- neighbours being trained to mediate
- an allotment space to teach, learn and heal through horticulture (e.g. growing and harvesting food with some being offered as a fresh food bank; growing and harvesting lavender for crafts and to sell; farming bees on a small scale to produce honey and beeswax products; outdoor education and a gardening club)
- the residents' association taking responsibility of the public areas and gaining income from looking after them.
I spent the afternoon in Cheltenham yesterday, at St Aidan and St Silas Church Centre in Cheltenham. They were hosting a meeting for anyone interested in community development with the Barnwood Trust, which is a Gloucestershire-based charity keen to support people with disabilities and mental health challenges. They are launching a project which resonated with a lot of the ideas that I have for Oakdale Links, including:
Hello! I am the editor of this website. I moved to Lydney in November 2011 with my husband and son and we have been living on Oakdale for two years now. It's an interesting time to move here, so I set up this website to encourage community links between and within the old and the new in Lydney and to try and help create a stable and happy community.