Community is the most important foundation for our society, before the economy, before state, before country. For without community there is no culture, there is no sense of place, there is no purpose to materials beyond producing them, and there is no society. All that remains are lonely people, isolated in their houses, forgetting that when the rain falls it falls on all our rooftops. Nothing is made of isolation, the human strength is in their comradery. Destruction and creation alike are born of companionship. So lest we build our house upon the sand, we must first seek a good foundation on the bedrock of fellowship and unity.
We are all longing for a sense of home, a place where we belong, a position within that place that we know as ourselves. Who you are, is who you believe yourself to be to the people around you. This to be fortified with validity from the people we cherish around us. For only once we are accepted, established, and valued do we truly feel at home.
The physical mediums we can support our people vary wildly and reside in the talents you can bring to the table. We are all human, the same burning desire for change you feel, others feel too. Often it just takes one person to make the first move. In my home town of Dalton-in-Furness, we have had a rising issue of litter and antisocial behavior, as a product of a degrading economy, and lack of opportunity. Our small town has become neglected, as have many working-class industrial and country towns of the United Kingdom…
So now more than ever seemed like the perfect opportunity to show this dusty old town the love it deserved. From here I began the first of what I hope to be a number of community programs to help build the spirits of my home back up again, and wrangle together a group of volunteers as foolhardy as I am, to come and show some pride in our home by cleaning it up.
The Dalton Community Clean-Up group is volunteering all around the Furness area, dedicated to cleaning up our natural landscapes, and nurturing native species of plants and wildlife. Below you can see some of the good work we have already accomplished, which in turn brings a much-welcomed sense of pride to our home.
You can join our Facebook group if you want to get involved.
The No Man’s Land In the Heart of Our Town
28th, April, 2021|
Outdoor locations for children are scarce in our town, as funding for parks has been continuously cut. Currently, in this area, there is not a single park to simply sit and eat your lunch in. Yet it seems abandoned wasteland is all too common. These photos show an area that could be a beautiful place […]
The Cleaning of Gill Dub
28th, April, 2021|
Gill Dub is a small tarn located only five minutes from the town centre of Dalton-In-Furness. A place that should be a lovely quiet space to walk your dog or simply relax by the scenic wildlife. Instead, for a number of years, it has been a location for fly-tipping. I personally find it painful that […]