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Le Tour de Frack

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Le Tour De Frack
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On 23 June 2018 we will be gathering for an ‘en masse’ cycle tour of areas affected by oil drilling in the South East of England. Sites will include Horse Hill, Brockham and Leith Hill in Surrey and Balcombe in West Sussex.

This will be a fun event with riders of all levels and abilities welcome. You can participate for a small section of the route or make a whole day of it.

The ride will be bright and colourful, with flags and banners to raise awareness and to get our message out ‘Clean Energy Now’ and ‘No to Drilling in The Weald’.

The tour will start from Meadowbank in Dorking at 10.30am. There will be three routes to choose from: 22 miles, 30 miles or 57 miles. Participating cyclists should register at Eventbrite.

For a sneak preview of the routes, go to the following links:

All riders will be issued with the routes plus timings and rest stops on the day.

If cycling is not your thing, please join us instead at ‘Greet at the Gates’ to cheer the cyclists on and to come together for refreshments, music, fun, games, information sharing and, of course… cake.

Stops will include Brockham Green, Horse Hill and Balcombe (more details to follow). Or join us at the finishing line at Leith Hill Protection Camp, where the event will wind down with food and entertainment. There will even be massage therapists on hand to sooth any aching limbs!

If you’re interested in joining the ride, or want to be a part of the day in some other way, please get in touch at and visit

Saturday June 23rd 2018
Le Tour De Frack
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“Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)” campaign single released

Leith Hill Community Blues Band has secured a music distribution deal, meaning its recently recorded single will now be available via a wide range of digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

The Dorking-based community band was formed to promote awareness of the oil drilling threat at Leith Hill, and to highlight the role of the Forestry Commission, which leased the drill
site to Europa Oil and Gas.

A spokesperson for the band said: “Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill) was recorded as a plea to the much-loved Gruffalo children’s character to end its long-running marketing partnership with the Forestry Commission.

“The site lease expires in August this year, and we hope the Gruffalo will join us in urging the Forestry Commission not to renew it. We are asking them to engage with the local community to explore other revenue options which do not utterly contradict its core mission statement to protect woodlands and forests.

“Our kids are all huge Gruffalo fans, and we have an obligation to defend their rights to continue enjoying safe drinking water and the wonderful naturalenvironment around here.”

The single was written and recorded on a hand-made lap guitar, crafted out of a hollow tree trunk by a local dad for his kids. The chorus was recorded at various drop-in community events and the results were mastered at a leading recording studio in London.

All funds raised from the sale of the single will go towards the legal defence of the UKOG injunction case and other campaign initiatives.

Buy Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)

The video can be viewed on Youtube.