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Fracking is coming to Chester, UK

There exists piles and piles of information which will tell you all about the dangers and ill-effects of ‘fracking’, or not, depending on whose literature you’re reading. This page is not going to get all technical (see here for that sort of thing). If you live in Chester(UK) and anywhere near Upton, just know, that fracking is coming…The ‘exploratory drill’ has been ‘okayed’ and we are just waiting for Dart Energy* to arrive. This blog intends to present a picture timeline of what happens on and near the site, pre-, during-, and post- drill(s).

 23rd March 2014 saw local residents undertaking a peaceful protest walk to the site; ImageImage

 31st March 2014 having wandered down Duttons Lane we spotted loads of wildlife; Peacock butterflies, Wrens, Coal tits, Robins and Blackbirds…I wonder what they will make of upcoming events…?


 Late Friday 4th April 2014, a small group of ‘protectors’ arrived at the drill site and began establishing ‘Upton Community Protection Camp’. Fantastic that they arrived before Dart.


Over the next few days, the camp became more camp-like! A library, kitchen and children’s area have all been created. 10154652_10152717140710410_907028608_n_20140407155118207



The library in progress
The library in progress

    Local residents have rallied to help bring supplies and positive energy to the camp, and Sunday 6th April 2014 saw a ‘Mad Frackers Tea Party’.


 Local resident’s children were entertained with sign-making workshops 🙂 . Monday 7th April 2014 has seen interest from BBC radio Merseyside and Northwest Tonight, long may interest and support grow!


Thursday 26th June 2014 saw another ‘picnic’ at the camp – thanks to all who managed to come down and show support


There are more and more things going on at the camp;

Vegetable Patch Resistance is Fertilea vegetable patch is doing its thing;

Meditation Tent

There is a Druid Space, complete with meditation tent;

Inside the Meditation Tent

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“Fracking is Under Mining”

Reclaim the Power

“Reclaim the Power”


So much is owed to the ‘protectors’ who are pretty much full time at the site… But, more #Chester people need to get passionate about this, if it comes, it won’t just effect #Upton

October 2015

A lot of time has passed ~ I am such a bad blogger

#UptonCommunityProtectionCamp is still there, a year and a half on; there are lots more buildings including a Solidari-Tea hut and updated kitchen.


All Welcome :)
Solidari-Tea Hut ~ All Welcome 🙂

There has been a few changes in full-time occupants, however, some people still remain from the early days, this in itself is amazing!

The Summer has been and gone – camp has enjoyed some beautiful flower displays


where once there was a piano...
where once there was a piano…
...Now flowers and herbs
…Now flowers and herbs

Members of #FrackFreeUpton and camp regulars have done sterling work, organising and undertaking a local street survey, both informing households about fracking and gathering information on public opinion. Upton Parish Council and Cheshire West And Chester Labour MPs have pledged a moratorium on fracking in the area, whilst the Parish Council have voted to ban seismic testing (the necessary precursor to drilling) – Tesla are still able to undertake seismic tests on private land however, with permission.

But, as yet…there’s still no rig…

A message in the Solidari-Tea Hut; “Save this World It’s the only One”

Camp has played host to lots of events, from sing-songs to meditation to self-defence tutorials;


and it was a beautiful spot to watch the (2015) solar eclipse


The library has been host to art and photography exhibitions


Most recently, Saturday September 26th 2015, camp played host to Beacons in the Dark where a group of beautiful like-minded people gathered to enjoy a symbolic ceremony and asked for continued protection for Upton and beyond; succinctly, #FrackFreeEverywhere

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If you haven’t yet visited camp, why not make it this week? The kettle is always on! Children and dog friendly but best wear boots 🙂


Upton is still not safe ~ Planning permission is in place until into 2016 – If you don’t want your city to be undermined, please take an interest.

***Update 9th OCTOBER 2015***

So, on the 9th October (2015), much to our disappointment, TESLA arrived on farmer Dutton’s land and proceeded to lay explosive charges with a view to carrying out seismic tests – farmer Dutton doesn’t think this is anything to do with the Upton site but part of wider tests being undertaken across the country by Igas…

see Chester Chronicle story here

Local residents set up a community blockade to highlight their opposition

sesimic block

***UPDATE 23rd October, 2015***

Today, members of Cheshire police facilitated bailiffs (possibly, although no ID was shown) in their posting of these notices at Upton camp:


Occupants are now told they are trespassing…tomorrow is an early Halloween party and celebration including pumpkin carving… #Solidarity

***UPDATE 24th October 2015***

So pleased to update with some pictures of tonight’s beautiful evening spent with beautiful people – there was pumpkin carving, face painting and family fun in the afternoon, followed by an evening around the fire with music, singing and story telling – all topped off with some lovely home made food

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 halloweensolidaritea   pumpkinbat   pumpkinline pumpkinskel

Thank you Upton Camp, friends and community for another happy evening

***UPDATE 29th October 2015***

Today, eviction papers were posted at camp – this. is. bad.

Now, more than ever UCPC needs your support!!!


Look up: Frack Free Upton ~ Frack Free Dee ~ Upton Community Protection Camp & Follow @FrackFreeUpton and @frackfreedee on Twitter to find out how to get involved

*Since the birth of this blog, Dart Energy has been acquired by Igas

All photos (c) BMcJ

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My heart aches with sadness *and* joy

It’s a strange feeling…

Yesterday (28th October 2015) I turned 39. The day was marred by the loss of our 16 year old four-legged friend Rigby who sadly lost the battle against an aggressive tumour. Rigby (aka Riggles because of the way he could wriggle from the tip of his tail to the end of his nose almost shaking himself off his feet in-between when he emerged from water) lived with us for around 7 years…

We got him following a visit to Warrington RSPCA in the search of a companion for our other hound Razzle (the black and white)…having viewed a very handsome grey Staffordshire Bull terrier who upset Razzle by trying to mount him (several times) we were told about Haye, a long-term resident…we walked him and Razz together and they were pretty indifferent of each other but we’re suckers for long-term kennel residents so that was that…Haye was ours. He became Rigby when we arrived home with him for the first time as Eleanor Rigby started to play on the radio.

So, if you surrendered Haye to the RSPCA (we were told he belonged to an elderly person who could no longer care for him…) know that he was loved and he loved…the dog had the biggest heart!

He was my shadow, there’s not much time we spent apart, he was the brindle-brown-grey dog who could sense when my ‘black dog’ was prowling and was always ready to provide cuddles…We shall miss him terribly and although we are left with a big Rigby sized hole, we are grateful for the time we had with him…here comes some of the joy…

The following gallery is entitled “The time when Rigby…” 

Some of our favourite pictures – I particularly like the ones of him swimming as I had to teach him to swim! The first time he followed Razzle into the canal (for Razzle truly was a water dog in his younger days), Rigby looked like a box of windmills, his paws were round his ears! So, one day, on a long lead I gently waded into the River Dee with him until he was confident enough to keep his feet underwater in the traditional doggy paddle – he was never as keen as Razzle to dive straight in, but once in, he could out-swim his ‘brother’ – Really not bad for a dog who was terrified of rain (to the extent that he would hide in the shower – go figure!)

I hope you will enjoy these pictures (click to view larger) and hope they bring smiles like the ones Rig brought us

Happy Trails wriggly one – see you on the other side

Topic of “Chemtrails” Discussed at United Nations Global Warming Session

Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

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Weather Modification Programs Cause Climate Change

Rosalind-Peterson-MugFormer USDA inspector, Rosalind Peterson speaks at the United Nations forum on Global Warming.

It’s impossible to have a rational discussion on climate change without calculating the effects of decades of weather modification programs, cloud-seeding and Chemtrails.

Since Ms. Peterson’s 2007 presentation, it’s becoming more obvious that the aerosol spraying (chemtrails) is largely designed to control natural resources and food supply by targeting areas that produce food and other commodities with drought, floods, heat and cold.

Even Corporate media is now reporting that the record California drought will dramatically inflate food prices.

Complete Story: Suzanne Phan, KXTV – February 22, 2014 – Click Here

SACRAMENTO – The California drought is hitting many people hard and its impact will be felt from farm to fork.

Federal officials said many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from…

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Rusty Mahone Turns 50!

Hello there all you beautiful people!…

It’s fast approaching the half century celebration of the one many will know as Rusty; part man, part beer!

You may know him as busker extraordinaire or accordionist with such musical greats as The Family Mahone, Mark Radcliffe & Foes, The Friday Busking Club, Full House, Pandemonium, Green Smoke Hokum Band or Galleon Blast…you may just know him from his perch at the end of Telford’s Warehouse bar.

For reasons I won’t go into here (it’s not JustGiving!), I’m hoping to put money towards a new light(er)weight accordion, so that he might entertain with more ease in the future.

If you would like to show appreciation for your favorite accordion player, rather than buying him a birthday pint (!) please use the button below; there is absolutely no MINIMUM, anything you choose to give will be gratefully received :O)

I’m thinking it would be nice for all names to go in a card for him, please email me (address below) with your birthday messages!

Finally, Russ doesn’t know about this page so please try and keep it that way :O)

Thanks a bunch!

Loads of Love,



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