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35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com editor@okcradley.com editor: Ken Nason features editor: Harold Armitage

ARTICLE 2

COMMUNITY- what is it?

What is it? Do we have it in Cradley and Storridge? The definition of community is wide and varied: 1: a unified body of individuals: such as a: the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself b: a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons c: a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society the academic or scientific community d: a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests e: a group linked by a common policy f: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location 2: a social state or condition. The school encourages a sense of community in its students. a: joint ownership or participation, community of goods b: common character : LIKENESS community of interests c: social activity : FELLOWSHIP 3: society at large the interests of the community
You can choose what you like from the list of definitions and find the one that you feel fits your interpretation of “community” and what it means to you living in the villages and houses on the Parish. There is nothing wrong with belonging to several different Communities within your life style. Home, work, hobbies etc. By living where you do means that you are already a paid up member of your local community and the important question is of course are you the person who joins a gym with the best intentions in the world but never actually goes there despite knowing where it is and promising yourself that “ one day I will as it is a great idea and will improve my life” How many good ideas in life are procrastinated because of the simplest excuses? “Haven’t got the time, I am not needed as there are many others doing the job, I don’t know how or don’t have any experience”. You are not alone as most people have such thoughts every day. We have a history of close community in Cradley & Storridge which some think comes out of thin air or delivered from Amazon. As with most small communities this has over time grown from a necessity of survival to provide for the well being of the population. Today communities are a lot less insular with people extending their range of commute due to much improved links to their place of work and access to entertainment and schooling. We have in our villages many groups and people coming together for shared interests and matters in our area. ALL of these groups are crying out for new blood to enable them to continue the great work they do and forming the glue for community cohesion. What do they have in common? THEY ARE ALL RUN BY VOLUNTEERS, who freely give their time and efforts for the good of their community. It is a fact that many volunteers are of shall we say of advancing age and having in many cases given years of happy service. Each and every group in our community is experiencing a vacuum of replacement volunteers from the next generation of residents willing to serve their community. If this vacuum is not filled by “new blood” then these community groups will just cease to exist much to detriment of the community as a whole. We are not alone facing this phenomenon it has become the “norm” rather than the unusual nationwide. We must for the sake of our community buck this trend by those within the community taking up the needs of that community and replacing that spirit that is being drained from it. It isn’t someone else’s job it is yours as a member of that community. First move? Simple:- Check out the established groups in the village - contact them they all will be more than happy to hear from you- offer your help, however small, to those who are organising events and running things like the village halls, Churches, even the Parish Council. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW REWARDING IT CAN BE TO BELONG! To the original question: What is it? Do we have it in Cradley and Storridge? We believe that that is a firm and resounding YES!
Just a few to be going on with
CMS Art Group
Beavers & Cubs
Scouts
Cradley Chapel
Bell Ringers
Church Choir
Village Churches
Evergreens
Friends of Cradley School
Heritage Group
Mothers Union
CMS Newsletter
Parish Council
Cradley Players
Royal British Legion
Cradley Village Hall
Storridge Village Hall
Walking Group
Ring and Ride
Cradley WI
Storridge WI
Fete Organising
Christmas fair
Use the Shops & Post Office
35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com

ARTICLE 2

COMMUNITY- what is it?

What is it? Do we have it in Cradley and Storridge? The definition of community is wide and varied: 1: a unified body of individuals: such as a: the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself b: a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons c: a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society the academic or scientific community d: a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests e: a group linked by a common policy f: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location 2: a social state or condition. The school encourages a sense of community in its students. a: joint ownership or participation, community of goods b: common character : LIKENESS community of interests c: social activity : FELLOWSHIP 3: society at large the interests of the community
You can choose what you like from the list of definitions and find the one that you feel fits your interpretation of “community” and what it means to you living in the villages and houses on the Parish. There is nothing wrong with belonging to several different Communities within your life style. Home, work, hobbies etc. By living where you do means that you are already a paid up member of your local community and the important question is of course are you the person who joins a gym with the best intentions in the world but never actually goes there despite knowing where it is and promising yourself that “ one day I will as it is a great idea and will improve my life” How many good ideas in life are procrastinated because of the simplest excuses? “Haven’t got the time, I am not needed as there are many others doing the job, I don’t know how or don’t have any experience”. You are not alone as most people have such thoughts every day. We have a history of close community in Cradley & Storridge which some think comes out of thin air or delivered from Amazon. As with most small communities this has over time grown from a necessity of survival to provide for the well being of the population. Today communities are a lot less insular with people extending their range of commute due to much improved links to their place of work and access to entertainment and schooling. We have in our villages many groups and people coming together for shared interests and matters in our area. ALL of these groups are crying out for new blood to enable them to continue the great work they do and forming the glue for community cohesion. What do they have in common? THEY ARE ALL RUN BY VOLUNTEERS, who freely give their time and efforts for the good of their community. It is a fact that many volunteers are of shall we say of advancing age and having in many cases given years of happy service. Each and every group in our community is experiencing a vacuum of replacement volunteers from the next generation of residents willing to serve their community. If this vacuum is not filled by “new blood” then these community groups will just cease to exist much to detriment of the community as a whole. We are not alone facing this phenomenon it has become the “norm” rather than the unusual nationwide. We must for the sake of our community buck this trend by those within the community taking up the needs of that community and replacing that spirit that is being drained from it. It isn’t someone else’s job it is yours as a member of that community. First move? Simple:- Check out the established groups in the village - contact them they all will be more than happy to hear from you- offer your help, however small, to those who are organising events and running things like the village halls, Churches, even the Parish Council. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW REWARDING IT CAN BE TO BELONG! To the original question: What is it? Do we have it in Cradley and Storridge? We believe that that is a firm and resounding YES!
Just a few to be going on with
CMS Art Group
Beavers & Cubs
Scouts
Bell Ringers
Church Choir
Village Churches
Friends of Cradley School
Heritage Group
Mothers Union
Parish Council
Cradley Players
Royal British Legion
Storridge Village Hall
Walking Group
Ring and Ride
Womens institute
Fete Organising
Christmas fair
Evergreens
CMS Newsletter
Cradley Village Hall