Fruition of a vision
SIR: Jane O’grady asks, ‘What was Frestonia?’ (December issue), and is then at least partially dismissive of its aims and successes. Frestonia was a very public demonstration of the power of individuals coming together and acting in concert as a community to achieve real social benefit. Go there now and see the tangible results.
Nicholas Albery’s Institute for Social Inventions had a happy life for another 30 years, and both collated and incubated ideas for innovative societal improvement from around the world. Others of his projects are still going strong: the Poetry Challenge, the Saturday Walkers Club, and not least the Natural Death Centre, which goes from strength to strength giving advice to thousands every year through its publications and helpline.
These are the results of an alternative vision, not of a hallucinatory prank. Michael Jarvis, London NW5