Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Important Message from the Community Garden


Quoted verbatim from an e-mail:

Woodlands Community Garden Urgent 
Special Meeting : Sunday 18th March at 1.30pm 
followed by regular Garden meeting at 2.30pm
Please join us if you can this Sunday, for a special meeting taking place at 1.30pm in the community garden. Over the last 2 years we have transformed a derelict gap site into a thriving community garden and a popular space for learning, sharing and growing. Hundreds of people have visited the garden, taken part in our communal garden sessions and joined us at our carbon reducing events, workshops and classes. During this time our main funding has come from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).
We found out yesterday that our application for funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for 2012-14 has been turned down and this means that our main source of current funding will end in just over two weeks time (31st March). Although we have some contingency plans and are waiting to hear about other funding applications, the loss of our CCF funding will result in a reduction in our paid staff and will limit us in taking forward our plans until other funding has been secured..
The meeting on Sunday will allow us to explain our current situation more fully to our many friends and supporters and to discuss ways in which you may be able to help us with our fundraising efforts and activities over the coming weeks and months.  We urgently need your support to help us survive and grow.
To cheer ourselves up, our regular garden meeting will follow at 2.30pm where we will mulch over ideas for further developing our garden site and you can help us finalise a series of garden workshops we have planned over the next month.
Also on a more positive note attached is a poster for our Taste Not Waste recipe book launch event taking place on Weds 28th March at 6.30pm at the Albany Centre. Given the current uncertainty over our longer term funding, we are hoping for as big a turnout as possible at this event to show that the local community is fully behind us- so please spread the word!
I'll be in the garden on Sunday from 12 for the start of our regular communal work session, so also happy to chat to people individually ahead of the meeting.

Tim Cowen Project Manager (p/t) Woodlands Community Garden and Climate Action Hub

Presbytery Plan News

From the Presbytery Plan Forum on Facebook 13th March 2012:


"The Presbytery of Glasgow at its meeting earlier this evening rejected the first draft of the Presbytery Plan by 115 votes to 106. As a result the Convener and the members of STAG submitted their resignations. The imminent local area meetings are cancelled. The Presbytery Council will be meeting soon to decide what to do next."


I do not know what to think, what to make of this, what to do or how to respond. Wait, watch and pray is the best I can do ...