Most people contribute to society, often through voluntary work. This little town seems to be run by voluntary work, ideas, and downright ingenuity.
The Hippodrome down the road is looking for cash to alter its venue somewhat, the new cafe in the old Co-op shop is being transformed by volunteers as is the town's green appearance. We have a Climate college, (don't groan back there, climate is really on the change) with rooms for making stuff, and repairing. Society can sometimes do a much better job than government. We even have social housing taking place on an old site with the Town money granted by the government. Money of course that comes from the taxes we pay.
So the other day, a thought popped into my head, who else makes financial donations to good works. Well we all know the many, many charities that ask for money and to which we donate. It is a bit like finding the right one pinned down on a great spreadsheet.
Apparently Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, donates 15% of his salary to the homeless charity set up in his town. You can read about it here, also it gives an interesting take on charity giving. The other person I came across was Sir Christopher Hohn, he made his fortune in the city on hedge funds (milking money from what?) but now he is an advocate for the green movement, which by the way has many organisations under its umbrella.
We have come quite a way in green politics, unfortunately not in seats in Parliament. It will be interesting to see who will replace Caroline Lucas in Brighton. Will the Greens still hang on I wonder?
How to open a loo ceremony.....