Pondering No 13
|Author: Paul Violet||Published: 28th February 2011 13:44|
It's been a while. Much pondering but no writing, so it's time to put finger back on keys (which I guess is the up date version of putting 'pen to paper'), as I feel a battle cry coming on!
Many of us have a lot to ponder, with costs rising (and for many their income is shrinking too), times are tight. Not quite so bad if you still have the job you've always had, so if you're one of those comparatively 'lucky' ones do spare a thought for those who have a bleak outlook.
There are no magic solutions to our problems. And they really are problems. What's done is done and we now have to live with the consequences. Others (like Ireland) have even greater consequences to live with, proving the old saying that there is always someone worse off.
That's not a whole lot of comfort of course when your own future is not looking good, but we have to take what small comfort we can.
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When times are tough is when community spirit takes hold. Forget that it's David Cameron who called for a 'Big Society' (politics is banned from my site), because it was almost unecessary for him to mention it. We DO pull together when we're up against it, and we certainly are at the moment.
Waltham Abbey is doing its bit! There are any number of initiatives in place or being planned. Plenty for everyone to get involved. The Waltham Abbey Town Partnership (WATP) works ceaselessly to 'make things happen' in town, and the Town Council are mindful of the needs of the local community.
There are exciting Tourism plans that involve walks (both guided and go as you please), food and sports among others, and as the Town is already on the national map following the recent Attraction Award win for our own King Harold Day, there are grounds for optimism.
If more and more local people could become Waltham Abbey centred, and support as much as they possibly could, then a spirit of renewal would permeate the Town, and it's renewal that we need.
Waltham Abbey's own Big Society could really start to move theTown forward, out of the current clouds and into the light. There are already a lot of people in that Big Society (many without even realising it), but there's room for many more, so if you would like to see 'things' get better remember that the best person to get things done is you.
Yup, I was right. I felt a speech coming on!
P.Paul of Finance Confidential