13 Oct 2018

Pro-EU campaign update

Since our last blog post in June, things have been moving fast: there were two more street stalls in Winchester - and it is only one more week until the big People's Vote March For The Future in London!

This march is hugely important! If you can, drop everything and attend! We need to show how many are opposing what the UK government is trying to do! It's easy to get to the march from Winchester in good company on the COACH organised by the European Movement Hampshire. Have you booked your ticket yet? If not, do so now, there are not many seats left! If you should prefer to go by train but don't want to travel on your own, we would recommend to ask for travel companions in the Facebook group of The 48% - Winchester.

Whichever kind of Brexit the UK government is going to implement, it is going to be a failure! See this short but brilliant video done by Femi from OFOC explaining once again the consequences of different scenarios and why we need a proper People's Vote on all options (video opening on Facebook):

The street stalls

The September stall

Find below text and photos from the Press Release done by the European Movement (EM) Hampshire and some additional comments from campaigners who were there on the day:

"EU supporters gathered on Saturday 22nd September for Action Day, marked by all the leading organisations opposed to Brexit. In Winchester the Hampshire European Movement, the 48% Winchester and the Win-IN (Winchester International Network) set up a stall by the Buttercross to show passers-by in the High Street the folly of Brexit.

Winchester voted 59% to remain in the EU, and the prospect of Brexit is already having negative effects on many. Holidays are more expensive, prices are rising quicker than wages, the NHS and others have staffing problems. FEELING THE BREXIT SQUEEZE? was the right question on our brochure — and the right question for the High Street.

More than 60 volunteers, wearing something blue and waving EU flags, attended the European Movement stand and the 48% Winchester gathering. Many members of the public signed the EM petition asking the Government to Release the Brexit Impact Studies. And in a spirit of democracy there were also some heated discussions with a few Brexiteers, where all “agreed to disagree”.

The lovely sunny afternoon added to the occasion — as did the presence of the Winchester Morris Men, giving extra sound and motion effects to the discussions on politics and Brexit. Perhaps inspired by the Morris Men’s hankering for tradition, a group of Remainers then adjourned to the pub!"

One campaigner wrote this about the day: "My favourite quote from the day was a lovely lady who said 'it's all a bit of a muddle really' thus summing up the whole Brexit debacle in one sentence. People were divided on the question about who should have a say on final decision with someone saying 'it was the people who got us into this mess in the first place' and someone else saying she feared giving a peoples vote risked dividing an already divided nation even further. Lots of people are very unhappy with the way things are going."

Another one had this to add: "the Brexitometer was busy throughout the morning, in spite of the rain. At times we had a queue for it. I met a young man who had been working in the EU import/export business who had just been made redundant because of Brexit. He was very interested in our campaign and signed up to join the group."

The October stall

The next stall was on 6 October. One of our campaigners described the day as follows: "Unfortunately for this event the weather was foul. The purpose of the stall was to promote the march on 20 October. What struck me was (1) the number of well-wishes from outside Hampshire (e.g. Shropshire, Northern Ireland). Plus a lady came from Andover just to wish us well. And (2) the number of people who were already committed to going in the march."

Once again, a big thank you to all the people who helped with the stalls!

If you should be interested to help with the next activity and are not yet connected to us through Facebook or Twitter, please sign up to our mailing list to keep in the loop.

Sylke on behalf of Win-IN

(All copyrights of photos are with the people who took them!)

17 Jun 2018

Is Brexit going well? The Brexitometer speaks for itself!

On Saturday there was another Pro-EU street stall in Winchester, this time to gauge the mood in regards to 'how Brexit is going' and also to promote the People's Vote march on 23 June in London.

The public didn't have to be encouraged at all, they were more than eager to fill up our Brexitometer and at times queued for it! After the first hour, we had to expand certain areas of it as there were just too many dots going on top of each other! This makes very clear, Brexit is certainly a Big deal, but not Done deal! See for yourself:

If you are joining us in London on 23 June for the march, why not book a coach ticket to travel with a group? Some tickets are still available! See here for details.

On top of that we had a reporter and a camera man from the BBC there, interviewing one of our activists at the stall, and they were also later talking to another campaigner, a local non-British EU citizen who is leaving the UK after 12 years because of the status changes that are coming for her when the UK leaves the EU.

Some of the footage should be on BBC South News on the days running up to the march in London (we don't have an exact date/time yet), so keep an eye out for us!

Some more photo impressions from our busy two hours:

The stall was supported by activists from The 48% -Winchester, the European Movement, the local Liberal Democrats, and of course Win-IN.

We had an excellent turnout of campaigners (either representing these groups or just themselves), despite this stall only being advertised not even a week beforehand. Thank you to all of you - and a special thank you to Richard Murphy for his outstanding photos!

If you should be interested to help with the next one and are not yet connected to us through Facebook or Twitter, please sign up to our mailing list to keep in the loop.

Sylke on behalf of Win-IN

(All copyrights of photos are with the people who took them!)

5 Jun 2018

Coming up quickly: March For A People's Vote on 23 June in London

Please come along if you can make it!

A bus has been arranged by the European Movement to take people from Romsey/Winchester to London on 23 June for the march - if you would like to travel by bus, book now!

All details are in the Facebook events linked to below:

Take the BUS to the March For A People's Vote

Saturday 23 June 2018
9:00h to 19:00h
King Alfred Statue
Please see the event details on Facebook!

March For A People's Vote London

Saturday 23 June 2018

Please see the event details on Facebook!

26 May 2018

GDPR - and what happened to our mailing list!

As everybody who is remotely active on the internet knows by now, on Friday 25 May the new GDPR rules became binding for the EU and for the data of its citizens worldwide. To comply with that, the Win-IN website now has a Privacy Policy and I have also made changes to the mailing list we have. Coincidentally, I have also switched this website over to the safer HTTPS protocol as Google has recently activated this option for Blogger hosted websites. So far so good.

Let me tell you a little about the mailing list:

Our list isn't huge, on Thursday 24 May we had 175 email addresses with names in there, collected at various events and also through this website.

All of the data are safely kept on MailChimp, an Email Marketing Service provider used by many organisations who need to keep in touch with members (be it for marketing or not). Any list subscriber can at all times access their data on the MailChimp site and either change them or unsubscribe completely (through a link in every sent mail). MailChimp have their own privacy policy and were very helpful with information on how to make our email list and sign-up procedure GDPR compliant.

Once I got my head around all the changes necessary, it transpired that I had to set up a new sign-up form on the MailChimp site (the link is on the Contact tab) and remove the embedded form from our website. On the new form every subscriber has to grant us clear permission to email them.

To make things watertight, we had to ask electronic confirmation of this permission for every existing subscriber, so on Thursday I sent out an email to all of them asking to give us this permission to keep emailing them.

Here is what happened: so far, out of the 175 subscribers a few have unsubscribed and only about 30 opted in, 17%. Ouch - but I think this will be similar for most of the organisations who asked for opt-in.

According to MailChimp's report, we had an email opening rate of 38.7% (which is slightly better than what we normally get and definitely better than the non-profit industry standard at 18.8%), in real numbers that was just under 70 people looking at the mail - and less than half of those have opted in.

I fear the emails to the rest of our subscriber list have either disappeared in spam folders or been ignored. But it’s OK, I want our emails to go to interested people.

If you happen to be one of our subscribers and haven't seen an email but would like to keep in the loop, please do check your spam folder and if you find the mail please do what the email asks of you. If you are not able to find the email, then please re-subscribe via our sign-up form on the MailChimp site. It really only takes a moment. Alternatively if you still have one of our previous mails, locate the Update Your Preferences link at the bottom and follow the instructions given there.

In addition to that, if you think our emails are useful, you could always point friends who might be interested to our website or the email campaign archive and ask them to subscribe too.

Alternative ways to stay in touch are of course to use RSS (for the website), or social media.

Hoping to stay in contact,
Sylke on behalf of Win-IN

21 Apr 2018

People's Vote Action Day

This morning at the Winchester Buttercross we had a nice big group of friendly pro-EU campaigners (from Winchester and further afield) coming together, representing various groups like the European Movement, The 48% - Winchester, and, of course, Win-IN.

Once again many people on the High Street were happily engaging with us. Our small EU flags, badges and Citizen of Europe stickers were well received and many stories were shared about how Brexit will adversely affect (and in many cases already affects) people's lives, be they from the UK or from other EU countries.

We invited everybody to cast a vote on whether there should be a People's Vote on the Brexit deal, and also to write postcards to our local MP. Votes and postcards were gathered in a transparent ballot box and will be taken to our MP in due course.

The postcards had come from the National pro Remain Postcards Campaign and looked like this:

Finally some more photo impressions of the event:

If you would like to be kept in the loop about future events please sign up to our mailing list on the Contact tab.

(All copyrights of photos are with the people who took them! A special thank you to Richard Murphy for his outstanding photos!)

16 Apr 2018

People’s Vote campaign: Brexit is a big deal, not a done deal!

Last weekend saw activists from nine pro-European organisations launch a grassroots campaign for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.

In support of this campaign, the Hampshire European Movement and other local organisations will hold a joint stall in Winchester on Saturday 21st April 2018, 10:30 to 1pm.
A transparent ballot box will be available and the public encouraged to cast their vote for, or against holding the People’s Vote.

Come and join us in Winchester High Street at the Buttercross, just to cast your vote, or stay and support us for an hour or two. Wear something blue, bring a flag, hope for blue skies.

You can make the difference, together we can win.

Sign up on Facebook!

NB: please don't get confused, we have two different event notices out now - but they are both for the same event! You can sign up to this one or the other one, it doesn't matter as long as you come along!

31 Mar 2018

Should there be a vote on the final deal? Help us ask the public in Winchester!

Our next stall in Winchester will be on Saturday 21 April and hopefully this time the weather gods will be in a more favourable mood! Please see the info on Facebook and be there if you can!

Pro-EU stall: come and vote on the final deal!

Saturday 21 April 2018
10:30h -13:00h
The Buttercross
Please see the event details on Facebook!

13 Mar 2018

Local Elections 2018 - register to vote by 17 April!

Once again, the date for the local elections is approaching fast - many of us can vote on 3 May. Details on who is allowed to take part can be found on the Your Vote Matters site. If you are eligible,  you need to be registered to vote by 17 April. This can be easily done by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Upcoming Action Day - this Sunday!

Everybody needed a bit of a break it seems, but now another action day has been decided on, led by the local Lib Dems and supported by other local pro-EU group members. Please see the info on Facebook and be there if you can!

Winchester "Exit from Brexit" stall

CANCELLED due to weather conditions
Please see the event details on Facebook!