Bridge ward monthly report 81

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A magnificent new Meadows tapestry   – this one celebrating the Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens, visited by a delegation from South Korea.
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June started with a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP (supported by an extensive status report and write-up). A much better month as extensive Police operations saw a fightback following knifing incidents.

Also working with Lilian when campaigning against the mayhem that’s been brought upon the railways.

Canvassing in Osier Close and Oxbow Close.
Ward walk in the Old Meadows.
Started on 3 new committees – Audit and Licensing, and Pensions.

Some stuff on stories of Nottingham.
A great play  – ShebeenRecognising the Windrush generation.
The Great Central Railway.
A design for a new World War 1 memorial announced.
Restoring property fronts along Carrington Street.
A plaque for the formal setting up of Notts. County F.C. in the George Hotel.

Tried to look to the future too, with ideas on new buildings with timber, urban farming and using heat from Nottingham’s mines.

Sport featured with the international triathlon relay and England developing a new type of organised punch from set plays at the World Cup – against Tunisia, Panama, but not Belgium.  But most importantly, the football getting better cos 8 match officials and video cameras are punishing a lot more of the foul play, and that that continues is getting punished.  Just the time-wasting, aggression against the ref and substitutes running on the pitch to crack.

Pleasant trip to Emmanuel School, becoming more popular.
Nice celebration of an arts event – based on the canal trip – at Queens Walk pavilion.
Nottingham City WI held a garden party in the Barker Gate Rest Gardens they re-planted.

Nottingham City WI Garden Party

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Nottingham City WI have planted 2,000 flowers in Barker Gate Rest Gardens and held a garden party in the renewed gardens, with properly made and served cups of tea, cakes and specialist ice creams.
Meanwhile a promotional event for Independent shops in Nottingham was held.
Photos available.

I thought I would care

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As if to emphasise how outmanoeuvred and out-thought we are in Europe, the Belgian PM gives Theresa May a Belgium football shirt before the England match and she doesn’t know what to do.
England did know what to do with largely a second XI, but it became clear that the 3-5-2 system needs exceptional punch to go around a midfield.  The second XI are not as good, but they weren’t that bad, just not exceptional and probably in need of the game.
Before the game, I was adamant we had to win – show no fear of a stronger half of the cup draw and continue the winning habit. After the defeat, the tactic seems wise, although we could have done without weaknesses in the goalkeeping being exposed.

Licensing committee – June 2018

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Considering drafts of updated policies on gambling and drinks & entertainment licensing, before public consultation, with an extra statement for the cumulative impact of licensed businesses near to each other.
Night-time entertainment employs thousands of people, serving tens of thousands  on the busiest evenings.   It makes Nottingham city centre exciting, but loads has to be done to keep it safe, which is what licensing aims to help achieve.
A saturation zone is recognised for the city centre, and may need to grow as the city centre grows southwards.

Per Rail portrays Nottingham in 1913

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A book from Edwardian times comprising of a series of articles on cities and towns along the Great Central Line, with 4 pages on Nottingham’s history and the offices, platforms and yards of the freight operations along Queens Walk.
Scans of the pages are available.  Interesting insights into the industries of “Nottingham – the Capital of the Lace World”.

Windrush: celebration of a generation

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A pleasure to attend a “celebration of a generation”., to speak and to represent Lilian Greenwood MP at the event and at the emergency Windrush surgery in April, during a crisis which saw a Home Secretary fall.
“Celebrating the heroes and heroines of the Windrush Generation that laboured in the NHS,factories, brought up families, whch contributed to the civic and cultural life of the UK.”  The celebration included stories, poetry and songs.
A pleasure to be asked to speak but had to be wary, as a football fan, of being asked to pick out a group of people, especially after a 6-1 victory, when football fans lose perspective and see yourselves as part of some kind of super race.
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My, how England has changed!  Huge since our own Viv Anderson became the first black footballer to play a full international for England.
So much has already been said about the African-Caribbean community centres and the various people who have played big roles.  Such as Eric Irons, the first black local magistrate, and Milton Crossdale who played a big role in the City Council.  Currently we have 6 black city councillors – Leslie Ayoola, Merlita Bryan, Marcia Williams, Patience Ifediora, Corral Jenkins and Eunice Campbell.  Previous City Councillors – Hylton James, Des Wilson, Tony Robinson and Ron Mackintosh.  And George Powe – the first local black Councillor, who served on the County Council.
There is so much to say about so many, so to narrow the scope, let’s explore who helped when I was Lord Mayor?
The All-Stars: performed at the Lord Mayor’s Ball, which had a Caribbean theme; and at the Carnival in The Meadows, along with
The Ancestors: the local St.Kitts & Nevis masquerade troupe; launched with an event a Queens Walk Community Centre and took over the Lord Mayor’s parade;
The National Black Archive and Panya Banjoko: celebrating the overlooked achievements of black servicemen and reminding us of their commitment and service with a black poppy and a black poppy wreath;
Merlita Bryan and the Black Achievements awards;
ACNA: with their own 40th anniversary and celebrating Jamaica’s independence and 55th Anniversary;
Bishop James Stapleton: served as Lord Mayor’s Chaplain; introduced me to Psalm 133 – unity is a wonderful thing;  and a member of the Windrush Generation;
Jane Jeoffrey: secretary of Queens Walk Community Association, member of The Ancestors, read a prayer at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol service and a member of the Windrush Generation.
And whose voice was so alike the lead in Shebeen; from which the romance between the young black man and white woman brought to life what George Powe and Jill Oswald must have gone through in Nottingham’s 1950’s.
One last thought – from Lenny Henry’s Mum.  Will never forget it.  Cos Lenny Henry said it so clearly.  What disappointed her so much on her arrival in Britain was the lack of respect.
Respect is one of Nottingham’s watchwords.  So let’s show it and keep on showing it.