Sadly I have been informed today that the Poacher pub is shutting next Sunday, although I have not had this officially confirmed. I may be behind the drag curve with this as many of you may already have heard but that to me is an indication of how this community functions now. Too busy to have time to relax and go and meet friends and neighbours for a while for a jar and a yack. Prices of everything too high to allow regular conviviality.
We seem to be losing all our amenity facilities in this community which is a huge shame for the community itself.
I know that these recent months have seen dreadful times which are not easy for anyone with the current economic climate. It is having a very drastic effect on this community. Shops, post office now pub ( there used to be 5 here) gone.
But it is not the only thing. In recent years the village itself has changed enormously in terms of the village community spirit.
As Clerk I have seen a gradual slipping away of interaction in the community. Many organisations that relied on volunteers and people getting together have gradually gone as no-one can be found to take them on. People seem to be getting more insular, possibly due to pressures of work. I know that current legislation hasn’t helped as the checks and other burdens of volunteering make the whole process a minefield of tedium to be negotiated but it really is a great shame. I constantly hear people say how much they would like to see these up and running and would like to be able to participate themselves or see such possibilities for their children. But they are not prepared to take on the responsibility themselves or simply don’t have the time through increasing pressures of work commitments.
So here I am still working at this time, tapping into a keyboard and staring into a monitor hoping some sympathetic person may send me a funny with an email to cheer me up and give me a laugh, instead of being able to walk out and meet friends for an hour or so. Nuts isn’t it?
This will wing its way to you – some of whom I am sorry to say I have never met - maybe I might tomorrow if I am snowed in and can take a walk round the village.
Has our pattern of life really got better?
Cheers – to the Poacher - formerly the Fox and Hounds
Elsworth Parish Clerk