I have just witnessed a lovely thing: the reunion of a woman with her lost cat. He had been missing for a week so she had leafleted the area and received a call that someone had seen him. I came across her calling for the cat, in a back street in Beverley, and then saw a grey cat sitting behind her, mewing. She turned and saw the cat and couldn't believe her eyes! She picked him up and buried her face in his fur and kept saying 'My cat! My cat!' through her tears. I know the feeling as I once lost my cat for 2 weeks... Such a relief.
Horsemeat hidden in food products....which raises the question - what else is going on? Its clear, isnt it, that if you trust 'the market' and close down or decimate all the watchdog organisations such as the Food Standards Agency anything goes...
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.