The pleasures of walking aimlessly

Leaving the house today with my walking boots on I don't, as so often, know where I'm going. But walking down the road I decide I'll get on the first bus that comes, get off it as soon as I see something interesting, and start meandering round from there. I'm in luck, the bus is [...]

All will be well

It's a Street Market morning, first one of the year. Winter has passed, the light has returned and all feels well with the world as I set off for Granby. Though the days of darkness have been hard for many our once every five years go at proper democracy is only a month away. And [...]

Street Market: A look around Granby

Before the first Street Market of 2015, a look around the streets on site. Art work painted, by the way, by Community Land Trust Chair Erika Rushton. Beautifully done. Now we're always saying the 4 Streets are 'the last 4 original streets of Granby remaining.' But actually there's another half of one near the beginning [...]

The kindness of public librarians

I've often written about public libraries but not for some time. I have been spending a lot of time in them though lately, as I've been writing a book. It's a book on the 50 year history of Liverpool Housing Trust, one of the 'Cathy Come Home' era housing associations and a place where I first [...]

Granby 4 Streets: The Market’s back!

Welcome to the Granby 4 Streets April newsletter, containing the news that the Street Market is back this Saturday, 4th April, updates on where we're all up to with all of the houses and also information about a job opportunity at the Community Land Trust. Read on! Download a full quality PDF of this newsletter containing [...]

Taking Tea with the Lord Mayor

It's not every year that your allotment neighbour is the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. But this past year that has been so. And Sarah and I were delighted to get an invitation to come into our Town Hall and visit our friend Erica as she nears the end of her term of office. Sarah's never [...]