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'Big Society is alive in city'
5:10pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
WINCHESTER MP Steve Brine said the much-derided Big Society was alive and well in the city.
Addressing the annual general meeting of the City of Winchester Trust, Mr Brine said few places could match Winchester for its community spirit.
He said there were 531 registered charities in the city compared to 326 in Bath, which is more than twice the size.
“I would argue Winchester has a very big society, but we can always do more,” he added.
Mr Brine also said civil society will become more important as the size of ‘the state’ shrinks.
He is supporting the idea of the ‘Winchester Penny’ where shoppers will be encouraged to donate change from purchases to the nearest pound.
The proceeds would go into a community chest to be handed out by a local board of trustees.
The meeting also saw the launch of Winchester Old City New Views, a snapshot of the city through the eyes of teenagers.
There were some 250 entries and 54 were chosen for the book published this month by the trust and available from local bookshops priced £9.99.
Trust president Prof Joy Carter said: “It is a beautiful piece of work.”
Richard Baker, member of the project and editorial team, said: “The book offers an imaginative and perceptive snapshot in time of Winchester through the eyes and minds of young people.”
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