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Summer Update

July 20, 2018

Hi everyone

Wowow what a summer! I’ve never know such a long HOT dry spell in my time as a grower. We’ve got wrinkled blueberries and wilted bolting lettuce, and some seeds that daren’t even poke through the hot dry soil.  It is only thanks to the tireless effort of Pete and the volunteers that much of the garden isn’t a wasteland!  We generally don’t do that much watering out of the polytunnels but it’s been all hands to the pump this year. We had managed so far from our well which usually supplies the whole site but now from today we’re on the mains. Eeeeek! Still it should be a good year for aubergines and melons!

      

The summer holidays are here and as usual we’re running loads of great activities for kids in the garden!  We’ve got adventure days running every Tuesday and there’s currently spaces left on 24th July, 21st August and 28th August so get in quick and spread the word if you know any 5-12 yr old adventurers who’d like a journey through time and garden!  It’s 10am-4pm £26 (£21 siblings) and you can book directly here

We’re also happy to be running more of our family adventure days aimed at families with a child/ren with SEN and their siblings!  These days are a lovely mix of silliness, sensory play, pond dipping and nature exploration and we’ll enjoy a freshly picked salad from the garden and pizza that we’ll prepare together cooked in the clay frog.  Just £5 per child as we’re funded by the Quartet foundation.  11am-3pm Thursday July 26th and Thursdays 16th and 30th August.  To book on click here   

And we’ll have the last two Sunday Clubs for families with children with SEN on Sunday August 5th and Sunday 2nd September. 2pm-4pm!  Come along for more of the above, no need to book.  

And finally we have cast the runes and peered longs and hard into the auspicious hummus pot of wisdom and decreed that the Saturday 29th September is the best date for ourharvest fair this year.  So save the date/cancel other plans and if you know any fab musicians or choirs or jugglers or sword swallowers or story tellers or anyone who can help make the day special that start working on them now

See you in the garden!

Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker

07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com
 
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The SPRING FAIR!

May 4, 2018

Hi everyone!

The Spring Fair!! It’s coming!!!
Saturday 12th May 1pm-4pm!

 

If you’ve already been to one of our fairs then you’ll know these are lovely family friendly events, sunshine or rain with lots of old school fun and lots of free kids’ activities.

If you haven’t been before here’s 15 reasons why you should come.
1. Scoff delicious pizza made by Simon the Pizza king straight out the clay oven
2. Buy lovely healthy organic flower and veg seedlings from out plant Ssall
3. Hunt for the gnomes hidden round the garden
4. Pond dipping!  Find a newt… then put it back 🙂
5. Sing along with live music from the fabulous ‘What the Folk’ who put in an heroic performance during the rains of the harvest fair (on at 2:45)
6. Make a beautiful may crown
7. Play giant games
8. Chill out in our quiet area with sensory play
9. Eat lovely homemade cakes
10. Get involved and make some noise with the junk orchestra (running 1pm-4pm)
11. Enjoy our clockwork train 
12. Get your face painted
13. Make merry with the Pigsty Morris Dancers (on at 2:15)
14. Win a mini allotment starter kit in our raffle
15 Come and support a lovely local community garden.
 

Great so that’s decided. you’re all coming. Now tell all your friends, neighbours and family! If you’re on facebook find us, like us and share the post!

And what’s that? What else can you do you ask?? LOTS!  We need cakes please! We also happily accept misshapen biscuits, simple flapjacks and anything sweet you might like to cook – and eat! and we need more volunteers on the day! Have you got a couple of hours spare you could spare to help us set up from 11am or tidy up, or help on a stall?  Let me know!  And be rewarded with the warm glow of knowing you’ve made a good thing a little bit better.
And see you in the garden on the 12th!
All the best
Lucy
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
ghcgarden@gmail.com
07506 905 394

Farewell Winter! Hellooooo Spring!

March 23, 2018

Hi everyone

Spring!  We made it!  We had an absolutely lovely first day in the spring garden on Wednesday, sun shining, birds singing and seed planting and soup scoffing (thanks Danielle!)
      

​This winter we’ve really needed our weekly soups to keep us warm and this week in time for spring and the end of soup season we’ve just run out of onions.  The stored squash and carrots are nearly gone, we’re done to our last little swedes and kale… hooray for leeks! It’s hard to imagine it was like when people had to feed themselves through this hungry gap before the new veg were ready without a polytunnels or imported veg.  The vitamin rich green watercress or the first rhubarb poking through the soil must have been like emerald and ruby treasures.

  


We’ve got our usual jamp packed kids’ days running this Easter and 5-12 years olds can expect a trip to Never Never Land this time!   ​I am happy to announce we’ve got lottery funding this year to carry on providing our accessible family adventure days to familes with children with a special educational need or a disability.  Our first one in 2018 is on Thursday April 5th 11am-3pm and is just £5 per child and will be a LOVELY day of silliness and games and chance for families to spend time together outside and share a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Please pass on the info to anyone you think might benefit.

And more good news is Pete has found the fab Jeff Hart a straw bale builder and together they have started fixing the hole in our burnt but still beautiful Balehouse. Well done to the tough tods and parents of the Golden Buds, the ‘we-don’t-need-our-coats-on-we’re-not-even-cold’ kids of the afterschool club and the volunteers who’ve survived the winter in the garden with a very very drafty Balehouse.
A dates for your diary The Spring Fair!  12th May!  All offers of help, cake, nusic playing gratefully accepted as normal!  Also we are having our AGM in the Balehouse 7pm Wednesday 11th April, anyone is welcome along if you’d like to hear about the finanicial nitty gritty and and overview of goings on in the garden.
See you in the garden
Lucy
Lucy Mitchell

Community Project Worker

07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com
 
Please note I work part time usually on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Thursdays. 
 
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Winter sunshine and Balehouse fire

January 12, 2018

Hi everyone,
If your new year resolutions included trying to get out more, trying something new, learning more,  meeting new people, getting more exercise or eating more vegetables then you can do ALL THESE THINGS at once in the garden and still get to drink tea and eat biscuits. Come join us any Wednesday – January 10am-3pm, Febuary 10am-2pm.  And they’ll be soup, lush veg and maybe even sunshine like this week!
 
Also from next week the fabulous Katrin Vogel from ‘Tweed and Bird’ will be volunteering with us from 1:30-2:15 to help folks mend clothes FOR THREE WEEKS ONLY.  So if you’ve got a beloved jumper that need some attention, or some jeans with holes in the wrong places come down and get some help to do some your sewing in supportive space.
AND STOP PRESS due to a cancellation we currently have one space in our brilliant after school Golden Club so if you know any primary age children that like dens, games, silliness, and running round in the dark and are flooking for all that and more to do on a Tuesday 3:30-5:45 then get in touch!
And in other news we’ve had an ‘interesting’ start to the new fire year with…. a fire! inside the walls of the Balehouse!  It shouldn’t have been able to happen, it never occurred to us that it could happen but it did happen and now our beautiful cosy Balehouse currently has a hole instead of a wall, well it did for a bit, this picture was taken before it got patched up and tidied – Thanks Pete!
Hey ho, it could have been worse and we’ll carry on normal services and get it fixed sharpish, but it was definitely a shock…. but how can we stay upset when we’ve got glorious swedes like these and a whole load of pretty-as-picture polytunnel peas coming on?!
    
See you in the garden!
Lucy
 
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
ghcgarden@gmail.com
07506 905 394

Garden news! Wreath making! Soup

November 27, 2017

Hi everyone!

 
A belated thanks to everyone who came to the garden for our bonfire last month!  We were packed again and sorry to folks who couldn’t get in to see us burn this chirpy looking fellow in a massive fire and eat this lovely soup
      


A massive thanks to all the volunteers who make these events possible and wonderful, hats off to the Bish Rd PTFA for the fireworks and a round of applause for all you fab folks for turning up and helping us raise over £1000.
 
We’re running our ever popular wreath making workshop again! Saturday 9th December 10am-4pm. You are welcome to drop in throughout the day and making a wreath takes about an hour so please arrive by 3pm. And it’s still just a £10 per wreath. 
   


It’s a fun, friendly and informal session and we’ll provide beautiful foliage, advice and encouragement. You’ll weave a willow ring, decorate it and make something lovely. We have indoor space in case it’s awful weather but wrap up warm. We also provide secateurs and gloves but bring your own if got some nice ones. Children welcome and hot drinks and mince pies available. Please tell all your friends

 
From December the garden closes early and is only open from 10am-3pm on a Wednesday and soup season is definitely upon us so there’s delicious hot food to share at 1pm.  And I’ll leave you with a pic of Emma showing a pumpkin who’s boss and Susie hiding behind the years first celeraic.
     

See you in the garden!
Lucy