IDEAS AND VIEWS ON CULTURE STRATEGY WANTED

The Scottish government is undertaking a cultural strategy consultation.  Cultural strategies and have been the subject of political ping pong.  Do strategies reflect class?  Is it really part of a nation building strategy?

Actually, it can be all these things but is more likely to be one of well-being, and creating it for the future.  I would encourage responses to a cultural strategy that addresses the conflict that so called modern consumer society has within our environment.  A strategy that brings together a social culture, addresses financial inequalities and has cultural respect for our living space is, perhaps, a sustainable way to progress.

In any event, it’s important to participate.

Ideas and views on Culture Strategy wanted

Take part in an event, hold your own or contribute online

The Scottish Government is developing a Culture Strategy for Scotland. The strategy is being developed over a number of phases. They are currently in the engagement phase, gathering ideas and views through Scotland-wide Culture Conversations.

The following events are still to take place:

A number of organisations are also holding their own events. And you can hold your own event using the Culture Conversation resource pack.

You can also contribute your ideas and views on an online forum.

Find out more   ›

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Last night I was lucky enough to see the film “Demain / Tomorrow” at Meldrum Academy. The event, organised by Fiona Crosswell and Vicky Prendergast attracted over 100 people. Quite an achievement.

It was not just another film about climate change. It was a film that answers the imperative that climate change brings. What can we do about it?

In each and every sphere divided into five chapters, it was positive, inspiring and uplifting. By example it gave hints and Solutions that were human and in reach of us all.

Simply, yes we can.

From protecting from protecting and nurturing our soils to produce more food as well as how to finance our businesses, this film shows there is a starting point for Solutions. This is not just to prevent some kind of climatic armageddon but demonstrates we can create a better world,  at the same time.

Thank you Fiona and Vicki for making this happen at Oldmeldrum. Thank you as well to senior pupils and head teacher of the Academy for support and to the sponsors who helped  make it a successful event. I recommend  people who have not seen it, look out for screenings in your own communities or look it up online.

Tomorrow? Yes we can!

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TODAY THURSDAY 12 OCT – FREE SCREENING OF TOMORROW (DEMAIN) – AN INSPIRATIONAL FILM

TODAY – 6:45pm IN MELDRUM ACADEMY.

Please come. Its free and it may well be the start of something inspirational for you too. There is still room for a few more.

We would like to invite you to a FREE screening of the award winning documentary – Tomorrow/Demain.

This documentary is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film exploring community led creative solutions to the challenges we face in this modern world around food, energy, transport, economics and education.

It has been described as the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency and we are really excited to be bringing the film to Oldmeldrum. There will be teas and coffees served after to give people the opportunity to chat about the film and network.

Please spread the word far and wide and let us know if you are coming to help us plan for numbers.

We’d like to thank Meldrum Academy, Councillor Paul Johnston – Democratic Independent – Aberdeenshire Council, AD Heating Ltd and Archer Knight Limited for their support, and hope to see lots of you there!

Here’s the link for registering for tickets so we can keep a check on numbers.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomorrowdemain-screening-tickets-38092549842?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/NUN0QxRB7e0

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Fiona Crosswell
6 October at 12:54
We are delighted for the support of Mackie’s Ice Cream & Chocolate in providing refreshments for after the screening. Yum yum!! Spread the word, folks and register if you are planning coming along.
We are delighted for the support of Mackie’s Ice Cream & Chocolate in providing refreshments f

THURSDAY 12 OCT – FREE SCREENING OF TOMORROW (DEMAIN) – AN INSPIRATIONAL FILM

I was approached to help Fiona and Vicky organise the screening of the film Demain, a French film in English (Tomorrow). This is a must see. Fiona and Vicky have their message below.

Please come. Its free and it may well be the start of something inspirational for you too.

We would like to invite you to a FREE screening of the award winning documentary – Tomorrow/Demain.

This documentary is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film exploring community led creative solutions to the challenges we face in this modern world around food, energy, transport, economics and education.

It has been described as the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency and we are really excited to be bringing the film to Oldmeldrum. There will be teas and coffees served after to give people the opportunity to chat about the film and network.

Please spread the word far and wide and let us know if you are coming to help us plan for numbers.

We’d like to thank Meldrum Academy, Councillor Paul Johnston – Democratic Independent – Aberdeenshire Council, AD Heating Ltd and Archer Knight Limited for their support, and hope to see lots of you there!

Here’s the link for registering for tickets so we can keep a check on numbers.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomorrowdemain-screening-tickets-38092549842?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/NUN0QxRB7e0


BREXIT – A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENT

Sent by a friend this morning. I can only pass this on without comment as a public service responsibility…


William (Bill) Reid of Belhelvie, – a tribute.

I was very disappointed not to be able to pay my and the community’s due respects to Bill Reid who died Sunday August 13th. His funeral was yesterday (August 23rd 2017) in the Parish Kirk at Belhelvie.

Bill was a real gentleman by any interpretation.  He had a sense of civic duty to the community he lived in and was an incredibly long serving member of the Belhelvie Community Council.  Bill gave of his time and much wisdom to the betterment of Potterton, Belhelvie, Balmedie and Whitecairns over so many years.

I regret, that due to having to conduct job interviews, I was unable to be there.  I cannot let his passing go unmarked though.  I thought expressing my public thanks and the thanks of so many people past and present locally for Bill Reid, publicly was the least I could do personally.

The world is a better place for having had the likes of Bill Reid amongst us.

 


REID (Belhelvie)Peacefully at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, on Sunday, August 13, 2017, William A. Reid (Bill), aged 87 years, loving husband of Win Kee, dearest dad of John and Rowena, father in law of Marion and Innes, loved granda of Kate, Amy, Willum and Fergus. Funeral service at Belhelvie Parish Church on Wednesday, August 23, at 2.00pm thereafter to Belhelvie Churchyard. All family and friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only please.


WASTE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS RISK OF FAILURE IN NORTH EAST

A report on waste infrastructure by consultants Eunomia released this week,  may highlight a ” major risk of financial failure” of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils’ multi million pound incinerator project.  This is according to leading Aberdeenshire Councillor, Paul Johnston.

“The report indicates that under likely scenarios the plant will be at risk of being surplus to requirements with increasing recycling rates even before it is fully working.” said the leader of the council’s Democratic Independent and Green Group.

“Eunomia as respected researchers, indicate that too much capacity could either reduce recycling rates or make surplus capacity incinerators go bust. The councils , if they decide to legally commit to such a major project, face a major risk of financial failure”

“This should be a signal for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council to stop, take a deep breath and to go back and take a long hard look at the alternatives before they waste as much as £180 million on a white elephant. ”

” Each new report such as this from Eunomia or the chartered institute of Waste Management and even from advice out of the European Union waste directorate is adding more and more evidence that the city and Shire have they got it wrong in opting for incineration.  It is financially too risky as well as being environmentally unsound.”

The Incinerator described as a white elephant, proposed in the city which is will cost Aberdeenshire £80million – more than the AWPR.

The  Eunomia report is available at:

https://cllrpauljohnston.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/rwir-issue-12-main-report_final.pdf

Councillor Paul Johnston is a Democratic Independent Councillor on Aberdeenshire Council and is a campaigner on waste and recycling issues as a member of CRNS the community resource charity.


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