Wow! Last night I watched the Pride of Britain awards. It was a festival of smiles & tears from the red carpet through to the end credits. A mixture of celebrities and heroes graced the stage and the programme, as usual, didn’t disappoint. All of the award winners had stories of outstanding courage, bravery or dedication. Often they are people you’ve never heard of and the winners are not seeking recognition. But without the #PrideofBritain awards we would never hear these amazing stories, from the emergency services to the ordinary person who could be your neighbour. There were a couple of…

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On the weekend of 7/8 October communities across the country came together to create Fun Palaces. Fun Palaces can happen anywhere over the first weekend of October. They are free participatory by the community for the community. A Fun Palace is a temporary and moveable event made by local people coming together and bringing arts, sciences and crafts all free and fun to try. Working together and encouraging community engagement. I went and found an event to see what it was all about. I was greeted by a gorgeous mandala in the church grounds, I watched as the finishing touches…

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I am rubbish at sewing, I take all my minor alterations to a local shop and pay to have them done. But I saw something at a cafe in our area that could save me money, they’ve started a sewing bee! Learn to use a sewing machine with expert help on hand Having not used a sewing machine for years I needed help, I could never thread it right. I needed step-by-step instruction about threading and tension and it was all available here in the group. Have access to equipment without having to splash out There are a few sewing…

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You may have seen on the news the campaign by the Canal and River Trust asking for canal path users to be a bit more respectful of each other when they share the space. Canal & River Trust is calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace. During 2015, 385 million visits were made to the towpaths prompting the call for visitors to help protect the special atmosphere which has made these spaces so popular.

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When my teen was young he loved the park playground, I would sit for hours watching him run around and make friends while I dreamt of going home for cake and a  cuppa. How things have changed, now Mums don’t have to choose, cafes are opening in park locations and I went to one that’s really community focussed. Urban Cafe is a fab space, a hub for cyclists, walkers, parents & kids, it’s a real community space serving good healthy food and believe me, a lovely cuppa. The cafe  has views over the playground at the front and across the…

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