Update from Coal Action Scotland & THWAC

30th October 2011
Hello all,

Here's a brief update of what's been going on with Coal Action Scotland and what's coming up. There's a week to go before the Autumn Gathering and lots has been happening!

1. New THWAC! short film
2. THWAC Gathering 6th-10th November
3. Coal Action Scotland October Newsletter
4. Action Roundup
5. Recent News

*1. New THWAC! short film*

A short film about the Happendon Wood Action Camp and fighting Scottish Coal in the Douglas Valley, and publicising the gathering next week can be watched here: http://politube.org/show/3075 and http://coalactionscotland.org.uk/?p=2206

*2. THWAC Gathering 6th-10th November*

The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC) was occupied on 12th September 2010 to resist the destruction of the Douglas Valley by Scottish Coal and SRG Estates.

Join us for our five day autumn gathering in the woods!

As part of what they're calling their "forward strategy", Scottish Coal have begun the process of closing the circle of open cast mines around the communities of the Douglas Valley by announcing three new open cast applications.

For too long now Scottish Coal, (with the help of rich landowners and corrupt councillors) have been shitting all over the Douglas Valley, causing ill health to the local communities in the area and contributing to climate change. This has got to stop.

The eviction at Mainshill was not an end but just a beginning. We're back to finish what we started. If Scottish Coal want to obliterate what's left of the Scottish countryside, we will obliterate them.

We're calling for affinity groups to come to the site with energy and ideas for action to destroy Scottish Coal's plans.

There will also be the usual skillsharing, including action workshops, information-sharing and opportunities to get involved in the campaign and day-to-day life on camp.


* warm clothes, boots and waterproofs, a tent, sleeping bag and mat
* tools for building work and action materials if you can
* Most importantly bring yourself and friends.

There'll be communal vegan food for a donation, so come prepared to help with chopping veg.

>The camp is near junction 12 of the M74, which runs from Carlisle to Glasgow. The nearest train stations are Lanark and Hamilton and there are frequent direct buses to near the site. Email us or call the sit phone if you need a lift from the train station.

Email: contact [at] coalactionscotland.org.uk
Site phone: 07806926040
Post: Happendon Wood Action Camp
Wolfcrooks Road
South Lanarkshire
ML11 9PA

Check out the brochure of coal targets in Scotland plus Digger Diving for Beginners here .

If you would like to do an info night in your area to publicise the camp and the gathering, get in touch and we'll
send you our new film and action resources.

*3. October Newsletter*

Download and distribute the Coal Action Scotland October Newsletter!
Find it here:

front three pages:

back page:

*4. Action Round-up*

Borehole Drilling Machine sabotaged in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp

Action against RPS group Glasgow in Solidarity with communities in Co. Mayo and South Lanarkshire

"Nae Coal at Hunterston": Action against Ayrshire Power and Peel

CONsultations by Scottish Coal marked by actions against the mines in Douglas Valley

Beginnings of a new wave of direct action in the Douglas Valley against Scottish Coal

*5. Recent News*

Deadly Coal Tour Visits THWAC

Scottish Coal given a slap on the wrist for environmental damage in Ayrshire

Victory against Scottish Coal in Midlothian!