In the roses
of the lips of children,
in the tiny dimple
of their cheeks
is the blessing of
their safety.

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We are excited because our Wild Play project has been shortlisted to win a grant from www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative England and Wales which distributes the charge levied on single use plastic bags £!2.5 million in total. In our region (the north) three community groups and projects will be awarded a grant of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. If you think our project should get the top grant and would like to support us you can vote in Tesco stores from the 26th September to 9th October.

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Aly and I went together to learn how to grow Vegetables. The day long workshop took place in a walled garden and was delivered by the Head Gardener. The gardens were saved for the community when the house whose grounds they were part of was demolished and the land sold for housing. For years they were maintained by volunteers but more recently funding was secured to refurbish them.  They are now run by a CIC who are looking to raise revenue as part of their business model. The course we were on was part of that plan.

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Just recently I wrote the following email to everyone on our mailing explaining that I was going to be resigning from the role I have taken on over the last 3 years or so.  It is a role one asked me to take on and I haven’t been paid for it so it might seem an little odd to resign.  But I know that things are not going to get done that were being done, or at least not in the same way, and I wanted to explain, in advance, why that would be. I also wanted to explain a little about the hopes I had in terms of building on what we had learnt and why I thought that something worth doing.  I was not saying that it is all over just that it will have to change as the current state of affairs was no longer sustainable for me.  No one can keep going without being resourced and something was going to give.  It was very nearly me and it would not serve anyone or anything for me to have sacrificed myself.

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