We're up to 15 fantastic volunteers with our Community History project, though there's still plenty of room for more folk to get involved. This New Year saw us swiftly resume our interviews with local folk, including relatives of the legendary Granny Stenhouse, former Bridgend Cottages resident Frances McCormack (Campbell) and the Golden Years Group at Inch House. We've gained some training in audio editing skills, learnt more about the dairy farming days, and are planning a trip to a working farm to get more of a sense of that! Plans for our exhibition, on-the-spot interviews and Farm Memories session at the Opening Party are well underway.
We've started delivering workshops at Niddrie Mill Primary School, with the wonderful P5 pupils of Jen Goodall, who are getting to grips with maps and will soon be interviewing locally and contributing art to the farmhouse exhibition.
We meet on Tuesdays 3.30-5 most weeks at the Farmhouse. Know a potential interviewee for us? Want to help out or contribute local information?
Well it’s been an incredible month with so many amazing people to meet. With so much still to do inside the building from creating plans for the café counter and tables to kitting out the events space and office upstairs to help with planning our HUGE opening day party.
It’s very exciting we have had so many bookings for workshops already and most weekends from now until the end of June are filling up. We will have an external notice board on site letting people know what is going on, as well as the capacity to look up what is running online being created.
We had a new group of under 5’s, Ferniehill Forest School, on site who are going to run a morning nursery from Bridgend on a Thursday morning initially. Louise is an ex-Steiner teacher and hopes to use our acorn fund to get the group established and we will support her with start-up advice. Very excited to help her become the first of many groups using our building as the gateway to Craigmillar Park.
Some of the many amazing things booked already: Wood and Resin Table making workshops, Garden Sculpture, Book Binding, Junk Food Project Kitchen Table talk Dinner, Birdwatching, Spoon Carving, Foraging for Lunch, Bird Box making, Permaculture courses, Forest schools, Stone restoration, Limestone restoration, Photography, Fungi workshop, Come Dine with me.
Events- Our Opening day of course, Summer Solstice, Tradfest, Reflection/Refraction Event, Summer Party, Power of Food Festival, International Storytelling Festival, and we haven’t even opened yet!
I am so honoured and excited about all the magic that’s going to go on in this building, remember pop in and see us soon. Donna