Wishlist August 2017 1

Following the fire in the Orchard on 25th August, we are compiling a wishlist for repairs and improvements to prevent recurrence of the  vandalism we've experienced recently. Here's a list of things that we lost in the fire: between 200 & 300m of hosepipe. Long enough to reach from Queensbridge Road to the park! For ...

Post-fire Clean Up and Securing the Site

On Friday 25th August, the Orchard storage compound suffered a blaze. Some items were totally torched, some badly scorched and others just damaged beyond use. Thank You For Seeking Out This Page (and finding it!). It means a lot to us that you want to help put things right. We aim to give helpful information ...

A Great Summer Get Together, 18th June 4-7PM

A Great Summer Get Together, 18th June 4-7PM
Sunday 18th June is a date of happy co-incidences. It's Fathers Day, it's the nearest Sunday to the Summer Solstice and it's an Orchard Work Session plus Woodland Play Sunday. So we're naturally up for an event of some significance. This one is important for another reason. Sunday 18th June is part of Refugee Week, ...

Clay Oven building course 4 June: FULL!

Thanks to a sudden uptick in requests, we've booked all the places on the course. Learn how to build a cob oven from scratch on this all-day session (Sunday, 4 June, 9:30-4:30). Spaces on the course are very limited, and we are booking places on a first-come basis. We've currently got no places left. If ...

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Please read through the following descriptions and contact us if you would like to apply or have more information. The outdoor work involves contact with groups from the community but does not require a DBS check as you would not be expected to work with a ...

Wider Purpose Survey no. 1 – facilities & sessions

We've been asking our mailing list subscribers the occasional activity and project development question - and are now broadening that to the wider community. Thanks for coming to answer our survey. Please copy these questions into an email and send your replies to hoccic@gmail.com These questions are about our needs for facilities, and what addional ...

Proposed Cuts to Parks and Nature Conservation Budget, BCC 1

Highbury Orchard Community works outdoors on Highbury estate and in the park. We are naturally concerned about the proposed cuts to a budget that affects parks in the city. I (Liz) have therefore limited my thoughts here to cuts in that department. BCC are looking to make substantial cuts from non-statutory service areas. One of ...

Woodland Play 2017

Woodland Play 2017
Welcome to Woodland Play 2017! Here  you will find what is happening for young children and families at Highbury Orchard Community. There are two groups: Under 5 (Wednesdays at 1:30) and 5-8 (After School Club, Wednesdays at 3:45). The age ranges are only a guideline to following the interests of the children, so others outside ...

WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 – 5PM

WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 - 5PM
WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 - 5PM It's the shortest, darkest and probably the coldest day of the year, so why the celebration? Imagine wrapping up warm, standing around a campfire with a hot drink and staring into the bright flames. It's a perfect time to reflect on the year that is passing and let ...

Highbury Harvest 15th October 2016

Highbury Harvest 15th October 2016
Wow, what a fabulous time it was. Lots of helpers and stallholders, plenty of visitors (about 500 we think) showing lots of interest, ... and hours of sunshine. Even though rain had been forecast, it didn't rain till evening. How lucky were we! Thank you every one of the 21 volunteers who helped and put ...