The dates for the next gathering will be
23-25th February 2024
at Preston Montford in Shrewsbury – fully accessible venue with beds for all. Planning access vehicle for lifts form stations (in person only)
You can contact Gathering group at: Gatherings@RadicalRoutes.org.uk with any queries (please don’t contact the venue itself)
Purpose of Gatherings
Radical Routes business – decision-making and discussion, reporting on work done and allocating tasks to do
Introduction to how RR works and how to participate in it
Keeping up with each other’s co-op news – meeting new members, helping with problems, celebrating achievements
Socialising, skill-sharing, inspiring each other – building relationships of trust so we can work together well
Meeting new people and spreading consciousness of radical co-operation as a tool for re-making our world.
Who can come?
Gatherings are open to everyone:
Delegates of member co-ops
Other co-op members, associates and friends who want to participate in the network
People from new or existing co-ops who are interested in joining
random other visitors or interested people.
What happens there?
Delegates of member co-ops need to attend business meetings on behalf of their co-ops
Anyone at a gathering can attend any meeting
There are workshops (consensus decision-making, facilitation, how to set up a workers co-op), trainings, discussions
at a physical gathering, there are lots of things to do outside meetings: putting up and taking down marquees, hanging out, food prep, kids group, queer space, banner-making, etc.
at online gatherings, we have space to socialise on Discord, training sessions (e.g. anti-racism, financial literacy) , cake-making, a quiz, board games,
New groups should attend the ‘New Groups’ meeting, and new people should attend the introductory sessions
Gatherings are usually quite intense, with lots of people trying to share a lot of information and make lots of decisions in a relatively small amount of time. If you particularly want to communicate with a specific person you don’t know, feel free to ask someone who knows what’s going on for help.
This is a heated indoor venue with bedrooms for all. Please register in good time if you have specific needs so we can allocate bedrooms and plan menus. Talamh will be catering. There is no need to bring bedding as that is provided. Please bring card payments for meal tickets and cash for bar and cake stall. There is good wifi at the venue, games room, interactive whiteboards etc and outrageously gorgeous countryside.
Arrival Time: Friday 23rd from 5pm
Please come straight to the Welcome Desk on arrival at the venue so you can ‘check in’, pay for meal tickets, and find out where you’ll be sleeping and get the code for your room
Preston Montford is located 6 miles west of Shrewsbury.
By Road: From the A5, take the roundabout exit signposted to Mid-Wales and Welshpool (A458). One mile along this road, turn right onto B4473, we are located on the left after approx ½ mile. SAT NAV: SY4 1DX
By Bus or Train: Train to Shrewsbury Then Bus X5 To Oswestry (from outside Lloyds Chemist) takes 17 minutes from Shrewsbury
Get off at The Crescent Jct. Then a 16 min walk. Last bus Friday at 18.30.
There are no buses on a Sunday but there will be people willing to give you a lift.
There will be an access vehicle for lifts to and from the train station, if you haven’t told us you need a lift on the registration form please email email@example.com to arrange. Or text 07403963818.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU TELL US IF YOU ARE BRINGING CHILDREN. Please fill out information about children you or your coop are bringing when you register for the gathering on the google form and email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please register as early as possible so we can plan appropriate activities. We are very glad that you are bringing children to the gathering and we are looking forward to spending time with them.
(The kids’ space is run by the Kids Working Group. We are a voluntary group of people who are members of co-ops within the network.)
We will be there for the kids while meetings are on but we ask that you come and supervise the children you are responsible for at lunch and dinner so we can eat too. Kids space does not continue into the evening. We will organise child-friendly food/snacks. Food & snacks will be kid friendly & vegan. Please bring clothes for all weathers for your child as we are hoping to go outside!
Kids Group Volunteer Recruitment Procedure
There will be a kids group working group meeting on Saturday at 9am for anyone interested in getting involved. Kids group needs more people from regular involvement to occasional support.
7.30pm: Free form discussion/skill share on differences/synergies between squatting and housing coop life (optional)
10.00am- 6pm: Meetings and workshops
9.30am-2.30pm: Meetings and workshops
Three meals a day plus hot drinks will be provided, and all food will be vegan. It’s best for us if you pay for the whole weekend when you arrive. Card payment for meals is hugely preferred please! If arriving Friday evening, it will be £20. Alternatively if you’re only having a couple of meals they can be paid for individually at £3/meal plus £2 for hot drinks . Kids eat free. If you have any special requirements ie. gluten free, nut free please state on the registration form.
Anarres will be selling cake so bring cash mmmmmm
There will be a BAR and soft drinks available in the evening so bring cash
NEW GRoups and People
If you’re new to Radical Routes (whether you’re a new member in an existing co-op or you’re a new co-op looking at Radical Routes), there is a series of workshops designed to introduce you to the workings of Radical Routes and Co-ops in general. They’re informative, exciting and essential! If you’re from a new group, it’s essential that you register your presence with Co-op Support Group by attending the New Groups meeting . This is so that they can confirm you have attended the gatherings as required, arrange joining visits and generally keep you on track.
Donations: If you’re attending as a new group/non-member co-op/interested
individual, we would be grateful for a donation if you can afford it, to help cover the costs of putting on a gathering – suggested donation from £15 to £60 per person. We don’t want this to be prohibitive and it is absolutely not compulsory if you’re not in a financial position to do so. There will be a cash collection tin on the Welcome Desk for this.
Strictly no Dogs ….Sorry we love them furry things too
Please come and see us at the welcome desk if you can facilitate, co-facilitate or minute take for meetings or workshops – there will be a sign up sheet.
There will also be a sign up sheet for help needed in the kitchen, washing up rota etc
If you are at all able to please stay after the Sunday business meeting to help clear and clean the building, before we vacate at 4pm.
The venue has lots of meeting spaces, so as this is an in person only gathering, with no restrictions on how much can be going on at once.
SEND US YOUR WORKSHOP/ SKILLSHARE/ DISCUSSION IDEAS! to Gatherings@RadicalRoutes.org.uk