Another year has passed and another beautiful autumnal day was spent under the Bridgend Growing Communities' barn. But this time we were not meeting under unknown circumstances... with petitions demanding 'Bridgend Farmhouse for the community', talking of hopes and visions as hypothetical dreams. This time we gathered in celebration! With the keys to the farmhouse, at long last we were able to show people inside. Wearing hard hats, small groups were led around the downstairs to see the space and start visualising what could physically happen within.
Meanwhile outside the farmhouse people listened to the sweet songs of Gillywolfe, had tours of the BGC gardens, feasted on hot vegetable soup and homebaked bread and made owl crafts.
Later on we had a consultation workshop where groups started exploring what the 'learning, eating and exercise centre' meant to them and discussed shared values and aspirations for the farmhouse. Passionate voices were raised; jubilating the potential of community-ownership amidst a landscape of privatisation, the importance of encouraging outdoor learning and activities in this computer age.
Thank you all those who came along to show your support and share your ideas, thoughts and visions. Thank you also to those who brought homebaked cakes to share! All these little gestures make such events memorable.