I'm part of a small team building a new course for CLD work at University of the West of Scotland. We'd like to include the skills, perspectives and insights of those across Scotland developing more resilient communities. If you'd like to be part of that have a look at the invitation link below.…Continue
Added by Beth Cross on May 14, 2014 at 21:59 — No Comments
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY UK meeting: Sunday, 18th May
The Warehouse Café, Birmingham
11.am – 4.00pm
Free booking at…Continue
Added by Robert Simpson on April 25, 2014 at 23:35 — No Comments
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.
Added by Richard Snow on December 10, 2013 at 9:34 — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Kate Swade on August 22, 2013 at 18:45 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Snow on August 19, 2013 at 13:05 — No Comments
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.
Added by Richard Snow on June 3, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Davie Philip on February 5, 2013 at 16:12 — No Comments
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 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…
Added by Katherine Darling on January 2, 2013 at 16:39 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by James Derounian on October 2, 2012 at 9:51 — No Comments
The workshop will showcase three inspiring case studies of involving users and communities in public services from the North-West. These examples…Continue
Added by Frankie Hine-Hughes on September 28, 2012 at 14:13 — No Comments
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…Continue
CoPProspectus2013.pdf is a two page poster (A3 format - but readable A4) that summarises the FierySpirits…Continue
Added by Nick Wilding on September 25, 2012 at 14:48 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nick Wilding on September 3, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nick Wilding on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Iain MacKinnon on August 24, 2012 at 16:34 — No Comments
Added by Serge Marti on August 1, 2012 at 14:56 — No Comments
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…Continue