Tolpuddle 2021

In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

After massive pressure, the Government agreed on 14th March 1836 that all the men should have a full and free pardon.

Trade unions had won and survived their first big challenge. The six farm workers from Tolpuddle were on their way home as free men.

Tolpuddle has become a place of celebration for trade unionists and socialists ever since the Martyrs’ came home in triumph.

Every July thousands of trade unionists and their supporters gather to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.

Trade unionists also use the weekend to catch up on the activities of current Labour Movement campaigns and battles.

Keep the weekend of 16th to 18th July 2021 free and float over to the Tolpuddle 2021 web pages and see what’s going on. This year’s festival will as always have a fabulous atmosphere, a vibrant mix of political debate, speeches, music to suit all tastes, poetry, comedy, stalls and lots of entertainment for children. It will be different. It will be virtual.

Sunday 18th July is when the rally and the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village would have happened and it would have been a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place.

2021 is different, as was 2020, the festival will be almost entirely online.

You can still join in. There will be a small procession representing local Dorset workers which others can join online. There will be online music. There will be online campaign stalls. There will be online debates and set speeches. There will be Labour Movement education with films and a history school.

So wear your campaign teeshirts, union badges and caps and get involved!

Much of the event will be filmed and streamed to www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk and the Tolpuddle Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Tolpuddle – 2020

Tolpuddle Martyrs
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2020
Tolpuddle 2020

Sunday 19th July is when the rally and the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village would have happened and it would have been a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place.

2020 is different as the festival is almost entirely online.

You can still join in. There will be a virtual procession. There will be music. There will be campaign stalls. There will be debates and set speeches. There will be Labour Movement education with films and a history school. There’s Tolpuddle online kids area hosted by the NASUWT.

 

 

So wear your campaign teeshirts, union badges and caps and get involved!

More information about the Tolpuddle Martyrs Online Festival 2020 festival can be found on the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs web page.

 

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Tolpuddle – 2019

Tolpuddle Martyrs
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2019
Tolpuddle 2019

Sunday 21st July is when the rally and the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village occurs and is a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place.

More information about the rally, procession and festival can be obtained from the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs web page.

For transport details contact your local trade union office.

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Tolpuddle – 2018

Tolpuddle Martyrs
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2018

In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

By June 1835, ten months after the Martyrs’ arrival in penal colonies, conditional pardons had been granted by Lord John Russell, the Home Secretary.

The Tolpuddle men refused to accept compromises and after further pressure, the Government agreed on 14th March 1836 that all the men should have a full and free pardon.

Trade unions had won and survived their first big challenge. The six farm workers from Tolpuddle were on their way home as free men.

Tolpuddle has become a place of celebration for trade unionists and socialists ever since the Martyrs’ came home in triumph.

Every July thousands of trade unionists and their supporters come to Tolpuddle to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.

It has a fabulous atmosphere with a vibrant mix of political debate, speeches, music to suit all tastes, poetry, comedy, stalls and lots of entertainment for children.

The Festival starts on the Friday and the weekend camping is usually sold out so book early. The Sunday – the traditional rally day – attracts thousands of trade unionists from all over the country.

More information about the festival can be obtained from the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs web page.

For transport details contact your local trade union office.

Tolpuddle – 2016

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016

The tiny Dorset village has been a place of pilgrimage for trade unionists and socialists ever since the Martyrs’ came home in triumph.

Every July thousands of people come to Tolpuddle to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.

It has a fabulous atmosphere with a vibrant mix of political debate, speeches, music to suit all tastes, poetry, comedy, stalls and lots of entertainment for children.

The Festival starts on the Friday and the weekend camping is usually sold out so book early. The Sunday – the traditional rally day – attracts lots of people from all over the country.

More information about the festival can be obtained from the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs web page.

For transport details contact your local trade union office.

Tolpuddle – 2015

Unison at Tolpuddle

The Bristol Branch of UNISON are running a coach to Tolpuddle on Sunday 19th July 2015

The Coach is open to all with prices and info as below.

Departing Bristol at  08.30 from The Raddison Blu Hotel – central Bristol and 17.30 return departure time from Tolpuddle.

If you are interested in attending please contact the branch office via email bristol.unison@bristolunison.co.uk. Bristol Unison will confirm if there is a place and send details of how to pay either by cheque or BACS but it must be before the day.

Cost of tickets are as follows:
£5 – UNISON Member
£10 – Member of another union
£15 – non Union Member