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Autumn Gathering

Unstone Grange

Fri 26th to Sun 28th October 2018

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The annual Autumn Gathering (AG) is the weekend event where ECC reviews its activities, and plans for the coming year. It is our chance to reflect on the year past, to celebrate the rich experiences of community that have taken place, and to plan the events for the coming year. We also hold the formal Annual General Meeting of Edward Carpenter Community Ltd.

This is a working weekend, but with also plenty of time for walks and socialising. Come and enjoy community together during the mellow days of autumn, and help to shape another fruitful year for ECC in 2019.

There are some vacant ECC posts to fill, and the teams of organisers for next year’s events to form. Please contact the MG if you are interested to help or to learn more. Even if you can’t be with us at the AG, don’t let that stop you offering to contribute in some way.

Unstone Grange, in the village of Unstone near Sheffield, has hosted many ECC events over the years. The resident community will be welcoming us back for our AG. We will have exclusive use of the roomy, relaxed main house, set in its 5 acres of organic gardens, and with pleasant local walks within easy reach. Millthorpe, the village where Edward Carpenter lived for 40 years, is also only a few miles away.

It would be particularly good to welcome newcomers to the AG, or those who have not been for a while. So book now – and let’s bring together our enthusiasm, our positive energy, and the desire to see our community thrive and develop!

Also, if you are a current taskholder, or were an organiser for an event this year, please do remember to submit your report to the ECC Secretary, David Wray (at the email address below), in good time, so that he can collate these ahead of the AG.

The 2018 Autumn Gathering and Annual General Meeting of the Edward Carpenter Community will be held at:
Unstone Grange, Crow Lane, Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire S18 4AL
From 26 to 28 October 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Edward Carpenter Community Ltd will take place at 10am on Sunday 28th October 2018, at Unstone Grange, Crow Lane, Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire S18 4AL. Any member wishing to put down a motion for discussion should forward the motion in writing so that it reaches the undersigned not later than 28 days before the date of the meeting.

David Wray, Secretary, Edward Carpenter Community Ltd, 29 Claverdon House, Hollybank Road, Birmingham B13 0QY.
Email: maintenance [at]


Call for Maintenance Group and Taskholders

The Autumn Gathering is where we appoint various taskholders for the coming year. Most posts run for up to three years, and a number of people are stepping down this time. The following posts will be vacant, and we invite applications from any member who wishes to serve.

Maintenance Group

The Maintenance Group (MG) manages ECC's affairs in between Autumn Gatherings. It requires a minimum of 3 members who will be directors of the company, Edward Carpenter Community Limited.  David Wray is stepping down this time. We therefore seek at least one new member to join Jon Homer and Jimmy MacSweeney who remain.  The MG normally meets two or three times a year to discuss issues, make decisions and offer support to organisers of events.

Newsletter Editor

The newsletter editor generates an electronic mailing periodically throughout the year and will be supported by the website manager and maintenance group members. The task requires only basic IT skills, as well as a flair for the written word and an eye for a good photo.

Please contact Jon Homer, David Wray or Jimmy MacSweeney, of the Maintenance Group, to find out more about the roles and to register your interest: maintenance [at] You can put yourself forward now, or at the AG itself if you are planning to attend.


Call for Proposals / Bids for Events in 2019

The Autumn Gathering is also the opportunity to review and approve bids for events for 2019. New teams of organisers are needed to ensure that your favourite ECC events run again in 2019. Or maybe you’d like to propose an ECC weekend event in your area.

We are happy to announce that Laurieston Hall have offered us a week in 2019 (dates still to be confirmed), and we have secured another booking at High Close for late August. Bids are therefore invited from potential organising teams for these two venues, and for any other proposals at known or new venues.

Get in touch with one of the Maintenance Group to find out more about what information you need to provide for your proposed event. Again, contact David, Jimmy or Jon at maintenance [at]

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