Wales’ latest Purple Plaque was unveiled today (6.3.2020) as part of Chwarae Teg’s International Women’s Day celebrations, paying tribute to the life and missions of a veteran piece campaigner.
Eunice Stallard’s commemorative Purple Plaque was revealed by family members at The Welfare Ystradgynlais and followed by a celebratory gathering at the venue.
A fiercely political and passionate figure in the community, Eunice was one of the founders of Greenham Common’s women’s peace camp in 1981, fighting for the disarmament of nuclear weapons. With a group of women, she marched 100 miles from Cardiff to Newbury where they chained themselves to the fences of RAF Greenham. The women created a worldwide impact and the camp remained active for 19 years.
The part Eunice played in the Women for Life on Earth group inspired many others to get involved in the fight against nuclear bombing. She was also part of the ‘Grannies for Peace’ group later in her life, who gathered at RAF Fairford in 2003 to protest against the Iraq War. A firm believer that more women in politics would lead to greater peace, at the time she said: “It’s heart-breaking what they’re doing. What we need is more women in government, women wouldn’t send their children to war.”
Eunice passed away in 2011 at 93 having lived around the Ystradgynlais area her whole life and owning a shop in the community. She was also involved in many Labour party activities which took place at the Miners Welfare Hall.