Article on the Housebuilder website
"Kier’s efforts in the health and safety arena have also been appreciated – officially – by NHBC and its Health and Safety Awards. This year, the eastern branch of Kier Living, “swept the board,” Anderson says, smiling proudly, with three of its site managers claiming all of the awards possible in the medium builder category."
Article on the Housebuilder website
We have been celebrating the harvest this weekend. First of all, on Friday night, we did a fund-raiser evening Harvest meal for Christians Against Poverty, an organisation set up from someone's personal experience of being in debt. They are working with families in the Forest and all across the UK and have a hub in Ross on Wye. They never pay someone's debt for them, but act as a bridge between them and the people who send the bills. Every time someone lets them know they are out of debt, be it two year, three years or ten years down the line, the entire head office stops work for a celebration with kazoos. Sounds like a great place to work. I took my violin along and busked, with song requests in return for contributions to CAP. I trained with them as a money coach earlier in the year and have helped run two courses.
Secondly, last night in a village that is half way in between here and my home town. We were invited to a farm by the farmer because we are members of the FW Harvey Society. My son is, I think, the youngest member and we took him so that he could experience seeing the morris and clog dancers' enthusiastic dancing and music mainly. He had a wonderful time and it was great to meet the farmer, who introduced the fourth generation of his family. When we introduced ourselves to say thank you, he said how lovely it was that members of the society had come. A truly generous spirit, as he invited everyone. Long may the Harvest Home continue. It was also a lovely surprise to see friends of the Appalachian clog dance group Appleyard there. When I moved back to my home town, one of my friends asked me to play the fiddle with them and so I became 'Apprentice Fiddle' and also helped out at Upton Folk Festival.
I was actually paid for some of this work and used the proceeds to buy a low D whistle, which I've taken on various trips and played in places such as a gypsy camp in the Ukraine, at the Bible School in Serbia and these days, with the music group at St Mary's Church in Lydney. It's a little bit unpredictable (when I play it), especially with the temperature variations in an old building like St Mary's, but has a mellow tone for more contemplative worship songs. Today, we were delighted by children from two Lydney schools, who sang together in perfect harmony and led our worship time for the Harvest Festival. We talked about the meaning of 'Bounty' (illustrated with actual Bounty bars, which aided concentration) and how to share so that the spoons we share out with are the same size instead of (as illustrated in an assembly by our vicar) with a ladle for some and a teaspoon for others. If only justice was served out in the same way. Then people like Bear's family would not be suffering. If you build an estate with 80% social housing, cut it off from town and yet do not put in any community facilities and there are no shops, GPs etc and schools closest to it are all full, housing some of the most vulnerable people in a town there, it wrecks lives. That's the bottom line and that's how Bear ended up in the tip or (we hope against the odds) in storage.
There is one person I have faith in to #SaveBear. He has friends all over the world, in every palace, parliament, housing estate and the dark corners of each institution where evil is perpetuated far from the light of day and without the knowledge of senior management.
On the way home last night, I said to my little sleepy son that I hoped that the memories would stay with him forever. He said, "Yes they will mum," before spontaneously singing a favourite worship song of his own. Here you go, sunshine.
And where are the people who care enough about their work to be honest about mistakes that have been made so that they can be rectified. What do you say to someone whose entire life has been thrown in a skip? How do you begin to say 'sorry' to that person if you arranged it, whether you did it deliberately or through an error of judgement? You just take a deep breath and phone them and let them know how much you regret what happened. (What you don't do is ignore them. Again.) Then you do your absolute best to try and find the precious things that are missing. If that's you, does your dignity, your pride or even your job matter as much as things like birth certificates, a grandmother's will, baby photos and the Bear that your son has had since he was a baby? Why did we pick Bear to head the campaign? Because our friend said that if there was one thing that could be saved, she would choose him. "Wouldn't it be amazing if we could just put it by [her son]'s bed so that he woke up again next to him?"
Yes, it would.
What are you doing about that, Mr Mick Kent OBE? We know you didn't arrange the trashing of belongings following this eviction, but you can help by talking to those who did. We don't care about disciplinary action. That's up to you. We do care about this family, which means we care about Bear. #SaveBear.
(This is not a picture of the real Bear. That would be impossible because all the photos of him are with his owner as a baby and are now either in the tip or as Bromford Homes claim 'in storage' and inaccessible because of 'health and safety'.)
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.