Book activities/ meals/ get zoom links via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by texting/ calling 07706674108. Most of these activities are currently free but we accept donations from those able to give!
The Bike Workshop continues to be open by appointment for emergency bike repairs and other maintenance. You can book via 07591 882 779 or by emailing ActiveTravel@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk. This will ensure someone is available to accept your bike as the bike shed operates part-time hours.
Note all activities including bike repairs/ services will break for Christmas Holidays – from Thursday 23rd December through to Tuesday 4th January inclusive.
EVENTS [Diary Dates]
BRIDGEND FARMHOUSE 2021 AGM EVENT
Will be held onsite, and on zoom, on Sunday 28th November from 2-5pm.
Teas and coffees will be available, and we hope there will be a few side attractions such as showings of our various short films, a turn from the U3A Edinburgh Ukulele Group and storytelling sessions for any children. Registration is via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-andrews-day-party-and-agm-tickets-204099124977
The AGM element [from 4pm] will also be available via zoom; pre-registration will be required.
ONE-OFF CRAFTS AND TASTERS
Sunday 5th December – 2.30pm -4pm - £10 per workshop per person [£8 with neighbour’s card discount] - Make your own Christmas soap!
We still have a few spaces for this - Book as above.
CULTURE AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES [aimed at adults]
SINGING ON TUESDAYS: 5.00 - 6.00 pm: Singing Workshop with Darla [arrive from 4:45pm to start promptly].
All weeks are hosted onsite [in the marquee] with attendees participating via zoom still welcome to join in. Booking for all onsite sessions is required – via Darla or Admin as above. Darla would love to welcome more singers!
ARTS AND CRAFTS WEDNESDAYS: 2.00 - 3.30pm:
Suitable for all levels of experience. The group is currently focusing on sewing and embroidery and we will be creating small individual pieces inspired by children’s drawings to feed into the Craigmillar Tapestry. They have retreated indoors – please book with admin or the tutor, Gill, so we know how many to expect.
CRAFT COLLECTIVE THURSDAYS: 6:30-8:00pm
Jointly, in person and on zoom.
‘Bring Your Own Project” sessions, bring what you’re working on for hints, tips and encouragement. This can be anything - knit, sketch, sew, crochet, whatever you like - just craft and chat. Art experience is not necessary.
Booking required for now for the in person element in ‘Workshop 3’ - which may be relayed through the tutor once you are ‘in the system’. Contact admin as above for the zoom link.
OUTDOOR VOLUNTEERING / ACTIVITY SESSIONS [aimed at adults]
THE BIG SUNDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS!
The Wednesday and Sunday activity sessions are back and in full swing.
They are both outdoor only sessions from 11am - 3pm weekly. Expect a list of productive but social outdoor action – from gardening, to site clearance, to building sheds, walls and paths and everything in-between! Suitable for beginners and old hands alike; our facilitator/ lead volunteers will keep you on the right track and at a comfortable pace for your abilities. Any children brought remain your responsibility- please supervise them appropriately.
Booking is required for the time being, and certainly for your first week so the facilitator can plan to meet and greet and relay paperwork if not passed on beforehand, but attendance is on the same, as able, basis. A simple lunch will be provided for volunteers participating by a facilitator and their team.
COOKING AND EATING ACTIVITIES
The international meal on Monday 29th November – theme, vegan Ecuadorian is now full. The usual appeal to let us know if you cannot come applies.
The Pakora Pick-Ups continue on a Saturday 11-2. We are running a regular ‘farmer’s type’ market alongside this for you – selling honey, Bridgend-made chutneys and jams [as available], home-made cakes/ tarts and milk and eggs from local organic suppliers as well as the drinks and ice cream on sale to date. The Chai Ladies have been trying out a few new dishes– so visit often to sample the lot!
On 11th December there will be a Christmas Fair. Tables can be reserved via the admin@ address at £10 each [we can provide the table]! Set up is from 9:30am, customers expected from 11am until around 4pm.
We are also host to The Chai Ladies Cooking masterclasses, small group sessions where you will be taught a selection of Pakistani/ Punjabi dishes. If you collect a group of ~4 friends they can do a session of your choice at a date and time to suit all parties, just contact the Chai Ladies, via email@example.com. The cost is £20 per person.
You can rewatch all the Spanish, Peruvian and Scottish Cooking on a Budget sessions by visiting our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRI1YdAryt_NNhWHwklZFHA.
OTHER NEW ACTIVITIES
MENTAL HEALTH PEER SUPPORT GROUP
We have started a Mental Health Peer Support Group to help members of our community support each other. This isn't a substitute for therapy or medical help, but can be a good place to share your feelings authentically and find some relief in knowing that you're not alone.
The group will run on Thursdays from 1-3pm at Bridgend Farmhouse. The first meeting is on 11th November and we still have a few spaces left!
Please email Marta at firstname.lastname@example.org if you (or somebody you know) would be interested in joining.
Advocard will be offering a fortnightly drop in, starting Monday 15th November, 2-4pm. They offer advocacy for people with mental health problems/substance abuse, helping people be heard who feel like their voice isn’t being heard. They can assist in such matters as getting social welfare for those unsure how to do it.
There will be a group for all ages running Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm in the Marquee, starting 18th November. Register your interest via the usual address/ number to receive more details.
ACTIVITIES ON THE MOVE
This meets for short (about 1 hour), local walks on Wednesday mornings from 10am, starting at the Farmhouse, led by trained Health Walk leaders. Walks are at a gentle, chatty pace! Booking is currently required for new starts who are always welcome.
This will be on offer in the Marquee on Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 lead by Margaret Hendry who is a qualified practitioner and leads sessions at the Thistle. Booking as per top/ foot of update is essential as slots are limited to 10 persons. These sessions are currently free, though donations are appreciated.
WOODLAND CONSERVATION SESSIONS
With Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust
These continue weekly from 4th November, Thursdays, 1.30 - 3.30pm.
To sign up please email email@example.com or call 07706647108
CYCLING CENTRED ACTVITIES
Bike Maintenance classes will be offered over the winter period- on the first Friday of each month, 10-noon as before. Booking via admin as below.
The Bike Tours led by ‘A Wee Pedal’ will continue on the 1st Friday of the Month through to March inclusive, in an earlier time slot of 1pm - 3pm, providing weather conditions allow. Booking is essential via the admin details. They are on mostly flat, traffic free paths, and last for approx 2 hours / 8 miles – All are welcome – note children need to be able to ride a bike. Rides leave from Bridgend Farmhouse. Bikes and helmets can be borrowed free of charge. Places are limited to 8 max.
In other news from our Bike hub, we now have a fleet of bikes for hire!
All are new decathlon bikes, you can choose from our mountain bikes and hybrid bikes: Rates are Hybrid bike £10 hourly/ £30 half day/ £50 full day; Mountain bike £12 hourly/ £36 half day/ £56 full day.
Book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07591882779 or 0131 564 0068
NB: Unless stated otherwise the main contact details for anything on this update are: email@example.com , or by texting or calling 07706674108.
"Volunteers at the community-owned Bridgend Farmhouse in Edinburgh have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Bridgend volunteers have restored an old farmhouse and opened it as a community hub with a kitchen and café, an exhibition room, workshops for arts and crafts, bike repairs, woodwork and gardening. They are currently building an eco-bothy and a mindfulness garden.
“We are particularly delighted that the 80 volunteers involved in our emergency food programme at the height of Covid-19 pandemic last spring and summer have been honoured for all their hard work,” said the chair of the trustees at Bridgend John Knox. “They provided cooked food for more than 300 families, a total of 75,000 meals.”
Bridgend Farmhouse is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK to receive the prestigious award this year. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation."