We have always looked at ways we can bring communities together and this year after taking inspiration from Eden Projects Big Lunch we shall be holding one in Bodmin.
Our ` Connections through Food` project involves all 3 wards of Bodmin + an event that will bring everyone together in the form of a Big Lunch that we will hold on Narisa Lawn after finding the kind permission of the town council.
The Big Lunch we are planning would involve us, Cultivate Cornwall, partnering for delivery with The Curious School of the Wild on a day that would be open and free for all to attend, much along the lines of the ` Share Fare` we held 2 years ago but mainly focused on food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjZeoG2ENHo&t=14s
The ideas again is no money to change hands as with most of what we do and to simply bring people together as a community for community benefit.
What we are ask from the council is permission to use Narisa Lawn on the 9th June, a Sunday, so we can make this happen. We will be sourcing `in kind` contributions from various agencies in Cornwall, FareShare being one of these who work with food poverty and food waste we will aim to be involved and we ask for others who would like to contribute in some way to come forward. . We would also plan for a childrens play area on the lawn where supervised children will be able to join in with traditional games and learn new skills. Again, all for free.
Our funding in this is secured from the lottery community fund and will be spent on delivery on all 3 wards with other activities being held in St Marys - a series of outdoor cooking events held at the community garden and the Hub on Kinsman, A series of outdoor family cooking events that will be held in the grounds of Berrycoombe school - A wild weekend that we plan to hold at the Scout hut at Castle Kanyke and involve family camping for those who may not get chance to take part in these type of activities and ... The Big Lunch to bring everyone together from all 3 wards.
The whole project is aimed at benefiting the community of Bodmin, a project that we believe is inclusive for all and something we can use to build on to make stronger connected communities.
Of course, we would welcome any and all wards to join us on the day or in any of the other activities mentioned. We would also welcome any donations or contributions to help make this happen although we are not dependant on these.
You are invited to our Open Day for the shop where we will be serving Cakey Tea and have information about the up and coming workshops and events that we have planned for your enjoyment.
We will be able to let you know where you can join in on the workshops in Bodmin , Par and Liskeard, what we have planned there and when.
Swishing is back and the dates and venues have been confirmed. This year we plan things a little different in some areas and bigger and better in other areas. Come and find out how you can be involved.
Volunteers ! we simply love the help you have offered and we hope that you will be continuing with this and that we can attract more. You know its fun and a great way to help the community grow.
We would welcome your ideas on workshops and events that we could run.
So, come in, sign up, join in and get involved in positive action and most of all.... lets have some fun with textile!
You know when you are doing something good - when you are asked to Share with others what you are doing..
This weekend we are in Exeter at the CAG meeting skill sharing with like minded others. A fun, interactive day ahead.
And then this comes through this week with a request to do 2 slots / sessions on the Saturday and Sunday at the festival. Of course we said yes to Semble and we are so looking forward to being there !
The Seed Festival celebrates courageous leadership, creative expression and innovation in partnership with our natural world and we are going to be there to share what we do in a little old corner of Cornwall.
Click on the button below to find out more about the Seed Festival and about Semble.
Cultivate Cornwall CIC are awarded two years of lottery funding to grow their
TeX – Textiles with a difference project.
TeX - Textiles with a difference; part of the Cultivate Cornwall social enterprise - is a community benefit project that aims to bring communities together through textiles.
Providing skill sharing opportunities, holding youth fashion shows, organizing Swishing events and creating a ‘Makerspace’ where the community can come together, learn from each other, get creative and make things in a social environment are some of the key opportunities that will be made available through the project.
The activities will be free to participate and will predominantly take place between Bodmin, Par and Liskeard.
The project will also work with the business community, helping reduce their environmental impact through repurposing textile waste, TeX aims to use embrace innovation creating products for the circular economy out of waste textiles to help support their long-term sustainability.
Harry, 22 who is one of the Directors of Cultivate Cornwall said "We are really looking forward to reaching out further into the community, we have a great team of sewers, designers, teachers and seamstresses who are ready and waiting to share their skills with the community.
"The fashion industry produces about 60% waste and that is set to increase, so as well as the community aspect of this enterprise there is the ecological side, which to us is so important.
"Working with partners like BJ Sherriff, who have been amazing, we can try and change the culture of the industry and build a successful company that will make a real difference."
Harry says the continued support of the community has been invaluable, as the project aims to benefit the local community, their continued contribution has been essential to shaping the project – with 2 years of funding having now been secured - there are firm foundations on which to grow the Tex – Textiles with a difference project.
Anna who will be helping deliver the project added: "It's vital to us that we help the people around us, with the removal from textiles from the curriculum it is essential that people like me share our skills and experiences with the younger generations so these skills don’t die out.
"TeX is a great way of doing that and I am excited to get out there and start building on our engagement with the community."
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