Thursday, 18 May 2017

Same Old Tories?

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POLITICAL-RAVISHMENT, – or –
The Old Lady of Threadneedle-Street in danger!
Does it really matter what's written in manifestos, and can we believe them? Has the Tory party changed at all since it's beginnings in the early nineteenh century?

The 2017 Tory Manifesto declares:

We do not believe in untrammeled free markets.  We reject the cult of selfish individualism.  We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality.  We see rigid dogma and ideology not just as needless but dangerous.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

In the people's interest? West Midlands Combined Authority

Andy Street explains what the West Midlands Mayor does
Last week we voted for a West Midlands mayor to lead a new government imposed authority against the will of the people living in it, in the name of devolution.  Yes folks, that's right - and what is more incredible is that the Conservative Party candidate representing the government was voted by us (collectively) to become the new West Midlands mayor to lead the new 'Combined Authority'.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Learning about child refugees and government

Last week Woodcraft Folk Elfins discussed the Dubs amendment, uncovering the shocking truth about the way our government treats child refugees, and what we can do.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Unity in the Community

Children dancing to catch the eye of the funders
I arrived a little later than I expected, having taken a twenty minute diversion along the M6 from Spaghetti junction, but was still in plenty of time for our presentation slot.  I'd read the information sent, but was still surprised and somewhat unprepared for 'Unity in the Community' at the Magnet Centre this Saturday.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Getting closer to World War One in Birmingham

Lance Corporal William Leslie Arnold,
Died of war wounds on 16/08/1916
Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 9th Battlion
Lance Corporal William Leslie Arnold was wounded in action during the Somme on the 22 July 1916. He suffered a gunshot wound to the right ankle and thigh.  On the 14th August he was transferred to Birmingham and died two days later.  He is buried at the Lodge Hill Cemetery Birmingham, along with 53 other Australians who died in the military hospitals around Birmingham.  His younger brother Francis Benjamin Arnold, aged 20, was shot in the face near the same village of Pozieres the day after William died.  He reached a major hospital in Etaples within a few days, but died from his wounds in France on the 25 August 1916.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Woodcraft at Billesley Lane Allotments

A brook runs right through the allotments
Today I was shown around Woodcraft Folk's new plot at Billesley Lane Allotments by Carron and Kerry.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Young firestarters

Learning to strike a match
On Thursday night we had a Woodcraft campfire in Highbury Park in Birmingham.  There will be many bonfires being lit across the UK and youth groups getting involved, but for woodcraft, the campfire holds a special place, and the involvement of all its members.