Chaos. This is the challenging state we’ve found ourselves in over the past year. And while we’ve lived through many variations of chaos, essentially it’s still chaos. We can’t deny it been a bumpy ride for Village Raw but sadly it’s been a bumpy ride for many of us, and in some instances that’s putting it mildly. There is a glimmer of hope though. We’ve seen the community develop, come together, new beginnings, innovations, adjustments… As the writer Henry Miller stated: “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.”
So as we come out of lockdown3 and emerge into the spring sunshine (and unexpected snow as we write this) we carry that sense of the ‘new normal’ with us – and it’s up to us to define what that is. What’s working? What isn’t working? What would we like to see change? This issue of Village Raw considers some of the community developments, new beginnings, innovations, adjustments – and future opportunities. There are so many features in this issue we’ve had to temporarily remove the Noticeboard section – which is a shame as we had more than enough to fill that space. And there’s so much more to deliberate as we move forward – together – step by step – into the known and the unknown. If you’ve got something for the magazine that you’d like to have considered, or would like to discuss, then please email us.