Category Archives: random acts of kindness

Community Fund – Liberton Primary School Association

The Christmas Fair was a great success – well attended and a very warm and festive atmosphere. We raised over £1500, which will go towards our school library (Liberton Primary School does not currently have a lending library, and the parents’ association are in the process of setting one up), outdoor lighting and sports kit. In addition to this, the two P6 classes also ran their own stalls to fundraise for their P7 camp at Benmore next year. And, in lieu of an admission cost this year, we collected donations amounting to £400 for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre – University of Nottingham, which is the charity nominated by the family of a dearly-loved P7 pupil who very sadly passed away last month. His memory was very much at the heart of our Christmas Fair this year.

We always try to run a very low-cost, inclusive fair so that all the Liberton Primary families can participate and enjoy it. It means our profits tend to be relatively low compared to some schools, but we’re very proud of the warmth and community spirit of our primary school, and donations like yours really do make a huge difference. Thank you so much, again, for the Vegware cups.

Knucklas 17

 

Knucklas 17 was an Iron Age Festival held this summer by Knucklas Castle Community Land Project at Knucklas Castle on the Welsh border.

The day was great fun – full of different things about the Iron Age, including the playing of a replica mighty Carnyx which lead a procession down the hill. This an enormous horn with a boars head at the end which has been found by archaeologists in early Celtic sites, and we imagined a time two thousand years earlier when perhaps this horn had been played on our castle’s slopes – in battles or in ceremonies – we can only guess.

We ate delicious organic food, while admiring the stunning views across the Teme Valley, practiced ancient crafts including weaving, pottery, wood-turning and fire-making and learnt about Iron Age crops and ancient farming methods. In the daytime there were guided nature walks through the woods to the top and treasure hunts. There was a camp fire, a barbeque and drinks and various performances in the marquee: story-telling, hilarious solos, poetry, folk and jazz, all M.C’d by Ian Marchant disguised as a roving druid.

We were able to raise further badly needed funds for the Project and thank you so much Vegware for your support!

Knucklas Castle Community Land Project.

is a non-profit-making cooperative which manages 21 acres of land in the village of Knucklas in the Welsh borders.  The castle is a listed ancient monument, though little remains above ground, and the site is of great natural beauty with stunning views from the summit in all directions. It has a rich heritage of history and legend, from the many struggles between the Mortimers and the Welsh kings to ancient myths of Arthur and Guinevere.

The Project has made paths with a sculpture trail to the top. Here sheep graze on a managed programme to encourage the wild flowers which now flourish. On the lower slopes the woods have traces of ancient woodland and lower still a community orchard has been planted and community allotments established. Here food is grown organically, and there are bees and chickens and some of the produce is sold to support the Project. We aim to give everyone from local villagers to those further afield the chance to build a sustainable relationship with the environment.

The Land Project hopes to raise enough money to purchase the land outright.

Samaritan’s Purse & Snowdrop fundraiser

The event was a fundraising fete held at the local church, raising money for two charities, Samaritan’s Purse (International Aid) and Snowdrop Project (helping victims of human trafficking in Sheffield). We raised several hundred pounds which will be divided between the charities (unsure of final total just yet). We had a very busy day and it was lovely to meet more of the local community too.

Bridge End Farm

We had a fantastic Summer event and also Hard-Hat tour day, which you’d made the donations for.
The Hard-Hat tour had over 40 people and the Summer celebration around 125! All packed in to a tiny area that we currently have. I’ve included a few photos of people eating together, listening to a bee-keeping talk, and watching some local young people performing to everyone there.
I also posted on Facebook not long after the event and mentioned Vegware in our post.
We are vey grateful for all the donations and support as always, and it got well used by many people. So many thanks to you and all at Vegware.

Blaise christmas fair

Blasie community gardens had a Christmas Craft day on 3rd Dec.  Blaise aims are both to grow fruit, vegetable and flowers organically for the community and to involve and interest children in food production and the natural world. We shall be helping the children (& their parents!)  to make Christamas ornaments from natural materials.  We shall be serving tea/coffee/juice, mince pies & cakes at theis event.  The event was highly successful last year with a high turnover of visitors. 

Thank you Vegware for donating some of your products to our Christmas Craft Day, which was a great success.  Please see below some photos of the event. 

The event was aimed mostly at children with a view to attracting them into the garden again in the growing season, so that they become more aware of where food comes from and how important the natural world is.  We hope to put up a collage of photos from the event, including the compost heap, to demonstrate how we can all do some recycling.

4 Geeks versus 3 Peaks fundraiser for railway children charity

‘4 Geeks versus 3 Peaks’ are a Scunthorpe and Lincoln based group of fundraisers who will be doing the 3 Mountain Peaks National Challenge next year, and are raising money for the Railway Children; a charity dedicated to helping homeless, runaways and abandoned children who live in and around train stations in the UK and abroad. I would like to ask if you would be able to make a donation to one of our children’s events, the first of which will be an event on Bonfire night (http://bit.ly/glowbugs).

The Glow Bugs event will be targeted to young children and children with learning and physical disabilities, people who are not comfortable around loud bangs, big fires, or lots of people. We will be creating a safe and calm environment with a sensory area with lights and tactile toys recommended by SEN professionals, we will also be having lots of crafts, games, activities, including a glow in the dark disco with UV paints and glow sticks. We are also planning a Superhero/Geek fest for February 2017 and will be needing supplies for this also.

The event went down a storm, It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you very much for all your support and effort in helping us to raise £241 for the Railway Children’s charity!