For those on our mailing list, we are moving to the Mail Chimp system for monthly updates, so look out for that email at the end of next month.
For some of you that may mean it goes into a sub-folder in your mail client, so you may need to look out for that.
Some upcoming events that may be of interest at Bridgend Farmhouse:
Traditional Stone-Wall Restoration course.
This Sunday (26th March) 11-3pm, with our expert tutor, Tim Le Breuilly, at Bridgend Farmhouse. Free lunch included. See the attached poster for more details or just turn up on the day.
Farmhouse Renovation Hard-Hat Tour and Q&A
Friday 31st March 1-4pm. 1-2 Q&A session, tours from 2-4pm. Refreshments and snacks available. Please register your interest beforehand. Come and see the renovation work after 2 months and find out everything that is happening on site.
Wednesday and Sunday Drop-in Sessions
Continue on every week from 11-3pm, with free lunch. Open to all, come and drop-in and get involved in developing this community-owned site.
Running at Sandy's Community Centre in Craigmillar every Monday 12-1pm with a free 3 course lunch. To register to come along for the lunch please contact: email@example.com
Upcoming Adult Education Courses
In partnership with City of Edinburgh Council we are running a range of adult education courses.
To sign up and register for any follow this link:
New Flyer for distribution
Download our a new flyer below with general information on the project.
Please feel free to print the attached version to display, distribute and share with others.
Progress report from our Build Project Manager, Graham Harper:
"Our contractors, Cornhill Building Services, have made as good a start as we could have hoped for. After removing the original porch, they stripped back the internal walls to the original stonework, happily revealing no major structural problems and only one partition which needed to be rebuilt.
They have inserted structural steelwork to strengthen the floors, allowing walls to be taken out both upstairs and down to create the larger open spaces that will house the café and upstairs event room.
As we move into March they have begun work on the roof, and digging out the workshop foundations and the café terrace.
All is going to plan and I'm very pleased with progress.”
We've had an exciting month at Bridgend Farmhouse with the build now one month in and so much progress happening already. On top of that there is a whole range of workshops, classes, weekly café meals, tours and events coming up. Read on to find out more and to get involved in them.
We hope to see you at the Farmhouse soon...
Natural Cosmetics Group
We've been awarded funding from the Liberton/Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnership to continue to develop a Natural Cosmetics Project with families in the wider Liberton/Gilmerton partnership area! Thanks very much to everyone that supported and voted for us at the You Decide event at Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre.
If you or any young people you know would be interested in taking part contact in these workshops ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday and Sunday Drop-In Sessions (11am - 3pm)
Continuing every week now, from 11am - 3pm, Open to all, with a free lunch (home-made soup and bread).
There'll be lots of exciting workshops coming up this year as well as the Bothy starting in the mid-May. A poster is attached with more info about the drop-in sessions.
First Aid Course (March 4th):
Open to all members and volunteers. Saturday March 4th 1-3pm Craigmillar Library.
Free places available. Information attached and below. To sign up contact: email@example.com
First Bridgend Farmhouse Renovation Q & A and Hard-Hat Tours: Friday March 31st 1 - 4pm.
Call for volunteers:
Can anyone help do an hour or so flyering? We're planning a big flyer distribution to keep people updated with what's happening on site. If you could spare an hour or two to help with this please let us know.
Bridgend Bike Project Consultation:
One of the four community workshops that will be built is designated as a Bike workshop, based on community consultation. To determine how you would best like this to run we'd ask if you could take 5 minutes to complete this online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7MKNT2J
Community Café (Sandy's Community Centre) Mondays 12-1pm
Our weekly community café and cooking training course has started again at Sandys community centre, in partnership with Adult Learning Link.
Every Monday will be serving a 3 course lunch for up to 20 people, from 12 - 1pm.
There are still places available on the course, but also places to book in for one of the lunches.
To book in, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education Classes
BIG is running in collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council at Liberton High school this term:
Wild Things Course run by Grassroots Remedies
Come and join the Grass Roots Remedies Herbal Medicine Co-operative in our Wild Things Course - 'A Year of Wild Food & Medicine.' Together in this unique hands on course we will be bringing together botany, ecology, sensory herbalism & medicine making in the magical surroundings of Blackford Glen, South Edinburgh.
Our Wild Things Course runs fortnightly from March to October and will teach you to view your environment differently, to feel more connected to your landscape, have more control over your own health & gain confidence in home remedy making - & we'll laugh a lot along the way too!
There are still a few place left on the 2017 course! To read what last years participants thought check out our website: http://www.grassrootsremedies.co.uk/workshops/wild-things-a-year-of-wild-food-medicine-course/
For enquiries, to register your interest & also to book: email@example.com
The Power of Food Festival is on!
The 2017 Power of Food Festival has been launched and registration to get involved is now open! With a brand new team, a brand new logo and a brand new website, the third edition of the Festival will take place on 17th-18th of June across Edinburgh’s participating community gardens.
This year promises to be a very exciting one, and certainly the biggest yet, for the Bridgend Farmhouse Renovation Project. Lots of exciting updates below and things starting back for 2017, so read on for more information:
The Build Begins
Today (January 30th) the renovation work on Bridgend farmhouse, and construction of the four community workshops begins! After many hard years of work to get to this point, we are very excited to be working with Cornhill Building Services to deliver the build of a community owned and run Centre for Learning, Eating and Exercise at Bridgend. We currently expect the work to be complete by November 2017. So, if you're interested in using the centre and workshops at all from that point on, feel free to start getting in contact about that now. More information on the build is available here and on request.
We apologise for any disruption on and around site during this period. If you've any queries, ideas or feedback on the build work, please contact us.
There will be chances for some tours during the process, at two or three points, to see the work developing. Information to follow in due course.
We will also be continuing our weekly drop-in sessions on site every Wednesday and Sunday. These are to ensure you can stay at the heart of the developments on site, be an active part in shaping the garden, land and barns, and can see and be part of the renovation process throughout.
At the end of November 2016 Bridgend Inspiring Growth completed the asset transfer and took official community ownership of Bridgend Farmhouse and its surrounding barns and garden. This is thanks to all the legal advice and assistance of Davidson Chalmers who helped us finalise all the necessary legal documents. We are delighted to see the Farmhouse site brought into community ownership through an asset transfer from City of Edinburgh Council. The legal details/imposed burdens ensure that its use in the future must be solely for the purposes of being a Centre for Learning, Eating and Exercise, thus ensuring the site is always used for social and charitable purposes going forward, regardless of who is running it.
In Other News:
Weekly Drop-in Starts Back (Sunday 6th February & Wednesday 9th Feb, 11-3)
Every week we run two open drop-in sessions on site. They are open to all to attend, and include free hot drinks, and homemade soup and bread. Activities this year will include; Pizza Oven and Rocket Stove Building; Raised Bed Building; Gardening; Timber charring and cladding of the workshops; a wildlife garden; and lots more. See here and below for more details : http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/drop-in-days.html
Community Café and Cooking Group starts (Mondays from January 30th)
This term we are continuing our successful community café and cooking group at Sandy's Community Centre, in partnership with Adult Learning Link. There are still places to join the course, which will involve the chance to gain three qualifications, work as a team , and gain valuable experience in catering.
We will be providing community lunches at Sandy's for 12 weeks too over the next few months. For more information follow this link or to sign up/refer on, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgend Eco Bothy Self Build.
Working in partnership with SEDA Build the Bridgend Eco-Bothy Build will be running between May and July this year. It will be a community build and there will be lots of chances to take part to learn new skills and create this new Bothy in one of the barns. It's a really exciting project and we can't wait for it to get started. More information available here, and to follow soon.
Bridgend Inspiring Growth now has 5 working groups:
Moving to Mailchimp.
At some point this year we are going to move our newsletter updates to mail-chimp. We are finding that anyone with a gmail address has Mailchimp news sent to their promotions list and so may not see it. If you use googlemail/gmail currently but have an alternative email address we could send you information on to, please can you let us know.
We hope to see you all down at Bridgend Farmhouse very soon!