Cheers to Andy from Radio Humberside for a good interview – and thanks to Sarah Sanderson from BBC politics for spending time with us last week and for helping to get our voice heard more widely.
You are very warmly welcomed to the Sun and Moon Festival Portrait Photography Exhibition at Freeman Street Market on Wednesday 4th December at 3.00 pm. The beautiful portraits are celebrations of people living and working in the East Marsh.
The 2020 Sun and Moon Festival Calendar will be launched at the same time and you will have the opportunity to purchase calendars at £5 each. We will also have an order form for prints should you wish to purchase a copy of any of the portraits.
This new venture of established/establishment journalists striving towards a different model of portraying the lived experience of people in our country has featured our community group prominently in its latest issue. The team travelled to – and reported on – discussions in Birmingham, Grimsby, Glasgow and South Cambridgeshire. And some of our Proud East Marshian Gobshites (©) were on hand to contribute our own experience, our own truth – which was fairly reported in the extract below. Full article can be found here (and it is worth reading the whole thing, as there seems to be little to compare in the four places, except perhaps for an underlying sense that there’s something terribly wrong with what we have and that change must come – systemic change, not tinkering around the edges any more: https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2019/11/25/191125-election-tour/content.html
Grimsby is often seen as a bellwether of the strength of political anger: will a Labour Leave-voting constituency forgo its traditional party loyalty for the sake of Brexit? It is a question which misreads the complexity and depth of people’s discontent.
On Tuesday, in the corner room of Grimsby Holiday Inn, the word “Brexit” was uttered once, in passing, and never repeated. Many faces of the town were in the room – sixth formers, community organisers, retirees, volunteers, workers – and nearly all felt let down. The economy, the council, government: very little up there worked for them.
- Decrepit houses. This part of the discussion naturally focused on East Marsh, one of the most deprived areas in the whole of Europe, let alone Grimsby. The lack of leadership in the ward is typified by its housing: old, uncared for, and of poor quality. A local architect was commissioned by the council to write up a plan, praised by others in the room, to refurbish 15 housing blocks in the area. As far as he is aware, the plans still sit, untouched, in a council drawer somewhere.
- “Running in treacle.” The Resolution Foundation diagnosed people’s experience of the job market in four words: “Feel poor, work more.” In the room on Tuesday night, a local seafood employee gave his own four words. They amounted to the same: “Like running in treacle.” A young couple who work 78 hours a week and can barely afford to keep a roof over their heads, and certainly not start a family, is a sign of sickness in the economy.
- No recovery. The financial crash still weighs heavily on the town. “Things have just gotten worse and worse since the financial crisis,” said one attendee. Many others agreed. Poor job security, wages that can’t keep up with the rising cost of living, bad prospects particularly for working women. It is no wonder that many young people want out. “There’s this idea,” said a sixth-form student, “that if you come back to your hometown you’ve failed.”
But there is hope, as well as a pride and energy in the town. Local initiatives, such as East Marsh United, want government support to flourish but are not waiting on it to make a start. “This is where we live, this is our home,” said the chair of East Marsh United, a community group trying to renovate housing in the area. “Pensioners shouldn’t have to suffer, young people shouldn’t have to suffer, and, when it comes down to it, us humans shouldn’t have to suffer. That’s it. Full stop. No argument.”
Polly Curtis and David Taylor
Tortoise will be back in Grimsby twice before the election. We are invited to join them and have our voice heard.
3 December, 6:30pm,
Holiday Inn Express Riverhead Coffee is now the venue for this date – book here.
10 December, 6:30pm, Grimsby Telegraph, book here.
You are warmly invited to join us for our community singing workshop – in preparation for some festive community singing around Christmas time.
The workshop is suitable for adults aged over 18. No previous experience necessary and no auditions.
We will be singing a number of familiar and new pieces for Christmas so come along and be a part of something really beautiful on our East Marsh!
Saturday 7th December 10.00 – 12.00
Freeman Street Market (room TBC)
Did I say it is free? It’s FREE, so come and join us!
Email email@example.com just to give us an idea of numbers 🙂
Bread from home – recipes from across the world, A delicious new calendar for 2020!
On Saturday, November 30th, 2019, The Equality Project are set to launch a unique calendar for 2020. The event, which will run from 10 am – 2 pm at Freeman Street Market, will feature tasters from some of the breads from the calendar, alongside stews, cheeses, and other accompaniments.
Featuring 12 recipes from 12 different countries, the calendar celebrates the diversity in North East Lincolnshire. It will be a fitting follow-up to the ‘A Town Called Home’ exhibition which proved tremendously popular after its launch in February 2019. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the National Fishing Heritage Centre to read the stories of migrants who have made North East Lincolnshire their home.
Through Bread from Home, some of these stories will come alive in homes across the county, bringing a little bit of international culture in the form of delicious breads. The Equality Practice, Tracy Todd and Jill Wilson, work closely with people from the Hindu, Sikh, Zimbabwe, Greek, Muslim and Eastern European communities.
Tracy Todd: “As we chatted about the stories we’d gathered, one theme shone through. Many people spoke about their bread from home. It was something people enjoyed and felt it was part of their life. Sharing their memories of their Bread from their Homes made them smile. We hope this ‘Bread from Home’ Calendar and the recipes it shares, along with the stories, help you reminisce, smile and enjoy, during 2020.”
The calendar has been a true community effort, with local photographers Inga Bertholds Photography, Arleta Sztandera of Light Grey Photography, and Gary Davies Photography donating their time and talents to take fantastic photos. Gary Davies also gave up his time for the design process.
The steering committee are volunteers who share, with The Equality Practice, their passion for equality and inclusion. Ruchita Green, Shereen Alankar, Agnieszka Singh and Thelma Hairwadzi are local businesswomen and volunteers who were instrumental in bringing the calendar together.
Jill Wilson: “Of course, the calendar would not have been possible if it wasn’t for all the participant bakers and storytellers. All have donated their time and baking skills to share their bread from home with us. This means together, we can all share our neighbour’s memories and tastes of home with everyone.”
Supported by the ‘Love Where You Live’ Fund, the event is free and aims to bring communities together and promote neighbourliness. The calendar will be available to buy on the 30th of November at Freeman Street Market, and via the Hidden Heritage Project Facebook page thereafter. All proceeds go towards the next local community project by the Equality Practice.
For further information please contact Tracy Todd (07523960723) or Jill Wilson (07722117535) or email firstname.lastname@example.org