We’ve just achieved charitable status. You’ll be able to find out about our governance and financial performance through OSCR, the charity regulator’s website. Whilst this strengthens our governance and reinforces our obligation to deliver benefit for the community, it also opens a door to a broader range of sources of funding for our projects.
This Autumn Green Hive are supporting the start of a community orchard in Viewfield Park. 16 fruit trees including old and local varieties of apple, plum, pear and cherry will be planted in the area between the old stables and the bowling club on the left of Viewfield Drive. Most of the trees will be supplied by Nairn Allotments’ Orchard Group who have tried and tested many varieties of fruit trees and have given us excellent advice.
The orchard will be open to the public and we invite everybody to use and enjoy the space and benefit from the trees and fruit once they are established.
It will be a space for community events and activities where we plan to hold apple harvest days each year as well as workshops about growing and caring for fruit trees.
The orchard development has the permission and support from Highland Council. The area will be managed and maintained by local volunteers, so if you would like to be involved and to tell us what you think of our plans please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is financially supported by the Pebble Trust and Voluntary Action Fund and endorsed by Nairn Museum, Nairn Rotary Club and Nairn Allotment Orchard Group.
Clothes swap party!
At 7pm this Thursday evening, bring the things at the back of your wardrobe that you no longer want but are in a good condition, swap them for something new and update your wardrobe for free! Any clothes, women’s, men’s and children’s, and accessories welcome. Items not swapped will be donated to local charity shops.
We’re now holding fortnightly workshops, learning to make the Bumble Bags we posted about back in July. The free workshops are something of an exploration, testing out the ideal style which is easiest to make, sourcing materials, learning how to use the machines and so on. All skills are welcome whether novice or expert. We’re grateful to have both already, learning the 100 year old machines we’ve got, passing on their store of expertise and all having a good time too.
In the long run we’d like to help reduce the use of plastic bags in Nairn by offering businesses and individuals a reliable, attractive and re-usable alternative. Once we’ve got together samples of the bags we aim to make we’ll be approaching local retailers to see if they’ll adopt our bags as the alternative to plastic.
People have been fantastic so far – we’ve received donations of machines and surplus materials (including old samplers from Clarks). The bags made at our very first one look great – just got to sort out our preferred styles and the best process for making loads.
The next workshop is on Saturday 9th from 11 am until 4 pm.
Gradually we are making more and more use of our space at Links Studios. Hopefully our fellow tenants are getting used to us! We’ve launched a programme of events there which everyone is welcome to attend – and you can drop by when we’re open. Currently, we plan to be open on Fridays from 10 ’til 1 and then 2 until 4. Give us a call on 07453 912697 when you’re coming down.
Back in July we had a coffee and cake afternoon, well attended by a chattering bunch who came up with a load of ideas for future activities including things like time banking, turning the stables at Viewfield into a cafe/wine bar with roof top terrace, members evenings, guided walks in Nairn, Mindfulness workshops, “wobbling litter packs” for kids and a whole lot more! Some delicious cake was scoffed, provided by Frances one of our talented volunteers. It was so much fun we had another coffee/cake session last Friday, 1st September!
We held our first bag making workshop on 26th August. Those who came along decided to continue meeting every two weeks and the second gathering is on Saturday 9th September. Read about this and more soon!
We set up our stall at the County Show in July and on Games Day. The weather was changeable, but good days had all the same. Lots of chats and we were delighted to greet many more younger people and families. This year we didn’t run a raffle but we did do a pebble painting competition which, given the tent blew away at the Show, attracted lots of joyful entries (we got the tent back up with much appreciated help from our neighbours). We were battened down more at the Games and were glad to offer people shelter during the afternoon deluge. Our thanks to all who visited us, helped us on the day and to those who made donations.
Call for help! We need your votes for our community orchard project! We’ve applied to Tesco’s Bags of Help programme for funds to help with the community orchard and our other projects. We’ve been shortlisted with a project from Kinloss and one from Forres, and now the public chose which of us should get the money by a vote at our nearest store.
Vote for us in Forres Tesco to win funding to start a community orchard in Viewfield Park (we have some funding but need more).
Voting is happening in Tesco’s Forres branch only between now and the end of August and at the moment the project from Forres is ahead by a pretty margin!
The voting box
Running a bit behind
HOW TO VOTE:
Collect blue tokens at any Tesco every time you shop. Each token counts as a vote and you can put as many tokens in as you like and as often as you like…..so please get collecting tokens as soon as you can.
Go to Forres TESCO and vote for Nairn River Enterprise community orchard!!!