Report from the Balcombe Fracking Protest Camp

I’m just about to head off to play at the Artemis Gathering but before I go I wanted to write a blog with some pics and videos from my trip to the Balcombe fracking protest site. I managed to get the post code for the site from this brilliant website (http://greatgasgala.org.uk). There is also a list of stuff that the camp needs, so on my way I stopped off at a shop and bought washing up liquid, sponges, matches, milk, candles, that kind of thing. I figured they’d probably be getting a lot of food already.

I headed out into the Sussex countryside.

The camp is on a main road either side of the gate to the drilling site.

photo 1

 You can park easily on the verge near the site.

 

The Kitchen

A well-run kitchen offers free tea and coffee, and scrummy cake.

The Camp

People are camped on both verges, either side of the road

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There are a lot of Druids at the site. I met Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm there, and here is Philip talking to the media, spreading the word about the protest.

What could I do? Sing this at the top of my voice. When I wrote this song I was remembering Twyford Down and Newbury. I wondered, if the call came, would the will still be there in the hearts of the people of Albion? Yesterday my question was answered, with a resounding “yes!”

The Drill

This is the drill, boring down thousands of feet into the earth. There is a drone coming from the drill, a constant noise that is going 24/7.

Sign

Yes

Sign 2

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

So there you have it. I’ll be returning to Balcombe as often as I can. As you can see they are well organised, and a good and friendly group of people. If you can, go there and spend some time at the site. It doesn’t matter how long you stay. If you can’t get there, then share this information around on your social media profile. Share the link to this blog post, share my YouTube video. Let people know this is happening.

Remember.

We are the sons and daughters of Robin Hood!

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  2. Kevin Rowan-Drewitt August 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Absolutely brilliant stuff Dave – cutting edge, and I hate the police presence – looks really oppressive and what would they have done if no cameras there? Frack off the lot of them!!!

  3. Morgaine August 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this truly inspiring video and for leading by example. We need to do much more of this sort of thing here in the States (or do it in a more organised way). I’ve posted a link to this page to all of our members.

    Thanks once again.

    Bendithion Afallon

  4. Linda Newman August 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    This made me feel very emotional and so grateful to you for being there and singing our feelings for us. Thank you, Blessings.

  5. james August 12, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

    this is the wrong approach. nothing has been written in the media about it for days. instead of wasting peoples time making yourselves feel good waving a placard, why don’t you all work on political lobbying for extremely tight regulation and extremely large penalities for fracking? that might actually make a difference.

    i understand what you are doing, but at this point all you are doing is disrupting the very local people you need on your side.

    • Damh the Bard August 12, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comment James.

      It doesn’t make anyone feel good to wave a placard, ever.

      There are many, many locals at the site.

      The open meetings about the protests are held in Balcombe itself and are overflowing with local people.

      Of course there are some who disagree with the methods, but I see the results of this government’s ‘tight regulations’ on the banking industry almost every day. They have proved themselves time and again to be untrustworthy. Even if fracking goes ahead, even if they begin to extract the gas, here is my prediction – there will be no drop in energy bills, none at all. We will have been lied to once more, and those who stood up for the government’s fracking policy will have once again been hoodwinked, brainwashed, into believing they actually have any kind of honour.

      So please know this, that as well as the people actively protesting outside of the drilling site, there are even more writing blogs, spreading the word about the long-term dangers of fracking as a method of extraction. They are writing to MPs and responding to articles in the press. The so-called ‘benefits’ of this energy race are incredibly short term, the damaging effects on the landscape will last generations.

      It will be our grandchildren who will judge us on our actions right now.

      • Christine Richards-Tozer August 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        Brilliant! Love the film. Well done you!
        I was also disturbed by the oppressive presence of the police in the background. So the affects of this vile violation of our environment won’t affect them or their families either then?
        I really do hope that the majority of people in this country haven’t been so brow beaten with apathy and fear that they are prepared to remain in the shadows,only to allow the fearless minority to speak on their behalf. They have to realize that this affects each and everyone of us and that everyone can emerge from their bubble and play their part and oppose this dictatorial madness. This is particularly apparent in my town of Basingstoke (sinister Tory stronghold, unfortunately) where our local voluntary community conservation and litter picking group are failing to recruit/ engage support or volunteers to assist us. Compared to the issue of fracking, this is small scale but nevertheless illustrates the apathy and ‘bubble-mindedness’ out there. Something has to give. Everyone needs to wake up and do the right thing which is to fight for our sacred beautiful land for our sake and future generations.
        Hope to join you up there soon,
        Blessings

        Christine

    • tinkerbell August 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      there is meetings every morning and evening on site about strtegies and what can be done, this is not just waving a banner, the camp is ther to try to stop the lorries from entering the site, by doing so they are getting in the medai which is good as a lot of people in the uk still do not even know what fracking is, and need to be informed. Also the local people are doing a lot of the paperwork, and keep the protection camp informed all the time of what they are doing.. and get the camp involved. so please before making a commnet try to get information about the subject you are commenting on.

  6. Barry Wingrove August 14, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I saw the film Drill Baby Drill in Forest Row last night along with the biggest audience i’ve ever seen at the village hall film group. I found both the film and the passion of the audience to fight this fracking thing very inspirational and i will be at Balcombe on Friday to offer the protestors my support. I live in East Grinstead which isnt too far from Balcombe but who knows where fracking will next be attempted. We must all rise up against the frackers before its too late
    x

  7. Rose petal August 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    There are some wonderful souls at camp Balcombe.. The air is full of magic.. There is a very effective group of people working for social and political change on many levels. I am a local and appreciate the time and energy of those who are assisting us in protecting the beautiful countryside..
    A nice man said that the Balcombe protest site felt like being in a “Harry Potter ” film.. Fighting the forces of darkness and greed that threaten to ruin our country and if left unchecked will destroy the planet.. Well we won’t put up with Voldamore/ his comerades or any of this sort of crap.. x see you in Balcombe

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