap, and has WCs, and will take you point to point as follows:-

Coach 1:
0930 – Ovenden,
0945 – Halifax,
1000 – Sowerby Bridge,
1015 – Todmorden
Coach 2:
0930 – Brighouse
0945 – Salterhebble (by CRH
1000 – Mytholmroyd
1015 – Hebden Bridge

Both coaches will leave start their return journeys at 4pm. The cost of the transport is £5 waged, £2 unwaged.

Please book seats by emailing Calderdale Peoples Assembly ([email protected]), stating your preferred coach, pick-up point, and your method of payment (cash on day, cheque, bank transfer). If you don’t have email, please text your request to 07407 180469. If you are a local Unison member, it’s free. Same also goes for under 16’s.

For more event information and materials visit calderdaletuc or  tuc.org.uk


Sunday 4th October
We Shall Overcome – Demo After Party
Doors open 8pm

Compere: Mike Hancock

8-8.20pm Brian Toberman
Jeremy Corbyn inspired folk set
8.25-8.55pm Martin Roberts
Factoryline singer songwriter
9.05-9.45pm Catfish Skillet
Fast driving tunes and old time harmonies from the Pennine Appalachia. Bluegrass banjo, harmonica and guitar
10-11.15pm Pepperjam
Calder Valley’s favourite ska inspired band with a new line-up led by Lorry Dowling



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