For my final posting, I'd like to pay tribute to Pat Cardis, the headteacher at my children's school. She's not just any old headteacher. When Parkwood Primary school opened in September 1969 she took her first teaching post here, and she has been here ever since.
Local writer and journalist, Nicolette Jones, is almost an accidental local activist. What started out as an attempt at making email updates to her friends more succinct and helpful has turned into a popular and highly useful e-bulletin called which keeps Finsbury Parkers informed about everything, from recommended handymen and shops, to offers of accommodation and work.
Jo Roach is a local poet who is truly embedded in her area. Find out how she discovered poetry, her connection to the area, how she manages to put the "fun" back into fundraising (with Mrs Wobble the Waitress-style tea parties), how she helped save Allens Gardens and how she came to start Pedal Power, an important local cycling club for adults with learning difficulties.
For my final week as editor with the Social Reporting project I decided to do four recorded interviews of people that I would describe as “Local Heroes”. But so many people told me that the 'H' word was unacceptable I had to take a hard look at it.
Okay, so I talk to myself. And if you'd been listening to me for the last couple of hours, all you would have heard is, “Ooh I'd forgotten about that! Ah yes, the conference … and the cardboard! I remember that debate on flying! Ooh the chocolate discussion!” etc etc. And that's because looking back over the Social Reporting posts from the last year has been an absolute pleasure.
I want to look at what happens when a project receives funding, a project that has been entirely volunteer-led, where people have provided their considerable skills and expertise for free. That is the transition Edible Landscapes London (ELL) is going through right now. It's an issue that can cause such bad feeling that a project can fall apart or stumble along dysfunctionally.
Back in June I went to Portland in Dorset and spent some time fossil hunting on Chesil beach. One of the many finds was a perfect little fossilised Trigonia, which I pulled out of a rock – what a thrill that was!
There's plenty of transitiony things going on in London. Some groups are taking a step back, others holding firm or coming into their own. One thing is obvious – transition has definitely 'stuck' in the city, though it's not obvious how!