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The Legacy, Volunteers and the Ugly Sister

31 Aug


The Olympics have been, the Paralympics are occuring and the countries enthusiasm to participate, support and get behind sport and activity is definatly on the increase. The legacy of the Olympics has started.

Voluteers are essential to the delivery of many of these activities to help children and young people to try new sport and adults to sample a new activity they have just seen on the tele. It’s great to see and hear people putting themselves forward to help and have ago.

And here comes the BUT…

Many of these oppprtunities are held in community buildings, which are managed by volunteers, maintained by volunteers and fundraised for by volunteers.

As you attend your next group or activity or maybe try a new hobby, take one step back and have a look at the building you are walking into. Have a good look round the room your are in. Ask yourself; does it took a bit tired? Is it looking like a lick of paint might help? Have you gone to use something that is broken or not available? How much does it cost to heat, light, provide water in this place?

The next step for most people is to ring or contact the committee and complain OR have a moan about it amongst themselves. What most won’t do is say “I have discovered a problem. Can I help?”

Many Community Buildings are crying out for help. One off help with a lick of paint, support to help run a fundraising event, fresh ideas to help promote facilities.

I am Chairman of such a building. Malling Community Centre is a voluntary run, community facility that provides a home for people to bring their children to pre-school, scouts, take part in Judo, Ju Jitsu, Zumba, have an opportunity to.train your dog, learn about spinning and weaving, provide a space for older peoples social group or try Short Mat Bowls, let alone support local football, have  a celebration or attend events plus more.

All this is done with a dedicated group of 8 committee members and one member of staff (the cleaner). “We 8” manage the building, raise funds, pay the bills, make repairs, host residents meetings, provide the marketing and try and plan for the future.

“We 8” are keen to provide the best facilities we can for all our users and are greatful for the support we have from our town council, local press and some.o our groups. Malling Community Centre has a full refurbishment in it’s near future but for now “We 8” are painting, washing, plastering, repairing, raising funds and publicising the facilities to ensure all those groups and people have a space to do their activities.

If you would like to support “We 8” to help maintain this resource, help run events please come and join us, let us know your out there.

This weekend (1st and 2nd September) we are painting and doing some minor repairs around the building. All welome for any length of time, skills or abilities

Or if what you would like is have some fun come and join in at our 1940s music and Dance night on 8th September from 7.30pm. Tickets on sale now for £5 at Malling Stores and Lewes Town Council or for £7 at the door on the night.

Or if there is something else you would like to offer to support this acility, all help is greatfuly received.

If your not a user of our facility or local enough to pop in and see what we do, why not take a look at your own community run facilities and see if you can offer an hour of your time.

For the Legacy to happen these facilities need your help!

Thank you for at least getting this far and reading about what we do. Imagne what we could do though if 8 became 9 or even more!!!

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The Creation of My Own Little Sanctury

22 Jul


After 4 years of living in our home, the creation of 10 bonfire costumes, 1 wedding dress, 3 mens jackets, 4 pairs of curtains and numerous other sewing projects, all ftom the dining table, picnic table or the sofa, my rather clever husband is creating, just for me, my own little corner for my projects. The joy of marrying a carpenter!

For anyone who has a hobby, which takes up a bit of room, you may just understand my excitment of having this space. Plans are already a foot of what will live where, what my next creation will be and how it will all look.

I am not sure my husband quite shares the same enthusiasm i am now buzzing with, as I ask “when will it be ready?”, “could you just add one of these…?”, “will I be able too…?”. But then the realisation struck me, that while I will shortly have my own small corner to retreat to and play with, the sport season discussions of what is on the TV will shortly be gone, along with the choice of music, radio, room temprature etc. So in his creation, of my little sanctury, I believe what my husband is actually creating is his own piece of bliss to retreat into, where he will no longer have a gaggle of women turning up to disturb the football or suddenly offering to go to the bedroom to finish watching the film he was quite settled into watching. This really is a 2 birds one stone project.

Oh well what ever the motives, it will very soon be mine!

“Darling, is it nearly ready yet?”

A Whole New World

20 Jul


In this world of social media and sharing thoughts, opinions and general activities of the day, perhaps now is the time to start playing with a blog, and having enjoyed so many others, I hope I can do the format some justice.

I have no real idea what my theme will be or what direction this may take but as long as I enjoy doing it and have some fun playing with it, lets just see what happens and perhaps someone out there might just find it interesting enough to read. Stranger things have happened

There is nothing particularly unusual about me. I am not standing for election (although I have an unhealthy interest in local politics). I am not releasing a book or film (although I enjoy both). I am not selling a product (but if you ever see me at the boot-sale with a table please buy!), I have never been a diary keeper (so this may just be the time) and I am not world traveller (although if I have a good trip any where this may just be the place I let the planet know about it). SO what exactly is the point of doing this? I am asking myself this very question as I write this.

Well, I am Chairman of Malling Community Association, the main aim of which is to provide the premises of Malling Community Centre to the Malling area of Lewes and surrounding , for the benefit of people in the who live there.  hopefully, as time goes on, there may be moments of excitement that people may want to know about (or I may just want to shout about!), that might be of interest. It has been suggested I have one of those statements that say the opinions expressed here are my own and not, in any way, reflect the opinions of individual members (I think someone is worried I might say something controversial!)

I do spend far too much time researching my geneology and have become a bit of a family tree bore, exploring the social history and local connection to long dead relatives. This has become a little consuming and addictive over time as I attempt to dig further and further back into my family tree, trying to connect people, locations, events and dates, which I then dig around in like a good novel. hopefully if I blog about this at least the relatives will read it!

My other passion,apart from my husband(I will get in trouble if I don’t at least mention him) is to sew. Escapism in the form of Bonfire Costumes, either for myself , relatives or friends. Basically because I am still a little girl who never grew up and every so often I like to play dress up and loose myself in the spectacular which is the Bonfire Season, parading through towns, villages and streets, with a burning torch in my hand and series of explosions by my feet. What more could a girl want?

Apart from all of that, I am just a little bit opinionated and enjoy talking over topics with others. about things I never knew anything about. Sometimes I like to just put a thought out there and discover what people think. It does not mean I am right or that I can not even be convinced to change opinion, but it is fun to explore.

If you got this far, Thanks! and hopefully as time goes on I might just get the hang of it!