The Quizmistress compering over the Lionheart Quiz next week is fiercely northern. I say fierce as regards to her pride, not her warmth. She is full of warmth and charm.
Now, I see the north in rose/lavender tint and cobbles. As a Sussex born southern child, I used to spend early year holidays on the Yorkshire Dales. We’d stay in stony, wood featured cottages, with open fires bursting their warmth into the nooks and crannies of the place. It’s where I first rode a horse, walked for several (days) hours with the promise of an ice-cream and had a tantrum on a tennis court. Later I’ve spent time in the Lakes, lived just outside Manchester for a tiny while – and explored the robust, friendly and wild landscaped place. * I often imagine my heroines walking in Yorkshire. Their boots worn down, their hair flying about and the weather beaten cobbled stone walls the only indication of distance travelled.* See what I mean?
It’s all very romantic and when Quizmistress talks of the north, she sets me straight on a whole load of babble coming out my mouth. But she never sets me straight some of the community bits – everyone together, sense of belonging. Etcetera. Actual community.
So what does this boil down to? Well, I really liked reading about Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire in the paper, the other day.
In a fold of the wet hills of Yorkshire, the communities of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden are at the vanguard of a movement that is picking up momentum across a UK disillusioned with corporate business, government and cuts. It is neither hippy nor New Age, but is made up of ordinary people, old and young, from both affluent homes and social housing.
Call it a sharing revolution. “Community empowerment, social enterprise, co-operative, it has various titles, but it’s quietly getting huge,” said Mike Perry of the Plunkett Foundation, a thriving national organisation supporting such enterprises nationwide. “I don’t think it’s about the recession as such in financial terms; it’s more that it’s made people think about what’s important to them.
“It starts with food, then it’s taking over a shop that’s closing. Then it’s getting fired up about broadband and renewable energy, taking over infrastructure of their community. We’re at the start of what could be a significant movement.”
From the Observer – for full article
This feels it’s how it should be.