In Search of Village Life

A personal poetry blog – thought I’d repost here


As I journey through the countryside,
A sadness do I see.
A sadness that was rural life,
And true community


A village now is neatly trimmed
Tall hedges.  There to hide
The new breed of community,
With lives tucked up inside.


The grandeur of the wrought iron gates
Protect & isolate,
In place of open cottage doors
With fresh logs in the grate.


As children grow & leave the fold,
Off to find bright lights,
So villages lose youth to towns
And rural life it’s fight


The cities offer tempting work
So young folk cut their ties
The local trades can trade no more
And so the Village dies

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Feeling Benevolent

It’s been a while since I blogged on here, mainly due to so much going on in my life – but that’s another story.  I just wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful way to give money to your favourite cause whilst shopping & not having to pay extra for the benefit!

It’s a thing called Easy Fundraising and I’ve been using it for a while now to help raise funds for The Border Collie Trust which relies on public support, to help rescuing and re-homing border collies and collie crosses throughout the UK.  I’ve managed to raise over £70.00 so far which hasn’t hurt a bit & has actually made me feel really good.

Our local mum’s also use it to raise funds for the Hinstock Village Primary School. helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead.

Shopping online at over 2,000 well known stores with each donating up to 15% of your spend total. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 1.5%, The Body Shop 6% and some insurance retailers will donate up to £30 just for taking out one of their policies.

You can choose one of the already registered causes in their system to donate or you can register your own cause or charity by completing a short registration form.

If you are a UK Taxpayer, you can also Gift Aid.  Simply tick the Gift Aid box and complete the relevant fields. Every quarter Easy Fundraising will provide your cause (if they are a registered charity) with the information they need to make a claim from HMRC.

Unfortunately The Nest @ John Richards has not figured out a way to get our business on the site to donate but if you are using shopping online with one of the major retailers,  (I suppose, you have to sometimes as we don’t sell holidays etc) why not get yourself registered with Easy Fundraising and do your bit for a worthy cause at the same time?

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