A recipe for creating a community

Time to share this I think after a lovely day with @BearwoodPantry and Bearwood Handmade

Retro Joy

Retro Joy has been out and about selling scrummy dresses to the lovely people of Bearwood and attending a few other events just for fun too.

What has struck us is how lovely all the people we have met are and what a wonderful community we live in.  This community has changed a lot recently and like a good meal, it is a combination of quality ingredients, along with a really good recipe, that you can tweak to make it just how you want that has contributed to making Bearwood the way it is.  So I decided to start thinking about what those ingredients are.

Bearwood Shuffle

Our first pop up stall was at the Bearwood Shuffle, so not only did we get to sell some lovely clothes, postcards and other bits and bobs we got to hear some brilliant music.

Salop Drive Market Garden

We then popped up…

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About Travelling Coral

I started blogging in 2011 to record some of the highlights of the round the world trip I made with my husband Phil. On the 5 month trip we visited California, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand. We met some fantastic people, saw amazing things and ate some lovely food. Yet while enjoying these new experiences I became acutely aware of the inequality in both first and third world countries. The gap between the rich and the poor on the streets of LA and KL was the same. On my return home, I realised that this inequality existed in the UK. I had to leave the country to see it for what it was. Food banks were opening in every town and city. I read the now famous blog, A Girl Called Jack and got more interested in how food poverty impacts the lives of so many people in my home country. And I got angry. And wanted to do something about it. Now, I work for Smethwick CAN, a charity bringing people together to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunity and support the most vulnerable. One of the projects is a foodbank. Food poverty is shocking in any country, yet over a third of edible food still ends up in landfill. No one should go hungry, yet children are going to school without breakfast. Parents are skipping meals to feed their children. Foodbanks are a sticking plaster not a cure for food poverty. So, in addition to working for a charity that is supporting people in crisis, I volunteer for The Real Junk Food Project. They intercept food that would normally be thrown away, and cook it and serve it in a Pay as You Feel Cafe. I am still adjusting to life back at home in Birmingham, England, I have terminal Farsickness. To keep it at bay, I drag my husband and sometimes the son on shorter trips both in the UK and overseas. I now post random stuff that interests me. This includes travel, food and well being. The writing keeps me sane. Long term travelling is my goal.

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