Stand in the Park first started in Australia in response to the lockdowns and has now grown into an international movement.
Brady Gunn was just a lone individual who one day, appalled by the Government's grossly disproportionate lockdown measures, decided to stand alone and silent in his local park. Hyde Park in Sydney was the park where it all started and now his idea has caught like wildfire and rippled across the planet. Today there are Stand in the Park events every Sunday, at 10am
local time, on every continent, across the world.
Participants are invited to wear something yellow to help them be identified. Early events here saw people turning up and missing each other - but soon the connections began to build, the smiles rippled through the crowds and a new movement was born.
Initial organisers explain that it is not a demonstration, it's a peaceful stand, by individuals who want to express their
commitment to personal truth and freedom for all.
The events go on, rain or shine, each week, with newcomers every time.
Totnes was quick to get onboard with its own Stand in the Park and has got in on the act with a regular gathering at
Longmarsh, down by the Rowing Club, on Bridgetown side of the river Dart.
Karen Hunt was the local lady who decided to set the ball rolling: "Part of the point of it is that it's not a protest and there is no
named organiser. If I hadn't said let's do one in Totnes when I did, I have no doubt someone else would have done."
The number of Stand in the Parks has grown massively over the last few months, with new towns and villages keen to take
part and gather people together.
Karen added: "It's individuals taking a stand for their own personal rights and freedoms. It's something I felt I could do, and I
was happy to do it alone if need be.
"What it has done for me is to not feel so alone or alienated as I watched a large part of society seemingly happy to give their
human rights away without questioning why."
Wherever you are the chances are that there will be a Stand in the Park near you every Sunday at 10am. And if there isn't,
it's easy to set one up!
"I've enjoyed meeting new like-minded people. It's given me a wider social network and even helped with my business too,"
"I think it's important that we have that consistency and reliability so that should our usual ways of communicating go down
we'll know when and where to meet, so it's about local resiliency too."
Stand in the Park has become a regular - must attend - feature in the busy weekly diary of activities available to Devon truth
seekers. These events are for people who search for some new foundation in understanding reality, who look for a new
community with a fresh outlook on today's world events and for people who want to find out more about this new direction.
Do come along, you will find lots of smiley faces. Antisocial distancing does not apply.
Stand in the park events across Devon
- Rock Park, Barnstaple.
- Victoria Park, Bideford.
- The Green, Budleigh Salterton.
- The Pavilion, Chulmleigh.
- Crediton Park (near play area), Crediton.
- Royal Avenue Gardens, (Band Stand) Dartmouth.
- Exwick Playing Fields (Car park), Exeter.
- Northernhay Gardens (War memorial), Exeter.
- Manor Gardens (Bandstand), Exmouth.
- Millennium Green, The Glen, Honiton.
- Bicclescombe Park (top car park), Ilfracombe.
- Courtney Park (Bandstand), Newton Abbot.
- Young's Park (Bandstand), Goodrington, Paignton.
- Freedom Fields, Plymouth.
- The Meadows Park, Tavistock.
- The Den, Teignmouth.
- People's Park, Tiverton.
- Torre Abbey Green, Torquay.
- Longmarsh (opp Rowing Club), Totnes.