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      From: "Dale Farm" <dale.farm@...>
      Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:51 AM
      Subject: DALE FARM: INTERIM VICTORY

      > Ustiben report
      > DALE FARM VICTORY FOR
      > THIRD ST.CHRISTOPHER'S
      > By Grattan Puxon
      >
      > The decision forcefully to demolish the
      > Saint Christopher Centre at the beleagured
      > Dale Farm Travellers' village in south east
      > England has been legally quashed - for
      > the time being.
      >
      > Apparantly bowing to new financial
      > restraints, Tory leader Malcolm
      > Buckley has announced that Basildon
      > will not contest the judicial review into
      > his council's vote earlier this month to
      > take direct action against the school
      > and community centre.
      >
      > However, solicitors acting for the
      > community are likely to apply for the
      > costs of the judicial review to be met
      > by Basildon. This will further dent the
      > original four million euro budget set
      > up by Buckley to pursue his anti-Gypsy
      > policies. More than a million has
      > already been spent.
      >
      > "This is our third Saint Christopher's,"
      > said Richard Sheridan, president of the
      > Gypsy Council, with reference to two earlier
      > schools named after Saint Christopher,
      > the patron saint of travellers. "The credit
      > crunch may yet save this one."
      >
      > ROOTS OF CIVIL RIGHTS
      >
      > The early days of the Travellers' civil
      > rights movement, linked intimately to the
      > later Northern Ireland civil rights' campaign,
      > are currently highlighted in a photographic
      > exhibition in the Irish capital. It shows Saint
      > Christopher's 1 and 2, built at squatter
      > encampments near Ballyfermot.
      >
      > Artist Sean Lynch illustrates how
      > the construction of Saint Christopher's 2
      > at Cherry Orchard settlement, where
      > Travellers made their initial stand back in the
      > l960s, was connected to the filming in Dublin
      > of John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came In
      > From The Cold.
      >
      > A while after the opening of the second
      > Saint Christopher's on 4 January 1965,
      > just a year since Dublin Corporation had
      > burned down Saint Christopher's 1, part
      > of the film's replica Berlin Wall was carted
      > to Cherry Orchard and incorporated into
      > the building.
      >
      > Despite its ramshakle appearance,
      > the school was an innovation. For the
      > first time in Ireland, the Montessori
      > teaching system was here adopted to
      > help the most underpriviledged children.
      > The stand at Cherry Orchard, led by
      > the late Joe Donohue, Larry Ward and
      > Pop's Johnny Connors, resulted in the
      > provision of a municipal caravan site
      > and a longer-term Montessori school
      > in the city.
      >
      > Today that quest for innovation is
      > being repeated at Dale Farm, where
      > Travellers are once more making a
      > crucial stand for their rights. Thanks to
      > the initiative of educational pioneer Prof.
      > Stephen Heppell, of Anglia Rankin
      > University, Saint Christopher's 3 plans
      > in the new year to start a programme
      > of computer-based courses, adapted
      > to Gypsy Traveller culture.
      >
      > Unfortunately, Malcolm Buckley has
      > not yet warmed to the idea that Basildon
      > could gain merit by allowing this trail-blazing
      > school to flourish within the district. He still
      > aims to crush Saint Christopher's, albeit
      > the log cabin structure was paid for through
      > Essex County Council and belongs to the
      > Government.
      >
      > On 11 November a Basildon District
      > Council committee is formally reconsidering
      > options in relation to enforcement at Dale
      > Farm. But Buckley has already told the local
      > press that following the Court of Appeal hearing
      > on December 5 the council expects to be
      > in a position to clear all unauthorized
      > development, including Saint Christopher's.
      >
      > *********************************
      > PROTEST RALLY OUTSIDE
      > BASILDON CENTRE - STOP
      > DESTRUCTION OF SAINT
      > CHRISTOPHER'S, SAVE
      > DALE FARM
      >
      > Basildon Council is holding this
      > meeting behind closed doors,
      > stopping any representations
      > being made to councellors
      >
      > 11 November 2008
      > 5pm Meeting in Saint
      > Christopher's
      > Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Crays Hill
      > 7 pm Rally at Basildon Centre
      > For more details email:
      > dale.farm@...
      > or phone 01206 523528
      >
      > **************************************
      >
      >
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