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Community Fund – Just cycle – February Update

We received an email on Friday  from Cycling Scotland-through Big Bike Revival. They have been talking with A Greener Melrose about setting up a community cycling club-seemingly A Greener Melrose was to have been in touch with us about a tie in with that.

 The University has asked us about  a supply of bikes for students to get to and from Gala Interchange. We will be having a chat  next week about what may be possible-

Supplied approx 15 bikes /trikes to nursery/ primary school in Jedburgh in Feb so that nursery and P1 children may cycle in playground.

 Possible bike hire in Coldingham/St Abbs.  The local community wishes to make bikes available to promote tourism and have been in touch with one of my colleagues in Berwickshire.

 Sales-very good bike sales in February although we still have the trike and ideally would like to sell on to someone who has a disability and  who really needs it. 

Funding –we continue to explore avenues for long term funding that will enable us to employ staff and expand the business.

Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – February Update

The Garden Gate guys enjoyed a couple of outings during the month of February…

We were invited to visit The Turner Contemporary in Margate to see their latest exhibition, ‘Entangled: Threads & Making’ an exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery followed by some Arts & Crafts activities inspired by the visit. 

In addition, we also had our annual trip out to Wyvale Garden Centre to buy seeds, plants and indulge in some tea and cake.

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Community Fund – Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association – February report

Winter has been such a long drawn out few months and the weather has been very bleak.  However that being said we are all raring to get going with the gardening project and we are still developing our designs and creations through our planning meetings.  Our visit to Dobbies is still planned for 13th March where we will be purchasing all the equipment to progress with our garden and hopefully we will soon reap the rewards from this. 


Community Fund – Rhubarb Farm – February Update

Just at the time Storm Doris hit Rhubarb Farm and demolished our old heated polytunnels we had some fantastic news!

NT Killingley Ltd, the award-winning commercial landscape and earthworks contractor based in Chesterfield, has made Rhubarb Farm their voluntary organisation of the year for 2017. The company will support us with landscaping and building materials over the year, and this will be a great boost for all our different activities.

This support came about because Killingley, like Rhubarb Farm, will be having a show garden at The Chatsworth Flower Show from 7-11th June and they wanted to support a local organisation also doing the Show.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – February Update

On the 2nd of February we had a community event  called the ‘Volunteer Blether’. It  was arranged for  people interested in volunteering to come along and meet with organisations  that could offer a range of volunteering opportunities.. Our visitors found the event very worthwhile with 30 people connecting with a new volunteering opportunity. It was a very nice social occasion with a light lunch.

During the February school holidays  BHSG ran two ‘Cooking With Kids sessions’, one at  Murrayburn and  one session in Broomhouse. Lots of families had fun making fun pizza faces and decorating some homemade shortbread.

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Community Fund – Rowanbank Environmental Education – January Update

An extra special thank you to Vegware’s Community fund is due this month, as without your support our Forest School project in Pilrig Park would not be possible!

Thanks to your support we were able to celebrate Winter in true style – with woodland berry tea made on the storm kettle, storytelling, music and Lulu Whizzlegs showing off her flying skills on trapeze!

We also facilitated a series of taster forest school sessions for local primary school children and teachers in the Park – with the aim to inspire & empower more creative approaches to outdoor learning.

See attached poster for details.

Community Fund – Cilgwyn Community Group – January Update

Washing Machine party: Local lads bring warmth, light, sanitation to abandoned refugees.

John and his brother know what its like to loose their family home. Now they are out helping others whose fate is far worse than a council estate. John has just plumbed in a washing machine which will serve many families. Little things like this give hope. John was helped by a master builder and an economics student from Aleppo. He brought tools, van and kit for plumbing, wiring, heating from Wales with donations from locals including Cilgwyn Community. Next step is Serbia where conditions are heart-breaking. Donations via GoFundMe at facebook: West Wales for Refugees

Community Fund – COCA – January Update

As follows below is COCA’s update for January.  Rhiannon is currently on travels in France for a while so I’ll be doing for the updates now.

January has been typically quiet time on the farm this year with no volunteers staying and not too much work in the field either.  We’ve been harvesting oriental greens from the polytunnels and they are growing well despite the lack of sunshine.  We are also still getting lots of sprouts from the field and Swiss chard too.  Although there has not been too much activity outside, the growing team has been busy with the crop plan for the year ahead (which is to be put on our website).  Our events team have also been busy too and organised a Burns Night in a local village on the 28th January (two photos attached).  It was a tremendous success with over eighty people coming to celebrate this Scottish tradition and raised over £600 towards COCA funds.  We were lucky to find a wonderful band for a ceilidh and a bag piper too!