Now the sun is out, the garden needs attention and the lovely long northern evenings weigh against spending the time on my computer.
However life in my small society has continued.
|the front group coming|
up the hill
|the Alzheimer's van|
|If you're wondering about the |
horse, well horse racing is
a big part of the local economy
The Fairtrade group also had a stall at the Folk Festival and at St Michael's Church (many thanks) during the Food Lovers' Festival. Flying the flag for Fairtrade food as often as we can.
|the dreaded stuff!|
And then, out for a walk, one lovely late afternoon, a sign I had been waiting for, on the right, at the new length of the Cleveland Way through the alum works at Ravenscar. On the left you can see part of the 'project'.
Thanks to the Park staff who organised and erected this sign, and one the other end of the new section.
Meanwhile over in Leeds my new role as a Trustee of LASSN, lassn.org.uk/, has proved to be busy and sad. Because funds are now less than they were we have had to make two members of staff redundant. I have been involved in helping to transfer their work to other members of staff and to volunteers. Some services have had to be closed down, hopefully only temporarily. Such essential work, helping some very vulnerable people in our society. Volunteers will only be able to keep things ticking over, no new people can be helped, once again it shows how some paid staff are essential for any charity or community organisation. I have also been visiting my two 'befriendees', chatting, making phone calls and simply being a friend.
Sadly too the need for a Food Bank continues in Ryedale (friends in the big cities cannot believe it, nor can I), the sooner they can all close through lack of need, the better. I have taken donated food to the local warehouse and then required food to the distribution centre.ryedale.foodbank.org.uk/, and once again, you can't just walk in and pick up a bag of goodies, you HAVE to be referred by a specific agency.
Finally, just to show that my demonstrating days are not over, here is a picture of people outside
Yarlswood detention centre, Bedfordshire, showing solidarity for the detainees and asking that this appalling place be closed down. www.movementforjustice.org/, you can find out more here or just google Yarlswood.
OK, signing off, and I will try to post in July, but no promises.