Jean de la Bruyere
Whatever happened to the Big Society? Back in 2010, David Cameron introduced the idea as his key organising principle. He wanted to see a society in which people – rather than the state – take responsibility for each other, and for several years he seemed determined to carry that agenda through in government. For a moment, it looked as though the it could be the legacy by which Cameron’s government would be remembered. But well before Brexit took that biscuit, the idea of a Big Society had already shrunk from view.
Just recently there was a meeting in the Village Hall to look at the Village Plan (which had been formulated in 2012) five years on. Unfortunately not much has changed in Ballygowan in the last five years. We have lost our doctors surgery, two local schools have been closed (Ballykiegle and our post office has been swallowed up by the local petrol station and there is even talk now of turning the only bit of green land by the children’s playground into a car park .
The BRS aims are simple:
1) To highlight local traders/businesses in the area so local people do not have to rely on Google or the ever slimming version of Yellow Pages.
2) To encourage people to shop locally – Look at the posts on this site as to why that would not only benefit the local traders but all of us.
3) To encourage local people and businesses to contribute in whatever way they can to projects in this area. Groups like the Ballygowan Youth Group are always in need of funding and volunteers.
WE are not asking for money. We are asking for participation in making Ballygowan a better place to live in for everyone whether that is giving up your time or even giving advice via this website to those that need it.