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Community Produce Garden launches

We were delighted to host pupils from Northiam School last month who visited our Community Produce Garden to sow sunflower seeds. Each pot has the name of the child that planted the seed. The seeds are now being nurtured and when ready, they will be planted out, together with their owner’s name and the children will be able to watch their plant progress.

Over the weekend of the Big Help Out, a national focus of volunteering on 8 & 9 June, 2pm to 4pm each day, we will be launching the Community Produce Garden, and we invite all Northiam residents to visit and look at progress to date.  More importantly we will be talking about how the garden will benefit villagers and look to enlarge our list of volunteers, and the great news is that the Yard of Ale will also be trading!

We recognise that not everyone can garden and so we are creating an ‘accessible garden’ in the courtyard.  This will comprise containers at various levels, predominately growing herbs.

We will also be looking for support to create the accessible garden at the hub over the weekend.  We plan to use old pallets to make planters and will use this weekend to get these painted.  We also want to get a variety of terracotta pots painted too.  If you have any unwanted terracotta pots, we’d willingly take them off your hands, as well as any half full tins of fencing paint lurking at the back of your shed.

It was great to welcome so many residents to the Yard of Ale Pop-up-Pub last month.  As a reminder, here are the dates we will be open this summer:

7 - 9 Jun

28 - 30 Jun

19 - 21 Jul

23 - 26 Aug

And these are the opening times:

Fridays 16:00 – 21:00

Saturdays 14:00 – 21:00

Sundays 14:00 – 20:00

Bank holiday Mondays 14:00 – 20:00


We are now holding our ‘surgeries’ for anyone who wants to find out more about St Francis Fields and our plans. These will run from 10.30 - 11.30 on the first Tuesday of each month through the summer, usually in the Oast in the Hub at the centre of the estate. This year we aim to have a theme for each surgery, which we’ll advertise in advance.



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