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 ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL AUTUMN 2019 VOL: 47 NO:2

THE BRITISH LIBARY : DR ROBERT PERKS LEAD CURATOR ORAL HISTORY

ROB PERKS SENDS THIS UPDATE: THE BRITISH LIBRARY MAJOR HERITAGE FUND – SUPPORTED “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE ” INITIATIVE IS DIGITISING TWENTY FIVE ORAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS FROM THE BRITISH LIBRARY`S OWN HOLDINGS OVER THE COMING MONTHS, AND IS AIMING TO MAKE THESE AVAILABLE ONLINE BY 2020 WHERE PERMISSIONS CAN BE OBTAINED .

THEY INCLUDE : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS :BOOK TRADE LIVES ,DOWN TO EARTH : AN ORAL HISTORY OF BRITISH HORTICULTURE , AN ORAL HISTORY OF GENERAL PRACTICE 1936-1952 ,LIVES IN THE OIL INDUSTRY ,AN ORAL HISTORY OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY , AND ANIMAL WELFARE ARCHIVISTS .THE TEN REGIONAL “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE ” HUBS ARE ALSO UNDERWAY WITH THEIR DIGITISATION PROGRAMMES.

“BUILDING ON THE 2018 BRITISH LIBARY EXHIBITION “WINDRUSH : SONGS FROM A STRANGE LAND ” FOUR YOUNG SCHOLARS PRODUCED AND LED GUIDED THEMATIC AUDIO TOURS AROUND THE BRITISH LIBARY BUILDING .EACH TOUR FEATURED A SELECTION OF AUDIO EXTRACTS FROM ORAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS WHICH WERE PLAYED ALOUD AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE LIBARY.

THE TOUR GUIDES RECIEVED TRAINING IN DELIVERING A PUBLIC TOUR ,RESEARCH METHODS FOR ORAL HISTORY SOUND EDITING ,AND WERE MENTORED BY THE BRITISH LIBARY`S ORAL HISTORY CURATOR MARY STEWART AND CHANDAN MAHAL FROM THE “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE” TEAM .

THIS VITAL PUBLIC RESOURCE IS ONE OF THE MOST INPORTANT EVER DEVELOPED AND UNDERTAKEN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM  . PAT CARTER . SEPTEMBER 22ND 2019 .

CONTACT : DR ROB PERKS ,LEAD CURATOR ,ORAL HISTORY ,NATIONAL LIFE STORIES , BRITISH LIBRARY 96 EUSTON ROAD ,LONDON, NW1 2DB, TEL: 020 7412 7405/7404 E-MAIL: rob.perks@bl.uk or oralhistory@bl.uk ,website : http://www.bl.uk/

 

FROM THE NEWS PORTSMOUTH .

HISTORIANS ARE CALLING ON RESIDENTS TO SHARE THEIR D-DAY MEMORIES FOR A NEW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT .THE INITIATIVE IS BEING LED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER ,AS WELL AS WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE AND TANGMERE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM .

CHICHESTER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN D-DAY .TROOPS ,AIRCRAFT AND SUPPLIES ALL MOVED THROUGH TO BE PART OF THE LARGEST AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT IN HISTORY .

DR ANDREW SMITH FROM THE UNIVERSITY SAID : `THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY IS THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO CAPTURE PERSONAL MEMORIES OF THE EVENT FROM THOSE IT TOUCHED AT THE TIME ,BEFORE THOSE STORIES DISAPPEAR FOR GOOD .

`PERHAPS YOU REMEMBER BEING A CHILD AND SEEING TROOPS AND CHANGES IN YOUR CITY, BEFORE THE RUN UP TO D-DAY ? DID YOU KNOW THE MILITARY PERSONNEL STATIONED AT BISHOP OTTER COLLEGE , NOW THE UNIVERSITY ,OR WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH THE COLLEGE ITSELF ?

DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING PHOTOS, DOCUMENTS OR OBJECTS RELATING TO THE PERIOD ? OR DID YOU PURCHASE ANY OF THE COLLECTIONS FROM SHOREHAM D-DAY  AVIATION MUSEUM  WHEN IT CLOSED? IF YOU CAN ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD TAKE PART IN OUR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT .

THE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS WILL BE PART OF A SERIES OF LOCAL EVENTS TO MARK D-DAY IN AND AROUND CHICHESTER , INCLUDING A PROGRAMME OF SCHEDULED PUBLIC TALKS ,WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEARER THE TIME .

TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT : CONTACT DR SMITH ON  : 01243 816499 OR AT : a.smith@chi.uk    ALL PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS WILL BE RETURNED .

CAMBRIDGE ENGLAND MARCH 2019   OBLIQUE ARTS

THIS NEWS IS FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY VOL 46 NUMBER 2 AUTUMN 2018

OBLIQUE ARTS, BASED IN CAMBRIDGE, HAS BEEN COLLECTING ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE IRISH TRAVELLER AND ROMANY GYPSY COMMUNITIES.ELMIRA ZADISSA ,ONE OF THE PROJECT WORKERS ,SENDS THIS OUTLINE OF THE PROJECT :

“ORAL HISTORIES : ROMA AND TRAVELLER COMMUNITIES IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE ” WAS FUNDED BY THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND (HLF ) TO BRING LIGHT TO AN IMPORTANT PART OF BRITISH HERITAGE” WHICH REMAINS MOSTLY HIDDEN AND NEEDS TO BE RECOGNISED AND CELEBRATED “.

IT HAS FOCUSED ON TRAVELLER MARKETS AND FAIRS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THESE COMMUNITIES. MANY OF THE STORIES CARRY THE BURDEN OF EXPERIENCING RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION ,OF NOT BEING ALLOWED TO SPEAK YOUR OWN LANGUAGE ,OF BEING STIGMATISED AND EXCLUDED .

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT TRAVELLER FAIRS WITHOUT MENTIONING EVERYTHING WHICH THREATENS THEIR EXISTENCE ;TALKING ABOUT THE PRIDE YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR HERITAGE WITHOUT SEEING THAT CELEBRATED PUBLICLY “.

ONE INTERVIEWEE ,CHRISTINE  , SAID OF HER CHILDHOOD: IT WAS FREEDOM “SHEER HAPPINESS ” SHE WAS BORN “TO MUSIC PLAYING “IN A WAGON AT A FAIR ,ONE BUILT BY HER FATHER , UNCLES AND GRANDFATHER .

THE MIDWIFE HAD TRIED TO STOP THE FAIR BUT HER MOTHER INSISTED THAT IT SHOULD RUN AS NORMAL : “IT WAS AFTER ALL ,THEIR LIVELIHOOD “HER PARENTS MADE A LIVING FROM RUNNING A LOTTERY STALL AT DIFFERENT FAIRS , AND SHE AND HER SISTER USED TO PUSH THE SWING BOATS NEXT TO THE STALL .

HOWEVER ,THE HAPPINESS AND SAFETY OF BEING PART OF A BIG LOVING FAMILY  WAS INTERRUPTED EVERY YEAR WHEN SHE HAD TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL ,WHERE SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK ROMANY .SHE RECALLS THIS AS “DREADFUL I WAS CONSTANTLY BULLIED BY TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES BECAUSE OF MY BACKGROUND ”

TO HEAR SOME OF THE STORIES :  OBLIQUE ARTS WEBSITE  https: // oblique-arts.com/projects/gtr /# histories

 

THE JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY : VOLUME 46 NUMBER 1 SPRING 2018 .

REPORTS ON THE HERITAGE LOTTERY -FUNDED COMMUNITY PROJECT :TRANSITION :FROM FIELDS TO FORD AND BEYOND ,IS CAPTURING THE CULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE FORMER FORD SITE ON WIDE LANE IN SWAYLING ,SOUTHAMPTON .THIS WILL CULMINATE IN A POP UP MUSEUM AND EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE IN 2018.

 

RELATED EVENTS SO FAR INCLUDE “TAKING THE FLOOR AT FORD ” ,IN WHICH FEMALE WORKERS FROM THE FORMER FORD TRANSIT ASSEMBLY PLANT SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES OF BREAKING INTO A MALE WORLD IN CONVERSATION WITH ORAL HISTORIAN PADMINI BROOMFIELD .

 

ONE RECALLED THAT :WHEN I FIRST STARTED (IN THE 1980S ) ,THE OLDER MEN DID NOT THINK THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE HERE …..THEY THOUGHT THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE AT HOME AT THE KITCHEN SINK .THIRTY YEARS LATER THERE WERE WOMEN IN ALL ROLES – SENIOR MANAGERS ,SUPERVISORS ,ENGINEERS ,QUALITY INSPECTORS ,PRODUCTION LINE WORKERS -WORKING AT THE PLANT . EARLY RESISTANCE BY THE OLD GUARD ,WHO FELT “THE LADIES COULDN`T HACK IT” BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE  MUSCLE POWER AND “LEATHER HANDS “EVENTUALLY GAVE WAY TO ACCEPTANCE AS MORE WOMEN ENTERED THE WORKFORCE

 

DETAILS :TEL: 02380 262629 .  E-MAIL: transitionproject2018@gmail.com. WEBSITE :www.fordtransition.blogspot.com

 

 

FROM WEST SUSSEX CONNECTIONS JUNE-OCTOBER 2017 THERE IS NEWS OF A NEW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT THAT IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AT WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE AND ALL 36 0F THE WEST SUSSEX LIBARIES .THERE IS ALSO A SPECIAL DISPLAY UNIT AT WORTHING LIBARY WHERE PEOPLE CAN LISTEN TO AUDIO CLIPS .

ORGANISED BY THE COUNTY COUNCILS LIBARY SERVICE AND FUNDED BY THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND AND THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT FUND ,THE PROJECT AIMS TO REMEMBER ,RESEARCH ,EVALUATE AND APPRECIATE MILITARY VETERANS .

VOLUNTEERS RECRUITED AFTER A CONNECTIONS APPEAL , INTERVIEWED 63 WW2 AND POST 1945 VETERANS WHICH JOINED 32 GREAT WAR INTERVIEWS IN THE PETER BAKER COLLECTION AT WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE .

THE VETERANS WHO CAME FORWARD AND WERE INTERVIEWED FOR THE PROJECT VARIED GREATLY IN AGE, CHARACTER ,OUTLOOK, AND OPINIONS .THE MANY COMPLEX INFLUENCES ,PRESSURES AND MOTIVATIONS AFFECTING THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED AND SOME WHO WERE CONSCRIPTED ,ARE FULLY EXPLORED IN THEIR INTERVIEWS .

SOME EXPERIENCES TURNED OUT TO BE FRIGHTENING , TRAUMATIC , EVEN LIFE CHANGING :OTHERS WERE ROUTINE ,BUT MANY WERE ENJOYABLE, HUMOUROUS ,CHARACTER -BUILDING AND INSPIRING.

NEW WEB PAGES SHOWCASE A SELECTION OF THE CONTENT AND THE INTERVIEWS CAN BE LISTENED TO ON THE COMPUTORS AT ALL 36 WEST SUSSEX LIBARIES DISPLAY UNIT AT WORTHING LIBARY WHERE YOU CAN LISTEN TO AUDIO CLIPS .

AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME HAS STARTED TO INTRODUCE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLCHILDREN TO INTERVIEWING SKILLS INVOLVING VISITS BY VETERANS .

A 550 -PAGE HARDBACK BOOK OF THE MEMORIES HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND GIVEN FREE TO THE VETERANS AND VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED ,LIBARIES, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES ,VETERANS ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS WHICH SUPPORTED THE PROJECT. A LIMITED PRINT RUN OF THE BOOK IS ON SALE FOR £10 FROM WEST SUSSEX LIBERIES AND WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE IN ORCHARD STREET , CHICHESTER.

THE ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY  VOL: 44 NO:2 2016

THE PEOPLES HISTORY PROJECT – `GIDDY ` AT BRIGHTON SUSSEX

NICOLA BENGE SENDS NEWS OF THE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT –  GIDDY  ,WHICH IS A COLLECTING STORIES OF BEING  YOUNG AND GIDDY   IN  BRIGHTON. PARTICIPANTS ARE BEING INVITED TO SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF BEING A TEENAGER DURING THE 1940S, 1950S, AND 1960S ,INCLUDING ,STORIES ABOUT LOVE AND ROMANCE ,FASHION  AND IDENTITY ,HOBBIES AND PASTIMES, MUSIC , AND DANCING OR  THE BEACH AND SEAFRONT .

IT WILL BE ASKING QUESTIONS SUCH AS “DID YOU DANCE AT THE REGENT ,SHERRY S OR THE OTHER DANCE HALLS IN THE 1940S ? WHAT WAS IT LIKE? DID YOU DANCE ALL NIGHT ? WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ICE RINK IN THE 1950S ? WERE YOU A MOD OR A ROCKER? WHAT DID YOU GET UP TO? WHAT DID YOU DO ,AND WHERE DID YOU GO AS A LGBT PERSON BETWEEN THE 1940S AND 60S?

MEMORIES WILL BE COLLECTED THROUGH ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS AND PUBLISHED ON AN APP AND WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO , EITHER IN, OR AROUND THE CITY (USING A SMARTPHONE WITH A MAP) OR AT HOME. `IMAGES OF YOUTH , AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF TEENAGE AND EARLY TWENTIES YEARS ,WILL ALSO BE COLLECTED ,ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATING TO SPECIFIC MEMORIES .

CONTACT : JAMIE WYLD ,PROJECT DIRECTOR ,E-MAIL : jamiewyld74 @gmail.com WEBSITE : www. is.gd/giddybton

WITH THANKS TO THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER 8TH 0F SEPT 2016 

EXTRACTS OF A REPORT BY : ANUSHKA ASTHANA

SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR WARNS OF `US AND THEM` `DIVIDE .

MORE SELECTION WOULD EXACERBATE PROBLEMS , HE SAYS .

CALL TO FOCUS ON TEACHERS AND PARENTS INSTEAD .

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS EXPANSION RISKS DISASTER ,MAY IS WARNED .

THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR HAS WARNED THAT EXPANDING THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD BE A DISASTER ,A DAY AFTER IT EMERGED THAT THERESA MAY WAS CONCIDERING THE IDEA .

ALAN MILBURN ,THE FORMER LABOUR CABINET MINISTER WHO CHAIRS THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY COMMISSION ,SAID ENDING THE BAN ON BUILDING NEW SELECTIVE SCHOOLS RISKED CREATING AN “US AND THEM DIVIDE ” WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM .

HE SAID THAT PUPILS AT ENGLAND`S REMAINING 163 SELECTIVE STATE SCHOOLS WERE FOUR OR FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM INDEPENDENT PREP SCHOOLS THAN FROM THE DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS .

“THIS IS NOT SELECTION EDUCATIONALLY ,IT IS SELECTION SOCIALLY .IF (MORE OF ) THAT IS WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ,IT WILL NOT PROVIDE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DIVIDEND ,IT WILL BE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DISASTER “. SAID MILBURN .

ON TUESDAY AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT INDICATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO END THE MORATORIUM WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE HANDS OF A CIVIL SERVANT OUTSIDE DOWNING STREET .

MILBURNS COMMENTS CAME DURING A WIDE  – RANGING INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN IN WHICH HE CALLED ON MAY TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHIEST AND THE POOREST ,AND WARNED OF AN OVERWHELMING AND “FESTERING SENSE OF SOCIAL RESENTMENT “ACROSS BRITAIN .

“THE HISTORY OF OUR CONTINENT TELLS US WHEN A MAJORITY FEEL THEIR AMBITIONS BEING THWARTED AND THAT A MINORITY ARE FORGING AHEAD ,THINGS CAN TURN NASTY “,HE SAID ARGUING THAT THE SCALE OF THE BREXIT VOTE UNDERLINED THE CHALLENGE .MILBURN POINTED OUT THAT OF THE 65 AREAS OF THE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS COMMISSION AS THE WORST FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS ,ONLY THREE VOTED TO REMAIN .

STOP PRESS ………..STOP PRESS …………..STOP PRESS………….SEPTEMBER 9TH 2016

FRONT COVER OF THE  i  NEWSPAPER   :TEACHERS VOW TO BATTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS …….MAY GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR MORE SELECTIVE EDUCATION ,OVERTURNING 19-YEAR-OLD BAN …………..OPPOSITION PARTIES AND TEACHING UNIONS DETERMINED TO FIGHT REGRESSIVE MOVE .

 

EDUCATION  JUNE 2016

THE FOLLOWING NEWSPAPER REPORT FROM  i  17 TH JUNE 2016 BY CLAIRE HAYHURST

SCHOOLS CUTTING PUPIL SUPPORT FOR `DISADVANTAGED `

A GROWING NUMBER OF SCHOOLS ARE USING FUNDING FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS TO OFFSET BUDGET CUTS ELSEWHERE .IN A SURVEY ,6 PER CENT OF TEACHERS REPORTED THIS AS THE MAIN PRIORITY FOR THEIR SCHOOL`S PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING -AN INCREASE FROM 2 PER CENT IN 2015 .THE RESEARCH ,PUBLISHED BY THE SUTTON TRUST AND THE EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION ,INVOLVED 1,607 TEACHERS.

ONE IN FIVE RESPONDENTS DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE MAIN PRIORITY FOR THEIR PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING WAS .BUT 3 PER CENT OF SENIOR LEADERS AND 7 PER CENT OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS -A TOTAL OF 6 PER CENT -STATED THAT IT WAS FOR “OFFSETTING BUDGET CUTS ELSEWHERE “.

NEWS APPEARS IN THE CURRENT ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL VOL 44 NO:1 APRIL 2016 OF THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT .

THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT IN SALISBURY WON TWO AWARDS FROM THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND HERITAGE GROUP (CAHG ) IN 2015 ,ONE FOR INNOVATION AND THE OVERALL AWARD OF` COMMUNITY ARCHIVE  AND HERITAGE GROUP OF THE YEAR .

THE COMMUNITY HERITAGE AND ARTS PROJECT IS RUN BY THE ST EDMUNDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ,AND HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE HISTORY  THE AREA AROUND MILFORD STREET BRIDGE -A LARGE FLYOVER WHICH CARRIES THE CITY`S RING ROAD -FOR SOME TIME .

THE FLYOVER WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY 1970 S AND FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS ITS BARE CONCRETE WALLS WERE A GIANT EYESORE .IN 2010 WE GOT PERMISSION TO PAINT A MURAL ON ONE OF THE WALLS ,SHOWING LIFE AS IT HAD BEEN IN THE AREA “BEFORE THE BRIDGE “

WE INTERVIEWED MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LIVED AND WORKED THERE AND COLLECTED A GREAT ARCHIVE OF MEMORIES AND PICTURES .THESE CAN NOW BE ACCESSED ON THE ORGANISATIONS WEBSITE .

RITA JACOB ,WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT FROM ITS BEGINNING AS A CONTRIBUTOR AND VOLUNTEER ,RECALLS THAT : “ON THE DAY THE PROJECT LAUNCHED AT ST MARTINS I STOOD WITH SOME OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS OPPOSITE THE SITE OF MY HOUSE AND THE PAST HIT ME LIKE A BRICK

PARTICULARLY THE NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH I LIVED FOR TWENTY – ONE YEARS .FOR THIS REASON THE PROJECT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIVE AND CARTHARTIC EXPERIENCE ,AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD I KNEW SO WELL .

MOREOVER ,BEING INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OF THE PROJECT ,I LEARNT NEW SKILLS ,AND MET LOVELY PEOPLE ,MY HOUSE ,ALSO LIVING ON IN THE MURAL!LONG MAY IT CONTINUE !”

FURTHER DETAILS: WEBSITE : www.milfordstreetbridgeproject.org.uk

 

WARTIME PROJECT : `20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS  OCTOBER 2015 ONWARDS.

EXTRACTS OF NEWS OF A LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECT :  WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND `S DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH NOVEMBER 2015

 THE 993 MEN LISTED ON THE WAR MEMORIALS IN ST WILFRED`S CHURCH FRATTON ,CAME FROM JUST 21 TERRACED STREETS SQUEEZED BETWEEN ST MARY`S ROAD AND NEW ROAD . ALL BUT ONE OF THOSE STREET`S STILL EXIST .

OF THOSE WHO SIGNED UP FROM THIS TINY PATCH OF PORTSMOUTH ,135 GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WAR .

NOW A NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT WILL RESEARCH AND PRESERVE THEIR MEMORIES .ENTITLED ` 20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS ` THE PROJECT HAS NOW RECIEVED £9,9000 FROM THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND (HLF)

VOLUNTEERS WILL RESEARCH THE MEN LISTED ON THE MEMORIALS THROUGH A VARIETY OF RECORDS , THEY WILL COLLECT PHOTO`S NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ,DOCUMENTS ,LETTERS AND PHOTOS OF KEEPSAKES ,AS WELL AS RECORD HISTORY .

THE PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PARISH OF ST MARY`S PORTSEA , AND FRATTON BIG LOCAL .IT WILL BE SUPPORTED BY THE PORT TOWNS AND URBAN CULTURES PROJECT BASED IN PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY .IT WILL INVOLVE HISTORY STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PARTICIPATING AS PART OF THEIR STUDIES .

AMONG THE SURVIVING DOCUMENTS ARE LETTERS WRITTEN BY CURATES FROM THE PORTSEA PARISH SERVING AS PADRES ON THE FRONTLINE.

THE RESEARCH WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL VIA A WEBSITE AND CDs THAT WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION BASED ON THE RESEARCH.

THERE IS A FACEBOOK PAGE ON : http://www.facebook .com/20streetsinportsmouth

EXPLORING ST CROSS HOSPITAL WINCHESTER FOR THE ENERGIES BY USING DOWSING AND THE OLDFIELD FILTER .

LED BY PAT CARTER AND DAVID CHARMAN

THE SUSSEX DOWSERS : THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS : WHEN :  9TH OF AUGUST 2015 AFTERNOON.  VENUE: THE HOSPITAL OF ST CROSS ,ST CROSS BACK STREET ,WINCHESTER ,HAMPSHIRE ,ENGLAND ,SO23 9SD .

ST CROSS HOSPITAL IS 1 MILE SOUTH OF WINCHESTER CITY CENTRE . CONTACT: DAVID CHARMAN : MOB : 07754780553  OR :  energyveiwing@fsmail.net

THERE ARE MARVELLOUS ENERGIES AT ST CROSS HOSPITAL IN WINCHESTER .ENERGIES CAN BE EXPERIENCED HERE ,BY DOWSING WITH YOUR PENDULUMS , RODS ,OR BY THE OLDFIELD FILTER .

SET AMIDST THE WATERMEADOWS , THIS BEAUTIFUL ALMSHOUSE AND CHURCH HAS BEEN THE PERFECT CENTRE OF TRANQUILITY TO THE COMMUNITY FOR CENTURIES ,THEY WELCOME DOWSERS AND THOSE INTERESTED IN ST CROSS HOSPITAL`S SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE AND THE CHURCHES HISTORY .

LEGEND HAS IT THAT HENRY de BLOIS , A MONK , A KNIGHT , AND A POLITICIAN FOUNDED ST CROSS HOSPITAL BETWEEN 1132 AND 1136 , THOUGH HE DISCOVERED THE RUINS OF A RELIGOUS HOUSE PRIOR TO THIS TIME .

THE TRADITIONAL WAYFARERS DOLE OF BEER AND BREAD IS STILL GIVEN AT THE PORTERS GATE TO ALL TRAVELLERS WHO REQUEST IT.

THERE WILL BE GUIDES TO HELP YOU DOWSE ON THE AFTERNOON , AND ALSO OLDFIELD FILTER PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE SEEN AT THE EVENT FOR GUIDANCE .

COME AND JOIN US FOR AN ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE ! BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED DOWSERS WELCOME .

GARDENS AND MEADOWS ,TEA ROOMS , GIFT SHOP .

YOU TOO CAN ACHIEVE EXCELLENT RESULTS WITH ONE TO ONE TUITION TAILORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS IF YOU ARE STUDYING GCSE, IGCSE, A/ALEVEL ,AND DEGREE .

SUBJECTS TAUGHT : HISTORY ,ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE ,GEOGRAPHY , AND ART.  ESSAY CONSTRUCTION , STUDY SKILLS AND EXAM TECHNIQUE .

LEARN THIS EXAM TECHNIQUE AND COMPLETE YOUR EXAM DAYS WITH CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS.

SUPPORT OFFERED INCLUDES  DYSLEXIC , ADD , AND ADHD STUDENTS.

BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH AN ASSESSMENT AND FRIENDLY ,PATIENT ,TUTORING .

VERBAL AND WRITTEN FEEDBACK GIVEN FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENT AND CONFIDENCE .

BE EMPOWERED !

I AM HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED .ENHANCED CRB CHECKED .

I TUTOR FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS , SCHOOLS, COLLEGES,AND UNIVERSITIES , AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

GREAT TESTIMONIALS ON MY TUTORING .

TO CONTACT ME :GO TO MY ABOUT PAGE ON THIS BLOG.

PAT CARTER TUITION :I OFFER DYSLEXIA SUPPORT WITHIN ONE TO ONE

TUITION FOR STUDENTS STUDYING  GCSE , A/AS LEVEL , AND DEGREE  .

SUBJECTS COVERED : HISTORY , ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE .

GEOGRAPHY , AND ART . I SPECIALISE IN ESSAY CONSTRUCTION AND STUDY SKILLS.

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA ? AMONGST THOSE  :LEONARDO DA VINCI , ALBERT EINSTEIN , ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL AND HENRY FORD . TOM CRUISE , ORLANDO BLOOM ,AND STEVE JOBS .

HENRY WINKLER THE ACTOR FROM THE FONZ  THE ICONIC 1970S  TV SHOW AND A DYSLEXIC , RECENTLY PAID A VISIT TO MEDINA COLLEGE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT WHERE HE ATTENDED AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE LEADING EDUCATIONAL CHARITY, ACHIEVEMENT ALL .

MR WINKLER IS A RESPECTED CHILDRENS AUTHOR .HE DISCUSSED WITH THE STUDENTS FROM MEDINA AND CARISBROOKE COLLEGES HOW HE OVERCAME PROBLEMS WITH DYSLEXIA .HE REGULARLY VISITS SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN TO TALK ABOUT THE SUBJECT .

GO TO MY TUITION GATEWAY  PAGE FOR DETAILS OF TUITION OFFERED .VISIT ALSO MY TESTIMONIAL PAGE .

 

 

 

THE NEWSPAPER THE INDEPENDENT i OF 11TH OF NOVEMBER 2014 PUBLISHED THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY: JONATHAN OWEN .

CONTROVERSIAL POLICY DECISIONS ARE BEING LEFT UNCHALLENGED BY CHARITIES WHICH FEAR CRITICISING THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE MINISTERS HAVE UNDERMINED THEIR ROLE IN POLITICS ,ONE OF BRITAIN`S  MOST RESPECTED CHARITY FIGURES HAS CLAIMED .

THE DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVIST SIR BERT MASSIE  SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS “DOING IT`S UTMOST TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST HARMFUL POLICIES IS INCREASINGLY DIMINISHED ”

IN A REPORT RELEASED BY THE CIVIL EXCHANGE THINK -TANK  HE SAID MINISTERS HAD “INTRODUCED A NUMBER OF POLICIES  WITHOUT SUFFICIENT CONSULTATION “IGNORING AN AGREEMENT FOR 12 -WEEK  CONSULTATIONS TO ALLOW CHARTIES TO MAKE SERIOUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY “

SIR BERT`S COMMENTS FOLLOW A REPORT BY THE PANEL ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR WHICH ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF “TREATING CHARITIES THAT IT PREDOMINANTLY FUNDS LIKE MERE ARMS OF THE STATE .

READ MORE ON THIS REPORT AT THE INDEPENDENT i .WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR THESE EXCERPTS.

                                                            

 SUSSEX DOWSERS AFFILIATED TO THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS

MEETINGS ARE HELD AT :THE BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE .TOZER WAY, ST PANCRAS ,CHICHESTER .   £5  NON MEMBERS        £3  MEMBERS  .  MEETINGS START : 2PM    DOORS OPEN  : 1-40PM   . EVERYONE WELCOME .

 

 

SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER : THE CERNE GIANT : LANDSCAPE ,GODS  , AND THE STARGATE WITH PETER KNIGHT .

 

PETER KNIGHT RETURNS TO GIVE ANOTHER INSPIRING PRESENTATION ABOUT HIS LATEST BOOK WHICH CENTRES ON THE GODS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CERNE GIANT A DORSET CHALK ICON AND THE FOLKLORE REGARDING IT. ALSO WITHIN THE NEW BOOK ARE HIS GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES OF THE ASTRONOMICAL ALIGNMENTS THAT HE HAS FOUND ,BOTH SOLAR AND STELLAR WHICH DATE THE GIANT AND THE LINKS WITH THE STARS OF ORION AND A EGYPTIAN STARGATE  OF OSIRIS .

 

PETER IS THE AUTHOR OF 8 BOOKS ABOUT SACRED SITES , DOWSING , AND SACRED LANDSCAPES ,HE IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER .HIS BOOKS DELVE INTO THE HIDDEN ASPECTS OF SITES ,AS HE TRIES TO DISCOVER THEIR MEANINGS IN A `HOLISTIC APPROACH `HE ALSO ADVOCATES HOW SACRED SITES CAN BE ACCESSED TODAY TO PROCURE EARTH HEALING AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION .

 

CONTACT : SANDY McKENSIE  , TEL : 01329 234398  .E -MAIL : sandydowser @gmail.com

THIS REPORT COMES FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY ENGLAND AUTUMN  2014 VOLUME 42 NO.2

 

FROM ALICE BOOTH : THE `SPEAKING VOLUMES: STORIES OF LIVING WITH HIV IN BRIGHTON ` PROJECT NOW HAS A WEBSITE FEATURING STORIES COLLECTED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2013 AND MARCH 2014 FROM PEOPLE IN SUSSEX LIVING WITH HIV. PARTICIPANTS ATTENDED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS USING ART AND STORYTELLING TO LOOK AT THEIR SELF IMAGE AND JOURNEY WITH HIV.THEY WERE THEN INTERVIEWED ,AND THE EDITED INTERVIEWS CAN BE HEARD BY CLICKING ON BOOK COVERS ON THE WEBSITE .SOME STORIES ARE ACCOMPANIED BY IMAGES DRAWN BY THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE WORKSHOPS ,OTHERS HAVE SOME TEXT CHOSEN BY THE SPEAKER .

 

CONTACT : ALICE BOOTH ,` SPEAKING VOLUMES` PROJECT MANAGER AND DIRECTOR ,TEL 07733 028 434 ,website www.speakingvolumesproject.org

THE REPORT COMES FROM THE  JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY .AUTUMN 2014 VOLUME 42 NO .2  

 

THE HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETY (HDS) HAS STARTED COLLECTING AND RECORDING ORAL HISTORIES OR RETIRED DIVERS WHO HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT THEIR  TRAINING, EQUIPMENT AND EXPERIENCES .THE RECORDINGS WILL BE DEPOSITED IN THE HDS LIBARY HOUSED IN A SECOND WORLD WAR AIR-RAID PROTECTION (ARP) BUNKER IN GOSPORT TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE RESEARCH .SELECTED RECORDINGS WILL ALSO BE USED IN THE DIVING MUSEUM IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY BATTERY NO 2 STOKES BAY ,IN GOSPORT .

 

FURTHER DETAILS : HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETY ,website www.thehds.com

 

 

NEWS OF THIS PROJECT COMES FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY ENGLAND . SPRING VOL 42 NO.1

 

NEWS OF THE EARLY PESTALOZZI CHILDREN PROJECT ,AN INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY ORGANISED BY WILLIAM EIDUKS AND LEN CLARKE ,FORMER RESIDENT CHILDREN OF THE PESTALOZZI CHILDREN`S VILLAGE IN SEDLESCOMBE , EAST SUSSEX ,DURING IT`S EARLIEST YEARS .

 

`THE AIM OF THIS PROJECT IS TO GATHER, PRESERVE AND RELATE THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN OF THE PESTALOZZI CHILDRENS VILLAGE WHO ARRIVED BETWEEN 1959 AND 1965 .IT AIMS TO RECOVER THE  EUROPEAN AND EARLY TIBETAN CHILDRENS STORY, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE , THROUGH ORAL HISTORY RECORDINGS AND OTHER RELATED RESEARCH .WE HOPE THIS TO BE A LEGACY FOR US FORMER CHILDREN OF ” THE  VILLAGE ” AND OUR DESCENDENTS . ALSO, BY GATHERING THIS STORY ,WE WILL NOT ONLY DEMONSTRATE WHAT A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE IT WAS BUT ALSO CONSTRUCTIVELY PRESENT THIS INFORMATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHER ,RELEVANT RESEARCH . OUR HOPE IS TO RECORD THE PAST TO INFLUENCE THE FUTURE `.

 

THE PESTALOZZI CHILDREN`S VILLAGE WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO BE A SURROGATE HOUSE FOR CHILDREN FROM DEPRIVED BACKGROUNDS. `AT FIRST IT WAS PLANNED PRIMARILY ,FOR EUROPEAN REFUGEE CHILDREN IN GERMAN DISPLACED PERSONS (DP) CAMPS FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR ,ALONG WITH A SMALL NUMBER  OF BRITISH CHILDREN. IT WAS FOUNDED BY JOHANN HEINRICH PESTALOZZI ,AN 18TH – 19TH CENTURY SWISS HUMANITARIAN .THE ENGLISH VILLAGE FOLLOWED THE EXAMPLE OF A SIMILAR COMMUNITY IN SWITZERLAND , AND WAS INTENDED TO CARE FOR THE CHILDREN RIGHT THROUGH THEIR EDUCATION `

 

FURTHER INFORMATION : WEBSITE  www.earlypestalozzichildren.org.uk/about-the-project

BUNCTON CHAPEL , WISTON, WEST SUSSEX . DATE : SUNDAY 10TH OF AUGUST 2014 .

YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AT A DOWSING VISIT TO BUNCTON CHAPEL .THIS FASCINATING AND ANCIENT CHAPEL IS NEXT TO WISTON TEA ROOMS WISTON ,WEST SUSSEX ,JUST OFF THE ROAD BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON ROUNDABOUT AND STEYNING .MEET AT 2PM AT THE CHAPEL OR 1PM FOR LUNCH AT THE TEA ROOMS .

DAVID CHARMAN IS THE CONTACT .         TEL :07754780553     E-MAIL : energyviewin@fsmail.net

“FREE TIME, OUR STORIES “, A REPORT IN ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL , SPRING 2014 .

THE ARTS AND EDUCATIONAL CHARITY digital  : works  HAS RECIEVED A GRANT FROM THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND TO EXAMINE HOW PEOPLE`S LEISURE ACTIVITIES HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST 60 YEARS . “FREE TIME ,OUR STORIES “WILL ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COLLABORATE ON AND SHARE WITH THE OLDER POPULATION A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO A FINAL EXHIBITION ,A WEBSITE , THE PRODUCTION OF AN APP AND THE CREATION OF A NEW ARCHIVE .

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN SKILLS IN ORAL HISTORY RECORDING AND WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT ARCHIVE CREATION AND CURATION. THROUGH THE MOBILE PHONE APP, digital:works  AIMS TO CREATE A” WALKING MUSEUM ” AROUND DORCHESTER ,ENGAGING A WIDER SECTION OF THE POPULATION WITH THE LOCAL HISTORY OF SPECIFIC SITES

THE PROJECT WILL WORK WITH DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM AND THE DORSET HISTORY CENTRE ,AS WELL AS LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE ,INCLUDING THOMAS HARDYE SCHOOL , AGE UK ,DORSET AND DORCHESTER PARTNERSHIP OLDER PEOPLE (POPP) ,IT HOPES TO FORGE NEW RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE ,THEIR SCHOOLS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES , THE ARCHIVE MATERIAL WILL BE STORED AT DORSET HISTORY CENTRE .

CONTACT : JOE STEVENS . digital:works PARTICIPATION WORKER , TEL :07784 874 112

E-MAIL : joe@digital-works .co.uk  WEBSITE  : www.freetimeourstories.org.uk

WHY NOT START AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT IN YOUR AREA , ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CAN JOIN IN AND ACHIEVE AN ORIGINAL  PIECE OF LIVING HISTORY FROM EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS. PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN . 17TH JULY 2014 .

STRIKE : THURSDAY 10TH OF JULY 2014 . NUT ,UNISON , UNITE, GMB , PCS , FBU  : PORTSMOUTH HAMPSHIRE .

 

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL SEE THE BIGGEST OPPOSITION TO THE POLICIES OF CUTS AND AUSTERITY SINCE THE 30TH OF NOVEMBER 2011 .THE STRIKE WILL UNITE TEACHERS, COUNCIL WORKERS ,CIVIC SERVICE WORKERS AND FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FIGHT FOR PAY, PENSIONS ,CUTS AND EXCESSIVE WORKLOADS .

THERE WILL BE A JOINT TRADE UNION RALLY AT 12 NOON IN THE GUILDHALL SQUARE AND A PROTEST MARCH THROUGH COMMERCIAL ROAD, RETURNING TO THE GUILDHALL SQUARE FOR CLOSING SPEECHES .

WE HAVE SEEN THE MOST PROLONGED CUTS IN LIVING STANDARDS SINCE THE 1870s . WE HAVE SEEN THE TOP 1000 BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES IN BRITAIN INCREASE THEIR WEALTH BY 13% LAST YEAR ALONE . THE WEALTH OF THESE 1000 IS EQUAL TO ONE THIRD OF UK GDP !

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL BE A DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST THE RICH GETTING RICHER AND THE POOR GETTING POORER . YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON STRIKE TO GET INVOLVED .COME AND JOIN US . MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD .

CONTACT : JON WOODS , PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER CONVENOR FOR MORE DETAILS . TEL : 07921 775828 .

 

GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE    CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX ENGLAND 2014

THE GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE PROJECT IS A COMMUNITY BASED HERITAGE AND ARTS PROGRAMME THAT IS EXPLORING THE HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE GRAYLINGWELL HOSPITAL FROM 1894 TO THE PRESENT .

THIS YEAR LONG PROJECT INCLUDES A VARIETY OF EVENTS ,COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOPS ,RESEARCH AND HERITAGE TALKS AND ORAL HISTORIES .

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES , STORIES , OBJECTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS .

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP SHAPE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT .

CONTACT : e : heritage @chichestercdt .org .uk    www.graylingwellheritage .co.uk   tel : 01243 697 072

SPONSORED BY : THE NATIONAL LOTTERY    HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND    CHICHESTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST   PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY  WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE   UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER               LAUNCH SPONSORED BY   : LINDEN HOMES .

 

GET INVOLVED IN AN EXCITING PROJECT THAT EMPOWERS PEOPLE , AND THAT WILL BRING ABOUT A  CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ,ON  HOW OUR  SOCIETY VIEWS MENTAL HEALTH .  PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN .

 

BRITAIN`S INNER -CITY PROSPERITY IS HIDING SEVERE CHILD POVERTY AND MALNUTRITION , WARNS SENIOR CATHOLIC BISHOP

GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE  `PAYING THE PRICE` FOR AUSTERITY , SAYS CHILDREN`S  COMMISSIONER

CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ARE GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY EACH DAY ,STRUGGLING TO CONCENTRATE AND FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR LESSONS ,ONE OF BRITAIN`S LEADING CHURCHMEN HAS CLAIMED .

THE PROBLEM IS BEING MASKED BY A `VENEER OF PROSPERITY ` IN REDEVELOPED CITY CENTRES WITH MANY YOUNG PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES ASHAMED OF THE STIGMA OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH TO EAT ,HE ADDED .

THE  RT REV MALCOLM MCMAHON ,THE BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM ,WHO WAS APPOINTED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP BY POPE FRANCIS LAST WEEK ,IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE ,WHICH OVERSEES ONE IN 10 SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ATTENDED BY NEARLY 840,000 PUPILS . HE SAID TEACHERS OBSERVED DEPRIVATION BLIGHTING YOUNG LIVES ON A DAILY BASIS .”THERE IS A POVERTY WHICH WE WITNESS EVERYDAY IN OUR SCHOOLS ” HE SAID .

HIS COMMENTS WERE ECHOED BY THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER FOR FOR ENGLAND ,MAGGIE ATKINSON ,WHO IN A SEPERATE INTERVIEW WARNED YOUNG PEOPLE WERE BEING HIT HARDEST BY THE GOVERNMENTS AUSTERITY PROGRAMME .

“THE POOREST FAMILIES ,AND THEREFORE THEIR CHILDREN ,ARE PAYING THE PRICE NOW” WE DID IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS ON THE WELFARE BILL .FAMILIES, PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ,ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE WAS ALREADY ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON THE HOUSEHOLDS ,WOULD BE ILL-SERVED BY THE WELFARE REFORMS “, SHE TOLD TOTAL POLITICS MAGAZINE .

POVERTY BY NUMBERS …………………………..

3.5 M CHILDREN IN THE UK ARE LIVING IN POVERTY WITH THE FIGURE AS HIGH AS SEVEN IN 10 LIVING IN THE MOST DEPRIVED  WARDS .

1 IN SEVEN CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY : 820,000 SCHOOLCHILDREN SKIP BREAKFAST .

8.4 WEEKS LEARNING TIME LOST BY CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY .

126,889 CHILDREN WERE USING FOODBANKS IN 2013 .

36 PER CENT THE PROPORTION OF PUPILS ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WHO ACHIEVE 5 GCSE `S AT C OR ABOVE ,INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS .

WITH THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT i  ON SATURDAY NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER JONATHON  BROWN FOR THE ABOVE EXTRACTS . ISSUE : SATURDAY 29TH MARCH 2014 .

MINISTRY OF WHAT ?

CHRIS GRAYLING IS LORD CHANCELLOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE (BUT NOT A LAWYER )

HE WANTS TO CLOSE DOWN AT LEAST 1,200 FIRMS OF HIGH STREET SOLICITORS

PREVENT LEGAL AID DEFENDANTS FROM CHOOSING THEIR LAWYER

AND PROVIDE A DISGRACED SECURITY FIRM AND A TRUCKING COMPANY

WITH INCENTIVES TO PERSUADE DEFENDANTS TO PLEAD GUILTY

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE  `LEGAL AID `TO YOU ?

IN THE NAME OF AUSTERITY , BID FAREWELL TO JUSTICE .

SIGN THE PETITION . SAVE UK JUSTICE .

WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES  PARISH NEWS DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY2014 FOR THE FOLLOWING  REPORT .

WELFARE REFORM IS PLUNGING PEOPLE INTO DEBT AND LEAVING DESPARATE PEOPLE WALKING MILES FOR FOOD ,OUR DIOCESAN SYNOD HEARD .

A DEBATE ON THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL AUSTERITY AND CHANGES IN BENEFITS -AND HOW CREDIT UNIONS COULD HELP THOSE STUCK IN DEBT -HEARD FROM EXPERTS WHO WORK WITH DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE IN THE DIOCESE .

THE FOUR SPEAKERS INCLUDED CAROLE DAMPER ,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ROBERTS CENTRE WHICH HELPS FAMILIES IN PORTSMOUTH .SHE  SHARED STATISTICS ,INCLUDING THE FACT THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN THE POOREST AREA OF PORTSMOUTH DIE ON AVERAGE 11 YEARS YOUNGER THAN THOSE IN THE RICHEST AREA OF THE CITY ,AND THAT ONE IN FIVE OF THE CITY`S OLDER PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY .

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE SO CALLED `BEDROOM TAX`,WHICH PENALISES THOSE FOUND TO BE UNDER OCCUPYING THEIR HOMES .

SOME FAMILIES HAD BEEN PLUNGED INTO DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME ,AND COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THEIR UNDER -OCCUPANCY AS SMALLER HOMES WEREN`T  AVAILABLE .

AND SHE SAID THAT WHILE FOODBANKS WERE HELPFUL ,PEOPLE JUST BECAME DEPENDENT ON SHORT-TERM HANDOUTS RATHER THAN FINDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION .

NICKY YUERN FROM THE YOU TRUST, WHICH WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ,THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ,SAID THAT THEY HAD SEEN 11,000 PEOPLE IN 2012 -13 .THIRTY PER CENT OF ENQUIRIES WERE ABOUT  CHANGES IN WELFARE BENEFITS ,MANY WERE DESPERATE .

SOME ARE CONCIDERED FIT FOR WORK DESPITE BEING IN THE FINAL STAGES OF CANCER, SOME HAVEN`T EATEN FOR DAYS ,AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SECTIONED ON THE PREMISES .

SHE WARNED THAT COUNCILS WHICH WANTED TO HELP ,BUT HAD NO RESOURCES TO DO SO ,WOULD RELY INCREASINGLY ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS SUCH AS OUR  GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICE.

SAM WILKES -HOLMES OPERATIONS MANAGER AT HAMPSHIRE CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED THAT THE CHANGE TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM ,AND THE PAYING OF HOUSING COSTS TO A TENANT RATHER THAN A LANDLORD ,MEAN THAT SOMEONE WHO PREVIOUSLY RECIEVED £70 A WEEK IN EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT ALLOWANCE ,MIGHT NOW GET £1,200 A MONTH AND BE EXPECTED TO BUDGET THAT AMOUNT .

HE TOLD THE SYNOD ABOUT THE C U RIGHT LOANS, WHICH WOULD HELP THE CREDIT UNION OFFER INSTANT ,LOWER COST LOANS TO THOSE WHO WOULD BE OTHERWISE TEMPTED TO TRY PAYDAY LOAN COMPANYS .

AND CANON ANTHONY MACROW-WOOD, WHO IS ORGANISING A NEW CHURCHES`MUTUAL CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED HOW CHURCHES COULD HELP EXISTING CREDIT UNIONS .HE SAID THAT CHURCH LEADERS SHOULD ASK CREDIT UNIONS WHAT SUPPORT THEY WOULD LIKE.

SOME MIGHT NEED STRATEGIC HELP ,SOME MIGHT WANT WORSHIPPERS TO SAVE WITH THEM OR BORROW FROM THEM ,AND SOME CHURCHES MIGHT BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO BECOME SERVICE POINTS FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERS.

THE CHURCHES` MUTUAL CREDIT UNION WILL START TRADING IN OCTOBER 2014 AND MIGHT PROVIDE A NEW MODEL FOR FUNDING MISSION .

INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE DIOCESE IS DOING TO HELP CREDIT UNIONS AND SOME HELPFUL WEBSITES ON THESE ISSUES ,CAN BE FOUND AT www.portsmouth .anglican .org/creditunions

WITH THANKS TO : THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER  DECEMBER 22ND 2013

CHARITIES CONDEMN IAIN DUNCAN SMITH FOR FOOD BANK SNUB . BY TOBY HELM POLITICAL EDITOR .

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH ,THE EMBATTLED WORK AND PENSIONS SECRETARY ,IS REFUSING TO MEET WITH LEADERS OF THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING CHRISTIAN CHARITY THAT HAS SET UP MORE THAN 400 FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE UK ,CLAIMING IT IS “SCAREMONGERING ” AND HAS A POLITICAL AGENDA .

THE NEWS WILL FUEL THE GROWING ROW OVER FOOD POVERTY ,AS CHURCH LEADERS AND THE LABOUR PARTY ACCUSE MINISTERS OF FAILING TO RECOGNISE THE GROWING CRISIS HITTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHOSE INCOMES ARE BEING SQUEEZED ,WHILE FOOD PRICES  SOAR .

RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR A MEETING FROM CHRIS MOULD ,CHAIRMAN OF THE TRUSSELL TRUST ,WHICH HAS PROVIDED FOOD SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 500,000  PEOPLE SINCE APRIL ,DUNCAN SMITH HAS DISMISSED CLAIMS THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE LINKED TO WELFARE REFORMS AND ATTACKED THE CHARITY FOR PUBLICITY -SEEKING .IN HIS MOST RECENT RESPONSE ON 22ND NOVEMBER DUNCAN SMITH MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAD RECIEVED ENOUGH LETTERS FROM THE TRUST AND REFERRED  MOULD TO HIS PREVIOUS ANSWERS . HIS DEPUTY ,LORD FREUD ,THE MINISTER FOR WELFARE REFORM ,ALSO EXPLICITLY REJECTED AN INVITATION FOR TALKS ON 30 AUGUST ,TELLING THE TRUST`S  CHAIRPERSON THAT HE WAS “UNABLE TO TAKE UP YOUR OFFER OF A MEETING ”

LAST NIGHT MOULD ,WHOSE ORGANISATION IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH EVER INCREASING DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES ,SAID THAT HE AND HIS ARMY OF OF VOLUNTEERS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY MINISTERS WERE REFUSING TO LISTEN TO THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR EASING THE PLIGHT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED .

“TO THEM ,IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE .IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME EITHER .WE ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ,BUT WE ARE AS OPEN AS EVER TO MEET MINISTERS IN THE HOPE THAT PERHAPS THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING A FRESH APPROACH TO WHAT COULD SO EASILY HAVE BEEN A FRUITFUL DIALOGUE ” MOULD ALSO TOLD DUNCAN SMITH HE IS NOT OPPOSED ,FOR POLITICAL REASONS ,TO WELFARE REFORM .

IN 2010 ,THE TRUSSELL TRUST PROVIDED FOOD TO AROUND 41,000 PEOPLE , BUT IN THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS THE NUMBER HAS INCREASED TO MORE THAN HALF A MILLION ,A THIRD OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN . MOULD FIRST WROTE TO DUNCAN SMITH IN JUNE, SAYING THAT MANY OF THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE WERE FACING COULD BE TRACKED BACK TO CHANGES IN THEIR BENEFITS AND TO DELAYS IN THE PAYMENT OF THEM .

TO CONTINUE THIS REPORT GO TO THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER 22ND DECEMBER 2013 .

 THE SUSSEX DOWSERS /AFFLILIATED TO THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS   .MEETINGS START AT 2PM DOORS OPEN 1-40 PM . INDOOR MEETINGS HELD AT THE BASIL SHIPPAM CENTRE ,TOZER WAY ,ST PANCRAS ,CHICHESTER ,WEST SUSSEX PO19 7LG . £5-00 NON MEMBERS £3-50 MEMBERS

CONTACT : SANDRA MCKENSIE 01329 234398 OR SANDYDOWSER @GMAIL .COM

SUNDAY THE 8TH OF DECEMBER  2013 : THE MYSTERY OF THE BOSNIA PYRAMIDS WITH NIGEL GRACE

THE RECENT DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT PYRAMIDS AND UNDERGROUND LABYRINTHS IN BOSNIA REVEALS PROFOUND TECHNOLOGIES FROM OUR ANCESTORS .THESE ARE THE FIRST PYRAMIDS TO BE FOUND IN EUROPE AND ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES OF THE CENTURY .

NIGEL GRACE HAS BEEN WORKING AND RESEARCHING THERE SINCE 2011 AND WILL DISCUSS WITH US HIS LATEST FINDINGS IN THE PHYSICAL ,ENERGETIC AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS .RECENTLY, NIGEL HAS BEEN STUDYING THE PHENOMENA OF LIGHT AS DISCRIBED BY BREAKTHROUGH THEORIES OF MODERN PHYSICS AND BY DIFFERENT SCHOOLS OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND MYSTICISM .

NIGEL HAS WORKED WITH DR DEEPAK CHOPRA TO ESTABLISH HEALTH CENTRES OF AYURVEDA IN ENGLAND .HE HAS ALSO STUDIED WITH WESTERN MYSTICS AND PHILOSOPHERS .

ALL WELCOME

“I`VE LOST MY SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRE .”

SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WITH VITAL SUPPORT .SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT CAME TO OFFICE IN 2010 HUNDREDS OF SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES HAVE BEEN CLOSED .

“I`M WORRIED I`LL LOSE MY SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT .”

THE COALITION GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CHANGE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) PROVISION FUNDING WILL NO LONGER BE `RING FENCED ` FOR USE ONLY ON PUPILS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS .SCHOOLS MAY USE IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES .

“I VE LOST MY TEACHER BECAUSE OF THE CUTS “

BETWEEN 2000 AND 2010 THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS INCREASED BY OVER 32,000 .SINCE 2010 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT `S CUTS, THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS HAS ALREADY FALLEN BY OVER 10,000

“I`VE HAD MY ART, MUSIC , RE AND DRAMA LESSONS CUT “.

 IN 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE (EBacc) THIS FOCUSES ON A NARROW RANGE OF SUBJECTS . ONLY EBacc SUBJECTS COUNT TOWARDS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TABLES .AS A RESULT ,THE TIMETABLED TIME FOR NON-EBacc SUBJECTS SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, PE, RE, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ,PSHE, AND DRAMA IS BEING CUT.

“I NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT BY A QUALIFIED TEACHER .”

SHORTLY AFTER COMING INTO OFFICE IN 2010 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THE REQUIREMENT FOR ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS TO APPOINT ONLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS . IN JULY 2012 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THIS REQUIREMENT FOR ALL SCHOOLS .

“I`VE LOST THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT I NEED TO STAY ON IN EDUCATION .”

THE EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA) WAS INTRODUCED IN 2004 TO GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16-19 WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE LOW INCOMES .THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ABOLISHED THE EMA ,LEAVING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITHOUT VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO REMAIN IN EDUCATION.

“I CAN`T FIND A JOB BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENTS ECONOMIC POLICY .”

SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT TOOK OFFICE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HAS RISEN TO OVER A MILLION .HIGH LEVELS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE SERIOUS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS AND WILL LEAD TO A LOST GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE .

“I CAN`T  AFFORD TO GO TO UNIVERSITY BECAUSE OF INCREASED TUITION FEES”.

BEFORE 2010 THERE WAS A CAP OF £3,000 ON UNIVERSITY FEES . SINCE 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT HAS RAISED THE CAP TO £9,000 PER YEAR . A THREE YEAR DEGREE NOW COSTS AN AVERAGE OF £27,000 FOR THE TUITION FEES .

“I`M  WORRIED THAT MY CHILDHOOD WILL BE SPENT IN POVERTY .”

THE INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES (IFS ) ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED THAT 400,000 MORE CHILDREN WOULD BE FORCED INTO POVERTY BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL POLICIES .THE ESTIMATE IS NOW THAT OVER 200,000 MORE CHILDREN WILL BE PLUNGED INTO POVERTY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS ,WITH OVER ONE MILLION CHILDREN IN POVERTY BY 2020 ,AS A RESULT OF COALITION GOVERNMENT POLICIES .

THERE IS A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND LOW EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT .BECAUSE OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S AUSTERITY MEASURES ,THE LIFE CHANCES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING SEVERELY DAMAGED.

EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM THE BOOKLET  : GOVERNMENT  EDUCATION POLICY  :THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE . NASUWT THE TEACHERS UNION  . WEBSITE : WWW.NASUWT .ORG .UK  TELEPHONE : 0121 453 6150  E-MAIL : NASUWT @MAIL NASUWT .ORG. UK

THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS WAS FORMED IN 1933 ,IS THE LEADING ORGANISATION IN THE UK FOR DOWSERS , AND EXISTS  TO ENCOURAGE THE STUDY AND ENHANCE THE KNOWLEDGE OF DOWSING IN ALL ITS FORMS AMONGST MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC .

YOU THE DO NOT HAVE TO BE A DOWSER TO JOIN US .WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND ARE KEEN TO HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS .DOWSERS ARE FRIENDLY PEOPLE WHO ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE THEIR  KNOWLEDGE

OUR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDE : ARCHAEOLOGY , HEALTH ,EARTH ENERGIES , WATER AND SITE DOWSING …………………….ANYONE CAN BECOME A DOWSER ,WITH GOOD TUITION AND PRACTICE .

SEE OUR WEBSITE : WWW.BRITISHDOWSERS.ORG  OR  E-MAIL US : INFO@BRITISHDOWSERS.ORG

THE SUSSEX DOWSERS AUTUMN PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS STARTS SUNDAY THE 13TH OF OCTOBER

IMPROVE  THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE : SPEAKER SANDY MCKENZIE 

THE HIGHLIGHT SPEAKER AT THE AMERICAN DOWSING CONVENTION IN 2013 WAS FREDERICO  MARINCOLA FROM ITALY WHO TAUGHT A CLASS ON THE BUSBY METHOD OF CHARGING PEBBLES BY USING DOWSING . CHARGED PEBBLES CAN BE USED TO HELP ELIMINATE PAIN ,RELIEVE CHRONIC CONDITIONS , RELEASE EMOTIONAL TENSIONS .AND TO CONNECT TO A FAVOURITE SITE . BRING YOUR PENDULUM AND SOME PEBBLES .

MEETINGS START AT 2PM . DOORS OPEN 1-40PM

INDOOR MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE ,TOZER WAY , ST PANCRAS ,CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX . £5 NON MEMBERS ,£3-50 MEMBERS .REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE ,AND DOWSING PRACTICE IS AFTER TEA . ALL WELCOME .

CONTACT : SANDY MCKENZIE : E-MAIL : SMCKEN@ BT OPENWORLD .COM

PAT CARTER      ONE TO ONE TUITION 

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