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10 November 2021 • Forest Row Local
COMMUNITYSpotlight Forest Row Lifeboat Choir
A Christmas Carol Concert presented by The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir to raise funds for the RNLI Shoreham Lifeboat Station. The concert is at Freshfield Hall , Forest Row commencing at 2:30pm.
Tickets are £8, which includes refreshments. Tickets are available from Veasey & Sons Fishmongers, Forest Row on the door or from Roger on 01342 324196
Singing Mamas Choir
Spring 2021 Singing Mamas Choir Support Groups started up again. I knew I had missed it, but what I hadn’t prepared myself
for was the healing that would happen from being back in our community group. It’s the unspoken parts of the self that are nourished, healed and let go of when we sing. The parts of us that really need to be held, by other women in this case. That first session back I realised just how powerful singing in harmony and in community is.
When I moved to a new area a few years ago I didn’t know anyone, I joined the choir and I suddenly knew lots of women, we would wave and say hi on the street, and now years later these women make the community I live in. They give it that feeling of home. More than that they are now part of the deep reconnection process we are all going through after so long apart.
I feel safe at Singing Mamas there’s good ventilation and respectful space suiting everyones needs. Oh but did I mention the cake? Every week there is a home baked cake and tea.
I myself don’t have children yet and there are other women in the group who have children older than me, as well as women who are pregnant or with babes in arms. This group forms a connection between every stage of womanhood within the community. There is an unspoken need met, which uplifts us to say the least. I am eternally grateful for Singing Mamas and have started my own groups in Lingfield Community centre and East Grinstead’s St Mary’s. We have cultivated the culture that I speak of above, singing for Joy and not Judgement. Singing for each other and for ourselves.
You could learn to lead a group or join your local group. Singing Mamas is UK based and has socially prescribed and health choirs.
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The UK is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 this month to bring together world leaders to commit to and to accelerate global climate action. However, each of us has a part to play and international ambitions will not mean anything without the commitment of small businesses and individuals locally. It is vital that we work towards making our transport cleaner and greener and I’m incredibly proud that many Wealden companies are already at the forefront.
I was proud to support the Zero Carbon Tour of the UK’s first fully electric coach launched by Wealden-born company Planet Mark. The coach was launched
in June and is currently touring the country encouraging UK businesses
to reduce their carbon print. I have
also recently visited a Wealden-based engineering company JLC Group which makes fully electric and emission-free vehicles for city couriers, airports, seaports, local authorities, distribution centres or warehouses. The vehicles are assembled on-site in Lower Dicker near Hailsham, providing green jobs and valuable work experience.
The railway is already one of the
most environmentally friendly ways
to travel, but there is more to be done in Wealden to make it even greener. Last year, the local company Riding Sunbeams was awarded funds to build the world’s first megawatt scale renewable solar energy plant
on the border between Wealden and Lewes, which will directly power the Eastbourne-London line through solar panels.
Wealden businesses are a perfect example of how small, local actions contribute to large collective goals. We need to empower more individuals, communities, and businesses to work
towards net-zero goals.
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