Following the damage caused to Community Garden hedging last week (1st September 2011) and the fact that the Parish still remains on high alert a decision was made by Parish Council Members during Wednesday nights Meeting to put in place additional security which will hopefully deter any further attempts by people wanting to gain illegal access to the the Community Garden.
The most cost effective and instant solution was for the Council to hire some additional concrete blocks which arrived today and have been strategically placed in the garden at what are considered the most vulnerable points. The most costly part of hiring blocks has been the haulage and having spoken to several different companies to gain quotations and source available blocks we found that the delivery cost for one block were the same as the delivery cost for ten blocks or more. On this basis the Council made a decision to hire a larger number of blocks than are currently needed at the garden so that we can ensure we have blocks readily available should other areas around the Parish be targeted. On the same basis we are aware that some land owners have been unable to secure land as they have not had access to blocks or similar blocking aids or the means to move them and it is therefore intended that should any landowner find they need additional security they can contact myself and provided we have blocks available we will be happy to discuss sub-hiring them.
By approaching the block hire in this manner the Council has not only been able to secure the Community Garden land, but also it has enabled us to offer blocks to Parish residents, landowners and businesses who have not been able to hire them directly due to haulage costs or shortness of readily available blocks.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss hiring blocks within the Parish.
Lastly we are extremely grateful to James our maintenance contractor and his workmen who not only found the damaged hedging and alerted us, and secured the hole with blocks, but also have been on call everyday and still are. In addition via Jame's contacts we have been able to source the blocks we are using at the garden. (Most companies stocks are already out on hire and there is currently a shortage) As a decision was only reached on Wednesday evening to hire the blocks, to have them in place by Friday has only been possible by the efforts and help given by James and his contacts.
Please remain vigilant at all times and please contact me or any of our Councillors if you have any concerns.
St Nick’s Job Clubs
The Parish Church of St Nicholas, Rawreth, is pleased to be able to serve our community by offering two kinds of Job Clubs from the New Year 2010.
Have you just spent a long, frustrating week at home, because you have lost your job? Have you found it a lonely experience, cut off from your familiar world of work and colleagues and purpose? Could you do with a chance to get out of the house, to clear your head, and perhaps to ‘chew the fat’ with others who are trying to deal with similar situations of unemployment?
Well, if so, Space@StNick’s is there for you!
The church building will be open on Fridays from noon until 2.00pm. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be available, free of charge. If you need someone to talk to – in confidence, if you want – there will be someone available for you. If you just want to chat with others there, that’s fine, too. It’s your space…
Perhaps the thing you really need as you process your unemployment situation is a bit of a helping hand to get back on the hunt for a job? Perhaps it has been many years since you had to update your CV? Maybe you have never had to do it before? Or, maybe it is the application forms that bamboozle you, or the job interviews that make you so nervous, or….whatever the skill you might want some help with as you search for new work, we want to help you with it.
The church building will be open on Wednesdays from 8.00pm until 9.30pm for Skills@StNick’s. Refreshments and a warm welcome will await you there, alongside training and advice from some church members who have experience in recruitment, writing CVs, interview-technique, and a number of other areas. All to help you a little at a difficult time…
So, if either – or both! – of these Job Clubs could be for you, or someone you know, then please come along and make use of them! You will be made most welcome!
[St Nick’s Job Clubs will start in January 2010, and will keep running, twice each week, for as long as there is a need.]