Maggie Tidball writes:
So one has an idea about a fund raising or fun event, tosses it around between friends and members of ones` organisation and “the thing” begins to be birthed, once started there`s no stopping the process. Then 2 or 3 or more heads get together to “chew the cud”, pool ideas and get generally excited about it.
Then comes the graft, the ebbing of the excitement, the questioning whether one has been a bit daft to volunteer to take on this delivery and whether it will become a real life entity.
Well it was me who said TTS W and Ptld needed to have a bit of fun. So as you will know Anna Cavill and me decided to get a Beetle Drive off the ground. Then we added a 20 minute awareness raising film and lots of delicious home cooked food to follow. This we hoped would attract younger people with children, the age group that we decided we wished to attract to the Transition Town movement.
Then starts the grovelling for gifts of food, help to circulate publicity, someone to work the projector, another to book a suitable venue. Anyone who has taken on this sort of programme knows the ups and downs. Maybe one of the shakier times is when you await the arrival of Joe Public
So we come to our FAMILY FUN and FOOD on a FRIDAY. The children we might have expected to arrive in great numbers with their parents did not materialise. 3 arrived and turned out to be of great quality and skill, 2 having baked cakes for us and the 3rd winning the beetle game with panache. The grown ups produced some spectacular child-like behaviour during the throwing of the dice in the beetle game and need to be congratulated
Seriously we had a great evening with the 20 minute showing of Deconstructing Dinner from the DVD, The Power Down Show presented via projector by Gary Cavill with assistance from Rob Cheeseman. This was purchased by my son-in-law when he was recently in Ireland.
The latter was part of the theme of awareness raising for those of us who might like to journey deeper into a thoughtful approach to daily living and thinking. We hope to carry this on at the Autumn Fayre
For those of you who did not make the evening – then tough – (forgive me) you missed what was the icing on the cake. The gifts of food were out of this world and the conversation and comeraderie was tangible.
We had the privilege of meeting Sue Prescott, the Chair of Chapelhay Community Partnership with her daughter, Jenny and Jacquie from Wacapella singing group, Daphne (a texting grandma!) Jayne and Carol besides those who are on the mailing list like Barbara Cohen, John Nairn, James McCadden, Jose Alcock, Janne Scott
John Tomblin was co-opted to welcome folk at the door giving out the free copies of Permaculture Magazine and we sold a copy of The TT Handbook at the reduced cost of £10 – the usual price is £12.95. If you know someone wanting one we have more to sell at this price
Numbers may have been low, but it really didn`t matter as a very pleasant evening was had by all from the feed back we had. Thanks to all who helped.
Will we do it again – WHO KNOWS.
Maggie Tidball and Anna Cavill