We returned to the welcoming St. Georges Hall in Moulscoomb for another round of weeding. We were meet by task owner Kate, who told us about all the fantastic donations she was receiving from food and cosmetic manufacturers to be part of their Social Supermarket - a supermarket for those who are low income families, where they can buy great produce with dignity and choice.
Tonight's task was a continuation of our previous visit to rid the hall's grounds of weeds that had sprouted in the parking bays and herb garden. With a variety of tools on hand Michael and Rosemary tackled buddleia and other overbearing weeds on one side of the site, with Nancy and Juliet giving the weeds a good seeing to on the other.
Jason and Susan had the unenviable task of identifying the herbs from the weeds in the herb garden which needed a bit of an overhaul to make room for the herbs to grow and be used in community cooking activities.
It was quite the transformation, and great to see the hall in daylight for the first time as our visits to St. Georges typically take place in winter. As always, Kate never likes to see us go empty handed and some Goodgymers ran home with apples and jalapeño sauce! Not that we need much of an incentive to visit St. George's Hall, but there was definitely pleased faces all round!
Have you been to Moulescoomb school before? It's got the best outdoor area including loads of miniature historical buildings and an orchard!
It's a big space with lots to keep on top of. Don't forget to bring your own gloves and if you have a small tool, such as a trowel or secateurs that you can carry safely with you bring that along too.
Meet at the entrance to the school at 6.30pm.
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
St George's Hall in Moulsecoomb is a community hall hosting, amongst other things, Brighton's first Social Supermarket.
But with all the focus on what's going on inside the hall the outside has become a bit neglected and needs our attention!
There's lots to do and lots of space to do it in, weeding paths and cutting back overgrown vegetation and litter picking.
NB 6.15pm start
Seven of us met at the Vicarage Lawn Bowls Club including Val who we welcomed back after nearly four years away. I say we met at this particular venue...we had to make sure we were at the correct one as there happen to be two bowling greens on the one site each belonging to a different club....the other being Brighton Bowls Club. Now that's what you call a local derby! Our main job was to weed the borders that run adjacent to the bowling green. Large borders they are too and while not overgrown there were plenty of weeds including lots of the sticky stuff! Extricating it was quite hard at times due to the lack of rain but Michael, Tara, Rosemary, Phillipa, Val and myself pulled and plucked while Amro did an amazing job as chief weed collector. Still lots to do....