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!

Community Fund – Meesden Village Committee – January Update

Spring is just around the corner and thoughts once again turn to growing.

The generous donations from Vegware have been used to buy equipment that will gently warm the soil under seedlings so that they start to grow. The pictures show our first sowings of lettuce growing in the incubator that will be planted up in the next few weeks and transferred into the cold frame shown in the second picture. The underground cable in the cold frame will warm the plants just enough to ward off the cold and keep them growing till it is time to plant them outside.

Thanks again to you all at Vegware.

Community Fund – Howden Clough Cooperative Farm – January Update

2017 is now well underway and it’s hard to believe that Spring is almost upon us. The Avian influenza outbreak has continued to restrict many of our plans with regards to breeding our poultry. We have not yet had confirmation of an end to the quarantine; however, we are hoping that come early Spring time, an end will be in sight. In the meantime, we do our best to keep our birds as comfortable and happy as possible with netted barn doors which let natural light and air in. 

In the spring, we can start incubating our duck and chicken eggs. We are really exited about our mandarin ducks which should lay their first batch of eggs this year. They are one of the most colourful species of duck; especially the drake.

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Community Fund – School Food Matters – January Update

Borough Market traders were given a run for their money on February 7 when four local schools set up shop for the second year of the Young Marketeers Winter Sale. With pots full of soup and baskets of freshly baked bread, the primary and secondary students showed off their selling prowess, raising a very impressive £494 for FareShare. That means 1976 meals can be distributed to vulnerable families across the capital made from surplus food.

Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market
Cllr Kath Whittam Mayor of Southwark attends
Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market
Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market

Community Fund – Scottish Waterways Trust – January Update

The Canal as it has never been seen before

After the hustle and bustle of the festive season January has been fairly quiet on the Canal.   Scottish Canals carried out their planned wide-ranging programme of winter maintenance, with the water level being reduced along five kilometres of the 200-year-old waterway at Linlithgow between the 9th of January and 16th February. In total, around 30,000 cubic metres of water has been drained from the canal.  At an open day on the 17th January from 1pm-3pm visitors heard from Scottish Canals’ engineering team about how they’re working to safeguard the Union Canal’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy; took a trip into the history of the waterway with a time-hopping tour of its construction; and had a look at the canal’s 200-year-old infrastructure as it exists below the water

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Community Fund – Rhubarb Farm – January Update

The cabin for the Rhubarb Farm Men in Sheds Project was successfully delivered to the Farm on 12th January.

Tim the driver was brilliant. He used all his ingenuity and skill to get the cabin in position. It took a couple of lifts and the uncoupling of the trailer to achieve it. Volunteer Dave Allison really got stuck in and worked alongside Tim, hands on help and also encouraging him when it looked impossible!

Our thanks and gratitude to all those who helped us at Britcabs and Hutchinsons. We also have to thank Cllr Joan Dixon for finding us the funding for the Men in Sheds Project from the DCC Community Priorities Fund. We have also met with the Director of the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Jenny Jenner, her deputy, Liz Patterson and the Show Operations Manager, Amy Foster, at the School of Artisan Food to continue the planning for the Artisan Kitchen Theatre, to be run by the School of Artisan Food, and the Edible Feature, to be run by Rhubarb Farm.

 

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Community Fund – Grass Roots Remedies – January Update

This month in the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, we had a kind invitation from one of our resident GPs at the next door GP surgery, Dr Sineaid Bradshaw. She agreed to have us come and spend a morning observing her consultations. We are in a very privileged position in the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre to have such a commitment to partnership working from the agencies within the integrated building, so were excited to build our collaborations by spending some time with the GPs.

The clinic I attended was the Substance Misuse Clinic, a special service which runs three times a week from the practice where patients who are stable drug users are given a longer appointment of twenty minutes for a fuller check in on their medical issues and wellbeing. It runs in concert with the local Substance Misuse Directorate (SMD), key workers from the voluntary sector partners, as well as a Community Activity Mentor. Dr Bradshaw explained to me that the approach currently used is a model of Recovery, with Harm Reduction. The aim is not simply to “be the doctor who writes the methadone scripts” but to promote recovery by creating relationships with each patient, discussing and understanding their personal & social situations. The doctors prescribe medications as necessary, encouraging dose reductions as patients themselves are ready to do so, and to signpost to activities & community support for facilitating recovery.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – January Update

On 28th of January 2017 we had a ‘Burns Ceilidh’ with the ‘Caleerie Band’ to help us celebrate in style with our volunteers and with our local community from the babies and toddlers to our senior friends.

We were all birling round all evening!

Thanks very much to Vegware much for to your generous donation of disposable tableware. Lovely big plates to serve up our veggie & regular haggis and neeps  – nobody had to do the washing up which was a massive help! We had a fantastic evening and thanks again to you all.

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