In a powerful and evocative talk, John Marsden describes some of the joys and frustrations of his role as counsellor and lecturer in counselling. This is an exciting and passionate endorsement for the importance of keeping well being at the heart of how we live our lives. Read more
Welcome to the Ragged Alliance, a collective that includes you and is a space, place and opportunity to come together, talk, learn, share and develop ideas.
We are holding public lectures in the Sir Charles Napier community pub with the first ones on Thursday 1st December 2016, starting around 7:30pm.
We have three speakers and a couple of surprises for the first event. The aim is to get people from all walks of life to come and share what they are passionate about, or at least that they think more people should know about. Anyone can make a talk/ presentation/ lecture/ discussion/ reflection – all people, all subjects are welcome, any form of delivery is possible. Read more
Our venue for the first night of Free Public Lectures was nearly not an option. Closed for 18 months when left to the vagaries of commerce, it was left to a powerful combination of music, spirit and community to bring it back to life. Alex Martindale tells how that all went, the challenges faced, the battles won and the eventual creation of a community asset that hosts music and many other community events, including the Ragged Alliance.
The first of the free public lectures comes to the Charles Napier in a little over two weeks, Thursday 1st December, 7:30 start. I hope we get a good crowd for the first event and create a spur for the future events, gathering new speakers and ideas as we progress. The build-up has been an excellent experience in itself, with a new community forming around the organisation of the whole event. Read more