An October update from our Rural Wisdom Development Worker in Flintshire – Shereen Devine
It has been a busy October in Leeswood & Pontblyddyn; the talented patchwork and craft groups are busy making wonderful gifts to sell in their craft fayre in December. As I have been privileged to a sneak preview, I am really looking forward to attending.
I have met with Flintshire local Voluntary Council to raise awareness of the Rural Wisdom project and to discuss Millennium Volunteers. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the younger people in the community to recruit volunteer hours and receive recognition. It will be an opportunity to encourage intergenerational activities.
The Community Police Officer, Peter Jones, secured funding for a community Halloween party, an opportunity not only to reduce anti-social behaviour but also to bring the community together. I was invited to judge the fancy dress competition, which was a very difficult task. The Community Hall Committee worked really hard to decorate the room, it looked fantastic. Everybody enjoyed hot dogs which had been kindly donated by the Co-op. I really enjoyed the party and it was fantastic to experience such a successful intergenerational event.
I took Raymond the County Councillor and Clive the caretaker to visit a Men’s Shed in my home town of Denbigh. We were invited to join the gentlemen for lunch and were given a tour of the premises. A big thanks to Denbigh Men’s Shed for making us welcome. We all agree that members of the Community would benefit from a Men’s Shed or something very similar. Although there is a lot already happening in Leeswood & Pontblyddyn, most of the events are attended by women. There is most definitely a lack of activities for the men in the community. I am looking forward to assisting the community to move this forward. I believe it will bring generations together and provide an opportunity for individuals to share skills and support each other.
I am looking forward to November and the countdown to Christmas.