General Events & News at 11 May

News items include: Call Mr Robeson shows;

The First World officer who refused to lie about being black; 

Money still needed for African and Caribbean War Memorial; 

The Race Equality Challenge of Race Equality and Mental Health; 

How Capitalist Industry Gives Us a Good Deal; 

France Honors Memory of Slaves in Caribbean Museum

Wednesday 13 May. 9pm. Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean heroes. Film on BBC 4 at 9pm. See more at:

Monday 18 May. 5.30pm. Mitch Abidor. ‘Jean Jaures, The Last Jacobin’. London Socialist Historians. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1.

Sundays 24 & 31 May. 11am. History walk of North Battersea

A 1.5 mile informal walk from The Latchmere pub (pictured in 1890) to Battersea Arts Centre, looking at housing styles and types, local historic events and individuals. Discover street scenes unknown even to long time residents. Meet diagonally opposite The Latchmere pub (junction of Battersea Park Road and Battersea Bridge Road). Cost £10 (booking essential) Email Tony Belton  to book your place.

Monday 1 June. 5.30pm. Parmjit Dhanda. ‘My Political Race’

London Socialist Historians. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1.

Saturday 6 June. Remembering the 35 Victims of a V2 Rocket 1944

2pm. Walk starting at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Rd, includes Streatham Cemetery to see the graves of the V2 victims, and end at Hazelhurst Road in time for:

4pm. Green Heritage Plaque Unveiling to the Victims. Entrance to Smallwood School, Hazelhurst Estate. Tea and reminiscences at the Church with small related exhibition.

For further information about the incident please see the following link.

Sunday 7 June. 2pm. A walk in Battersea

Rex Osborn will lead a walk starting at St Mary’s Parish Church and proceed along Vicarage Crescent and beyond. Meet in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Battersea Church Road SW11. Cost £5 (proceeds to the Battersea Society). No booking required.

Monday 15 June. 5.30pm. Launch of ‘Riots Book’

Launch of ‘A History of Riots’ (Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  Keith Flett and others. London Socialist Historians.  Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1. The book includes an essay by me on ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Trafalgar Square in 1887.

Sunday 5 July. 2pm. A Hundred in One Hundred Minutes Songs, poems and tales from 100 years of working class struggles with ballad singer Jennifer Reid and Manchester University’s Michael Sanders. Fundraising event for Library.
Price £10 – tickets to be booked in advance by emailing Working Class Movement Library Salford.

Friday 10 July. London and the Nation

Conference exploring the many dimensions of London’s complex and ever-evolving relationship to the rest of the United Kingdom. The cultural, demographic, socioeconomic, geographical, and political connections between the metropolis and the nation have appalled, excited, perplexed, and fascinated commentators for centuries and have played a decisive role in shaping British history. This conference seeks to illuminate the nature of these connections and the organizers are particularly interested in continuities and ruptures in the way that the relationship between London and the nation has been perceived and portrayed over time. Organised by The Raphael Samuel History Centre and London Studies Network at Birkbeck, University of London. Tickets from This conference is partnered with a public event at the British Library on the following day.  For more information go to

Call Mr Robeson shows

Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr Robeson show will be performed:

Call Mr.Robeson this season happen on the two subsequent Saturdays:
May 16, Walton-upon-Thames: Riverhouse Barn
May 23: Barnsley Civic Hall

August 7: Threlkeld Village Hall, Cumbria

October 3, Runcorn: The Brindley
October 17, Hounslow, London: Paul Robeson Theatre
October 24: Swindon Arts Centre
October 31, Camden, London: Theatro Technis

Further details on

The First World officer who refused to lie about being black

Money still needed for African and Caribbean War Memorial

The Race Equality Challenge of Race Equality and Mental Health

Discussion piece by Patrick Vernon at

How Capitalist Industry Gives Us a Good Deal 

  • E.ON fined for overcharging

Energy regulator Ofgem has secured £7.75m from E.ON after they incorrectly charged exit fees and/or overcharged customers following price rises. The payment will go towards the Energy Best Deal Extra project run by Citizens Advice. £7.75 million will be paid to Citizens Advice to help vulnerable consumers. E.ON has already paid back around £400,000 to customers. The penalty reflects E.ON’s repeated failing against Ofgem’s billing rules and the supplier’s late disclosure that prepayment meter customers were also affected. (Thanks to Essential Services Access Network)

  • BT fined over text relay service

Ofcom has fined BT £800,000 for failing to provide an improved text-to-voice service for its customers with hearing or speech impairments between April and September last year. The service, called ‘Next Generation Text Service’, helps users have more natural conversations using speech as well as text, and is accessible on devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. (Ditto)

France Honors Memory of Slaves in Caribbean Museum

Sylvie Corbet of Associated Press has reported that ‘French President Francois Hollande is to honor the memory of millions of slaves in an inaugural visit Sunday to a memorial in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, where black men and women were sold to work on sugar cane plantations from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The visit has revived the debate over the consequences of France’s slave trade in the region. Some angry voices are pushing for France to pay reparations, an issue that Hollande has thus far avoided.

The Caribbean Center for the Expression and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery, known as the Memorial ACTe, is to be inaugurated in the city of Pointe-a-Pitre in the presence of Caribbean officials and the heads of state of Senegal, Mali and Benin — all former French African colonies.’

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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