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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – July Update

2015-07-04 14.25.10Volunteers mapped arts projects and points of environmental interest ahead of our expedition to The Northern Isles which is taking place throughout August (sailing around Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney with a team of artists). The hope is that this research can help as a guide and aid decision making on the journey by boat, which is often at the mercy of the weather, with constantly changing plans, and need for alternative sheltered bays.

Volunteers assisted at our event on the 4th July “The Summer of Upcycle.” The event included three creative workshops themed around upcycling. Free burgers for attendees and tea and coffee. A local makers market with stalls from an upcycled glass company and a few other local makers.

Community Fund – Edinburgh Garden Partners – July Update

SOS 1July – another busy month here at Edinburgh Garden Partners! New garden matches made and 3 hugely successful, and fun, SOS projects undertaken. Our ‘SOS’ service calls upon our dedicated pool of garden volunteers to form a small team and go into a garden that has become overgrown and is in need of ‘taming’ before it can start to function as a garden share. Typically we take a half-day to blitz the space, with tea, sarnies and cake in the mix! Two private gardens and a large communal garden at a women’s refuge benefited from our efforts this month, see pics!

SOS 2Huge thanks to Vegware as we needed to buy some new equipment to cope with the tasks at hand – notably a lovely new wheelbarrow and a stock of hard wearing rubble bags!

Community Fund – Cilgwyn Community Group – July Update

Transition Cafe’s Cookery Show

Transition Cafe uses surplus food to create meals. Volunteers and paid people work together in the sociable little cafe, saving tons of waste and carbon.

At the agricultural show the staff put on a fun cookery performance to inform how best before does not mean inedible, and what you can make from random surplus produce. A Mrs Bouquet (‘Bucket’) was the obstreporous member of the public showing her disgust at all this ‘Second hand food’ – ‘My husband would never eat that!’ But she was won over and helped with the cooking and handing round of samples. It was a great show. Someone said we should be on television! I was the desert cook using over-ripe fruit and out of date crunch cereals to create fruit salad crumble, no cooking but lashings of out of date long life cream – Yum!

Community Fund – COCA – July Update

Busy times continue down on the farm with so much work to do to keep on top of all the crops. We were slowly coming out of the ‘hungry gap’ with many greens coming available such as runner beans, broad beans and courgettes. It’s good to know that the harvest glut is around the corner! Despite the recent hungry gap we are at our highest ever membership number of over fifty household members.

We have hosted our third international volunteer workcamp of the summer with volunteers coming from across Europe and beyond. We were also delighted to welcome a volunteer from a French ‘Senior Volunteer’ scheme who stayed for two weeks and brought a wealth of experience with her and was made very welcome.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – July Update

DSC06372The beginning of July brought the Broomhouse Community a seven week summer long programme. Packed full of fun activities for adults and children including games, workshops, sports, music and drama and outings in partnership with The Broomhouse Centre, St David’s Broomhouse and the Big Project.

BHSG have offered ‘Cooking with Kids’ adults/carers and children making summer picnic fruity shapes and mini quiches. Older adults had an outing to Stirling Castle, with a tour , fabulous views and fascinating history with lunch. There has been another fruit extravaganza at the Community Quest where young people made fruit faces with us and visited other local venues with more creative fun.

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Community Fund – Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens – June Update

0be899b2-2b9d-4c05-89b9-f6cca18cbcd6While the new hospital buildings go up around us the ‘Growing Space’ is developing!
Fruit and veg are once again growing well and so are our plans. The mood board above was one of many produced at the conclusion of concept and design workshops facilitated by the hospital’s Public Social Partnership Team. Staff, patients, volunteers and representatives from many organisations contributed. Progress on the ground in the gardens has focussed on temporary and experimental features.

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