ONE FOR ALL COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Third annual BIG DIG !
21ST APRIL 2018
A Date for your Diary and great fun to be involved in. The residents of Kinsman and Treningle estates have their community Dig in the Garden and they are looking for an enthusiastic team to get the community garden into shape for this season.
Some of the jobs that need completing are building a compost bay, setting up some vine posts, tidying planting areas and planting out. If you have any skills that you think we can use, please come and join us you do not have to be a professional just prepared to give us a hand.
The event has really grown (pun intended) over the years and people of all ages have been helping out. Skilled or unskilled it doesn't really matter. What you do will make a huge difference and will help create a place that is open to all, a place that teaches all ages how to grow the food they eat, where it comes from, how to do it and a place of quiet refuge for many.
Come along and find out what other events will be running in the Community Hub and Garden. Tools, Tea and Cake provided.
Check out details on our Facebook page:- One for All Community Garden Bodmin or their Website www.oneforallcommunitygarden.weebly.com
Little People Make Big Change C.I.C
Little People Make Big Change C.I.C provides intergenerational activities in the south west that bring people together from different generations and focuses on how children can become less dependent on technology for entertainment and to use their time in a productive way. Each activity from the C.I.C engages people in charitable causes in a fun and educational way. I work with other organisation in the care sector to bring children and older residents together through group sessions such as book reading, puzzles and pen pals.
If you want to get involved, please get in touch.
Purl A Row
Purl A Row is a small unique yarn shop offering affordable and luxury yarns as well as knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns and notions. Purl A Row has an open table policy where by you can come and sit and work on any yarn project you want and enjoy a cup of tea and chat and make new friends.
There are also two dedicated knit and natter groups; one on a Tuesday Evening and the other on Thursday afternoons. There is a small fee for this of £3 which includes refreshments. Purl A Row offers various classes run by Lucy and some well-known knitting teachers from across the UK. June will see two special classes dedicated to colourwork and professional finishing techniques.
Purl A Row is also working on a community inspired project to pass on the skill of knitting to the young adults of the community and at the same time to help the homeless in the area. This project is called Warm Feet for Winter. Where we will knit socks throughout the year and donate them in time for the cold weather.
What you can expect from Purl A Row is friendly, helpful staff, a warm welcome, lots of encouragement and guidance. Stocking West Yorkshire Spinners, King Cole and Cygnet Yarn. Hand dyed yarn from an amazing selection of dyers. Knit pro knitting needles and accessories.
To find out more information, get involved in the classes or just to shop visit;
Keep Cornwall Fed
Reducing food waste and food poverty, one great meal at a time
We throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this could be eaten. And that’s without the waste from supermarkets, shops and restaurants. And at the same time, there are roughly eight million people in the UK living in food poverty. That’s people like you and me; the homeless, people on low incomes, adults and children going hungry. It seems unbelievable that anyone would struggle to feed themselves and their families in today’s day and age, but they do.
To use our skills as chefs of course! We cook great food, and every meal we sell helps us donate a meal to those in food poverty. We use surplus food from our own suppliers, food waste charities and supermarkets and turn it into healthy, nutritious food such as soups and stews, that are distributed to those in need through our network of charities and community groups. If you are interested in donating produce or distributing food, please contact us.
We’re a profits-with-purpose organisation. A community interest company (CIC), our social enterprise catering service provides great food for weddings, private parties, corporate events and festivals. We cook everything from street food to A’la Carte. And every meal we sell helps us donate a meal to those in food poverty. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your catering requirements.
For more information visit www.keepcornwallfed.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KBSK PERFORMING ARTS
KBSK PERFORMING ARTS, is a community project, run by Adrienne Armstrong at the Berryfields Community Centre every Thursday. Adrienne has a fantastic team of fully trained teachers and working professionals.. The project offers a mix of styles; from jazz technique, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and singing. KBSK is an open door policy and we only ask for a £2 donation.
The aim of the project is to give opportunity’s to every child and to deliver professional workshops/ classes at an affordable price.
For any quires please contact Adrienne
Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us !
This week we reached a brilliant milestone with us becoming 2 years old and we are kinda really happy about it.
It hasn't been easy and we have been faced with many things that many others may not have managed to overcome, serious illnesses, graduations, finance problems, TAX RETURNS !!!, bringing on new directors and so much more.
If we had to point out our biggest challenge it has been finding finance to do the things we have set out to do. The rejection of a funding application can turn things quite low in house and sometimes it always seems to be about the money which is so far away from what we want. Often its to cover just the basic things like insurance as we realised that salaries are way over the horizon and but a dream at this point.
And then that raises the question? why do we keep doing what we do for no or very little monetary reward?? Maybe we simply love what we do or maybe we see the need for change and we want to actually do something to make it happen no matter how small or large it is. What ever the reason, we are 2 years old this week, we have done this now fo r2 years and there is no sign of us stopping just yet.
However, we have been pushed at times to throw everything in and I think that's normal in the first year for many companies and ours is no different. Running any company has its challenges and doing it on a shoestring really does push you out of your comfort zone.
It would also be easy now to look at what we have achieved in the last 2 years and it soon adds up to quite a list. Looking back through some of our blogs will give flavor of what has been achieved and yes, we are quite proud of what we have managed to do and the fact we are still here.
The future actually looks quite exciting with our main 2 projects and all the other bits we are involved in.
TeX - Textiles with a Difference has been really working hard and over the next week should have a huge announcement to make, a game changer and something that may very well turn it into a very sustainable project. Again, this has been set up and run completely without funding to date. A hard task but with determination, belief and a very generous community its paying off now and BIG things ahead.
COGS - our community support project is again doing real well. We have gone far beyond out expectations and the KPI`s we set out have been blown off the charts. It shows us that our grass roots approach and our willingness to go that extra mile really does work.
Erasmus is part of our future as it has been part of our past. The next 2 years should be spent on a youth project that brings more countries together and breaks down barriers to inclusion. This project is on The Saints Way that goes through Ireland, Cornwall, France, Spain and Portugal. We aim in partnership to join these countries together to show we have more in common through The Saints Way.
So that briefly covers where we are, where we have been and where we are going.
We were due to have cake last week, as you do, but the snow kept us all apart and it just wasnt possible. It will happen later though, as I am sure we will have something big to shout about this year and I hope very soon.
Watch this space..
Why I like the snow
As you probably know it snowed this week in Cornwall and we took full advantage of it.
It’s the first time for around 7 years we have had anything that has come close to being able to play in it, let alone getting the sledge out. Yes the sledge we bought 7 years ago and never used until this week.
Now I understand how many of you don’t like it, your work depends on easy travel, the elderly, the young, the schools etc etc but for many it is a real time of excitement and not just for the kids.
I guess the main things I like is the way we come together as a community like the way we look out for the neighbours, the offers of 4x4 rides for nurses, the concern for safety of others.
I live in a small town in Cornwall, like many others across the UK and when the snow came it brought out the best in people. As a family we walked to the local park, dragging our 7 year old sledge behind us in the hope there would be enough snow settled to simply ride down the bank with. The people we met on the way who we have never talked to before were full of excitement, of all ages and all wanted to share how happy they were.
And this is what it’s all about really isn’t it. Happy communities, interaction, of concern for others welfare, simple fun with little cost, building snowmen as fast as building new friendships and mugs of hot chocolate when arriving home and the knowledge that I often forget but the community I live in really is a great one.
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