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Children of The Croft

If you were a mother at The Croft, Alexandra Park, Nottingham, during the years 1967-1976 and would like more information about this project please contact or telephone 0115 924 5604.

Long-term feedback about Nottingham‘s Family First work is still growing. For example, last year, I had the joy of meeting Barbara Reed, a retired NHS Senior Manager, and her daughter Emma Golby-Kirk, an experienced radio and educational professional. Together they run Now Heritage Community Interest Company. I last met Barbara when she was expecting baby Emma at The Croft in the early 1970s.

Realising how exceptional was the normality of life at The Croft, Barbara and Emma are working with and seeking other mothers among those who lived there during the years 1967 – 1976. Their stories are creating a practical and participatory research project: Children of The Croft. It also involves the help of trained volunteers and research of the social history context of that time.

This project will facilitate education work; hold an exhibition at Nottingham Castle; create a book: and probably other participative outcomes about parenthood today.

Ruth I. Johns 6/2012

For more background see Nottingham’s Family First

Another public building threatened
THE OLD LIBRARY Leamington Spa

The Bath Place Community Venture [BPCV] has, from 14 September 2012, had to leave The Old Library, York Road, Leamington Spa, and awaits a planning decision from Warwick District Council on its appropriateness to have tenure of this public building. It is threatened with destruction of its historic and beautiful interior and turned into 28 ‘luxury’ flats. This use would destroy hundreds of people’s opportunity for learning and social activities which sustain a vibrant, diverse and self-helpful community: and would also eradicate BPCV’s ability and desire to restore this historic Grade II listed public building which has been neglected for years by Warwickshire College which now acts as vendor.

There have been hundreds of protests and reasoned objections to the change of planning use. If Warwick District Council decides against Bath Place Community Venture, it will be the last straw for me in believing that local authorities today act – as their primary concern – to enable local citizens to fulfil their rightful and positive roles in society. If local authorities believe that acting with coteries of those in ‘inner-circles’ is more important than acting for the ‘common good’ then they will, alas, learn over time that they will lose the co-operation of the majority of people on whose goodwill the organisation of local authorities depend. The talents of ‘ordinary’ people in their local communities have been increasingly messed about for several decades now. It is time that those in positions of authority decided they are best advised to build on citizens’ strengths and not to assume their goodwill is like a length of elastic which has no breaking point.

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