14 Aug 2011

Quiet week of meetings: Open Homes, Randwick Allotments and Parish

I don't think I've had such a quiet week for a long time - apart from work there were only three this week...

Randwick Allotments - I am on the working party to see where and how we can get allotments set up in Randwick Parish. We have already done a fair bit of research and work - the Parish is being very supportive and there is one particularly wonderful and enthusiastic potential allotment holder - she has managed to get 8 folks on the waiting list to date - Whiteshill and Ruscombe was similarly very slow to start then when it got going loads of people came forward. Do write to Randwick Parish Clerk if you want to get on the list! I reckon they will be very popular....

A quiet corner of the playing field is looking the most likely option but this will all need agreement by the Parish. Lots of issues and consultations first. See film of the Whiteshill and Ruscombe allotments opening - it tells the story of how we got that project going:

We are also looking at some low cost measures people can take and have a series of workshops planned. It is also the first year that we are working with the other festivals to share publicity. So it is not just open homes but also the Festival of Nature, walking, food and drink and the Fringe - 5 festivals for the 5 valleys. The leaflet is out for that and we have another 2,000 going out soon re the open homes themselves. Also if you have not seen our film last year do take a look - it has had over 460 views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObXbgMlwuyw See also many previous blog posts here.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vi4Ei4443x0/TcsOtgzvx2I/AAAAAAAALF0/8KUWh0wia1g/s1600/openhomeslogo-redo3-5.pngStroud Eco-Renovation Open Homes - well I met Helen Royall to look at the last bits and pieces that need to be done for this year - Helen has really been doing it mostly on her own this year - yes there is some money but it is mostly voluntary - a huge thanks to her indeed - anyhow we have 21 homes I think - see our website: http://www.stroudopenhomes.org.uk/

The Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council meeting - well the minutes etc will all be on their website soon - plans for improving the playing fields were discussed, putting up the '20 is Plenty' signs again, improvements to verges and the Parish Plan working groups look set to be launched in the Autumn. 

There will be a woodfuel group as one of the groups. I have this week been putting together emails etc and dates for the Randwick group which I started last year in partbnership with the National Trust - 27 emails on the list there - see my film of the project for more info: '12 Go into the Woods with Loppers':

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