At the end of 2019, the Lottery funded Town Heritage Scheme generously awarded a sum of money for the purchase of a Thermal Image Camera to be used for the benefit of the Alston Moor Community under the guidance of the Alston Moor Partnership (AMP).
As soon as I’d finished the Community Plan document at the end of March, my thoughts and energy turned to my garden and my conservatory. While my focus has (at least some of the time…) been elsewhere, over the last few months, the Plan has been quietly informing some small actions and seeding future possibilities.
Alston Moor residents are being invited to share their opinions on options for community food growing in the area. Expert grower Lynn Barnes, from Vista Veg, the vegetable box scheme based in Crosby Ravensworth, has been looking into different ways for people to collectively grow food and develop food-growing enterprises.
Those of you who play our Unity Lottery may have won £10 or even £25 at some point… But now the proceeds have grown enough so that we can offer some grants to local community groups and projects, for anything that would be of benefit to people on Alston Moor.
The Plan really is getting close to completion now. Sections 4 and 5 in first draft form are now available, and the entirety of the earlier part is now in its penultimate form – a final draft (also on this site), which you are invited to comment on, and will be getting its last revision in March once I’ve heard from as many people as possible.
Here I am, in late January, drafting the final sections of the Community Plan. After two years of consultation and research, talking to people all over Alston Moor (some with the help of volunteer members of the Alston Moor Partnership) in groups and individually, the end is finally in sight!