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The Next Gathering

The Radical Routes Spring Gathering



Dates: 13-15 May 2016

Venue Information

Venue Information

Crabapple Housing Co-op / Berrington Hall / Berrington / Shrewsbury / Shropshire / SY5 6HA

01743 761 418

Crabapple is an established rural community with an old Georgian rectory and 20 acres of land. They aim to live as sustainably as they can. For more information about them see their online Diggers and Dreamers page.


The logistics of food, booze and fuel purchase, being able to pay for entertainment, as well as of transporting coop reps from train stations, has been made unnecessarily difficult for past gatherings because coops don't get their act together and tell the gatherings organiser if they will attend in good time. Individuals in gatherings working group end up forking out their own money to cover up-front costs of supplies, and endure anxiety over whether they’ll get it back because they’re not sure how many people are coming or who will be eating communal meals.



How many people are coming from your co op

When you are arriving and how you’ll get here need a lift from Shrewsbury?

Whether you’ll be buying meal tickets, and for which days

What vehicles you might bring - can you offer lifts when at site?

If kids/dogs are coming; see sections below for separate contact details

There isn't any point telling us at the last minute, and I mean the week beforehand, because in order to feed and entertain you at the gathering supplies must be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance.

Contact Sue at Random Camel on their landline (we check our voicemail) 01473 213 575 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Welcome Desk will be open from 12 noon on Friday


It will be camping, so bring your tents, sleeping mats and bags, torches. The fields of the gathering area are big enough to allow for separate camping areas; ie. quiet sleeping and any others that participants want to create.

Berrington Hall is a private house and will be off-limits during the gathering, except for any workshops/meetings we arrange to take place in one of the downstairs rooms. Otherwise, please don’t go to the house unless invited by a Crabapple resident.


There are two sets of permanent compost loos, they have steps up to them so we will construct a step-free one if you need it – please let us know, and perhaps a pee bale – but peeing in the orchard/ woods is fine.

If for whatever reason you are unable to camp, or there are other needs that you have to access the gathering please contact us. In order to best use our limited resources some inclusion measures are in place already but others we can action as requested: we don't know what you need unless you ask.


Let Kids group know how many kids you'll be bringing and what if any specific needs they have.

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Three meals a day will be provided, food will be vegan and be £15 for the weekend; It's best for us if you pay for the whole weekend in advance, but if you'll only be around half the time you can pay per meal at a cost of £3 each.

If you have any special requirements ie. gluten free, nut free, contact Sue - details above


Crabapple is in beautiful countryside and there are many options for walking and cycling. If you go for a stroll off-site, please note that Crabapple have requested that we stick to the public footpaths and resist the temptation to paddle/swim in the nearby SSSI lake.


We can have a limited number of dogs on site – if kept on leads at all times. Please get in touch to book your dog in advance.


Live-in vehicles are OK so long as we don’t end up with too many. Please contact us, details above, to book in advance. And please check where to park up when you arrive.


The gathering venue is in Shropshire, on the Welsh borders. The nearest town (and the nearest train station) is Shrewsbury, only 5 miles away.


On leaving Shrewsbury train station, turn left up the hill and follow the one-way system left (onto St Mary’s St), and then turn left down-hill at the next T-junction (onto Wyle Cop).

Go across the “English Bridge” over the River Severn, and under the railway bridge.

Keep straight ahead, following the brown tourist signs for Attingham Park and The Abbey.

You’ll pass the abbey on your left and Shropshire Wildlife trust on your right.

Continue straight for ½ mile, to “Column Roundabout”- with a great big column next to it.

Take the 3rd exit (the A458 towards Bridgnorth) and follow that out of town.

At the next roundabout, go straight on (2nd exit), and over the A5 dual carriageway.

Just after the bridge there’s a sliproad to your right onto the A5 (signed for North Wales…)



80 yards after this, there’s another right turn, signed for Pithchford and Acton Burnell.

Turn right here (the A458 can be busy at this point - dismount and walk across if you’re not confident).

Follow this road for two miles until you see a left fork signed Berrington and Cross Houses.

Take this road (steep uphill at first) and then go straight on at the little crossroads.

Berrington Hall is at the third gate on your left, almost ½ mile after the crossroads.

(The 2nd gateway is signed ‘Gardeners Cottage’ – that’s not us, but only 200 yards to go!)


We are ½ mile from the Berrington village, and 1 mile from the larger village of Cross Houses.

If you travel by train to Shrewsbury, you can then get the 436 bus to Cross Houses, or a cab direct to Berrington Hall.

On longer train journeys it can sometimes be cheaper to get a ticket to a large station such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Manchester or Crewe and then a separate ticket on to Shrewsbury.

When you arrive at Shrewsbury train station, ask someone to point you to the bus station.

It’s only a few minutes walk from the train station.

The bus that runs from town to within a mile of Crabapple is the 436 towards Bridgnorth,.

It runs every hour from 7.40am to 5.40pm, and then a ‘late’ one at 7.40pm.

Press the stop button when you see the sign for Cross Houses.

The journey is approx 15 mins. NB There are no longer any buses on Sunday.

From the bus stop at Cross Houses, it’s about 1 mile to Berrington Hall.

Walk back along the main road towards Shrewsbury, past the petrol station (on your right)

and take the first left turn, signed ‘Berrington’. After about ½ mile, the road forks.

Take the right turn signposted ‘Betton Abbots’ and we’re ¼ mile up the road on the right.

There is also a taxi rank just outside Shrewsbury train station. Accessible taxis can be got from here - but it is MUCH cheaper to book a cab from a local company –

Comet Cabs 01743 344444, or Vincent Cabs 01743 367777.

Vincent's also have a booking office just across the road from the station, which is handy if you don't have a phone to book a cab in advance.


If you are driving, and you come to the Shrewsbury southern ring road (A5), follow the signs for the A458 towards Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock. Head out on this road for 1½ miles, and take the second right (signed ‘Condover 3’) then the first left. Berrington Hall will be on your left after 600 yards. When you arrive, please look out for signs telling where you to park.

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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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