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Busy setting up new Woodcraft Folk Group, with a meeting at the wonderful Green Fleece Cafe at Bill Quay Farm on Saturday – join us there at 1.30 if you’re interested in helping set up a new group in the Gateshead/South Tyneside Area.

If you haven’t come across the Woodcraft Folk before, it’s

A movement for children and young people, open to everyone from birth to adult. We offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.

What I love is the Woodcraft’s passionate belief in equality and cooperation, that by encouraging children and young people to think, while having loads of fun, they will help build a peaceful, more just world.

Children and young people are welcome to this meeting too and we’ll have more activities for them – whatever the weather.

Meanwhile, a Green from Gateshead, David Byrne, will be speaking at a public meeting organised by Tyne and Wear Left Unity next Thursday 14th July, 7-9pm at St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, Newcastle – near Central Station. His talk will be on the political implications of ecological crisis. With world climate on the brink, greenhouse gas emissions increasing by record amount to highest carbon output in history,despite economic recession, the likelihood of controlling global warming and climate change is rapidly disappearing. Our children and grandchildren will not be able to live on this planet as we do now. Is this the beginning of the end? Certainly it’s time for us to change how we live right now.

On a more cheerful note, here’s a couple of photos from the Green Festival we had at Bill Quay Farm Saturday before last – wish I had more of the music and the kid’s activities, but the camera packed up….


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