As I chewed on my second beefburger and sipped my Pimms at the School Fair on a balmy night last Friday, thinking the world a fine place to be, I mused with Jason D. about Village questionnaires and the importance of toy pirates. It got me thinking that, much as we would rather live without it, what builds community is in fact the tussles we are prepared to have together about the things which really matter. Long Committee meetings are sometimes enough to put people off community involvement for good – but we need to remember that nothing good ever came easily.
As I listened to the mellifluous tones of the Mumford & Sons’ song ‘Winter Winds’, performed by the ‘yoof’ trio of Daniel, Jasper and Joe at our recent Summer Concert in St.Agatha’s, I was thankful that all sorts of people have something to offer to our community. Mumford & Sons are a young folk/rock band who have re-discovered the power of good lyrics, cadences and banjo-playing to move audiences from Glastonbury to Denver. But their music-making has surely not been easy; as recently as a month ago their double-bass player was diagnosed with a blood clot on his brain and the band’s future hung in the balance.
So many of the good things in life rely on a fine balance and team work, and don’t come without costs of time, talent, energy, relationships – and much of this cost is hidden. So much energy is given to tussles over what should be done with land, and who or what sits on or in it (check out Ben Wheatley’s new film on the Civil War, ‘A Field in England’, if you want a disturbing journey into man’s interaction with man). It is right that we carefully consider such things.
As we all sang Jerusalem at the end of the Summer Concert, I was reminded of the importance of jam and comedy, poetry and friendship, and the need to build more than bricks and mortar; to look for the ‘pennies from heaven’, which drop when we are prepared to talk to those we don’t necessarily know yet, as neighbours. With good wishes on the journey,
PS If you would like to join a group considering possible futures for the use of St.James, please get in touch with me (01491 837626).
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