The idea for a 'swap shop' started when I was trying to find books and puzzles for my normally very active 93 year old mother who is, of course, now in isolation and not able to get new books to read and so was struggling to keep occupied. I took her a number of paperbacks I had at home and went online to get her a couple of jigsaw puzzles which I discovered was no easy task... everybody, it seemed, was buying puzzles!
This led me to think about all the puzzles I have, in the past, taken to the charity shops and which are of course now closed so, putting two and two together, I figured there must be many people in the same situation, wanting books, puzzles, board games etc. as well as many people having clear-outs at home with nowhere to take the items. My first thought was to use the church porch as a place to swap items - it is open, dry and accessible, keeping to social distancing rules. I spoke to Nicky Brooks and Anne Peake who both thought it could be a good idea. Anne approached Simon Kirby and the church warden, who said they couldn’t allow use of the church under the present conditions. Disappointing but understandable.
We then hit on the idea of the bus shelter and by this time Dick Pears was very much involved and helped massively in driving the idea forward. With a bit of help cleaning it up, putting up some bunting, a set of shelves kindly made and donated by David Brown and lots of donations, the 'Andrew Carnegie Memorial Library / Swap Shop' was up and running.
It still seems to be going well two weeks later, and now we have fabulous seedlings and plant donations too. Huge thanks for those and especially to Sarah & Rupert Monier-Williams and, I believe, Jackie Johnson.
When isolation is over and things get back to normal, I plan to take whatever remains and is suitable to local charity shops.
Barbara Austin (19.04.2020) ~ Photos © Dick Pears
I thought we should, in public form, express our thanks to Martin...
Anyone who has been around and about the byways and main-ways of the village will either have seen signs of clearance, mowing, pruning, tidying, removal of stones and rubbish, remaking of edges which careless drivers have wrecked and other acts of improvement. You can see Martin's work in the slide-show below - Moors Lane, in front of the pub and down Chapel Lane or you may have seen the master worker himself who seems never to take a break.
Dick Pears (18.04.2020)
Exercise Scrape and Paint Phases II and III
On the weekend of 21st / 22nd March volunteer teams from the South Leigh community scraped and painted three galvanised iron road bridges crossing the Limb Brook on Station, Chapel and Barnard Gate roads. The paintwork on the bridges had fallen into disrepair. The bus stop shelter at Shores Green was also painted, having earlier been repaired by the team.
Thanks to all involved.
Phase II and III is now being planned. It will see the remaining ‘street furniture’ refurbished, and the bus stop shelter put to a community use, an initiative that has already started. The overall project has the support of the South Leigh Parish Council.
The overarching objective:
To enhance the built environment of South Leigh and High Cogges, and to do so as a community project. Once government guidelines allow, we want to push ahead!
Three of South Leigh's road bridges over the Limb Brook on Chapel, Station and Barnard Gate Roads and the bus stop at Shores Green received a thorough spring re-furb in late March, 2020.
Coronavirus did little to deter a team of community volunteers led by Graham Soame on Saturday, 21st March and, by Sunday night, they were all scraped, primed and freshly painted. There are still a few bridges to do up towards the A40, and the bench and bus shelter at Lynbrook Close, so volunteers for Phase II will be warmly welcomed. Just let Graham know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge 'Thank you' to Oliver, Barbara, Sophia and Elizabeth Jackson; Remy, Arietta and Harry Martin; Tim Lawson and Martin Spurrier; John Alexander, Martin Collett, and David Brooks; Russell and Anne Cherry; and Graham, Janet, Oliver and Valerie Soame, many of whom you can see below.
The South Leigh Charity has been helping people in the Parish for centuries. Currently, its limited funds mean that, despite its wide-ranging powers, it can help people in need in only a small way. To help us to do more, particularly now, the charity can accept donations.
If you know someone who might benefit from what the charity has to offer, or would like to make a donation to it, please contact, in confidence, one of the Trustees: