On 28th April our Garden Supervisor said her goodbyes on the start of a 6 month sabbatical hiking around the UK and raising funds towards new raised herb beds here at Thornage Hall.
Here is the first update from Karen:
My Long Walk
The journey begins here, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, a weight on my back and nearly 62. This long standing dream of putting a pack on my back and walking off into the sunset is about to come to fruition. My bosses have so kindly let me go for these next 6 months to fulfil this dream while “ I’m still fit enough to do it and can still walk” I told them!! So apart from doing this for myself I thought “why not try and raise some money for this place I work in where the residence have been like family for nearly 7 yrs and it feels like home”.
The garden I work in has become part of my existence and our derelict Herb garden which plays such an important role with our Biodynamic ethos and within the Herb workshop has been raised to the ground to hopefully be replaced by a wonderful accessible sensory Herb garden where our residence and day service users can come and work or just sit and absorb the wonderful scents which surround them. All this however takes money so part of my plan is to hopefully generate enough donations to be able to help make this garden a reality.
I will be sending pictures and a few words about how my journey is progressing whenever I get the chance so hopefully there will be some kind, generous and wonderful people out there who are interested enough to help make this happen. Episode 2 to follow in due course.
May the wind blow gently on your back, a friend said to me, so until next time ..............Karen
The Aylsham Show has given us £500 at the latest annual meeting.
"We're really grateful that the show had such a great day on August Bank Holiday and that we've been able to share in the good fortune."
The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association selected 36 charities and good causes to benefit from its 70th anniversary show. Thank you. A cheque was presented to one of our trustees, Michael Pollitt, who gave a brief summary of the bold plans for the future of Thornage Hall.
Stalham Farmers Club have presented Thornage Hall with £2,000 at the club's 175th anniversary meeting last month from the proceeds of their summer drinks party.
Thornage Hall is extremely grateful to the members of Stalham Farmers Club for the generous donation will help us to carry out the next phase of our long-term expansion programme.
Many thanks for supporting Thornage Hall in the AVIVA community fund. As you may be aware they recently announced the successful projects. Unfortunately although we managed to reach the final we were not successful as one of the winners. We will receive a £500 donation towards the project from AVIVA. The list of winners are published on the AVIVA website here https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/winners#h_ah7-4. There were 3 in our category all of which were worthy winners.
Thank you for your support from everyone at Thornage Hall
Following our recent Demeter inspection in the summer we are pleased to share our Demeter report with you. It is an excellent report commending the work of Phil and Lucy and the land team with strong biodynamic practice and high levels of biodiversity managed across a range of habitats on the land.
Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts Restaurant Norwich continues his tour of East Anglia meeting Thornage Hall's Garden Manager Lucy Birnie and prepares a seasonal salad with our very own biodynamic vegetable
Thornage Hall would like to thank everybody that came to support our Annual Garden Fete, who volunteered, entertained and made the day a success.
It was a fantastic day with music, stalls, refreshments, BBQ and a cookery demonstration.
We increased our takings from last year and took almost £9,500 on the day.
Thank you once again for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Here is our latest newsletter created in our IT workshop which is a compilation of articles from all the newsletters since the last Garden Fete!
Please click on the link below to view the newsletter:
Kate Cleaver finds out more about this Camphill community, supporting adults with learning disabilities in the heart of North Norfolk
Sarah Juggins has written a wonderful article all about Thornage Hall - what we do - our aims and goals and how we live and work. To read the full story, please click on the link.
Our Farm Manager, Philip Culley, was interviewed by Cotswold Seeds about the farm and planting of seeds. Click on the link to see the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJy4_vL008Q
Thornage Hall: How adults with learning difficulties are being helped to reach their potential
We were very pleased recently to be nominated and included in the Archant Green100 businesses. This was following a visit by one of the judges - the Deputy CEO of the UEA Adapt Low Carbon Group. He was so impressed by the innovative work we were doing as part of a social care business that he nominated us. The Green100 recognises 100 businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk who are actively leading the way in sustainable and environmental business practice.