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Easter Passion Play features a diverse cast from Poole

The Easter story is being played out in dramatic style in Poole.

The town's Passion Play has become hugely popular and features a diverse cast, drawn from across the community.

Amateur and professional actors are performing alongside people who have been homeless or recovered from addiction.

We spoke to Sharon Muiuri, the artistic director.


New Forest unveil community involvement

The New Forest National Park Authority has set out how it involves the local community in its work.

The New Forest has released a new 'Statement of Community Involvement' which sets out how people can get involved in the Authority's work.

A wide range of methods are already used to involve and update local people and groups in the New Forest, these include: regular liaison meetings with all town and parish councils within the National Park, using social media, and through eight Local Information Points across the New Forest.

The document encourages people to sign up to our regular email newsletter, which provides free monthly updates on events, projects and consultations. You can also see any consultations currently being run on our website."

– David Illsley, Policy Manager

Eyesore turned into a community garden by residents

The land at the back of their council flats was an eyesore. Overgrown, attracting fly tippers and vandals. Today, it is a community garden where children play and families grow vegetables.

The transformation was the idea of one resident with a love of gardening who persuaded the council to provide practical and financial help. It has been so successful that people in other parts of Southampton have been inspired to tackle their own derelict areas.

Kerry Swain has been following their project since the beginning and has this special report.


Could your community group get police cash?

Officers in Gravesham would like to hear from local charities and community organisations, who may be able to benefit from a financial contribution from the Kent Police Property Fund.

The property fund is an excellent way for us to be able to help fund community projects. I have had the pleasure of previously presenting cheques to a number of charities from the scouts, football clubs, centres for those with disabilities and crime prevention groups. I look forward to hearing from more organisations and hearing how a cheque for £400 can contribute to their community projects.

– District Commander for Gravesham, Chief Inspector Philip Painter

The Kent Police property fund is generated from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed lost property and items seized in police operations. The proceeds raised at these auctions are then presented to local charitable groups that work for the good of the local community.

Anyone who wishes to apply for a donation from the Kent Police Property Fund in the Gravesham area, should contact Chief Inspector Philip Painter, Kent Police, North Kent Police Station, Thames Way, Northfleet, DA11 8BD.