Chris Parsons’ Blog

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    Lockdown Hangover

    Hello, How is your week going? I am just ordering my 4th breathalyser device. For the last 6 years I have only had/needed one alcohol detection kit. But during this last year, readings have been so…

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    Dates and dating…

    Hello, Feels like we are all ‘keeping-on-keeping-on’. LandWorks is still open, slightly reduced numbers to maintain social distancing but open and supporting around 8 -10 placements per week, as well as graduates that need support. Have…

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    Challenging an identity…

    Hello, “Chris, baked beans on toast is not a vegetarian meal, if it was I would never, ever, eat that!” His voice was cracking with anger. “Er, I think it is Rob.” “No, it’s not,” now…

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    A Clear Message…

    Hello,  Stay at home. Yup, a clear message. But difficult if you do not have a home, and you are classed as homeless. And, just a thought, is that really the right term? Homeless, possibly stigmatising, slightly suggests…

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    Christmas Special

    Hello, Well, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, despite the difficult times. To help the festive period pass with joyous merriment we have provided you with a LandWorks ‘pub type’ quiz with questions from…

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    Mrs H.

    Hello, Mrs. H, from Budleigh Salterton, contacted me this week in a heightened state of festive goodwill. She is very kindly going to donate her annual fuel allowance to LandWorks (as she has done every year)…

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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….