The Green They Only Get Around About Now

I seem to be feeling more than a bit reflective today, helped by the springtime. The trees turning that green they only get around about now, but which does happen each year. The reassurance of the new. That spring will come, whatever else we do, spring will come. And this spring day was a particular […]

Granby: The Winter Garden Opens

This was well done by all. On the first day of spring, under a perfect blue sky that we could all see through the glass roof, the Granby Winter Garden was opened. Then later on, much later, under a full spring moon, the Granby Winter Garden was still open. It was that magical sort of […]

Smithdown Social Club

Introducing New Ideas Your help needed to turn a former Conservative Club into something a good deal better. For all the time I’ve lived where I do, which is getting on close to thirty years now, there’s been an old conservative club just across Smithdown, at the top end of Crawford Avenue. I don’t think […]

Introducing: Placed Academy

Latest in the New Ideas series You’ve heard a good deal about Placed on here before. Working together at Ed’s Place last September, then the architecture, planning and design events they’ve run now for so many young people. And also how they’ve turned consultation into a good and creative thing throughout the North West, by […]

Raising The Ralla

Introducing: New Ideas It’s called all sorts of things on maps and in official documents and council papers. But everyone for miles around the actual place calls it ‘The Ralla.’ The expanse of land over that long railway wall where Commercial, Stanley and Melrose Roads meet in Kirkdale. An expanse of nature. There are railways […]

Foundation: Martial Arts Done Differently

Introducing Foundation School of Martial Arts Can martial arts be used to help build stronger communities, more resilient families and healthier, more confident individuals? Well yes, say Foundation School of Martial Arts, and with considerable experience and justification. Over the past several years they’ve worked with over 1,400 young people, and lots of older ones […]