In the 19th century, alot of people could not read or write, diseases such as Cholera and smallpox were common, then came the great reformers and their reforms. The Men and Women who had a social caring feeling for their community and society. Some were rich and used their wealth to benefit their employers for example Salt in Yorkshire, and even before that Robert Owen, and some were fighters of rights and knew only too well the problems of the poor.
In time though the problems were great and the individuals who saw only the worthy and the unworthy, yet made millions often won the battle and the health of the many nor the education were encouraged, the reformers made headway and parliament passed legislation to establish methods whereby the many would be educated and disease did not walk the streets where once only the rubbish of a town would exist to infect and cause illness.
A society developed which cared for citizens, in sickness and health and helped them to grow and develop.Mothers were given free vitamins and minerals when expecting, and at school milk was free to help growth and development. It seemed to be accepted that a good meal and healthy food helped develop the growing brain and prevent infection.
Saw some photographs of old milk churns, the other day and read of the way milk was delivered at schools in the 1950’s in England, when reading about history being taught in the national curriculum. wondered who knew of the history of the development of the society from the 19th century and would it be considered. After all such knowledge tells us where we have been, how we got to where we are now and How we will get to where we will go in the future. But I have heard alot of people say why bother about learning this, it is writing reading and arithmetic that matter – the three R’s. That’s also in Dicken’s too.


The other day I attend a gathering concerned

with encouraging education.  The day saw alot of

rain.  Trying to keep out of the rain, I keep on a bus

alittle longer thanSnow necessary, hoping to get delivered

to the door of the building I was visiting.  But

was forced to go right to the back of the bus, could not

get pass two people with alot of shopping bags,

so I ended up going about half and mile further than

necessary and walking back. 

 The stories of some of those being nominated for

the Niace awards reflect much frustration, yet much

motivation, two steps forward , back and forth

keeping the idea fresh  in the mind.

Most people think that education starts and finishes

with school, but some individuals due to circumstances

have to keep going far longer, some because they

love knowledge , some because they need the solace

some for the future of their families.Mostly all

of these reasons.  Energy and education are not

gifts that are wasted in time, but mature and rippen.

The severe weather rain and snow cause problems to#

be overcome, the snow especially gives pleasure in

regard to the sights and sounds of the season.

Walking in the city, the snow falling in large

flakes, the sound of  chimes playing carols in the

distance, the lights of the local civic building glowing

in blue light and a christmas tree, its lights sparkling

in the dark.  These energise the soul and suggest that

flourishing of the community via the strength of the

imagination and human spirit.

A bus took me home, the roads were covered  with

snow and ice, all of us on that  bus watch the weather

and the driver and the other cars, fearfully.

Yet the driver  got us there, despite the warnings#

on his radio about closed roads and vehicles stuck i

the snow.  A driver everyone thanked gratefully.

A little support and kind words went ago way.