Chris Parsons’ Blog

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    Further adventures of Jim

    Hello,  I thought you might enjoy catching up with Jim (Blog 13/08/2020: Leaving Jail today) and his further adventures involving his new side kick Dave. Well, so far, so good and the story to date: Jim has…

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    Snowman

    Hello, One of the best afternoons of the year is in the run up to Christmas, everyone gets together to make Christmas cards. Fire burning, pens and paint strewn across tables. Giggling, embarrassment, laughter, stories of…

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    Tea and a tent

    Hello, Quite early on, when investigating how social distancing would work at LandWorks, we unhelpfully discovered that it meant we could not get many people into our largest building, where we used to squeeze in 20…

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    Hedgehog lessons

      Hello, Friday morning brings the arrival of a newbie. Discovered curled up inside our shop at the field gate. Small, cute and rather prickly, immediately getting loads of love and attention. Everybody has an idea…

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    Snapshot of England

    Note from the Editor… After Chris’ last blog several people asked to hear a more detailed explanation of Jack’s experience. Hello, Do you like snapshots? A picture that captures a moment in time, depicts a slice…

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    Summer Bumper BBQ Special

    Hello The summer holidays are here, so I thought it might be helpful if I gave you some key bits of LandWorks information to use when chatting around the BBQ… So, a little something to get…

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    Wonky Moral Compass

    Hello Five years ago today LandWorks started. We had just received a donation of a porta cabin which surprisingly had no roof! Three prisoners on day release, one offender on licence, and an old pot of…

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    It’s Coming Home

    Hello Friday evening saw the arrival of two lads down from Scotland to watch the football and escape the heat wave in the North! (You can’t make these sort of things up) As an aside they…

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    No experience of frogs necessary

    Hello “Do you sell Frogs?” was this week’s unusual sales enquiry and, before you express an opinion one way or the other, no we do not. We do however have an extraordinary large number of frogs….

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    One Hundred And One

    Hello One offender, one court case, one prison sentence. Quite straightforward retribution and punishment; done, dusted, out of sight and out of mind. Well not quite, not at LandWorks. It’s not unusual in the first few…

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    Is this the end?

    Hello Is this the end? Or a new beginning? It would be sad to say goodbye, so let’s not… You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect this…

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    Mr Bassett the Prison Driver

    Hello I thought you would be interested in an extract from a recent PeN interview. A reflection from Ernie, who does the prison run twice a day. Taking our van to collect and return HMP prisoners…

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    Benny

    Hello Recently somebody visiting the field gate stall left a note in our comments book… “I’m rather worried about the lovely old man in the veg garden, he’s been hobbling for a few days”. On reading…

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    Nigella’s puddings

    Hello We have an old ship’s bell hanging in the yard. Daily it is clanged to summon us, gather us together for lunch, usually about one o’clock. On a quiet day we will be around 12…

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    What Happens Here

    Hello A couple of walkers recently paused at the LandWorks Shop and introduced themselves… We’re from Yorkshire, just passing, what happens here then? LandWorks is a resettlement project for those already in or at risk of…