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“I miss the honey lady”: How one resident helped her community to understand what is truly valuable

The loss of a neighbour’s friendship motivated a local group to build a social asset—one that has been a salvation during lockdown

By Jagjit S Chadha  

Photo: Queen Edith's Community Forum

Saturday mornings nearly always implied a short walk to the local bakery to buy fresh bread. Inevitably that was not all, as the round granary loaf got supplemented by herb-encrusted ham and slices of cheese with bits in it. But the real addition came a bit later, on the way home. A grand lady kept bees and made honey for sale from her own urban larder. I regularly bought viscous dollops from her garden, being careful to bring back my empty jars.…

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