THE ROBERT TRESSELL EVENT, 2004 Programme of Events Saturday 12th June-Sunday 13th June

Saturday 12th June

11am Hastings Museum, John Place (next to Summerfields Sports Centre) click here for map

Local historian, Brion Purdey on ‘Churches and Chapels of Tressell’s Hastings’

Speakers on the history of the Co-operative movement and Tressell in Ireland

Christine Coates from London Metropolitan University will be demonstrating the TUC manuscript website of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’

1-2pm Lunch break (please note that there are no refreshment facilities at the museum)

2pm onwards-starting point will be confirmed during morning session

Minibus tours of Tressell’s Hastings with local historian Steve Peak. Minibus courtesy of Southern Region GMB. Please note that there will be two excursions.


7-11pm Sussex Room, below White Rock Theatre, Seafront, Hastings-Licensed bar

Red and Green Socialist Choir

Sean Curtis-local musician-playing all kinds of music by audience request

Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists

Geoff Martin, Organiser, Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Council
Dick Muskett, Workers Beer Company
Other speakers to be confirmed

Stalls from Bookmarks, Fair Trade, Credit Unions, Justice for Mineworkers etc

The Tressell banner on display

Top of the page Sunday, 13th June

11am-2pm Sussex Room, White Rock Theatre-coffee and sandwiches will be available

11am Steve Stevenson from Ex-P&O Strikers, on the continuing battle to redress the wrongs and injustices which were imposed on the sacked seafarers, and their Early Day Motion campaign.

12 noon Steve Huggins, Branch Secretary of Hastings Fire Brigades Union on the recent pay and conditions dispute.

1pm Les Sweeting from the Justice for Mineworkers Campaign on 20 years since the strike.

Following a short break, Tressell expert Trevor Hopper will lead his popular Tressell walk through Hastings, to meet up with Steve Peak, our local historian, at Ladies Parlour on the West Hill. Steve will then give his visual history of Hastings from the top of the hill. The GMB minibus will be available to assist those who have difficulty walking to the site.

If we have been able to book further speakers who cannot be accommodated into the above programme, we will meet up again at the Sussex Room following the Tressell walk. Refreshments will be available all day in the bar.

Please note that items on this programme may be subject to change at short notice

We look forward to seeing you. For more information please contact Susannah Farley-Green on 01424 460735 or email

For accomodation please contact Hastings Information Centre on 01424 781111.

You may also like to contact our sponsors, Roger and Viv Weeden at the Senlac Guest House to check if they have any vacancies, on 01424 430080 or

This programme is sponsored by Roger and Viv Weeden from the Senlac Guest House, Cambridge Gardens Hastings


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