Today, we are doing doctors, dentists etc and the Safety Officer is off work. I tried to go to a meeting about a Community Orchard project at FoDDC to wriggle out of the dentists, but alas, the others couldn't make it today, so no excuses. I have hated going to the dentist as long as I can remember and make sure that it's his dad who always goes in with our son so that I don't put him off. He quite likes it at the moment. We will see who has the most expensive sugar habit in the family. I hope it's not me, as I've not had any really for the last two weeks. I was eating carrots I was cutting up for dinner the other day and I noticed that they suddenly taste 10 times as sweet as they did before.
Carrots are not my are not my favourite vegetable, but very useful to have in the fridge. We tried to grow some last year, but none came up from the seed. I think it was just too damp and cold last spring. Veggie growing and possibly guerilla gardening were on our minds today as we went to have a look at the demolition of the old guard hut. They were taking the beams out of the weigh station and we talked to someone from the Foundry. Gary used to work for a company that supplied foundry equipment, so has a good knowledge of the industry. The beams were rusted through, but huge, and the weigh station is 50 years old. They are going to fill in the (huge) hole, which is a shame in a way, because we mooted it as a site for putting in underground water storage tanks if we got permission to build a Community Garden on the land next to it. However, planning has to go through all the intricate mechanisms required from the earliest days, before communities exist in the case of new builds and loses flexibility in the process. That's something that the Health and Wellbeing Board are looking at and why they invited me along to talk about Oakdale and infrastructure yesterday. Hopefully, we can influence the process for future communities throughout Gloucestershire so that the basic requirements for community life are in place before the first family moves in.
It's not all negative though. Through adversity, and overcoming it, we have got to know some wonderful people down here on Oakdale and have been impressed time and again with the way people have taken up new challenges. Our friend Georgia gave a stonking radio interview, live at death o' clock in the morning on the Saturday of the Blackout Protest. It's the first time she's ever done that, and also the first time for Gary. I should lose my voice more often and should definitely delegate more, but I have never run a residents' association before, so I too am learning and facing new challenges all the time.
This morning, I am helping out another friend, Claire Vaughan (independent), by posting leaflets for her. Again, she has taken on a new challenge on behalf of her community (that's you, Oakdale and East Lydney) and is bravely standing for election on the Town Council. Oakdale Links is not a political organisation. I am supporting her as a friend and because I think she can do a great job - and just because I thinkgood on her for having the guts to do it. If you struggled to vote last time, because it was hard to get to Naas Lane Community Centre, there are other ways. Here is the advice from our friendly neighbourhood Council:
Your vote counts. So go vote. It's up to you who to vote for of course, but wouldn't it be nice if more than 500 people turned out this time? It would make getting my finger (finger nail to be precise - I am just having a whinge) bitten by the dog in a house up the road. Sorry if the leaflets were a bit squashed after that. I was a little more cautious about withdrawing my hand quicker!
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.