“Pick for Britain” - Grapes of Wrath revisited?

“Pick for Britain” - Grapes of Wrath revisited?

5am starts, 10 hour days, poverty wages and no running water—the grim reality of “picking for Britain”...

​Our chair Adrian Alker has started a discussion on the future shape of the society we want to see. It is an urgent discussion the necessity and urgency of which was brought home to me by an article in Prospect Magazine written by Herbie Russell ( May 30, 2020) To me it seems the scenario revealed in the 1930’s work by Steinbeck “Grapes of Wrath” was being lived out in 21st century England.

Herbie records how Environment Secretary George Eustice launched the official “Pick for Britain” campaign, encouraging the population to take up work on farms across the country. The media had made bleak premonitions of “a disastrous situation” in which “mountains of food are left to rot”. These warnings could find themselves realised if the call failed and, Herbie says, signalling an intensification of the recruitment drive last week the government wheeled out Prince Charles donning his humblest, most rumpled coat,

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Questions arising from the AGM papers

Questions arising from the AGM papers

There were two questions that were asked in response to the Annual Report....

1. The accounts mention the costs of PayPal, so is it necessary to offer payment that way? Can we advise everyone that it is less expensive for PCN to use card etc.?

From PCN Treasurer Peter Stribblehill:

The accounts show the amount we pay to PayPal so that members are aware that using the service comes at a cost. It is a convenient way for them to pay for membership, conferences, publications etc and so serves a useful purpose.

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News from St. Mark’s CRC

News from St. Mark’s CRC

We’re sad to tell you that one of PCN’s partners, St Mark’s CRC (Centre for Radical Christianity) based in Sheffield since 2003 has decided…...

Over its lifetime CRC mounted many interesting and stimulating day conferences and smaller evening seminars. However, over the last two years, and thanks to a grant from the Jim Cotter Trust, CRC has been able to build and launch an insightful and inspirational new website of theological and spiritual resources https://www.crconline.org.uk/ (accessible on PCs, tablets and smart phones).

The website operates under three major groupings:

  1. Questioning Church;
  2. Deepening Spirituality;
  3. World of Diversity.

Please take a look at what’s there. Contributions are also welcome – follow the Submit a Resource drop down tab. Thank you for your support of CRC over the years and we look forward to your continued interest via the website.

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Revd David Charles-Edwards - Rugby PCN group remembers

Revd David Charles-Edwards - Rugby PCN group remembers

“Unity in diversity” was his mantra and he did not seek to impose his views...

On 9th March the Rugby PCN group met to share our memories of our friend David Charles Edwards and to think of his family following his sudden death from heart failure on 6th March. We will miss his presence greatly. David had been one of the founding members of our group in 2004 and a driving force in publicising its ethos to the wider community and contributing to the programme. David influenced and supported many people in their spiritual and life journeys and we felt we wanted to share our knowledge of his own journey with the wider PCN community as a tribute to him.

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News about PCN Britain’s 2020 AGM

News about PCN Britain’s 2020 AGM

This year, given the coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees have decided to hold a remote Annual General Meeting....

This year’s Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held on the 21st March but was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Having consulted the Charity Commission, given the peculiar circumstances in which we find ourselves, the Management Committee has decided to conduct a remote AGM by post and email. So that the purpose of the AGM can legitimately be fulfilled, each member will have the chance to ask questions and receive answers before casting any votes.

Information was sent to members by email, or by post where we do not hold an email address, on the 11th May 2020. If you think that you shoudl have received this information and have not, please contact the office.

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