News Archive: March 2014

Britain's Best Garden: Could it be Yours?

To mark the 50th year of his horticultural career, Alan Titchmarsh is launching a nationwide search to find Britain's 30 best private gardens.  These gardens will represent what gardening means to our nation.  We love our grand, professionally run gardens in this country but this search is about celebrating our gardens – the people’s gardens. We are looking for gardens that say as much about us and who we really are as they do about the blooms, lawns and fragrant borders that decorate them. The search will honour and celebrate the nation’s most dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. The final 30 selected gardens will be revealed in three primetime, hour long shows, to air on ITV in 2015.   We will film those gardens and a long-list of others throughout the summer months of 2014. Read More

Budget 2014: No surprises for the Voluntary sector as Chancellor plays it safe

Today the Chancellor announced that his budget would be for makers, doers and savers. Given the voluntary sector contains all three you would presume that there would be something for everyone. Is this how it turned out?

The budget story continued to be dominated by the Chancellor’s efforts to cut public spending in order to reduce the deficit. As these slides from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show, the Chancellor is only 46% of the way through his planned public spending cuts. So it is important not to get distracted by the tweaks and give-aways that were announced in the Budget. Read More

Scouts Volunteer Taster Day

Saturday 22nd March 2014 10am till 2pm

Scouts would like to invite you to join us on the 22nd, where you will able to meet with some of the area's current volunteers, try some activities, as well as find out a little bit more about the volunteer roles we have within Scouting. There will also be an opportunity to have a go at archery and rifle shooting as well as pick up some programme ideas and skills.

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