- please look at the Edinburgh Local Development Plans for 2012. They include a variety of pieces of greenbelt land being removed as greenbelt. This may or may not directly affect the farmhouse property, but certainly does other greenspace land in the city. Please visit the website to add your views and comments before plans are finalised from January 27th.
- Currently the farmhouse is under the governance of Fields in Trust as Greenbelt protected land. if it was to lost this status it would be under sole governance of Edinburgh City council and thus could be disposed of with their consent and without needing fields in Trust. For more info on Fields in Trust to consider these implications follow this link
- Also, please be aware of planning application currently in for a huge development up the road: Follow the link and click on the top search for more info. Comments are welcome at this stage. Please consider possible impacts on this development on the area and of course the farmhouse.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
- On September 3rd we had a great training day, building design workshop and skillshare at Bridgend allotments. Thanks to all who took part and attended and for everyones efforts, energy and enthusiasm. There is a report on the event if you follow this link (couldn't find a way to attach it): http://www.scribd.com/doc/65920709/Community-Led-Design-Report
- The following day we found out we had managed to reach our fundraising target £500! This was amazing news and has been able to fund the essential EnviroReport needed on the land of the farmhouse which identified '
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Here are the minutes from our most recent steering group meeting in April. There is also some notes from the recent training in Governance and Structure we took part in at the end of this write-up.
You may note that the next meeting open to all is June 13th 6.30pm at Inch Community Centre. All are very welcome and encouraged to attend.
There is also a link below to a document which outlines some different ways people can get involved in the project and help out if they would like to but are not sure how. Please get back in touch if you can help in any of these areas at all or would like to input any ideas of suggestions.
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the next group training we will be offering up to all members:
We are going to be able to offer 15 places on a 'Place-Based Outdoor Learning Training'. This will be exploring and understanding where we are based as a means to working towards positive action in this area and considering this in light of any farmhouse renovation. It offers a great opportunity to learn about outdoor education methods and techniques that can be applied in a variety of contexts whilst gaining as a group a better understanding of Bridgend and the surrounding environment. See the poster for more details, and as places are limited please get in touch soon if you are interested. Also see the training section on this blog.
Monday, 9 May 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
All are encouraged and welcome to attend and they will be free. Please let us know in advance so we know numbers though.
The first one is April 19th 6.30-8.30pm Cameron House Community Centre:
Please get in touch if you would like to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 26 March 2011
There was a lot covered, but they have been summarised under the different sub-elements of the group. We wil be organising a training for anyone interested in governance and structure, looking into what would be best for the groups legal status. This will be in mid April at some point, date and venue TBC. If you are interested in attending please get in touch.
Also, we are hoping to run a fundraising ceilidh, and maybe a Bio-Diversity Event in May. If you would like to help with either of these in any ways then that would be amazing and please get in touch.
Next steering group meeting, open to all, is Monday 4th April 6.30pm at Inch Community Centre.
See you there!
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Here is a link to the minutes of the most recent steering group meeting for the farmhouse.
The next official meeting will be on Monday 14th March 6.30-8pm at Inch House Community Centre. Please let us know if you can attend, it would be great to see some of you there.
It was identified strongly at the meeting that it is essential for the projects continuation that we begin fundraising events and activities. If anyone can help with this or would be able to donate please let us know. We have had to go forward with a report on the building to check its structural safety and foundations. This will cost £432 which we need to try to raise to pay for this. However it has shown that the site conditions are safe and of little impact on the building and its renovation - which means we can continue forward reassured that the land and site is safe.
We were also recently present at the Volunteer Fair in South Edinburgh speaking to various interested people there. If you would like the group to come and share some information and have the opportunity to gather ideas and feedback from people at another event then please contact us about this.
In the meantime, if you would be willing to print out and pass on or distribute any questionnaire/flyers for the group please let us know and we can send some on to you.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
One of the things that was identified as needing help with especially was the developing of funding applications and fundraising.
We also now need formal letters from partner groups and interested organisations in regards to how they could best see the building used to enhance or extend their services and what they would use it for to develop opporuntities for people in the area. Please write to us if you can help or contribute towards this at all.
There will be an informal meeting after Potato Day this Sunday (20th) from around 2.30pm. If you nwould like to attend please let us know. The next steering group meeting is yet to be arranged but will be a weekday evening in early march, soon to be confirmed.
- Many varieties of seed potatoes will be on sale: a great chance for all keen gardeners to stock up for the new season. The full list is below.
- Talks and tips on growing and cooking.
- Refreshments and entertainment.
- Entry is free and light refreshments will be available.
- You can also find out more about the allotments at Bridgend and the work of the Health Project, as well as information on the farmhouse and the Bridgend Inspiring Growth
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Bridgend Inspiring Growth Farmhouse Renovation Project
20th January 2010 at Inch Community Centre
A very well attended event with lots of enthusiasm, good ideas and suggestions. There was the opportunity to find out more information on the farmhouse, fill out questionnaires and membership forms and visit stalls of different local organisations before hearing from different speakers and then offering views through groupwork sessions and a final Q&A.
Stalls: Bridgend Inspiring Growth, Walk Edinburgh, Volunteer Scotland, Carr-Gomm Scotland, Craigmillar Woods Action Group, Teens Plus, Mountain Bike Action Project, Countryside Ranger Service
Attendees: Over 60 in total – including representatives from Bridgend Residents Commitee, Bridgend Allotment Community Health Inclusion Project, EVOC, Community Learning and Development, Community Renewal, Craigmillar Ability Network, Edinburgh Community Food and Health, Inch Park Community Sports Centre, Active Schools, Princes Trust, ELGT, Climate Challenge Fund, University of Edinburgh, Forth Sector, Black Diamond FM, Transition Town Edinburgh University, FirstPort, Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, Councillor Buchanan, Councillor Snowden, as well as the organisations above and the presenters.
Presentations: A summary of the 8 presentations is available by email at the presentations page on this blog.
Groupwork: After the main presentations, the meeting broke away into four groups to discuss various aspects of the BIG project: restoring the farmhouse, health and well-being projects, outdoor education and training, and community involvement. Their suggestions were written down and are available via this link:
Q&A: Several good points made: the need to get schools and young people involved, the importance of using the whole of Craigmilar Castle Park as a resource, remembering the history of the park, castle and farmhouse and the need for a simple, clear aims and structure for the project.
Conclusion and next moves:
A meeting of the steering committee on Monday 7th February at 6.30 in the Inch Community Centre...to which all interested individuals and organisations are invited.
The planning of the next community involvement events.
The drafting of a business plan.
Submission of grant applications to the National Lottery Fund, the Climate Change Fund and a some environmental and training funds.
We would like to emphasise that is an voluntary community project open to all and would welcome any ideas, suggestions, help, comments and further feedback. It is only through the dedication, time, passion and energy of all involved that this can possibly happen. Please get in contact at:
email@example.com or on 07949230245.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
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Sunday, 16 January 2011
It will be at Inch Community Centre between 3 and 5pm. Please arrive at the start if possible. There will be hot drinks served throughout.
This is a huge opporunity to meet everyone else who has a vision and suggestions for the project and renovation and to show your support so please do attend.
The event agenda is listed below. If you have any questions or suggestions before, or would like to bring some information on your group please get in touch soon.
Bridgend Inspiring Growth
Farmhouse Renovation Group
20th January 2011
Kindly hosted by Inch Community Centre
3.00 – 3.15; Welcomes, Questionnaires, Look round stalls
3.15 – 3.30: Introduction from Bridgend Inspiring Growth and Presentation on Bridgend Farmhouse
3.30 – 4.15: Speakers:
John Palmer – NHS
Malcolm Fraser – Malcolm Fraser Architects
Brain Cameron – University of Edinburgh
Simon Beames – Curriculum for Excellence
Marjorie White – Enable (TBC)
Moira Stevenson - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
Karen Carrick and Chris Macefield – Bridgend Growing Communities
4.15 – 4.30: Breakout and Groupwork. Please go to the table you think is most relevant to you of the 4: 'Building and Design', 'Training and Education, 'Health and Well-Being', and 'Outreach and Events'.
4.30 – 4.45: Q&A
4.45 – 5: Summary and 'what next'
Other stalls here:
Enable, Walk Edinburgh, Liberton High School, Craigmillar Woods Action Group, Teens Plus and possibly more...
With many thanks to Douglas Jeffrey and all at the Inch for supporting us in hosting this event and to all who have kindly given their time to come along and have supported the project so far.