20 July 2019
Paul Chaney: Planning Matters schedule
Saturday 20th July
14:00 – 17:00
Public opening of David Spero’s exhibition, Settlements (20 July – 8 September), documenting low-impact intentional communities around the UK (including Steward Wood).
The loss of Steward Community Woodland, Dartmoor – disturbing messages from a national park, public talk by Dr Tom Greeves (cultural environmentalist and Chairman of the Dartmoor Society 1998-2019).
Planning Matters introduction. Paul Chaney will outline the aims and parameters of the programme.
Public film screening in the pavilion: Winstanley (1975, dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 95 minutes).
This black and white film details the story of the social reformer Gerrard Winstanley and his small band of followers as they tried to establish a self-sufficient farming community on common land at St. George’s Hill in 1649. With poverty and unrest sweeping England, they formed an intentional community to assert the right to cultivate and share the wealth of the common land. The ‘Diggers’ are met with crushing hostility from local landowners and government troops. A wonderful and evocative film made in 1975 by film historian and documentary director Kevin Brownlow with Andrew Mollo.
Above image: Brownlow and Mollo, Winstanley: 2h20m; 1975