The weather held off for a fantastic May Fayre on Saturday, making more than £400 for Trust Links. Growing Together was very busy with maypole dancing, local folk band Slow Loris, Elusive Dance doing an impressive range of street dancing, East Essex Smallholders Group brought a sheep and baby lamb, newborn chicks and produce for sale and our kitchen was busy with ploughmans lunches and cakes. Thank you to everybody that came along and supported the event!
Thank you to all of those that supported the sponsored climb for Trust Links - the Growing Together Shoeburyness project.
We are delighted to report that the climb took place on Thursday 24th April and not only did the group manage to climb the height of the Shard, but the Empire State Building as well!! The climbers were tired out, but very proud of themselves.
We were delighted to get a pledge of £250 from Olympus Keymed and this certainly buoyed up the climbers and boosted their sponsorship. We would welcome further donations from individuals and companies.
One of those who climbed on Thursday was Daniel, who has enjoyed the fun, laughter and camaraderie of being part of the climbing group, and this has given him more confidence to tackle other challenges in life.
Another member was apprehensive and scared at first, but as she has got into it, has been reminded that overcoming fears is rewarding. The physical activity involved in climbing and the other activities at Trust Links has improved her confidence.
Wendy, who will also be part of the team for the climbing challenge, says "When I started climbing I was afraid of heights and very tearful. Now I am less afraid and more confident. I am also more able to trust others, as trust in others is an important aspect of climbing. Being able to persevere at something and overcome this challenge has transferred to other areas of life." On the climb day itself, Wendy exceeded all of her expectations and got nearly to the top of the climbing wall, which delighted her and her supporters.
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We have seen the growth and development of Shoeburyness over recent weeks. A company has donated a shipping container, so we can store tools and machinery securely. The two medium sized polytunnels have been enjoyed by butterflies and foxes! A huge pond has been dug, exposing builder’s sand in the base and providing material for landscaping.
Johnson Control (an American company with a base in Basildon) have funded and built pergolas around the circular path that was constructed by the Princes Trust group earlier in the Summer. RBS started a raised bed herb garden, which was completed by the group from Johnson Control. Many children and families enjoyed a programme on Fridays over the school summer holiday, having a go at den building, planting and harvesting vegetables and a range of creative activities – more than 60 attended in total. They particularly enjoyed the bouncy castles at the beginning and end of the programme.
We have an excellent core group of members and volunteers attending on Tuesdays and two school groups on Fridays from Shoeburyness High School. If you know anybody that would benefit, do put them in touch so that we can potentially open more often!
Watch this short film of the launch of our new Growing Together Shoeburyness project on 26th March 2013
We have a shop selling produce & goods
Vegetables that we sell, fresh from our plot, this year include broad beans, beetroot, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, runner and French beans, courgettes, chard, spinach, tomatoes, cabbages, kale and broccoli.
Opening hours of gardens and sales are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Please come and say hello and support us by making a purchase!
Cressing Temple (medieval farmstead) - 24th July (Members trip) - see left
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