Sunday 18th October 1pm to 4pm (Northaw Transition CIC AGM at 12.30pm)
We are pleased to report that all our plans to make this a ‘Covid – secure’ event have been accepted by Welwyn Hatfield Environmental Health. Measures we will be putting in place include a separate entry and exit flow at the entrance and the compost toilet, providing hand sanitiser and masks if required, taking donations rather than giving change so as reduce handling money, enabling 2m distancing on the field and at stalls, using disposable cups for drinks and providing cakes which haven’t been handled. Most importantly we are allowed 30 attendees at any one time. Fortunately Ash Field is large and we also have Willow Field to use if necessary while people wait. If it rains we will cancel.
We plan to include
- hot and cold drinks with cupcakes
- preserves and plants for sale including winter bedding
- an RSPB stand and other information about wildlife on the site
- apple juicing demonstration and display
- clay modelling making Green Man masks
- quizzes and games for all
- poetry recitals (TBC)
Please bring something to sit on if you like. Park at the Orchard or in the Scouts or at Northaw Village Hall and walk. See you there!
Fund raising campaign
A huge thank you to all of those who supported our recent GoFundMe campaign. In a matter of a few days we raised £1,199 which was amazing. As we are unable to hold fund raising events or let the yurt this year your generous donations will enable us to meet our costs and carry on managing it for everyone. We were really touched by the messages of support we received. At the end of the day this is your Orchard and we are really happy that it will continue to be there for everyone in the community.
work partIEs – A BIG THANKS!
Many thanks indeed to the volunteers who turned at our recent work parties to help out with raking and other tasks. On each occasion we got a lot done and had a really nice time in the process. The hay was raked and moved to the edge of the field, the path into Ash Field was weeded and the wood chip was used to refresh the paths in both fields. The two birch trees in Ash Field were liberated from their tree ties and the grass at the base of the trees was trimmed. The benches and compost toilet are freshly painted and looking very smart and well done to those tough folk who spent the time pulling nettles!
A really big thank you to Brigitta Scholz Mastroianni (Nux Photography) who, with Karen, has put together a fantastic video for us. I’m sure you will agree that the result is stunning and a very fitting tribute to what we have achieved and all the volunteers who have put in the hours there. Do please share this link with other members of our community. Brigitta is a Northaw resident and we are really thankful that she has given her time to us free of charge to produce such an amazing film. To see the video go to this link