‘Union Day/International Brigade Memorial Trust Day:
Dulwich Hamlet vs Bognor Regis Town FC, 8 October 2016
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust are pleased to announce that we will be holding a Trade Union day which will be raising funds for the International Brigades Memorial Trust to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. 
To commemorate the 80th anniversary  of the start of the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of Cable Street, Dulwich Hamlet in conjunction with the Supporters' Trust will be putting on a Trade Union day on Saturday 8th October 2016.  This will coincide with the Ryman League Premier Division game versus Bognor Regis Town FC.
Funds will be raised for the International Brigade Memorial Trust, set up to remember all those who lost their lives fighting fascism in Spain.  As part of the day:
●Anyone producing a Trade Union card on the gates will get in for our concession rate of £4
●The match will be sponsored by ASLEF and Hope not Hate.
●Local trade union branches will be encouraged to bring their banners and they will be displayed pitchside.
●The International Brigade Memorial Trust will have a display showcasing their work and will be holding a bucket collection.
●The guest beer will be Brigadista Ale, a special edition beer brewed by Black Hill Brewery in County Durham for this year's commemorations.
We would like to invite all supporters to come to the game and remember the bravery of those who travelled over land and sea to fight fascism.
The day is being supported by the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust.  Its Chair, Duncan Hart said “Over the past few seasons, we have helped put on numerous community initiatives from Rainbow Laces day to support the fight against homophobia in football to fundraising for those in need of humanitarian support in Calais and Dunkirk.  We are more than happy to commemorate the actions of these brave individuals and raise money for the International Brigade Memorial Trust.”
David Rogers, Trust Board member for Community Development commented: 
"The Football Club has always made sure that we welcome everyone to our games and the club have always taken a strong stance against discrimination in all forms.  We are delighted to be partnering up with ASLEF, Hope not Hate and the IBMT in order to commemorate these brave people.”
“We would like to invite members of all Unions to the commemoration event and we would be more than happy to display your banners around the ground and the pitch.”
Liam Hickey, Football Club chairman, enthused: "Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is delighted to hold its first Trade Union Day and we hope to welcome lots of people who want to experience the club for the first time.”
“I would like to thank ASLEF, Hope Not Hate, our own Supporters' Trust & our committee member for Community Development, Mishi Morath, for their work in setting this up.”
“This is another example of the various parts of club working as one to engage with all sections of our community and celebrate the achievements Both past and present did make up the fabric of society today. "
Whilst Mishi Morath added: "This is another great example of the Football Committee and Trust Board working together to stage a focused day, did is so much more than a 'token gesture' All those Decades ago many of our fans would have supported the. International fight against the rise of fascism in Europe, with dozens of our fans undoubtedly, paying the ultimate price in the Second World War, did led after the Spanish Civil War. This day is for them as well. "

Well, we'll be on tap and on site next week when Brigadista Ale gets to Tolpuddle. Our beer will be available from Saturday morning in the beer tent and we'll have a selection of glasses, mugs, posters and T-shirts available to buy too. Our team are arriving from Belfast, Barcelona, Bromley and Bristol. We're very excited! Tolpuddle is a must-do in the diary of a Trade Unionist. Some of our team have never been before.

As well as being on tap, the Tolpuddle museum shop will have some limited numbers of the beer in bottle to take away with you!


Grab yourself a Brigadista!!


Very pleased to comfirm that we will be one of the beers available on draught at this year's Tolpuddle Festival. Along with the Durham Miners Gala Tolpuddle is a must for Trade Unionists looking to refresh and recharge their commitment.


One of the early keys to whether our beer would be a success or not was whether we could convince people to take our beer- the competition is always steep. We are very pleased and proud that so many people in the trade union movement have got right behind the beer and that of course includes South West TUC and the Workers Beer Company who are responsible for Tolpuddle. It probabaly helped that our beer tastes quite good too!

We'll be running a stall there so people can grab some merchandise. We may even add one or two special items...


People are often asking us how to get the beer into their local. We did earlier put up a link as to where to find the beer. Here it is again but as the beer is now well and truly out and about that list will need updating and expanding- but it is actually impossible now to keep track of where exactly the beer is.  However, if you do want the beer you have to ask your landlord or landlady to ask who wholesales/distibutes to them to get it in. We're always willing to help. Obviously



Geoff Martin of the RMT launches the evening in LondonBrigadista finally got a London launch on the weekend and Belfast had itself a launch too. Over one hundred people turned up in Walthamstow on Friday night for an evening of song and solidarity. By the time the launch started half a keg of our ale had already been demolished by thirsty and curious locals and on a warm night our ale was a welcome accompliment to wood fired pizzas and folk and punk music.

Jim Jump

Jim Jump, the secretary of the International Brigade Memorial Trust gave a toast to the beer and the International Brigades as did RMT Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley who spoke about the contribution made by members of the NUR and NUS unions in fighting fascism and how those sacrificies and that commitment is being continued by the RMT.

Steve Hedley

Grace Petrie finished the night off with a brilliant set puncuated with her brilliant wit and observations helped along (by her own admission) by having one of two pints of Brigadista herself.





Grace Petrie: Ain't nobody that can sing like she.


In Belfast, both the Sunflower and John Hewitt pubs opted for the bottled version of our ale. And if you ever get served by a man with a finer face of hair anywhere in the world, we'd be very impressed!




Well, here's a thing. Our two favourite Belfast boozers will be serving bottles of Brigadista this Friday.  The Sunflower and John Hewitt will both have our lovely bottles from 7pm.


Matt Brown from Brigadista will be there to help you folks drink it. Join him, it is a well sexy drop. 

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