I HAVE AN IDEA. Will you help me make it work ? This
is something I have given to John - The Project Director of
Olney has its pancake race….. Fenny Stratford has its
poppers…….. Let’s start a tradition in West Bletchley over
Lent – A TON OF TINS FOR THE FOOD BANK……
Lent 2020 starts on SHROVE TUESDAY – 25th
February and ends with EASTER SUNDAY on Sunday 12th
April 2020. So we have;
w/b Tuesday 25th February
w/b Monday 2nd March
w/b Monday 9th March
w/b Monday 16th March
w/b Monday 23rd March
w/b Monday 30th March
w/b Monday 6th April
SEVEN WEEKS OF ACTIVITY
I would suggest we need to have a plan in place by the end
of December 2019. We then need to use January 2020 to make
Tuesday 25th February - I will launch the project
with my Tuesday Terrific Tunes radio show. For a tin I will
play a dedication. I will write the playlist which will
probably have 25 tracks. Could we get 4 listeners to donate
a tin for each track so kicking off with 100 tins ?
I can set up an on-line system to grab a tune but we need to
have dedication request slips out and about. Where could we
place these ? How do we collect the tins ?
CAR BOOT SALE:
We had a great success with a car boot stall I ran at MK
Irish Centre – Manor Fields – in September for MK Winter
Night Shelter. I set a target of £100. We made £400 ! Let’s
do it again on Saturday 29th February for The
NO – Manor Fields is not West Bletchley but we get West
Bletchley people to help run the stall, promote it and to
donate things to sell. MK Irish Centre is run by one of my
LEONITES – Paula. The people who use the ;location to run
the weekly boot sale are truly lovely people. I will ask if
we can run the stall there.
When we have the money we spend it in West Bletchley shops
to buy tins, packets etc. In the old days when Wilf Griffin
ran the Co-op we could have gone to him and said here’s £400
will you give us £500 of tins ? Wilf would have said NO –
HERE’S £800 of tins. Would any West Bletchley Shops be
willing to top up ?
I suggest we set a target of £200 then see how much more we
DISCO SATURDAY 7th MARCH – say 7.30pm to 10pm:
A retro pop disco open to families. Admission by tin.
Hopefully people will give more than one tin to get in. 150
people attending = about 300 tins.
We need to find a hall to hire. I will meet costs.
My next door neighbour runs a retro pop disco. If he can
provide the disco I will cover costs.
I can set up some fun games and prizes.
We need to consider refreshments.
ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE:
Monday 9th March to Sunday 15th
March: We need to find what I am calling Street Champions,
one person per street. How many street champions can we find
? How do we find them ? Can we count on the local media ?
The street champion produce a simple note which is delivered
to houses in the street. This can easily be done on a
domestic computer printer. During the week residents place a
tin onto the doorstep of the champion.
Say we get 10 champions, a tiny fraction of the streets in
West Bletchley, and each collects 25 tins = 250 tines.
Say we get 50 champions and each collects 50 tings = 2.500
WHAT ELSE ?
I am deliberately not including schools as The Food Bank
already engages with them.
PUBS: We have in The Three Trees Pub of the Year which is
already doing something within the work I do supporting
homeless rough-sleepers in Milton Keynes. Would pubs be
willing to put something on.
SHOPS: We do not have any supermarkets in West Bletchley
operating as collection points. Could we engage any of our
shops over Lent ? I would suggest a shop does not have to
be a food retailer to be a collection point and The Food
Bank, of course, is looking for more than just tins/packets
CHURCHES: How many churches already support The Food Bank ?
I would not want to do anything within this project which
would cut across what they are doing.
RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY GROUPS: I want to engage with community
groups to help get the word out and support the activities.
I hope that some will want to organise activities.
RAF CLUB: Could the RAF Club on Tattenhoe Lane get
GOLF CENTRE: I plan to ask Windmill Hill Golf Centre to come
up with an idea for an event.
DOCTORS AND DENTISTS: Could we involve these locations ?
OTHER BUSINESSES: I have good connections with a couple of
non-retail business operations in West Bletchley. Could we
bring businesses on-line.
BLETCHLEY PARK: I have a personal history with Bletchley
Park. I was the one who reintroduced The Leon Family to
Bletchley Park. However, Bletchley Park is not good at
supporting its surrounding community. Could we engage the
park to do something ?
A TON OF TINS ?
The word TON means a lot rather than a specific weight.
An average tin weighs 400grams
We ned 2,300 tins for the ton
Surely that is possible.
Radio launch 100 tins
Car Boot Sale say 300 tins
Disco 300 tins
On the street where you live 500 tins
= 1,200 tins = around halfway.
GETTING THE WORD OUT:
This is NOT a West Bletchley Council event – it is a West
Bletchley Community event. However, I would like to ask if
the council would use its notice board to get the word out
and put something in Open Door.
Media in Milton Keynes is weak. MK Citizen is a dying force.
Local TV and BBC radio is not local. The radio station I
work with is international and while I can play dedications
I can not realistically use my shows to promote a local
THE WAVE OF LOVE:
John, as you know I often say The Wave Of Love Flows In
Both Directions. We have discussed this and I know you
agree. Someone who gives support in love received love back
from his/her gift.
I also say that when promoting The Food Bank people should
not just throw a tin into a collection point. The need to
stop and think about the person who will receive their gift.
I do not support commercial charities. The Food Bank is not
a commercial charity. A tin donated goes direct to the
person who needs it.
PROCESSING THE TINS:
OK we are not generating a vast number of additional gifts –
2.300 across 7 weeks is only 328 a week. We do need to check
how the gifts are collected and processed within your
CELEBRATE WEST BLETCHLEY:
I want this activity to celebrate West Bletchley, to bring
the community together in a happy and positive way. I want a
feel good factor throughout and something West Bletchley can
take a pride in. I want this not be a one off event but
something which operates every year.
It is all very well coming up with ideas. An idea can easily
be turned into a plan. A plan needs PEOPLE to make it
happen. The original idea is mine but without people to
help me make the plan and many people work the plan A TON OF
TINS FOR THE FOOD BANK WILL NEVER HAPPEN.