A return to Brighton Community Kitchen where Jo was waiting to greet us with buckets of hot water, mops, squeegys and j cloths. Michelle, Rosemary, Pippa, Roy and myself set about cleaning windows, removing stickers, mopping the facia and clearing out the door way and as Jo said maybe removed six months worth of dirt and pigeon poo ready for their reopening next week. Another worthwhile evening and always a pleasure at the community kitchen who perform such an amazing job educating, teaching & helping with all things foodie to all members of the community whatever their situation.
We have been waging war with the graffiti scribblers of Hanover & Elm Grove for some time now and we are definitely winning!
But they have yet to permanently lay down their crayons and small battles still need to be fought.
Meet on the Lewes Road at the bottom of Elm Grove in front of the Percy Wagner Almshouses.
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership do a great job of educating people from all sorts of backgrounds on the joys of good food and cookery. The Community Kitchen is their hub, providing paid cookery courses to the public to fund their work with people from low income families, dementia or learning difficulties.
Six fifteen start
6 of us met Pippa and her lovely labrador near the entrance of St Anne’s Well Park, including Corie who we welcomed on her very first mission – sounds like Helena did a good job of preaching the gospel of GG to her when they were work colleagues!
Our mission tonight was to empty and tidy a shed belonging to the Friends of St Anne’s Well Park. Pretty straightforward stuff, you might be thinking. But our evening quickly turned in to a very low budget version of the Crystal Maze, as we couldn’t unlock the shed door from the outside. Jacob showed some keen breaking and entering skills, and managed to squeeze himself through the window, then had to jimmy (I think that’s the term used by master burglars) open the door from the inside, all the while knowing the clock was ticking on our 1-hour challenge.
With the door opened, we quickly emptied the shed, chucked away a fair few random old bits of gazebo and items from various past events, cleaned up some of the charity collection buckets, gave the shed a good sweep and re-stocked it, much to Pippa’s delight. And in the end we managed it with 5 minutes to spare! A job well done.
The Friends of St Ann's Well Park group have a garden shed housing some old gazebos and collection buckets. It's got into a bit of a mess so we will be emptying everything out, checking it's still usable, giving it a good clean and putting it all back in nice and tidily.
Any spare pairs of hands will be put to good use in the park litter picking and weeding.
Meet inside the park by the tennis courts at the Somerhill Road entrance.