Many of you will be aware of the significance of RAF Molesworth in the history of the peace movement. During the 1980’s a protest ran at the site at the same time as the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common, both raising awareness of the US Cruise Missiles to be stationed at the sites.
At Molesworth Christians joined those from other faiths and none in witnessing for peace, including Quaker Ian Hartley (who is interviewed in Ploughshare). Christian CND was also involved during that time, including a legal challenge over the sale of some of the land from the local Anglican Diocese.
Today Molesworth continues to be a US Air Force base, part of the National Security Agency spy network, but a reminder of the part remains in the shape of a peace garden and cross just outside the perimeter fence.
Christian CND has been working with a group of local volunteers to restore the garden, and an event will take place to celebrate the history of the site on Saturday 29 June. We’ll have speeches, memories and a chance to come together to pray for peace.
We’re gathering at 11am in the Peace Garden. We will have memories from some of those involved at Molesworth in the 1980s along with contributions from Christian CND and other organisations. There will be a time for anyone in attendance to share their memories and experiences of Molesworth. We will then move to the Cross, remaining from the Irene Chapel, where we will be joined by Canon Jonathan Young, who was involved in the original dedication of the Peace Garden in 1980. We will then have a time of prayer for a nuclear weapons-free world and for peace around the globe. We will finish with a shared lunch in the Peace Garden.
The postcode for the site is PE28 5AG, but note parking is extremely limited. The nearest village Brington is around 1 km away. Please get in touch with the office if you are travelling by train (nearest stations are Wellingborough and Huntingdon) and we will make every effort to arrange collection.
Facebook event information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/822716161419256/