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Making land available for woodland creation..

An interesting report from Exeter University, June 2012 on who owns agricultural land in England and the potential for woodland creation. Not often you see figures on Oxbridge college land - although 54% didn't take part.

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Added by Richard Snow on December 10, 2013 at 9:34 — No Comments

Creating a 21st Century Commons - event in Manchester 19th September

Shared Assets and New Start Magazine are holding an event that might be of interest to Fiery Sprits members - more details are below and here, and we'd love to see you there!

Can we create a '21st  Century Commons' that delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to communities?

New Start and …

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Added by Kate Swade on August 22, 2013 at 18:45 — No Comments

FW: the Countryside Alliance

 The ninth annual "Rural Oscars" are open to nominations

 

The 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to nominations, so please join us in celebrating the best of British produce and community-spirit - nominate now at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk. Nominations are open until 1st November and hard-copy forms can be ordered from…

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Added by Richard Snow on August 19, 2013 at 13:05 — No Comments

Ship's Biscuit - An Emerging Project - Looking for Collaborators

My aim is to develop a branded distribution or provisioning network that makes local food available to self catering, sailing tourists, particularly in remote coastal locations.



This project is tailored to the growing sailing tourism market and with lasting benefits to all contributors.



I propose to Project Manage the development of the project using PM4ESD, working to produce sustainable benefits for all the stake-holders rather than develop it as an enterprise or service… Continue

Added by Rose Bugler on July 5, 2013 at 22:21 — 3 Comments

Latest rural community enterprise news from the Plunkett Foundation.

A Better form of Business 2013

Reporting on the health of  rural Community Owned Shops in the UK  from data for 2012 gathered by Plunkett.   

http://s.coop/1p8u8

Plunkett Foundation…

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Added by Richard Snow on June 3, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Feeding Ourselves - How communities can benefit from co-operative food systems

Hello fellow Fiery Spirits,

Im delighted our CoP has found a new home with Plunkett and hope we can continue to progress and help each other cultivate communities that can prosper in these challenging times.  

Im currently the chair of Ireland's largest CSA projects, the Cloughjordan Community Farm. We currently provide fresh vegetables, milk and meat to over sixty member households on 40 acres of land in Cloughjordan, Tipperary Ireland. 12 acres of the farm is located…

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Added by Davie Philip on February 5, 2013 at 16:12 — No Comments

Development Officer - Plunkett Scotland

As you may be aware, Plunkett Foundation recently merged activities with Community Retailing Network in Scotland. We're now looking to recruit a development officer who will help us reach more rural communities in Scotland and deliver this work - please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested! http://www.plunkett.co.uk/aboutus/opportunities.cfm

Added by Katherine Darling on January 29, 2013 at 10:03 — No Comments

Plunkett Foundation to take over as host of Fiery Spirits Community of Practice

As you will have read in the June edition of the Fiery Spirits News Burst, the Carnegie UK Trust has been working closely with the Plunkett Foundation throughout 2012 to look at collaborating more closely on the future of the Fiery Spirits Community of Practice.  In a meeting of the Fiery Spirits Community of Practice steering group in November it was agreed that Plunkett would take on the host role of Fiery Spirits from the Carnegie UK Trust.…



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Added by Mike Perry on January 6, 2013 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Plunkett Foundation announces merger of activities with Community Retailing Network to extend services in Scotland

Plunkett Foundation has announced today it will be extending its services by merging with the Scotland based Community Retailing Network (CRN) to give Scotland’s rural communities greater access to Plunkett’s support.



The CRN worked across Scotland supporting community-owned shops in some of the remotest rural locations to thrive. Plunkett Foundation has worked with the CRN to support the…

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Added by Katherine Darling on January 2, 2013 at 16:39 — No Comments

JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' - what it has to say about localism & local councils

What a cracking read this is! No wizards, brromsticks etc......

But a dark, brooding, gritty account of contemporary rural life (in a small SW England market town).

Featuring drug addiction, rape, malicious gossip, class warfare, black v white, paedophilia.......to name but a few.

Rural idyll it…

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Added by James Derounian on October 2, 2012 at 9:51 — No Comments

Co-production in Public Services: Advancing the Agenda

Coprodnet and Governance International are co-hosting a co-production workshop during the Policy@MBS week at the University of Manchester, 30th October 2012, 4.00-6.00 PM

 

The workshop will showcase three inspiring case studies of involving users and communities in public services from the North-West. These examples…

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Added by Frankie Hine-Hughes on September 28, 2012 at 14:13 — No Comments

'Tune for the Blood' a documentary about young new generation farmers

A few of you may remember a few years ago that I posted about a film I was making about young farmers. (Has it been that long in the making?!) We finally finished it and have shown it at the Borderlines Film Festival, The Ludlow Assembly Rooms and at the Abergavenny Food Festival Fringe and other events. It is a feature length documentary, starring, among others, another Fiery Spirit, Christine Hope. Tune for the Blood provides an insight into the passion end enthusiasm of young people…

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Added by Anne Cottringer on September 25, 2012 at 16:29 — 1 Comment

Overview of FierySpirits' Story to Date

CoPProspectus2013.pdf is a two page poster (A3 format - but readable A4) that summarises the FierySpirits…

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Added by Nick Wilding on September 25, 2012 at 14:48 — No Comments

'After the Storm' by Dead Good Guides

Over the last couple of weeks, Dead Good Guides have been camped out in a wood near where I live, inviting passers-by to help transform trees felled by a mighty storm on January 3rd into carvings of the animals whose habitat changed dramatically overnight…

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Added by Nick Wilding on September 3, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

New research on island fishermens' relationship to the sea suggests cultural roots to Sound Of Barra dispute

A new book investigating the cultural background to the ongoing maritime conflict in the Sound of Barra in the Western Isles is being published this week. The book, called ‘Dùthchas na Mara’ (‘Belonging to the Sea’), highlights the role that traditional knowledge of the sea plays in maintaining Gaelic speaking island fishing communities in Scotland and Ireland. It also suggests that traditional knowledge may be an important cultural source for the current campaign on Barra against Scottish…

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Added by Nick Wilding on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 — No Comments

Belonging to the Sea...

Hello Fiery Spirits,

in late 2010 I blogged on FS that I was trying to attract funding for a project which would examine the common cultural traditions of Gaelic speaking fishing communities in Scotland and Ireland. I'm pleased to be able to say that, working along with Ruth Brennan of SAMS (The Scottish Association for Marine Science) and the Glasgow based visual artist Stephen Hurrel and with the support of the Colmcill partnership, we have researched and written up our…

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Added by Iain MacKinnon on August 24, 2012 at 16:34 — No Comments

The Power of Community Assets - Report from Growing Community Assets

The power of community asset ownership

AUGUST 1, 2012
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Added by Serge Marti on August 1, 2012 at 14:56 — No Comments

Industrial Revolution 2.0?

New approaches to manufacturing are set to take hold in Scotland over the coming decade, approaches that challenge the basic assumptions of production through the application of new affordable manufacturing technologies & ways of working.

- Centralised factories replaced by distributed workshops

- Global centralisation replaced by highly adaptive local cottage industries

Technologies like CNC Routing, Cutting & Drilling have been around for decades. What is…

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Added by Bruce Newlands on July 28, 2012 at 18:46 — 1 Comment

Open Letter to ASDA about milk prices

Mike Kenny

Manager

Asda Lancaster Superstore

Ovangle Road,

Lancaster,

LA1 5JR

 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Dear Mike

The recent reduction in milk prices have sent shockwaves through dairy farming communities and there is a real fear that it will have a devastating effect on both Cumbria and Lancashire’s landscapes and rural economy.

As a group of concerned consumers, we recognise that a great way of…

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Added by Daniel Heery on July 20, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Member News Direct: trial now live

In the most recent edition of 'NewsBurst' we invited members to submit links to your websites, blogs, twitter pages and more with the promise that we'd try to point others your way.

A trial version of ‘member news direct’ service is now live - and we need your help to improve it:

1) a ‘members news’ box now sits on the front of fieryspirits.com, and in addition

2) members can sign up for a daily email newsletter with news updates. 

At present, we are taking…

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Added by Nick Wilding on July 2, 2012 at 16:34 — No Comments

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