Last summer seems a long time ago. It was incredibly dry. I was able to walk all day on the Derwent Moors for a day without so much as a speck of mud to show for it. And that was terrain known for its bogs and mud. The reservoir below was drying up and a hosepipe ban once more imminent. (There were of course some lovely sunny days on which to experience the views).
Nottinghamshire County Council’s recent suggestion that it might cut its grant to Nottingham Playhouse highlights a much wider issue.
Of course we all acknowledge the pressures on public spending. Cutting cultural funds can of course seem to be a politically “safe” thing to do.
However, it is not as simple as that. I spend a fair bit of time trying to “sell” Nottinghamshire. A vibrant economy means more clients and therefore more profit for the professional services firm where I work. That in turn, of course, means more staff employed with ultimately a greater public sector “take.”
I spent an interesting evening back in November speaking to a rotary club in Nottingham on the subject of Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust. I had been given a 30 minute slot and as I hadn’t done a talk like this before, had actually put some effort in!
I’ve got to accept old churches are more of a minority interest so had tried to keep it light with one or two slightly risqué aspects and of course lots of pictures.
Bit of a disappointment then (for everyone) when it turned out the President’s husband had not done what he should have with the AV, so no pictures! The audience did very well and stayed awake throughout whilst I described what would have been on the slides. Even seemed to have enjoyed it though they were a very polite bunch