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When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees.

Clifton, South Notts Caged Bird Society

Years ago there were many more caged bird societies, now there is just this one for the entire South Notts area with only a handful of members. They organise exhibitions for canaries, budgies, British and foreign birds. They meet monthly and on this occasion the birds were being judged and a winner was to be selected. Birds are presented in identical cages to allow for anonymous judging.

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People collectively making food at a large table in an allotment garden

Clifton, Summerwood Community Garden

The community garden is a beautiful and calm oasis tucked away at the very southerly tip of the estate. It’s on the allotments which were designed as part of the original estate in the 1950s. The community garden is run by Emma and Leo, along with a team of regular volunteers and was set up in 2008. They have a huge array of weekly visits from community groups, social inclusion groups, young offenders and probationary groups, school groups, and parents […]

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Clifton, Painting Group

The painting club come together once a week at Highbank Community Centre and run by Brian Chambers since he set it up in 2007. They were using a mixture of mediums, gouache, watercolour and pencil and all working on their own subject matter, painting from memory, family photos or magazines. Many of the participants had brought their work in to show me and were very proud of what they had achieved and the improvements they had made over the years. […]

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