Community market bursting with fresh local produce

Community market bursting with fresh local produce

Freshly picked local produce will be on offer at the community garden’s next market on Friday 8th June, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.

There will also be a selection of excellent quality plants on offer, grown at our walled garden project, to spruce up your garden or windowsill.

Meanwhile, young people from Chantry Academy will be behind the serving hatch this month with a wonderful selection of cakes and goodies they have made – so come and spoil yourself and relax with your friends and neighbours over a cuppa.

Produce in its prime will include spring greens, lettuce, purple sprouting broccoli, chard, rocket leaves, and fresh herbs.

ActivSheds will be busy renovating garden furniture and making woodland crafts and items for the garden. Why not try something different and join in a carpentry taster session?

Meanwhile the garden will be open for you to wander around and enjoy. How about coming along to volunteer one day? It’s a great way of keeping fit and your reward will be a constant supply of fresh veg!

  • Parking is available in the Pavilion car park and surrounding roads.
  • The Pavilion is fully accessible with an accessible toilet.
  • Save the Date – our 10th Anniversary Big Garden Party is on
    Saturday 21st July 2018 from 11am till 3pm. Please join us!

Future 2018 CRESS markets will be held on 10 August, 14 September, 5 October – celebrating the wonderful world of fungus! There will be no market in November as we prepare for our Christmas Market on Friday 7 December 2018.

For more information, or if you would like to hold a stand, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or Susannah on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk

ActivGardens make ready for Great Garden Trail in aid of hospice

ActivGardens make ready for Great Garden Trail in aid of hospice

On Friday 11th May, the People’s Community Garden will be open from 10am to 3pm, with tours of the bee hives at 11am and 2pm.

  • The CRESS Community Market and Café will run as usual from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE (entry free of charge), so visitors can enjoy this friendly, bustling event and enjoy a cuppa and a homemade cake courtesy of Ipswich Academy pupils, who will be behind the serving hatch this month.

The following day, on Saturday 12th May, it’s the turn of Chantry Walled Garden to open its gates to the public, from 10am to 3pm, with refreshments in Nursery Cottage garden and a wonderful selection of plants for sale.

Entrance to each garden will be £3, with proceeds shared between the two charities.

Ten years old this year, the People’s Community Garden began on an abandoned allotment site and today includes vegetable plots, a heritage orchard, sensory garden, wildlife areas and herb spiral. The project enables people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills and contribute to their community. It has a diverse volunteer base and works with schools and young people.

Historic Chantry Walled Garden in Chantry Park has flower borders and vegetable growing areas, extensive glasshouses, and a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening. Young people on work placement learn about horticulture here and volunteers from the local community help tend the garden and grow plants.

Parking is available at or near both gardens, and there is wheelchair access to most areas. Dogs are allowed on a lead. For more information please follow these links:

https://activlives.org.uk/event/the-great-garden-trail-the-peoples-community-garden/

https://activlives.org.uk/event/the-great-garden-trail-chantry-walled-garden/

ActivGardens are opening as part of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Great Garden Trail, which runs throughout spring and summer to help generate the funds the hospice needs for its invaluable services. Please follow this link https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/support-us/events/the-great-garden-trail.aspx for more information and a full list of gardens involved, together with maps.

Future CRESS markets will be held on FRIDAY 8 June, Big Garden Party Saturday 21 July, Friday 10 August, 14 September, 5 October, Christmas event 7 December.

Vote for ‘Bee Amazed by the Wonderful World of Bees’ at Tesco!

Vote for ‘Bee Amazed by the Wonderful World of Bees’ at Tesco!

ActivLives is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for its project to introduce people to the wonderful world of bees. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote in May and June for who they think should take away the top grant. ActivLives is one of the groups on the shortlist. Bee Amazed is a project to enable people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the wonderful world of bees and bee-keeping, learning about their importance to us and our natural world

This project, which will run at the People’s Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments, will provide opportunities for local families, older people, children, people with disabilities and people of diverse ethnicities to get involved in bee-keeping and learn about their importance in the food chain and the natural environment.
Led by staff and bee-keeping mentors from the local bee-keeping association, the project will offer weekly sessions for people to come and learn hands-on about this fascinating craft at our own apiary, and develop confidence and knowledge to become a regular community bee-keeping volunteer.
The project will provide bespoke sessions for people with learning disabilities and special needs to take part, and invite local schoolchildren on ‘Bee Safari’.

ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa said: “We are so happy to be in the running for a project which will offer opportunities to everyone, of all ages, to get involved in beekeeping and nature conservation at our wonderful community garden project in Ipswich.” “Please support us – then book your visit or come and volunteer!”


Voting is open in local Tesco stores from Tuesday 1st May to Saturday 30th June 2018.
Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. These are participating stores:

  • Tesco Ipswich Extra (Copdock Mill Interchange)
  • Ipswich Westbourne Express
  • Ipswich Norwich Express
  • Ipswich Foxhall Express
  • Ipswich St Matthew’s Street Express
  • Ipswich Nacton Road Express
  • Manningtree Colchester Express

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding. Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.” Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

 

Young people roll up their sleeves to make healthy food for community market

Young people roll up their sleeves to make healthy food for community market

Young people from Stoke High Ormiston Academy are donning their aprons ready to serve seasonal goodies and cakes they have made, at the People’s Community Garden’s plant and produce market on Friday (13th April).

In a new initiative with local charity ActivLives, pupils from Ipswich schools will learn valuable skills for work and life as they plan and prepare for the popular pop-up cafe from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.

At this friendly community event, there will be seedlings to plant on your plot, bedding plants to spruce up your garden or windowsills, and freshly picked produce – come and taste the difference!

ActivSheds will be taking orders for bird tables and hedgehog homes, or you may like to bring along your garden bench for renovation – now it’s getting warm enough to sit outside.

Maidenhall Residents’ Association will be offering bric-a-brac, handmade cards and household items, while other organisations will be joining in with items for sale and local information.

So come and relax with a cuppa and get to know your neighbours.

There is parking in on site car park and in surrounding roads. The CRESS Pavilion is fully accessible with an accessible toilet.

Future 2018 CRESS markets will be held on FRIDAY 11 May – People’s Community Garden open as part of St Elizabeth Hospice Open Gardens, 8 June, July market is replaced by the Big Garden Party on Saturday 21 July, markets resume 10 August, 14 September, 5 October – celebrating the wonderful world of fungus! There will be no market in November as we prepare for our Christmas Market (talking about Christmas already!) on Friday 7 December 2018.

Spring is springing at community market

Spring is springing at community market

As the growing season gets into full swing, come and visit the People’s Community Garden’s plant and produce market on Friday 13th April from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.

There will be seedlings to plant on your plot, bedding plants to spruce up your garden or windowsills, and freshly picked produce to perk you up after the long winter.

ActivSheds will be taking orders for bird tables and hedgehog homes, or perhaps you have a garden bench in need of renovation now it’s getting warm enough to sit outside.

In the CRESS café, young people from Stoke High Ormiston Academy will be donning their aprons, ready to serve you up with seasonal goodies and cakes.

Maidenhall Residents’ Association will be offering bric-a-brac, handmade cards and household items, while other organisations will be joining in with items for sale and local information.

So come and relax with a cuppa and get to know your neighbours.

There is parking in on site car park and in surrounding roads. The CRESS Pavilion is fully accessible with an accessible toilet.

Future 2018 CRESS markets will be held on FRIDAY 11 May – People’s Community Garden open as part of St Elizabeth Hospice Open Gardens, 8 June, July market is replaced by the Big Garden Party on Saturday 21 July, markets resume 10 August, 14 September, 5 October – celebrating the wonderful world of fungus! There will be no market in November as we prepare for our Christmas Market (talking about Christmas already!) on Friday 7 December 2018.

Charity grows grassroots gardening business in Sudbury

Charity grows grassroots gardening business in Sudbury

Grow Your Future – Sudbury will be a garden maintenance business offering training and employment opportunities to local unemployed people, while selling services that benefit the community.

Working with local councils, business and social landlords, as well as private clients, it will support Sudbury and surrounding areas to build its community focus and achieve a cleaner, greener, place to live, work and visit.

The proposal, supported by Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council, builds on the success of a volunteer project, ‘Grow Your Community – Sudbury’, which has a dedicated volunteer base of around 15 people working in Belle Vue Park each week, as well as community champions on housing estates and in other parks and green spaces.

ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop our project into a community business that has the power to transform not only Sudbury’s parks and green spaces, but people’s lives too.

“Our volunteers have made a real difference in Belle Vue Park, and we are excited at the prospect of developing our work to train people of all ages in horticulture to form garden maintenance teams.

“Part of what we hope to do is offer help to older people and young families, and others who are struggling with their gardens – teaching them skills and offering low-maintenance solutions so they enjoy their gardens rather than find it overwhelming, and in the worst cases, a threat to their tenancy.

Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area, run by and answerable to members of the community, and which make a trading profit to re-invest into that community.  In this way, ActivLives is keen for local residents and those involved in supporting people who might benefit from a service in Sudbury to help it shape this community-led approach. It is keen to hear from people who would like to train with the business, as well as from people interested in using the service. It would also like to encourage people to come forward to help steer the business.

Consultation forms are available online http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WHMW6GrowYourFuture/ or paper copies can be picked up at the Town Council or Sudbury Library. There will be a chance to find out more at ActivLives stand at the Farmers’ Market on Friday 23 March and at the regular market on the afternoon of Thursday 29th March.

This is one of three grants in Sudbury to support the development of community business ideas in the town.

There are thousands of community businesses in the UK doing everything from planning new affordable homes, running community energy and reviving struggling local pubs.

Over the past year, Power to Change has been working with Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council to unearth budding community business ideas by local people for local people.  These Suffolk Seed Grants will test the viability of the businesses proposed and the benefit they could bring to Sudbury.

Richard Harries, Director, Power to Change Research Institute said: “It’s great to be able to support fledgling community business ideas, many of which just need a bit of help at the start to really take off.  We’re excited to see what local gems are unearthed and to test the benefit they could bring to the local area.”

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Health & Wellbeing Board Chairman added: “I know there is a wealth of creativity and entrepreneurialism within our communities. Our partnership with Power to Change will enable us to use our local relationships and networks as local councils to identify where the energy and opportunities are in our communities and focus the support that is on offer from Power to Change. I am confident that the partnership will give communities the support and help they need to turn their ambitions into a reality and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”