We have secured full waste management and carriers licences for the project and have a very effective recycling programme operating. We handle a diverse range of items, including horticultural plastic, Aluminium,Tin,wood and cardboard.
Currently we are also very involved with the recycling of video tapes. The recycled products are redirected to our own gardeners, are offered to support other 'growing schemes' in schools and communities or are forwarded into the appropriate recycling channels.
We are now cooking four times each week and our cookery ranges from simple baking to the preparation of a full meal.
On Thursdays we gather to prepare and eat a full dinner and pudding together.
Our drama group meet every Monday morning and performs for us at the end of each term. The group also take part in regional competition. Often their work is filmed.
We have a portacabin which is used as a music room and now boast an extensive collection of instruments including guitars and drum kits.
We have sound recording equipment and a Karaoke machine and currently have help from a music volunteer one day a week, we continue to look at strengthening this provision.
We have created a dedicated arts and craft room, which is available for all visitors to use. We have a good range of basic art material as well as some craft equipment. This area does not have a dedicated support volunteer, but still gets well used.
We also do machine knitting, patchwork and sewing classes that take place on a Thursday, these have become very popular indeed.
Opened in January, this venture could be a real success. We have two volunteer woodworkers, the support of Messier Dowty in providing us with recycled timber and some very keen students. We also have some useful equipment including a lathe.
Our group have been making bird boxes, exploring simple furniture construction and wood turning.
We have a growing number joining our choir, which runs under the gentle guidance of a great teacher.
During the year we try to organise a few trips most regularly to the theatre and the seaside.
Across the year we will be visited by guests bringing further unexpected treats, We organise Theatre performances, Entertainers, and often an extra surprise or two.