We’ve had a busy few Saturdays at Abbey to kick off the summer. On the 14th April punters flocked to the Abbey garden for our plant sale. We managed to raise £115.50 in total which will go towards maintenance of the garden.
Massive thanks to Maria-Elena, our volunteer head gardener, who organised everything and to all who help keep the garden in good nick. Our garden volunteering sessions are running on Friday mornings 11am – 1pm once more so please feel free to come along. We always need more helpers.
Speaking of helping, centre regular and local budding entrepreneur Chloe created new badges for all the volunteers at the cafe; a personal touch for each which has been much appreciated! And the kids from our arts’n’crafts sessions (Saturdays 11am-1pm) have made a cafe sign that goes outside cafe every week now. It’s rather beautiful and will be sure to catch the eyes of passer-bys.
As well as this the kids (and adults!) have been making cute flora and fauna out of recycled materials. Maybe I’ll hold on tighter to all those loo rolls in future rather than just chucking them out…
Also on the theme of reducing waste, on Saturday 21st the clever people at Restart came to see us to fix up all manner of electrical items, so they don’t have to be thrown out. Here they are working their magic! The Restart Parties always book up quickly, so make sure you keep an eye out for when the next one (August 18th) is open for bookings.
Here are the stats from the session. 31kg of waste prevention is pretty impressive we think!
Elsewhere, centre volunteer Dave has been providing a valuable service to our cafe users: Dave’s Shredding Service! This simple idea means that people can bring their personal and financial documents along to the cafe and use Dave’s shredder to dispose of them, an important part of preventing identity theft and fraud. His next service will be June 2nd at the cafe so make sure you get your old letters and bank statements ready for then.
On the 1st May, 22 of us took a trip down to the Royal Albert Hall for their Friendship Matinee, which is an opportunity for community groups to see world-class shows for just £5 a ticket. Yes please! The atmosphere was electric and it was a great opportunity for everyone to bond over classic tunes.
And as well as all this, the food at the Saturday cafe itself keeps getting better and better thanks to Jenny and her superstar team of volunteers. Check it out…
All made using Felix Project food collections, all £2 or less and all made with love. Love the look of that tropical fruit meringue! Some lovely comments from our feedback forms:
“Excellent, l try food l have never eaten before”
“Fab food was great. Lots of friends to say hello to”
“Great and lovely to meet people on a lonely bank holiday weekend”
“Great. Thanks for the comforting food. I wasn’t feeling too well and pals helped enormously”
So nice to hear, thank you! It’s definitely the combination of fab food and great company that makes the cafe special, long may it continue.
Finally some pics from Tech Buddies to round it off! Do keep up to date with the project here. We were delighted to get some Big Lottery Fund money through for it recently which will mean we can keep changing lives with tech.
Hope to see you one Saturday soon!