We're chuffed that the Northwich Neighbourhood Plan has found that we're one of the main things that people like about Northwich.
The plan is a community-led document setting out a vision for the future of the town. The consultation period lasts until 30th November. You can view the full draft plan and have your say at www.northwichplan.org.uk.
We'll be closing a little earlier on Thursday because we have a stall at the Volunteer Fair. Hopefully see you there.
As part of Northwich Heritage Open Day we hosted a special Wellbeing Day last Saturday.
Pete and Becky strung tarpaulins over the forest schools area so that it could be used for Tai Chi. The yurt was adorned with pashminas to make it a more relaxing environment for head and hand massage. The 'dell' that BJ has been working on became a tranquil zone for mindfulness. The greenhouse had a thorough spring clean and was used for creative writing. And the Art therapy group created a mandala in the picnic meadow.
It was an amazing day and we'd like to thank all the practitioners, staff, volunteers and visitors who made it such a fantastic success!
Saul from the Saltscape project visited us last week to deliver a woodcraft and whittling session. It even took us by surprise how popular it was and everybody loved carving serving spoons and butter knives out of wood.
Wood is a wonderfully versatile material and has been used to make everything from bowls to aeroplanes! Working with nothing more than hand tools to produce small wooden domestic objects or “treen” such as butter knives, spatulas and spoons is very rewarding.
Little can beat the sense of relaxation and satisfaction gained from spending a few hours whiling away a few hours whittling your very own spoon.
Volunteers from Grozone are spending the day with Saltscape Project Officer Saul Burton on Friday 31st July to learn some basic wood carving techniques and make some useful items such as spatulas and butter knives/spreaders. The items they make will no doubt be put to good use in Grozone’s outdoor kitchen!
Visitors are more than welcome to join us.
Keith is a member of the Crewe Conservation Volunteers and first came to Grozone with TCV a number of years ago. Here he tells us more about their current project- creating a fruit cage around the solar panels.
"Today we’re putting small mesh netting on the walls to keep the birds out. Eventually we will put the same fine netting over the roof. We’re hoping to roll the netting fairly quickly around the sides and start to fasten it on. It’s quite a big job, so we might have to come back to that another week.
It will be a good fruit cage when it’s finished (containing) a variety of fruit: gooseberries, black currants, red currants and possibly some apples."
I have been a community volunteer for over 16 years, starting as a committee member for Lostock Gralam Community Centre. Since then, I've volunteered for Independent Advocacy, Home Start, and I'm a founding member of Cheshire Anti-Incinerator Network (CHAIN).
From my own experiences, I fully appreciate the efforts taken by Grozone volunteers to achieve the results that have been achieved - don't take my word for it, just look at our wonderful garden!
From my own experience with anxiety and depression, I understand how challenging it can be just to leave the security and comfort of home, and enter into the world of the uncertain and the anxiety causing. I take my hat off to each and every one. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. AND THANKS AGAIN!
Because of you amazing people, I have the best job in the world! I love my job, and I love you, too, honestly, and from the bottom of my heart!
1-7 June 2015 is Volunteers' Week
Another enjoyable day with Pete. Lou and the two Sarah's worked together stripping off the bark from more posts, and, plain to hear, putting the World to rights. The rest of us worked with Pete first to mark out where the insets on the posts are needed to take the cross timbers that will support the floor of the Ramp. This entailed using a tape-measure, string , straight edges and levels to ensure the resulting slopes and position of landings will meet the specifications for wheel-chair users. We then finished the day sawing the horizontal cuts for the insets using a clever method Pete devised to ensure each cut was 1 " deep and exactly aligned to the ones on opposite posts. Next time there will be some careful chiseling needed. Seemingly not much to show for the day but progress it was, and our diligence will pay off in the future.
After much anticipation we have finally been able to christen our new outdoor kitchen, and even the weather couldn't spoil our fun.
A record number of visitors, including volunteers from Petty Pool College and the Crewe Conservation Group, joined us in sampling pizza, garlic bread, burgers and hotdogs.
Chris from Condor Industries has constructed the kitchen, which includes a pizza oven and Argentinian grill. He's also producing a custom-built kettle, which will hopefully put an end to tepid cuppas and waiting for the Kelly kettles to boil.
The project has been funded by the Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group, who we work in partnership with on the Horticultural Therapy Programme.
The Northwich Guardian were on-hand to cover the event.