Our thanks to Protec of Wells for kindly supplying with a new kettle! It will be much used and appreciated. Thank you.
On Thursday 4th June some of our team went to the Adult Learner's Week 2015 awards ceremony in Weston Super Mare. It was a wonderful evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We were absolutely delighted to receive a reward in recognition of our commitment to lifelong learning.
Our thanks goes to Mr Andy Norris from Somerset Skills & Learning who nominated us for this amazing award.
Pictured below are: Keith Peters (Woodwork Tutor) Bridget Harvey (Heads Up Manager) Sally Dempsey (Pottery Tutor) Andy Norris (Somerset Skills & Learning) Lee-Anne Bone (Garden Coordinator)
We were the ONLY project in the South West region to be selected!
As promised here is an update following today's visit by Jewson's Radstock Branch Manager, Steve Wheeler. Steve came to visit this morning to gather more details about our bid for funding to make our garden accessible to all. He was very interested in all the work we have done, and continue to do, and now has all the information he needs to submit our application to the decision makers who will allocate funding as appropriate.
I was thrilled when he said we are the only project in the whole of the South West region to be selected!
The winners of each prize will be announced on July 1st and I shall update you as soon as I have heard any news. Thank you once again for your interest and support, not just for this funding bid but on a regular basis.
I was absolutely thrilled to receive an email this morning from Jewson's Manager Steve Wheeler to say we have made it through to the next stage for 'Building Better Communities' funding!
Thank you so very much to all of you who voted for us via Facebook and who have been supporting our bid for this funding.
The votes you made accounted for 50% of the decision made by Jewsons and we are therefore incredibly grateful to them for seeing the potential and passion in our bid for this funding. We will be making our Healing garden accessible and inclusive to everyone, regardless of any mobility difficulties, erecting more sturdy fencing and exploring the possibility of building steps/access at the far end of the garden.
Myself and our Garden Coordinator Lee-Anne will be meeting with Steve Wheeler this Thursday to discuss details and to share our vision with him.
I'll keep you updated!
We enjoyed another day of pampering last Thursday thanks to Strode College Beauty Therapists. We really appreciate our time there and always come away feeling great! Thanks to everyone involved.
We are delighted that our new dementia workshop is now open on Wednesdays! We have a wonderful group of people coming along who create such a fantastic atmosphere, we offer participation in arts and crafts of many kinds, occasional cooking when possible, listening to music (accompanied by singing and dancing if the moment takes us), enjoying time in our beautiful healing garden and most importantly, getting to know each other by spending time chatting and listening, ensuring individuals are happy and relaxed in a safe and nurturing environment.
The day runs from 10am until 2.30pm, clients need to bring a packed lunch and arrange their own transport as we are unfortunately unable to provide these.
The cost for the day is £27.60.
Our new workshop is almost full but if you would like more information please free to call us on 01749 670 667 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very grateful thanks to everyone who voted for our project 'Making our Healing Garden accessible for all abilities' in the Jewson's Building Better Communities application for funding.
There were only 9 projects short-listed in the South West and we were very proud to be one of them. The applications are now being considered by the panel and we will hear the outcome on July 1st...update to follow.
Many thanks for your support in posting, sharing and voting via Facebook.
Our garden team have worked incredibly hard to transform the 'wasteland' that was the garden area to the beautiful healing garden that it is today. Through the funding gratefully received from 'Awards For All' our Garden Coordinator Lee-Anne and her amazing team of gardeners have been able to create a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.
Initially, the team visited a local garden centre and chose seeds, trees and fruit bushes for the garden.
The photograph immediately below shows how the garden looked at the beginning of last year, and then those beneath this clearly show the results achieved from pure dedication and sheer hard work. Throughout the year the gardeners have successfully grown and harvested a huge variety of produce including sweet corn, broad beans, raspberries, strawberries, courgettes, leeks, onions, cabbage, garlic and tomatoes.
With the help of local volunteers, a new poly tunnel was erected and has been used to plant up hanging baskets and window boxes for the Full Moon Pub in Wells, these boxes won 2 gold 'In Bloom' awards.
The team have also set up a composting system where they reuse garden waste.
Everyone who works in the garden has a real sense of pride and ownership of the surroundings they have jointly created, they are encouraged to share knowledge and skills, learning from and teaching each other which all helps to provide opportunities for building relationships and developing new skills. The Healing Garden is a great place for staff, volunteers and clients to spend a lunch break and provides a safe haven to ponder and relax in.
We would love to show you around the Healing Garden! If you would like to come and see it for yourself, it is open to the public at various times throughout the year, we also welcome you to make an appointment by calling the office on 01749 670 667 should you wish to come at a different time.