Monday, 11 August 2014

Money Well Spent

This will be the last Flower Show biased post
And it's a bit of a housekeeping one to end on
It will be nice to think and do other things.

The ultimate remit of the Flower Show Committee is to raise funds for 
Village initiatives and village causes.
 Earlier this year we gave the conservation group a donation towards their 
Summer planting and we also bought two new benches
for the village green, which have now been fixed into place by members of the 
community council.

So, I am putting a request out here to anyone who has any ideas what the committee could 
Spend monies raised by this years show
The only stipulation we have is that the funding supports 
The people and the environment of Trelawnyd.
If anyone has any nominations please contact any of the show's committee members

Right , enough already
I have a bulldog staring at me
She wants a walk



50 comments:

  1. I would like to suggest buying a painting by Cro for the village hall, but most are far too rude.

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    1. I wonder if Rachel would do us a statue?

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    2. Of what did you have in mind I wonder.

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  2. How much did you raise in the end? I mean, 24 karat gold taps in the hall toilets are probably out of the question...;-)

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    1. I don't know the official amount as yet, but I know it was more than last year...
      The treasurer will let me know in due course

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  3. John - in a couple of South Yorkshire/North Notts villages I have passed through recently I have seen some wonderful new village signs - bright and colourful in cast iron with local images factored in. I just checked Google Streetview and I saw that the village sign to the east of Trelawnyd on London Road is just an official brown sign. How much nicer for Trelawnyddians to see a lovely new sign when they return to their paradise on earth. It would add to village pride and the sense of identity.
    See for example:- http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4079737

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    1. Great idea YP. I had a look. Great sign and shows pride in the village

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    2. Good idea YP
      but the community council has already changed our sign
      The shitty brown one was taken down a while ago!
      Jx

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    3. I live in Arizona, U.S. I follow your blog because my ancestors on both sides immigrated from Wales in the mid 1800's and I want to learn more about Wales today. For what its worth, I'd suggest monies go toward preserving some history of the families of the town.

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    4. Hi Bonnie
      Much of the records and history documents are kept in the flintshire archives at Hawarden. They are kept for public record.

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  4. Perhaps a solar powered water feature on the village green?
    A tumbling composter that villagers can put their garden/kitchen waste in and give it a twirl when they pass? Call it 'Anthea' ('Give us a twirl Anthea' , Bruce Forsyth!). Then the contents can be used in the village beds and borders that get planted up - maybe help the village secure Best kept Village comp?
    I'm always thinking of Re-cycling/frugal/save the planet ways!

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  5. How about a scholarship for anyone leaving your equivalent of high school and going on to higher learning in the field of botany?

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  6. Little things make a big difference in the community. I hope the two of you had a nice walk.

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  7. A stone drinking trough. I am sure Tom could make one if you ask him nicely.

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  8. What about a big shed for an allotment/home produce shop?

    You can say the famous League Of Gentleman (Royston Vasey) quote:

    "This a shop for local people."

    Don't think you would say that, John.

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  9. Wonderful idea, Delores! Supporting continuing education can have positive effects far into the future! Spoken like a true teacher!

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  10. How about a slate sign like Llanasa's (when you're driving into Llanasa from Trelawnyd, Gop way), complete with rockery and bench made out of a tree? It could go opposite the garage because it's a bit sparse there.

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    1. Like this one: http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a560/trelawnydflowershow/llanasa-sign_zps426d69dd.jpg

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    2. Could go here or by the bench where the people are sitting in the photo: http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a560/trelawnydflowershow/ScreenShot2014-08-11at141021_zps1c298251.png

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    3. We had two signs just like the ones you have in Llanasa but because the road through the village is an A road , " proper" signage must be used..
      The stone signs are now located on the village green
      X

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    4. Shows how much attention I pay :-) Maybe something like a rockery, statue etc in that area would be nice?

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    5. A statue of me?

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    6. Yes, surrounded by dogs with a scotch egg in your hand.

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    7. In my gob more like

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  11. How about plaques for some of the historic homes and cottages? You know the kind: "Here dwelt Sir John Grey, Earl of Bosoms, Soft-hearted Village Eccentric and Scruffy Jouster of Turkeys." Maybe a little glass-fronted case to house an historic pair of crocs...

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  12. Oh John, that photograph is brilliant. They always say that a picture tells a thousand words.

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  13. How about somehow getting the youths of the village involved in the choosing and siting of something that they will be proud of and look after. The best way to stop vandalism is the give the ownership of something to those that would otherwise vandalise it.

    A 'bus stop style shed' like a field shelter somewhere in the village for them to loiter around for instance, with benches inside. Extra funds could be raised by them with discos or youth club events if the money raised by the Flower Show is not enough to cover the cost.

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  14. There is nothing like a Bull dog look. I know. i have one.

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  15. Our garden festival committee over the years has purchased name plates for the village, planters and plants, community vegetable planters and trees for our green spaces. They also have planted the gardens up in the church yard and put monies towards veg gardens for the junior school to promote gardening and hopefully eating vegetables to children.

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  16. I like the scholarship idea or something to do with environmentalism.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. We have a little (!) bulldog puppy in the village. I have to say I prefer a terrier myself, however 'Basil' is the most adorable pup. We are informed by his owner that Basil has, at 6 months old, established his place in the family hierarchy. You guessed it... right at the top.

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  18. In a number of the small rural villages here, there has been a movement to erect Historical Community Kiosks. Here is a description of what they include (sorry, I could not find any photos):
    http://newglasgowflourish.ca/index.php/tourism/pictou-county

    I like the idea of something fairly permanent and benefiting all residents, such as your benches and plantings. Lovely engraving (?) on the bench below the plaque.

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    1. On checking the link to make sure it worked, I see that there is a Google tour of the kiosks. You can glimpse them in some shots - similar in shape to a simple lectern.

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    2. Jenny, I want sure what you meant by this....
      So I googled it too... Funny we have one historical " kiosk" in the village right by the memorial hall
      It shows our cottage on it as a point of historical interest
      Thank you for that

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    3. Already done, then - will have to come up with another idea!

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  19. Anice planting scheme somewhere prominant perhaps? By yours truly.

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    1. You'd cost too much lol

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  20. It sounds ike Trelawnyd is very well kitted out :) I like the idea of a community composter called Anthea. Or, does the kitchen of the hall need anything - coffee plungers, a new dishwasher, more crockery and cutlery, for example?

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  21. Good job on the flower show, John. xxx

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  22. Congratulations on the success of the flower show, John. Looks like you have lots of good suggestions here.
    Heh. Bulldog stares. :-)

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  23. Put Trelawynd on the map with a big Scotch Egg sculpture.

    We have a lot of big things in the land of oz. The big banana, big pineapple, big ram, big prawn, big mango etc. Very kitsch.

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    1. With a big fuck off bite out of it

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  24. A second hand minivan plus a few 'designated drivers' to drive the elderly to their appointments, helpt the ones without cars with shopping trips to the garden centre, at trip to the beach etc. ?

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  25. What about a couple or three of edible fruit trees placed around the village so people in generations to come could help themselves to free fruit or a village veg bed where anyone could plant a few veges for anyone to harvest?

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  26. I don't have a suggestion, but I wanted to say that I think that it is great that you hold this show and then use the proceeds to benefit where you live. That really is great! xx

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  27. How about a drinking fountain for people and dogs in the village square if there is a water source. Check this out-The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco
    www.victorianalliance.org-... Victorian Style Drinking Fountains for People and Pets in Lafayette Park

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