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Who has an enviable job? The PD Community Manager!

Posted by James A. Baker on January 19, 2018

Our friends from the Global Good Awards wanted to do a feature for their newsletter on the importance of community projects. Who did they turn to? Project Dirt of course! Have a read of what our Community Manager James Baker had to say on how community projects can create real and lasting change, what makes a good project and how ... Continue reading »


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The East London Model Railway Group

The East London Model Railway GroupIt's another busy year of community projects for the East London Model Railway Group. Thanks to the generous grant from the Skipton Building Society we have been able to buy the materials needed to progress our model railway layouts. These materials included timber, plastic material, electronic components, paint, glue, printer ink, card,electric motors, the repair of our power drill,and plastic storage bins to keep things tidy. This money also provided two new locomotives for the children's layout, this is the layout that children can operate at community events. We are now busy printing out the templates of buildings for children to make their own buildings.This year we are continuing with a project with the Challenge Network, we are providing 8 days of activities for young people aged 16 to 19 years, they will visit our club to photograph our models and they will provide an enterprise team to design a gadget for use by railway modellers. In February Challenge Network came to our club to paint 2 murals of locomotives that are now displayed at the entrance to our club room.Community projects already booked for 2014 include -Taking a model railway to be displayed at the Canvey Island Transport Museum model railway show in April.Taking a small layout to the model railway show at St. Joseph's Community Centre Wexford, Ireland for Easter. Profits from this show go towards running this centre. This layout was totally built with the Skipton Building Society money.Taking 2 small layouts to the Community Volunteer Service open day at the Vicarage Shopping Centre, Barking in April.Taking a small layout to a function at the Holy Trinity Church in Rayleigh, Essex in May.Taking several layouts to the Waltham Abbey Gunpowder Mills Railway Weekend in July.Taking 5 layouts to be displayed in the hobbies tent at the Newham Town Show in July. This event normally attracts over 40,000 visitors.Without the money from the Skipton Building Society most of the building of our layouts would have ground to a halt, all of our money goes on paying the rent for our club room. All in all, 2014 looks as though it'll be a very successful year.

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The Big Sunflower Project 2018

The Big Sunflower Project is now open for applications to participate in the 2018 project. 2018 is the eighth year of the project. This year 300 packets of Russian Giant sunflower seeds have been purchased from Thompson & Morgan UK using funding and donations received in 2017, loose seeds (large varieties) have been donated by Mark Davies Seeds and Just Seed. There is large amount of seed harvested from a sunflower grown during the 2017 project and a 7kg bucket of dwarf sunflower seeds has been donated by L G Seeds.There is also a small amount of seed left from last year - Red Sun donated by Kings Seeds and Claret, Vanilla Ice and Valentine donated by Sarah Raven for anyone who would like to try growing something a bit different.There is no charge for seeds or for the cost of postage, we do however welcome donations to ensure the future of the project and participants need to be willing to share photos. You can learn more about making a donation on the project website at and see photos from past projects at you would like to be considered for seeds, please send an email to [email protected] including: your address the number of seeds or seed packets* you would like  a little about you, where you will be growing your sunflowers and who with. When considering applications, priority will be given to those affected by centronuclear and myotubular myopathy and also community groups, good causes and educational establishments. Seeds can only be sent to the UK and Europe due to import and export rules but people outside of Europe may join in if they purchase their own seeds and will be included on the project map which shows where project participants are growing their sunflowers. Anyone wanting to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy can download information from the project website at* Please note:   seed packets contain 60 seeds - if you do not need this amount please advise so that packs can be split and the seeds sent to as many people as possible#TheBigSunflowerProject #centronuclear #centronuclearmyopathy #myotubular #myotubularmyopathy #sunflower #sunflowers #growasunflower




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