The Kids Are All Right!

I was in the thick of the Bristol #YouthStrike4Climate March the other day, and thoroughly proud of the kids. They turned out in their hundreds, in weather that didn't really promise much, and shouted and chanted and marched and bloody well protested for some long overdue climate action. As a child of the sixties I remember well... Continue Reading →

Generating News

The media is full of Brexit, but behind that in the "other news" is the long anticipated release that Hitachi are pulling out of the Wylfa nuclear build. This follows the news that Toshiba were also stepping back from nuclear, and of course the long running fiasco that is Hinkley C. Nearly all our nuclear... Continue Reading →

Lammas tide

So here we are at Lammas, or Lughnasadh if you like... 1st August and the first of the three pagan harvest festivals. Only the weather has been a tad chaotic recently and in many ways it doesn't feel this is the moment. That's the trouble with the otherwise fabulously convenient six weekly pagan festivals, it... Continue Reading →

Charfield Burial Ground

  I was working up at the burial ground the other day. Charfield's burial ground, which opened spring equinox 2012, is potentially the thing I'm most proud of as a parish councillor. It was the need for a new burial ground in the village that first called me to volunteer with the Council, back in... Continue Reading →

Designing Roads…

I'm not a civil engineer nor a highways engineer, but I'm sat in the middle of a village where we're probably due to double in size in the next decade, and the main and only through road is historically narrow and crossed by a railway line with a blind bended hump backed bridge. Traffic is... Continue Reading →

Building on Charfield

There was a South Gloucestershire Council event in Charfield Memorial Hall on Tuesday 10th April, to discuss the future of our village. The invitation - for it was an invite only event - was clear; “As a stakeholder or local group representative, we would like to invite you to participate in a workshop session relating... Continue Reading →

A wander through the micro beads

I attended a very interesting talk this week by Claudi Williams, a school teacher who became aware of plastic waste pollution when she became entangled in it while bathing in the Mediterranean. She determined to try to live without plastic products for a year and largely (with some caveats) succeeded. There's a very good blog... Continue Reading →

Activism, and the magic of names.

There's a lot of celebration going on this week, about the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave "the vote" to some property owning women over thirty (and almost all men over twenty one!), and celebration too of the audacious work of the suffragette movement. Now, I'm going to position some... Continue Reading →

Whither Druidry

A deliberately provocative title for an article draft destined for the Imbolc newsletter of The Druid Network, just prior to its annual gathering near Birmingham. Lots of links - have fun exploring! "Whence Druidry" has become incredibly well 'documented' in the twenty or so years I've been associating with Druidry as a spiritual practice. For... Continue Reading →

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