my latest news is that I have been nominated and elected as the union rep at work. Representing the Unite workers at County will of course be hard work, especially with the impending doom we are always told we are facing.
We have been championing some causes over the last few months, most recently, to have defibrillators installed in any new public building. We also want to get them at sports events especially where youngsters are, and their excitable dads. I have been introduced to the OK Foundation recently by Cllr Matthew Tomlinson. Please have a look at the link, there is also a petition to sign if you are minded to. It would be very helpful.
My questions in Full Council I believe got support, I think we may need to push harder as time goes on.
My thanks, during the last Council meeting to Cllr O'Hare. We submit written questions to council on some occasions, but, the public are not always in receipt of those questions in advance. I was having a little trouble reading out my questions, he asked if they could be taken as they are as they have been circulated in advance. Many years ago I fractured my skull in a car accident, some may say that that could explain much, alas, no, one thing it did seem to do was make it difficult for me to read, especially speak at the same time.
We, the Labour Group also put a motion to council about introducing a Living Wage, please click on the link to find out more.
It seems The Maltings are to be demolished. We have asked for the plans for demolition, as yet, Places for People have yet to divulge, makes you wonder if they are hiding anything, especially as they make their money on social housing. We have spoken to residents and will be forming a monitoring group. Also the plot borders with Greencroft Valley, that too will have to be monitored.
The Pumpkin Patch is being made ready for winter, we have dug over some of the beds, we have also approved the purchase of a shed, this means we can pop along at any time. Louise from the Community centre will be encouraging some of the youngsters in her club to get involved, the plan would be to let them have one of the raised beds. This can be discussed at the AGM on Sunday 25th November at 3pm at the United Reform Church in Penwortham.
Hmm, work. This year I will be spreading Christmas Grittings in and around Brierfield. I volunteered to do the Christmas week to let those with young families have their Dads at Christmas. I now drive a 26 tonne, 6 wheel drive gritter/plough. It is exciting stuff. What I also have to keep in mind is that I will be driving on untreated roads. After a nights driving, this screen is very welcome.
The Remembrance march in Penwortham was well attended. It was great to see so many young folk still taking part.
Penwortham Town Council
The radio show is still in full swing...you can listen here to a few shows.
Novembers Show (Remember)
The shows are pre-recorded at my studio at home and are on Preston FM every 4 weeks.
Hurst Grange Park.
Although the friends group do what they can, it seems there is need for a great deal of work. How, I wonder it managed to maintain the green flag I do not know. We are still waiting on some action.
If you want to comment, feel free, links will be below...
Cllr Keith Martin
Friday, November 02, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The book has arrived in Amsterdam, below is a copy of the reply I got...
Dear Keith Martin,
Due to a ‘server migration’ I had no opportunity to write you earlier, but I have received Der Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts. I would like to have the time to work my way through 700 pages of gothic script, but for the time being we will keep the book for research and reference when relevant.
The inscription is written in the so called ‘Sütterlin’-script. It’s not the language but this script that makes it hardly legible for me. What I do gather at this point is that the writer of the inscription gives the book to his ‘best friend’ in remembrance of the ending of a course they both attended, apparantly something in law. If I do find the opportunity I will try and decypher it fully one day.
So thank you very much for letting us have this remarkable document, and should you ever be in the Netherlands do not hesitate to contact us for a visit.
With kind regards,
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Thursday, August 02, 2012
Died of Typhus weeks before the British liberated the camp.
If you ever visit Amsterdam, please take the time to visit the Anne Frank Museum. The industrial extermination of human beings depicted is very moving. Many a wet eye during my visit.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Need a little help???There is a small fund available for those who may need a little help. This applies to groups and residents in Kingsfold. Please keep in mind, it is a small fund. If your group needs something or you are struggling to pay a bill or at risk of getting into debt then we may be able to help.
We will as well try to point you in the right direction and see if there are any other ways you can get help.
They will normally be a one off payment though consideration may be given for up to two months if required.
You must live in Kingsfold and your group must be in Kingsfold to help enhance the lives of Kingsfold residents.
The money is offered completely on trust. I would like to know how it was used though and if it helped.
It is a confidential service, unless your group would not mind me mentioning them on my radio show and on this and other website. Hopefully it will get you more attention.
You can contact me or pop along to the Penwortham Community Centre and speak to either Mick or Steve, the two officers. They will then contact me.
If you feel you want to take part in this project, have a little spare cash we are hoping to set a small committee up to perhaps boost this. It will evolve as time and experience goes.
Where did the money come from?
The Council at South Ribble voted to increase members expenses by £250 a year to cover increased costs of fuel and other modes of transport. I ride a bike every where, you may have seen me. So the extra "expense" is not really there. I obtained the bike from my work with the Cycle to Work scheme. I have added another £50 to that and it then lets us offer £25 a month. I know it is not a great amount, but it could be just enough to give a little boost, buy a little time or get the odd piece of stationary for your group.
The fund has been taken twice, not all of it, but enough to help.
I have recently qualified as a Community Health Champion with the Royal Society for Public Health. I now get regular updates from the NHS and other bodies. I will be putting this together for my web site and for here. It is taking a little longer than I hoped.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Although we have been complaining about the rain, it seems to be doing some good for the Penwortham Pumpkin Patch. The vegetables are in competition with each other. The potatoes will soon be ready, we have already been sampling the fresh peas and strawberries, they just keep coming.
The compost bins are now working for us, the rain harvesting is working too well, if anyone has a 1cubic metre cube for liquids we will be interested.
There is now an army of folk who come along, our plans are now to put in some sort of seating and we will be holding more events. There will now be folk there on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday eveinings as well as the normal working parties. Check srtt.co.uk for further details.
Penwortham Town Council have a community orchard and we will be helping them to develop a soft fruit patch amongst other things.
There is talk about starting up the food bank in Penwortham again, I cannot think of anything better than fresh fruit and veg to help folk along.
I have had talks with Mr Paul Pells of Penwortham Holme Allotments about getting involved in some of their projects and them helping out with ours. We spoke about the allotment providing flowering plants to spruce up the Kingsfold shopping area and providing seedlings and advice and some practical help to the Pumpkin Patch, PTC and anyone else who may require it.
Community Coppicing. There are plans for another group to be started in Leyland. We can cut up to 10 cubed metres of wood, some folk come and help because they have wood burners, we do need to keep some by to sell which will help in paying for insurance and training. If you are interested in taking part let me know. We are also looking for somewhere where we can store up to 40 cubic metres of wood for seasoning (40 large builders bags). They do not have to be in one place.
Cardboard for compost heaps. If you want some old egg boxes let me know. A kind local business man has offered some to us. They are ideal for composting as egg boxes are generally the last use for recycled cardboard as the fibres become too short, but break down really well.
The Penwortham Pumpkin Patch took part in the Penwortham Open Gardens this year, a very encouraging turn out. We supplied plants and refreshments for free, just asked for donations, so a big thank you to those who donated.
I have been talking to The Kay Holmes Trust about a memorial garden for Katy, I am sure many of you will be aware of the Katy Holmes Trust .
We will develop an interactive garden, one with information boards and some fruiting plants, food for life will be the theme. Talks are in their youth still but we have South Ribble Borough Council and Penwortham Town Council on board. So, watch this space.
If you want any further information, please contact me, my web site has a contact FORM HERE
Many thanks for reading and we hope to see you at one of our events.
Cllr. Keith Martin