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The Next Gathering

The Radical Routes Summer Gathering


Dates: 18-20th August

Venue: Wild Peak Housing Co-op, Belper, Derbyshire

Venue Information


Wild Peak will be the venue for the summer gathering once again.

We are a rural housing co-op in a very beautiful part of Derbyshire. The whole site is in one flat field although slightly bumpy to walk over so please bring sensible shoes, a tent and sleeping bag.

There is very limited indoor sleeping so please ask in advance.

Our water comes off a spring and is then UV filtered. We have not had a problem ourselves but prefer to boil it for children, so we will be offering pre-boiled bottled water for children.

Vegan Catering will be provided at around £15 for the weekend. Alternatively individual meals will be available, with prices to be confirmed.

Please e-mail to say how many people are coming from your co-op, if there are any kids (including their ages), if you have any dietary requirements or access needs. And please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions. Please let us know at least two weeks prior to the gathering how many of you are coming, including children, so that the caterers and kid's group know how many they are accommodating.

The gathering contact is Mia who can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or you can call Wild Peak on 01773850493 and leave her a message

Venue Address: Lawn Cottage, Wyver Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2EF

Note: There is a strict no dogs policy as we are on a nature reserve.


Directions By train: the closest train station to Wild Peak is Belper ( Matlock Train hourly from Derby and Nottingham). From the station it is about a 45 minute walk or 15 minute cycle to Wild Peak. Exit the station to the right and walk through the car park to the A6, turn right onto this and follow till you see the East Mill then follow directions for car below. We ask that as many people come by train then walk/cycle or there is a friendly taxi firm - K's Taxis - 07866892942 and will cost £5, they also have an 8 seater. 

By car: take the A6 towards Belper, at the mill turn left on A517 over the bridge and first right Belper Lane opposite the Talbot Hotel then immediate right again onto Wyver Lane, . Continue along Wyver Lane to the very end (approx 2m), it is very bumpy so take slowly and it is further than you think. Please be aware we share a post code with Wyver Farm and you may be directed to this when searching for us, continue along Wyver Lane until you see the gate for Lawn Cottage. Stop before the gate, and park where you see the Parking signs - not inside the farm. 







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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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