UPDATED: Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen to help found Chartist trust in Newport

South Wales Argus: TRUSTEE: Michael Sheen. Picture by Rich Hardcastle TRUSTEE: Michael Sheen. Picture by Rich Hardcastle

ACTOR Michael Sheen will help found a trust to raise money for a new Chartist memorial.

Newport-born Mr Sheen agreed to be a founder trustee of the independent trust following a meeting with Newport council leader Bob Bright.

The council also agreed to pay £50,000 towards the new commemoration.

It is hoped the trust will help raise money both in Wales and internationally to help fund piece which will replace the memorial torn down by the council.

A consultation with people from Newport will decide what form the replacement commemoration will take, including ideas already submitted. It is then likely a ballot will be held to pick from the most popular options with potentially further consultation.

The council will help create a 175th anniversary committee which will comprise of groups interested in organising events and activities to celebrate Chartism.

Mr Sheen will support the committee as an advisor and will take part in celebrations during the 175th year when he is able to.

Mr Sheen said: "It seems like there’s already a lot of exciting ideas for what could be done to celebrate the Chartists and Newport's heritage, as well as opportunity to be inspired by their vision in addressing the challenges of the present.

"In spite of a very regrettable handling of the situation in the first place, it seems like something truly positive and, in the spirit of Chartism, truly representative, is now being made possible."

Cllr Bright said: “The council has accepted that the difficult decision on the mural could have been better handled, but we want to move forward and we are very grateful to Michael for giving up so much time to sharing his thoughts and offering his help.

“We’re eager to make 2014 a year in which Chartism is celebrated in diverse and imaginative ways that give their ideas a contemporary relevance. At the same time, with Michael’s help, we are confident an appeal to raise funds for a permanent memorial will be successful and will generate renewed interest in Newport as the city that gave birth to Chartism.”

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1:42pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Evlis1 says...

Great news - well done Michael!!!
Great news - well done Michael!!! Evlis1
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Wed 6 Nov 13

KarloMarko says...

Good to see an international dimension to this...as Chartism inspired many other European socialists and working class movements...

Also useful to drag Newport out of its present day small town Xenophobia.
Good to see an international dimension to this...as Chartism inspired many other European socialists and working class movements... Also useful to drag Newport out of its present day small town Xenophobia. KarloMarko
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Wed 6 Nov 13

PaulHalliday says...

This is great news for Newport. Chartism is such an important part of Newport and Britons history that hopefully we can truly give it the celebration it deserves.
This is great news for Newport. Chartism is such an important part of Newport and Britons history that hopefully we can truly give it the celebration it deserves. PaulHalliday
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Wed 6 Nov 13

heresphil says...

At last some good has come out of this whole affair. The new monument should belong to the people of Newport and is much better funded from public subscription amongst those who genuinely support the Chartist movement than purely by a grant from the council. This was the way with so many other iconic historic monuments.

I hope that everyone who has condemned the demolition at length, including the out of town liberal columnists in national newspapers, now all chip in generously to make a strong statement of positivity.
At last some good has come out of this whole affair. The new monument should belong to the people of Newport and is much better funded from public subscription amongst those who genuinely support the Chartist movement than purely by a grant from the council. This was the way with so many other iconic historic monuments. I hope that everyone who has condemned the demolition at length, including the out of town liberal columnists in national newspapers, now all chip in generously to make a strong statement of positivity. heresphil
  • Score: -3

5:31pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Indigo Pete says...

It is great Michael is getting involved BUT we cannot let the council off the hook for the incompetent and maladministrative way they the crime of demolishing the mural

It is woefully obvious the first report which, is referred to in council documents in 2012 was wrong. It was NOT impossible to remove and relocate the mural. Who was responsible for advising the then cabinet member to make this decision ?

The so called public consultation gave no option to remove and relocated the mural.

The current consultation is a proper consultation at all.

The people of Newport deserve an open public meeting of the council where the council should give a truthful and comprehensive account of themselves to the people they are meant to represent

The council have not answered the questions both the Argus and the people of Newport have asked them. We must not let them sweep their culpability under the carpet.

We demand answers to our questions they will not be ignored and smoothed over by saccharine platitudes of the guilty leader of the council Bob Bright .
It is great Michael is getting involved BUT we cannot let the council off the hook for the incompetent and maladministrative way they the crime of demolishing the mural It is woefully obvious the first report which, is referred to in council documents in 2012 was wrong. It was NOT impossible to remove and relocate the mural. Who was responsible for advising the then cabinet member to make this decision ? The so called public consultation gave no option to remove and relocated the mural. The current consultation is a proper consultation at all. The people of Newport deserve an open public meeting of the council where the council should give a truthful and comprehensive account of themselves to the people they are meant to represent The council have not answered the questions both the Argus and the people of Newport have asked them. We must not let them sweep their culpability under the carpet. We demand answers to our questions they will not be ignored and smoothed over by saccharine platitudes of the guilty leader of the council Bob Bright . Indigo Pete
  • Score: 9

5:32pm Wed 6 Nov 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

"We’re eager to make 2014 a year in which Chartism is celebrated in diverse and imaginative ways that give their ideas a contemporary relevance"

If we marched twenty of the least liked local public officials, as voted for by the public (I suggest we put Mssrs Bright and Godfrey at the top of the list but feel free to get creative), to the Westgate Hotel, then charged fifty or so people at a time a pound each for ten seconds with a paintball gun and one clip of ammunition, then not only would you have a fitting tribute to the Chartist movement, with contemporary relevance, you'd also have one hell of a fundraiser for the artwork itself.
"We’re eager to make 2014 a year in which Chartism is celebrated in diverse and imaginative ways that give their ideas a contemporary relevance" If we marched twenty of the least liked local public officials, as voted for by the public (I suggest we put Mssrs Bright and Godfrey at the top of the list but feel free to get creative), to the Westgate Hotel, then charged fifty or so people at a time a pound each for ten seconds with a paintball gun and one clip of ammunition, then not only would you have a fitting tribute to the Chartist movement, with contemporary relevance, you'd also have one hell of a fundraiser for the artwork itself. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 8

5:34pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Indigo Pete says...

Apologies for the typos , my post should read

It is great Michael is getting involved BUT we cannot let the council off the hook for the incompetent and maladministrative way they set about the crime of demolishing the mural

It is woefully obvious the first report which, is referred to in council documents in 2012 was wrong. It was NOT impossible to remove and relocate the mural. Who was responsible for advising the then cabinet member to make this decision ?

The so called public consultation gave no option to remove and relocated the mural.

The current consultation is a not proper consultation at all.

The people of Newport deserve an open public meeting of the council where the council should give a truthful and comprehensive account of themselves to the people they are meant to represent

The council have not answered the questions both the Argus and the people of Newport have asked them. We must not let them sweep their culpability under the carpet.

We demand answers to our questions they will not be ignored and smoothed over by saccharine platitudes of the guilty leader of the council Bob Bright .
Apologies for the typos , my post should read It is great Michael is getting involved BUT we cannot let the council off the hook for the incompetent and maladministrative way they set about the crime of demolishing the mural It is woefully obvious the first report which, is referred to in council documents in 2012 was wrong. It was NOT impossible to remove and relocate the mural. Who was responsible for advising the then cabinet member to make this decision ? The so called public consultation gave no option to remove and relocated the mural. The current consultation is a not proper consultation at all. The people of Newport deserve an open public meeting of the council where the council should give a truthful and comprehensive account of themselves to the people they are meant to represent The council have not answered the questions both the Argus and the people of Newport have asked them. We must not let them sweep their culpability under the carpet. We demand answers to our questions they will not be ignored and smoothed over by saccharine platitudes of the guilty leader of the council Bob Bright . Indigo Pete
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Thu 7 Nov 13

blackandamber says...

So that would be the tax payers £50,000 they will be using to replace something they destroyed.
So that would be the tax payers £50,000 they will be using to replace something they destroyed. blackandamber
  • Score: 10

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