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National Democracy Week 2018

On Sunday 1st July 2018 from 11.00 - 16.00 Stroud District Council Elections Team and Stroud Museum in the Park present National Democracy Week Garden Party.

Garden party 2018
National Democracy Week is a week-long celebration of democracy in society, and to kick start the week we are holding a fantastic Garden Party at the Museum in the Park!

The event, which is free but any donations will go the Museum, will begin with a short history performance at 11.15 on some of the struggles women went through to receive equal voting rights to men, and how democracy should be celebrated by all. There will be lots of activities throughout the event, and then the Garden Party will end with a procession at 16.00 through Stratford park with banners, sashes and rosettes made during the workshops throughout the day.

Everyone is invited along, as the event will include many guest speakers, creative workshops, a video screening on Stroud’s Secret Suffragist and interaction by local actors. There will also be artefacts to view, an EqualiTeas session with homemade light refreshments and interactive activities for the whole family. Music and dancing will be from 11.00 – 14.00, and then a brass band in the Park will commence at 14.30. A timetable of the guest speakers is as follows –


11.00 – 11.15      Event opens with a brief history performance from local actors and why we should celebrate democracy

11.30 – 11.45      Talk in the Galleries – Women and Democracy by Cllr Skeena Rathor

12.00 – 12.15      Talk in the Galleries – Make Votes Matter

12.30 – 12.45      Talk in the Galleries – Younger People and Democracy by Cllr Tom Skinner

13.30 – 13.45      Talk in the Galleries – Margaret Hills Life and Legacy by Cllr Chas Townley

14.00 – 14.15      Talk in the Galleries – What does it mean to be a District Councillor by Cllr George Butcher

14.30 – 14.45      Talk in the Galleries – My Time on Stroud District Youth Council by Youth Council Member

15.30 – 15.45      Talk in the Galleries – Let’s Celebrate Democracy by David Drew MP

16.00                     Event closes with a procession through Stratford Park using banners, sashes and rosettes created in the workshops throughout the day.
It would be brilliant for as many people as possible to join us in celebrating a historic Centenary year of Suffrage.

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