A selection from the several thousand photographs I’ve taken this year for this blog. Taken all together they tell one story of the year. Not a definitive one, more of a meander as you might expect.
In a year that’s been turbulent in so many ways it’s been good to have this blog to come home to. A quiet place to reflect and to tell some stories. Stories of ordinary days and determined people, trying to make our part of the world a better and fairer place.
We had a meeting yesterday, Friday, the Granby ‘legal team’ of Tracey Gore and me, in her office at Steve Biko Housing. And did eventually get to talk about organising the sale of some of the Community Land Trust houses as we’d planned.
But not at first and not for a while. While waiting for others to arrive, for a good while we talked about Prince. Of all the times Tracey has seen him and of how lucky we’ve both been to be alive as his glorious music and uncompromising career have enriched our days and lives.
Walking away later I surprised myself by thinking of these lines from Hamlet:
“Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
This post is by way of being a visual accompaniment to the words-only ‘Community Led’ post of the other day. In that post I talked about my views and experience of how community led change gets done and the demands it makes on all of us involved. Today I want to show you what it actually looks like when done well. Staggeringly well here at Homebaked in Anfield.
As well as being deeply and joyfully engaged with what we’re all doing at the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, I’ve also been invited in by the community around Homebaked to contribute to getting their own Community Land Trust into serious movement. Homebaked have been open a good while now as a social enterprise community bakery, and now their next phase of development is to begin their CLT work on the land around them. Turning a soon to be demolished row of houses next to the bakery into? Well that’s what we’ve all been starting work on these last few weeks.
We’ve been getting ready to appoint the architects Homebaked CLT will be working with by working on how we’ll work with them. How the whole involved community can work out what is wanted and then work through the complications of getting it all done over the next couple of years. Continue reading “‘Community Led’ – What it looks like”
It’s not about football it’s art. OK, well it is about football in a way. In the art of Christine Physick, now on display in the Meeting House Café, in the Quaker Meeting House in School Lane, Liverpool. Just next to The Bluecoat and Radio Merseyside.
Art you can take part in creating. This Saturday, 15th November.If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that the Meeting House is currently one of my favourite places in Liverpool. Not just for its café, the wonderful joint operation with Blackburne House, but for the people and the place as a whole. Peaceful, dignified and welcoming to all.
So a great place for an exhibition which is a serious and dignified debate in itself. Containing depictions of the debates so many of us have witnessed and even lived through this past decade and more, as Anfield has struggled so hard with its future.
Most of the words that follow are from the artist’s own description of her work and the reason for its existence. Interspersed with some of my own pictures from Anfield over the years.
“Football as the national game inspires both positive and negative emotions in equal measure. Those who follow the game tend to support a particular club for life: football helps to shape their identity but in return it demands tremendous loyalty.