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To Rea Barker of the Youth Justice Service and Karen Weedon from Petty Pool.< >
From Andy Martin and Pete Attwood
- Work programme
- Particular celebrations for all the work done on producing objects to sell at the Christmas Market throughout November. Everyone was involved in some way and we raised around £500 in total with the fair and the pop up shop.
- Loads of leaf raking has been done
- Clearing the stream
- Completing the herb spiral, including filling it with soil ready for the planting season.
- More recently the forest school area has been spruced up
- Good push on with the wood processing, lots of the big splitting as well as the smaller stuff.
- Lovely Christmas celebration together too
- Lantern Walk and craft workshop for that.
- Cut and rake the wildflower meadow
- Tree pruning
- Plan where the fruit bushes are to go and plant them up.
- Finishing touches to the ramp
- Continue work on the forest school area
- Prepare ground for planting
- Collect wood from Crewe
- Grow Speke 6th Feb to share a meal and look at Grozone
- Northwich in Bloom June- August
- Collecting wood from Crewe 30th Jan
- New Roots to Wellbeing starting 17th Jan
- Other projects/partnerships
- Roots to Wellbeing Practical Horticulture Award – next block starting soon, is now a rolling programme so anyone can join when they please as long as they have done the paperwork and are unemployed.
- Toddler Sessions celebrated their one year anniversary in November and have had over 300 different people come through in the last year, have earned nearly £2000.
- Love My River Project. Funding due to end at the end of March, Pete is looking at new ways of using it, e.g. Love my river Nantwich.
- Volunteer led sessions. Even with just 4 volunteer leaders the session have continued to be run very well and have now been going around 6 months, great job!
- Product sales
Ian keen to make bug hotels from logs for sale. Other ideas that expands away from our Christmas repertoire would be good. We intend to keep selling products throughout the year, with perhaps an advert of “product of the week” on facebook.
- Projects in the pipeline
Brightlife will be taking off toward the start of Feb, with new people who are 50+ and isolated coming to help out at Grozone with normal gardening tasks. Andy and Caroline are also doing outreach work in care homes around Northwich. We are waiting to hear from other funders
- Any other business
- Stuart Poucher is keen to learn sign language and has found a free 8 week course in Macclesfield which he is happy to take up to 3 people in his car to. And we have put new signs up to help us with the alphabet.
- Stuart is doing a talk about his recent trip to Madagascar at Hartford Village Hall, 17th Feb at 7.15pm
- Discussion on moving the smoking shelter or making it more shelter. CF reluctant to change it, it is a shelter for smoking in, not sheltering in. There are lots of warm and shelter places to go around Grozone when you have finished your cigarettes. It is also up to anyone who isn’t a smoker if they come and join the smokers in the shelter, that is their choice.
- RB says it is worth looking at the Youth Service, CWaC as they may have some funding.
- Someone wants to continue with all the themes that we run at the moment, it may be a case of rearranging the week due to staffing. Additional things are how about a Wellbeing day? Or Wellbeing events on a weekly basis?
- Date of next meeting
Feb 27th 1.30pm.