The riverside town of Manningtree in Essex may be small, but when it comes to the environment, it’s making big waves. The tiny place on the River Stour has been given special environmental status after its businesses agreed to stop using unnecessary single-use plastics. Mother-of-two Bekki Bibko was the driving force behind that change. Three years ago she formed a community group with other residents who were growing increasingly concerned about the climate crisis. “I believe we are stewards of this planet and we have a responsibility to leave something behind that is not damaged,” she says.
Dame Stephanie Shirley left Vienna in 1939 in something of a rush. Clutching just a few belongings, she was one of 10,000 or so Jewish children whisked away from Adolf Hitler’s impending Holocaust aboard the Kindertransport trains to a new life in Britain. More than 80 years later we are talking over the phone about what happened next – we were due to meet in person at her home in Henley-on-Thames, but Omicron put paid to that. A fortuitous decision as it turns out. I test positive a few days later and catching Covid-19 from me would not have been much of a footnote to such an extraordinary life.
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