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Trident nuclear weapons system – Pointless?

British anti-nukes campaigners are pressuring the government to change course on replacing its Trident nuclear weapons system at an annual cost of £3 billion and rather spend the money on housing.

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Time to Scrap Trident: Stop fooling with nuclear weapons

stop-fooling-logoProtest at AWE Aldermaston


This year on April Fools’ Day, we will be going to Aldermaston to highlight our opposition to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system – because that’s where the nuclear bombs are made.

We’ll be saying Scrap Trident and cancel plans to replace it.

We’ll be gathering around the base in our thousands with music, colour, and speeches.

awe-bomb-factory-by-hembo-pagiWhy are we going?

2013 is a year of continuous activity at AWE Aldermaston, prompted by the formation of grassroots campaign Action AWE, to highlight the site’s nuclear bomb-making function. 

This is vital as we head towards the 2016 decision point on whether or not Trident should be replaced. Vast sums of money are being poured into developments at Aldermaston, even before any decision is taken on Trident.

The total cost of a replacement for Trident would be over £100 billion. At this time of cuts to jobs, housing and public services think what else Trident’s £100 billion could be spent on! We say it’s time to scrap Trident, and on April Fools’ Day we’ll be telling the government to ‘stop fooling with nuclear weapons’!


awe2How can you get involved?

Bring banners, placards, knitting, poems… and anything else you can think of to decorate the fence with to show what you want to spend the money on rather than Trident.

Also bring pots, pans and musical instruments, as we will be surrounding the base with the sound of protest. We hope you’ll join us for an inspirational day of protest against Britain’s illegal and immoral nuclear weapons!

Each of the gates at Aldermaston will have a different theme and regional/national focus – including a women’s gate and a faith gate.



  • London: Departs from near Embankment Station at 9:15am and picks up at Hammersmith Apollo at 9:45am. Booking in advance (by 25th March): £16 waged /£8 unwaged. After 25th March £20 waged/£10 unwaged. Contact David at London Region CND on 0207 607 2302 for more information.
  • East Midlands: Coach collection points planned to include Chesterfield, Nottingham, Leicester and Northampton. Contact East Midlands CND for details on 01246 235723.
  • Yorkshire: Departure at 6:50am from Bradford, University of Bradford, outside Richmond Building, Great Horton Rd. 7:30am from Leeds, Leeds Met Student’s Union, Calverley Street. 8:15am from Sheffield, Ponds Forge Leisure Centre, Pond Hill. £15 waged/ £8 student/low waged. The coach will return by early evening. To book a space please contact 01274 730 795 / with your name, contact number and pickup point.
  • Wales: For transport from South and Mid Wales contact Brian and Jan Jones (Swansea area) on 01792 830 330 or via email. From North East Wales contact Duncan Rees on 07774 268 371 or via email
  • Southampton: Coach will leave Southampton Cenotaph at 10:30 am and will pick up in Winchester by King Alfred’s statue. Tickets cost £15 waged/ £8 unwaged. For bookings phone David Hoadley on 023 8022 9363.
  • Merseyside: “AtoB” Coach departs at 7:15am from Mount Pleasant, opposite the multi-storey car park. Also collecting from Chester train station at 8:00am. £20 waged/£10 concessions.
  • Bath: Coach will leave Laura Place, Bath at 9:00am. £15 waged/£5 unwaged. Please contact Monica on 01225 312574 for tickets or come to the weekly peace stall each Saturday outside Bath Abbey from 11:30am – 12:30pm.


What next? The Scrap Trident Tour

The Aldermaston event will launch the national Scrap Trident tour through April and beyond. CND Vice-president Bruce Kent will be touring the country, campaigning to Scrap Trident.

He’s working with a range of different organisations to highlight the wasteful spending on Trident when so much investment is needed to eradicate poverty, boost people-friendly development and make our world a safer and more peaceful place to live.


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