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Love where you live - 52 almost painless good things your community could do in 2019…..

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1.   Start a local hen- or bee-keeping scheme
2.   Look after a community orchard....
3    …then buy a community apple press
4.   Set up a community hub
5.   Arrange fish ‘n’ chip supper socials at the village hall
6.   Start a Good neighbour Scheme
7.   Join an oil-buying collective - visit ThinkingFUEL for information
8.   Apply for an Awards For All grant to fund a local activity or facility
9.   Grow a community allotment or shared garden
10.  Bulk-buy your and your neighbours essential together
11.  Set up a local history club
12.  Round up a guerrilla gardening task force
13.  Start a community E-bay shop
14.  Host a community petting zoo
15.  Organise a ‘Good Life’ event
16.  Carry out an accessibility check in your community
17.  Start a book exchange
18.  Run a monthly lunch club
19.  Set up a community choir or orchestra
20.  Hold a monthly talent-sharing class
21.  Start a community bike repair shed
22.  Begin a local newsletter or website
23.  Make a film about your community
24.  Develop a ‘welcome pack’ or directory
25.  Host a  children’s treasure hunt or teddy bears’ picnic
26.  Try a scarecrow-building competition
27.  Start a ramblers’ walking group….
28   .…or a cycling group
29.  Host an ‘open mic’ night at the village hall
30.  Run a film club
31.  Install a defibrillator
32.  Set up a dog-walking club
33.  Start a Silver Surfers computer club
34.  Buy a fitness DVD and start a class
35.  Start a local Facebook page
36.  Set up a Warm and Well scheme
37.  Undertake a community-led plan or survey
38.  Run an Open Gardens event
39.  Organise a Murder Mystery night at the community hall
40.  Invite the press and radio along
41.  Organise free talks by local experts
42.  Advertise your venue for use by other groups and neighbouring communities
43.  Arrange for your village hall to be licensed….
44.  ....and run a beer festival!
45.  Organise a music or arts festival….
46.  ….or maybe an Antiques Roadshow
47.  Organise a village Bake-Off….
48   ….or a wine-tasting evening!
49.  Open a pop-up restaurant
50.  Start a community car scheme for those without transport
51.  Look for professional advice and guidance on organising a project….
52   .…by joining Community Action Norfolk!

Sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start. Finding funds and recruiting helpers isn’t easy; but making ‘community’ a reality can be very rewarding, and for the right reasons.   

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." George Bernard Shaw

[Thanks to Rural Action Yorkshire for the 52 good things! Read more at bit.ly/2kCuxTN