About this group
Global Action: Close Guantanamo: Vigil Wirksworth Crook Barn: May 2013

Founded in 1998 in our beautiful and historic market town on the edge of the Peak District, Wirksworth and District Amnesty International meets at 8 pm on the third Tuesday of each month, at Waltham HOuse, St. Johns Street, just south of the Market Square, Wirksworth (DE4 4DT). Free evening parking in Market Place.

Come and meet us - we are a friendly group of activists, committed to support Amnesty International in various ways  - meetings, stalls, displays, gigs - some smaller, some more dramatic, some focussing on human rights issues abroad and some in the UK. (See below). 


Chair: Paul L. Webb: paul.l.webb@virgin.net

Secretary: Alison Ledburry: ledbury.com@lineone.net

Treasurer: Vally Miller: vallymiller@yahoo.co.uk

prisoner of Conscience letter writing campaign: mary_foster@zen.co.uk

Website: Hilary Gray: hilarygray@btinternet.com


Regionally based:

  • Cuba
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • SE Asia Chittagong Hill Tribes and Dongria Khond indifenous group
  • Zimbabwe 

Issues based:

  • Arms Trade Treaty
  • Death penalty
  • Human Rights Act
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Stop violence against women


Monthly: a letter on behalf of one prisoner of conscience goes every month to his or her government, and in some cases also to the UK government, from each member of our letter writing group (currently 200 people).

Annually - with typical activity:

  • Holocaust Memorial Day: local display for the period around January 27th
  • International Women's Day: speakers, discussions, action - Saturday just before or after March 10th
  • Wirksworth Well Dressing: Market Place stall - Spring Bank Holiday Saturday (May 24th 2014)
  • Wirksworth Arts Festival: usually 2nd and third weeks in September
    (i) Display; action; children's activity - first weekend of Festival
    (ii) Speaker, drama or gig: allocated date within Festival
  • Message of Hope: Greetings card campaign events in Wirksworth and Matlock, and also via local churches that are members of Churches Together in these towns - Saturday nearest Human Rights Day, December 10th.

Contact this group

For officers: see 'About my group'.

Webmaster: Hilary Gray, hilarygray@btinternet.com;