Day of Action & Local Groups’ Round-Up

Now that Covid restrictions have been eased, Pensioners for Indy have been getting out and about again and were there in force for the Believe in Scotland Sept 18th Day of Action last Saturday. Here’s what been going on….

Edinburgh & Lothians group

The stall was set out on Saturday and had a visit from Gordon McIntrye-Kemp, the instigator of Believe in Scotland. That’s him on the right. Other folk were out leafletting in the nearby streets.

Daniel commented: We were in Bruntsfield Place, down from Holy Corner. It was an interesting stall day. A lot of negative comment from very obvious Unionists. Politely refuted and sent on their ways. Almost exhausted our 400 copies of the top notch BusinessforScotland 30 pager supplement. Good effort by all involved.

Edinburgh & Lothians Pensioners4Indy, 18th Sept 2021

Ayrshire Group

Our Ayr group were also back on the streets for the Day of Action. The first time they’ve campaigned out and about since the lockdown.

Selkirk & District

Next up is our Selkirk & District Group. Again out with their stall for the Believe in Scotland Day of Action. We really like their stall signs : Yes Already? Undecided? Definitely No? whichever anyone was, the Scotland the Brief booklet was there to take away.

From Jane: following the conversations we often have at our stalls with younger Yessers, one of our group has set up a Yes Selkirk Facebook group. We hope this will encourage sharing ideas and activities across the generations.

Greater Glasgow

The folk in Glasgow have been back on the streets campaigning for some months now. On Saturday there were two stalls, one out in Milngavie and one in Argyl Street. It took some perseverance to get to their spot near Miller Street – they had to find a way in avoiding the roads blocked off for Orange Lodge Marches. But once there, they had a good time.

Mary says: On Saturday 18th, with most of the city centre closed off for Orange Walks, it took 45 minutes to drive the 10 minute journey from Dennistoun to Argyle Street but we made it in the end. Greater Glasgow Pensioners for Indy had a great Day of Action with stalls both in Argyle Street and in Milngavie (thanks to Anna Gillies!) Great chat, generous donations and a new wee dug!

And some news and changes about the Glasgow Group’s Tuesday stall: The Tuesday mini-stall at Glasgow Green with banners from the National Banner Library is moving to the same Argyle Street site as on a Thursday and will be the full-on stall with the gazebo and all.  That way we hope to have more footfall amongst the passers-by. It will also be handier for volunteers coming in from the West End.  The time remains the same: Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm.

If you’re free on Thursdays, you can find the stall from 12-2pm at Miller St / Argyl St corner. The Milngavie stall is in the centre of the town every other Friday.

Interested in helping our stall teams?

All help is gladly accepted! Just email, tell us where you live and we’ll put you in touch with our local stall team. And if there’s not a local team, we’ll have a chat with you to see if we can help you start one. 😀

Emergency Indy March in Glasgow on 11 January2020

AUOB is quick off the mark after the GE result and is now organising a march through Glasgow on 11th Jan leaving at 11.30 from Kelvingrove Park and heading through the city centre to Glasgow Green

Kelvingrove Park, Kelvinway, Gibson Street, Eldon Street, Woodlands Road, Sauchiehall Street, Pitt Street, Blythswood Square (S), West George Street, Renfield street, Union street, Jamaica street, Clyde Street, Bridgegate, Saltmarket, Glasgow Green. 

Pensioners for Independence on a previous Glasgow AUOB March
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Pensioners in Oban for the March

Glasgow and Edinburgh P4Indy groups were up in Oban yesterday. Along with 7000 others according to the reports we’ve seen. I see Robert the Bruce came as well. I particularly like the penguins and seals for Indy and they didn’t mind when the showers came through! If there were other P4Indy groups there too, let us know and we can add your photos.

Galashiels AUOB March, 1 June

Haven’t seen any estimates for the numbers at the Galashiels March yet. But P4Indy were there!

So far we have photos of our Glasgow and Edinburgh Group uploaded into our slideshow here. If you were there with another P4Indy group, send us your photos please!

The stall was run by Sheena and her team from our Glasgow Group. And as well as making jewellery, Sheena had been baking including our favourite Scottish sweetie – tablet! Val, another Glasgow group member, recounts this very funny story that happened at the stall…

On our Pensioners for Indy stall today a wee girl wanted some tablet but shook her head when Sheena asked : “Have you not got any pocket money?” So we just gave her some anyway. Ten minutes later back she comes she with a wee boy who asks: “Is this where you get the free tablet?” Wee lassie pipes up: “Only if you haven’t got any pocket money…”

The kids are in good company this is our FM demolishing a plateful of tablet a few months back!

Talks from Our AGM

The 16 March was that Saturday when Scotland was caught in a jetstream-powered downpour of rain, sleet and snow but 70 of us still made our way to our AGM in Edinburgh. We were very fortunate to have three speakers joining us: Edinburgh City Councillor Ashley Graczyk, Joanna Cherry QC MP, and Paul Kavanagh-Mosson with the Wee Ginger Dug.

You can listen to the talks below:

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