Press cuttings

Scope and Content

Chronological summary of key press cuttings and main events covered:

1985

Evictions, harassment, arrests, court appearances and prison sentences continue throughout the year. The Greenham Common women continue to protest against cruise deployment and USA military exercises.

*Greenham Common women loose appeal in their court action against USA Government.

*Guardian article 'Why they break the law in order to keep the peace', including a profile of Greenham Common protestor Sarah [Hipperson] (26 Jan).

*One woman is taken to hospital after protesting against cruise deployment (29 Jan).

*Ministry of Defense (MoD) introduces new bylaws to make trespassing on the RAF base an offence with a maximum £100 fine.

*One woman taken to hospital with a broken leg after being hit by a trailer in a protest to stop cruise deployment (28 Aug).

*The Greenham Common women launch protest against England's food warehouses, where 'food mountains' are stored, the result of the EEC's agricultural policies.

*'Behind The Lines', article by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian (9 Dec).

1986

Evictions, harassment, arrests, court appearances and prison sentences continue throughout the year. The Greenham Common women continue to protest against cruise deployment and USA military exercises.

*'Russia has agents at Greenham Common' claims Janes Defense Weekly by a consultant to the USA Pentagon, Mr. Yossef Bodansky (21 Jan).

*Cao Xiao Bing, deputy secretary general of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament, visits the camp.

1987

*Michael Heseltine is summoned to Reading Crown Court by lawyers acting for two Greenham Common peace protest women (16 June).

*Greenham Common peace protestors win the right to challenge the validity of new bylaws introduced by the MoD to keep trespassers off the USA military base.

The Greenham Common peace camps divide into two distinct gates after a split in opinion on racism and policy at the camp.

*A Greenham Common peace protestor writes to the Lord Chancellor in protest of five Newbury residents receiving free visits to USA at the cost of USA Air Force (6 Nov).

*Greenham Common women (including Katrina Howse and Wilmette Brown) disrupt Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) meeting, to draw attention to the movement 'as primarily a white, middle-class movement of men'.

The Guardian reports on why the Greenham Common peace camp will continue after the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed by the USA and Soviet Union [that eliminated all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles - the first nuclear arms control agreement to reduce nuclear arms] (Dec).

1988

Debate about racism and the two opposing gates at Greenham Common peace camp continue. Debate on why the camp continues, covered throughout the year.

*Protest women win appeal against MoD. It is ruled that MoD bylaws used to prosecute protest women were illegal because of medieval access laws on common land (26 Feb).

*Greenham Common protestors [including playwright Margaretta D'Arcy] face court charges for protest against Britain's presence in Northern Ireland .

*Greenham Common protestors renew demands that the British Army leave the deserted village Imber, Wiltshire, which had been used for army training since the 1940s.

1989

The first phase in the decommissioning of Nato's intermediate nuclear forces begins. Debate on why the camp continues, covered throughout the year.

*16 cruise missiles are flown to Arizona, USA, as part of the decommissioning (2 Aug).

*Helen Wynne Thomas dies after being hit by a police horsebox on a road outside the main gate of the camp (8 Aug).

*Verdict of accidental death returned by jury on the death of Helen Wynne Thomas. Greenham Common women criticise inquest.

Debate about Commoners rights on Greenham Common [after recent ruling that MoD had acted illegally by denying passage to protestors] provokes letters from Greenham Common protestors and Greenham Common commoners in The Newbury Weekly News.

*MoD attempts to sign an agreement with Greenham Commoners over the extinguishing of some of their access rights, in return for compensation. MoD threatens to abolish all rights if commoners don't partake in the agreement.

1990

Harassment and attacks continue throughout the year.

Debate about the continuation of the Greenham Common Peace Camp after the United States of America (USA) military base is decommissioned in 1991.

Investigation and debate on the rights of commoners on common land.

Protestors allege assault by military police in process of eviction and escorting from the base.

*Jill Liddington publishes the book 'The Long Road To Greenham' (22 Mar).

*Georgina Smith and Jean Hutchinson take their case to the House of Lords, to challenge bylaws brought into effect by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), preventing access to the Greenham Common Royal Air Force (RAF) base by protestors (10 May).

*Greenham women win legal battle appeal (13 Jul).

*Cutting on 'Protesters find common cause with residents' (6 Aug).

*The Sun publishes 'Scram Scrounger' (3 Nov).

1991

Debate about the continuation of the Greenham Common Peace Camp after the United States of America (USA) military base is decommissioned in 1991.

Investigation and debate on the rights of commoners on common land.

Various protests, trespassing and disruptions to the military base are maintained by protestors.

*The final cruise missile is removed (6 Feb).

*Mother of Helen Thomas [who died outside the gates of Greenham Common military base 1989] fails to overturn an inquest verdict of accidental death (24 Apr).

*Peace women cost tax payers £500,000 a year, according to RAF commander Andrew Brookes (8 Aug).

Various articles on the ten-year anniversary of the Greenham Common Peace Camp.

1992

Newbury residents become more vocal and visible in the debate of what should happen to Greenham Common, after the removal of the cruise missiles from the RAF base. Their opinion of the Greenham Common women continues to be publicly disapproving.

Protestors maintain that the Greenham Common Peace Camp will continue.

*United States Air Force (USAF) announce that they will leave the Greenham Common military base later this year (16 Jan).

*The women of Yellow Gate lodge a complaint against the BBC after a Women's Hour feature 'misrepresented' the Greenham Common women's campaign (Apr).

*Sarah Hipperson has her jail sentence quashed, for criminal damage in 1987 (circa. May)

*The RAF Greenham Common base fence is ruled illegal (24 May).

1993

The Greenham Common peace camp continues.

Debate about the future of Greenham Common continues.

*Rosy Bremer, Claire Pearson, Katrina Howse and Aniko Jones, loose their case against Newbury District Council for eviction.

*Cyclist is killed on the road at the same location as where Helen Thomas died in 1990 (10 Aug).

*Ten year anniversary of the arrival of cruise missiles at Greenham Common. Opinions of 7 women (Beeban Kidron, Indra Morris, Joan Smith, Sarah Simms, Lynne Franks, Evelyn Parker and Marjorie Thompson) (7 Nov).

1994

*The women of Blue Gate camp leave Greenham Common (27 Jan).

*Yellow Gate Greenham Common peace protestors mark the five year anniversary of the death of Helen Thomas (12 Aug).

*Article titled 'The Greenham Spirit' features interviews with Peggy Walford, Rosy Bremer and Katrina Howse (Nov).

1995

*'Walk for Peace' arrives at Greenham Common (2 Feb).