7pm: Friends of Grimsbury Farm Café Meeting
We have a great group of volunteers with various skills and contacts that help us operate throughout the year, and we are very keen to build on this group!
The Barn Café is a huge asset to the farm that requires its own dedicated team of volunteers to help things run smoothly and raise vital funds for the farm.
We would love to hear from anybody of any age and ability that would like to get involved, have a bit of fun and help put their community farm on the map.
If you'd like to come to one of our café meetings, please get in contact with us, you'd be most welcome.
Address: Grimsbury Farm, Grimsbury Road, near Baden Road, Kingswood BS15 9SE
If you been to the farm recently, you'll have noticed trenches stretching from the entrance gate, all the way up to Stonehill barn and the long barn.
Although it is causing a lot of disruption, it will all be worth it in the end with a better water supply and increased electrical capacity. In addition to the planned works, a number of unexpected problems have been uncovered which is not really a surprise when working on a site of the age of Grimsbury farm.
The upside of the problems that have been uncovered is that we are also having some of our drains upgraded which will improve some of the other problems we have had over the past few years.
You will also notice that there is a lot of work going on across the whole farm with improvements to the long barn, better fencing around the fields, over grown hedges being cut back as well as numerous other jobs. Some of this activity is to get the site ready for the new animals which will be arriving over the next few months and some of it is to catch up with a lot of the maintenance that has been overlooked for the past few years. The Friends are currently working very closely with the farm staff to get this work done as quickly as possible but the whole program of improvements will probably the rest of the year to complete.
During this year we will be changing the way the fields are laid out so that visitors will be able to see the animals more closely but at the same time improving the conditions for them.
There are a number of other ideas we are discussing at the moment and we will keep you updated as they are confirmed but one thing is certain. 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Grimsbury farm.
Come and enjoy a variety of animals, a playground and a picnic area; perfect for a day out or just an hour if you're passing.
The farm is open every day from dawn ‘til dusk throughout the year, except at Christmas, when we close for essential maintenance and deep cleaning.
Everyone is welcome: families and couples, old and young alike, but sorry, no dogs allowed.
Admission and parking is free on site.
This is your Community Farm.
The Friends of Grimsbury Farm are all volunteers and every penny goes back into improving the facilities at the Farm, for today and tomorrow’s generation.
Anyone of any age and ability is welcome to get involved, have a bit of fun and help put their community farm on the map.
We meet every other month for our official group meetings and during the lighter evenings (May-September) for our working parties helping around the farm and preparing for events.
The Conservation Volunteers’ Tree Life Centre is based at Grimsbury Farm.
It's a community tree nursery run by volunteers with lots opportunities to get involved, and to buy apple trees.
For more information click here.
The Barn café continues successfully and although it is hard work for a few of us, it is an important source of income that we can use to make improvements to the farm.
The Brandon Trust staff the cafe for us on Mondays to Thursdays, while the Friends manage the cafe overall and staff it on Fridays to Sundays.
We really do need more volunteers to help in the cafe, so if you would like to help out, please get in touch.
You will be most welcome and hopefully you will find it fun whilst helping maintain this important community farm.
We now sell farm-related toys in the café. This came about after numerous people asked if we had anything for sale that they could buy as a souvenir of their visit. We have now sourced toys from a small number of different suppliers, all of which come from ”ethical” manufacturers / suppliers and, we believe, are all of good quality.
One range of the toys we sell come from a company called Lanka Kade and details of that company can be found at www.lankakade.co.uk and which are proving to be extremely popular.
As with the café and any of our events, all profits from the sale of these toys go back into making improvements at the farm.
The Friends of Grimsbury Farm have been granted charitable status with our charity number being 1157979.
The change to being a registered charity doesn’t make a big difference to the way we operate on a day to day basis, but although it involves a considerable amount of extra work for the trustees, we feel that in the long run it will be of benefit to the group and to the farm itself.
We have set up a donation page at MyDonate.
Using this enables us to increase any contribution made by using the Gift aid facility that is available to charities. The value for this is that it adds approximately 20% to whatever is donated with no additional cost to the individual so £1 donated by you becomes £1.20 when gift aid is claimed back.