Here’s a message from Susannah at the People’s Community Garden:
Dear Friends and Supporters
Please join us for our Winter Warm-up
Community Tree-planting Day
Saturday 17 November 10.30am until 3pm
At the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE
We will be planting more than 400 “wild harvest” trees donated by the Woodland Trust in our Bee Garden,
to provide a nectar-rich resource for the bees in our community apiary – as well as berries, haws and hips for us to make into jams and jellies.
Dress up warm with sturdy boots and bring a packed lunch and bottle of water.
Meet Community Garden cabin at 10.30am to walk over to the bee garden. If you arrive later and don’t know where to find us, call Susannah on 07530 407302.
Please help us spread the word by cascading this to your friends and contacts, putting on your intranet or printing out and sticking up somewhere prominent. Thank you!
For more details contact Activlives on
Maidenhall Community Orchard news
The Community Orchard – also at Maidenhall allotments – is looking for a couple more active supporters or volunteers.
Come and help plan and realise the next stage!
Do we want more trees? What about fruiting shrubs? How far are we going to involve the wider community?
Meetings are currently every Sunday when the sun shines (or at least, it does not rain!) from 1 til 3pm approx.
The allotments are locked at the weekends, so it is best to make contact before coming, as you might otherwise find yourself hanging around outside a big locked gate!
Please contact me, Rona, on 01473 328910 if you are interested.
This Sunday (18th Nov) is also the Megabash at Belstead Brook – see the Greenlivingcentre for more details.
Orchard Barn News
Fun-raising and celebration evening – Our birthday barn dance is coming up 7-10.30 on Saturday 24th November in Offtons new village hall http://www.owvillagehall.co.uk/, Lower Coney Grove, Offton, IP8 4RA. It is a family friendly event with lots of fun dances and music to enjoy. Advance tickets are £5 and can be booked through me, alternatively £6 on the door. Children under 10 are free. Please bring your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. We have been offered even more GREAT NEW promises such as Willow Weaving, a voucher for the Landmark Trust, a lunch plus business coaching at The Angel in Bury with entrepreneur/writer John Reynard, and one or two mystery promises that will remain that way for a while longer whilst I work out how to describe them.
For our list of exciting promises, please see http://www.orchardbarn.org.uk/Auction_of_Promises_2012.htm Music for the Barn Dance has kindly been donated by Stefan Freedman, Eddie Mann and Jess. Please bring whatever you want to drink, also ‘finger food’ to share, and please be willing to take your empties home to recycle. It promises to be a great evening. Come and help us celebrate OBee CIC’s 5th birthday.
Volunteer Projects – Work continues on hedge renovation. We’ve made a start ‘finding’ the hedge (beneath the brambles and deadwood). If you are interested in getting involved, please email me and I’ll send out working party dates seperately. Green woodwork practice sessions to cleave and dress Oak shingle and Sweet Chestnut batten continues indoors when too wet to work outdoors. This winter we are hoping to make good progress with roofing the cob walls using these hand-cleft oak shingles.
Practical courses – Students from Otley College attended a one-day course last week and made great use of the brashwood from the hedge to construct a deadwood screen for next years compost heap/standing urinal area. Sustainability and learning in action! A big thank-you to all involved for your enthusiasm, skills and willingness to work together.
Community workshop – volunteers from Battisford continue to work with OBee volunteers to construct picnic benches for the Battisford Punchbowl – also run by a CIC. We’re using lots of lovely local materials, traditional techniques plus physical and quite a bit of mental energy to make the tables from Oak, Elm and Sweet Chestnut. The photos shows Graham offering up a cross piece to the underneath of some Oak boards. Getting the pegs right has been a major piece of learning. These ones hold the Sweet Chestnut to the underneath of the Oak boards and are waiting to be sawn off.
Our pilot course with Essex County Council was also a great success. The photo below shows students learning how to construct wattle frame from local hazel, and how to repoint flint foundations with lime mortar. The Care and Repair for your Traditonal Building also included a day on timber frame repairs, why old houses get damp (and how to prevent that happening), how to make daub infill, and how to make and repair clay lump blocks. We will be repeating this 3-day course a couple of times next year, also exploring a 1-day Introductory course. Your ‘expression of interest’ in attending is invited. ‘This course has really given me confidence in how to approach my own ‘buiding situations’. The course should be essential for owners of traditional buildings.’ PB
I hope you can make our birthday barn dance, or one of our working parties. As winter progresses, it’s good to keep active!
OBee Community Interest Company
Natural Building and Sustainable Living