Dear members, friends, associates, supporters and all,
We want to wish you all well this festive season and to say thanks for the support and efforts of everyone over 2015. This has led to us taking ownership of Bridgend Farmhouse and being granted Big Lottery funded to renovate the farmhouse into a community-owned centre for learning, eating and exercise. Alongside many other classes, activities, workshops and events it has been a fantastic year for the project, and we are very excited about what lies ahead for 2016. Here are some of the things you may be interested in for when we start back:
BIG Burns Supper and Ceilidh (Jan 23rd)
- To celebrate last years successes we are holding a Burns Supper and Ceilidh on Saturday January 23rd (5-12pm) at the Richmond Church in Craigmillar. The last one we held was a sell-out so we would recommend you booking tickets online when you can, available here with a whole range of prices possible: http://www.ceilidhcollective.org.
We are looking for any raffle prize donations, and anyone interested in taking a turn on the night. Let us know if you have anything you would like to donate, or would like to give a speech, reading, story or performance on the night.
Community-Build Bothy Vision and Design Day
(January 31st 11-3pm at Bridgend Farmhouse)
In addition to the existing plans to renovate the farmhouse and build additional workshops, we have also more recently teamed up with SEDAbuild who will be working on site to run a community-build project in 2016. This will be to build a bothy and social space in one of the surrounding barns, focusing on the use of traditional materials and techniques.
On Sunday January 31st from 11 till 3pm SEDAbuild are hosting a vision and design workshop to enable the communities involved to have your say about how and what the bothy building will be like. We will do a site analysis, look into the heritage of the site, gain an insight into ecological design principles, and carry out workshops to design our bothy with the assistance of SEDAbuild architects.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be really involved from design to final build, within the space of 6 months, and learn about and contribute to all the stages involved, with the possibility to gain accreditation and recognition along the way. Do spread the word and come along!
Weekly Sunday Drop-In (Back on Feb 7th)
After over a year of incredible work on site thanks to many efforts, we will be having a breather for January and a break from the drop-in. It won’t be away for long though, and we will be starting back after this design day above.
So, the first drop-in of 2016 will be Sunday February 7th 11-3. All welcome, as usual.
Adult Education courses on site (March and April)
Next year we have partnered with the City of Edinburgh council who will be running some more traditional stone-wall restoration courses on site to continue working on the surrounding wall. There is a weekend workshop and also a weekly evening class. There will also be a weekend course in stone carving on site. For more details and to sign-up search here: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/?q=stone+wall&at=45&ns=
There is Lots more going on behind the scenes moving the project and renovation forward to the next stage. We are keen for anyone interested in volunteering to help out in any ways to contact us. This renovation project is what we collectively make it, and all contributions and offers to help out would be much appreciated. If interested and available please get in touch.
Finally, a Happy Christmas and New Year to all.
The BIG Committee
Bridgend Inspiring Growth
Farmhouse Renovation Group
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No SCO42769
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