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Make chutney in the Garden

An Invitation:
Our annual harvest festival celebration is on the 8th of October 11am - 4pm.  Please join us for:
Honey harvesting and candle rolling
Foraging stall and treasure hunt
Apple pressing and bobbing (bring your own apples and bottles if you have them)
Chutney making over an open fire
Pizza and bread making in the wood burning oven
Felting workshop with Nature Effect
Crop and plants to share and exchange
Making our own Barracks Lane Herbarium
Discovering more about common plants found in the garden
Community gardening event - we hope to get all our bulbs planted for Spring!
Wonderful home made cakes at our tea stall.

All welcome.  Entry by donation to support our wonderful community garden.  If you are able to help for an hour or two we always need extra hands.  If you would like to promote your group do get in touch.

Other October Events: There are lots of other activities in the garden in October and these are listed below and are on our website.   Please get in touch if you would like to book the garden for your own event.  We have just taken our first booking for March 2017 and are delighted by such forward planning!  Details of how to book the garden are on the website:

Save the date:  For our our special bonfire and music afternoon with Nick Cope on the 5th November and our very popular Winter Greenery event on the 18th December.

You can contact the garden at: 
[email protected]
Tel: 07729 655543. Website including directions at:


October events at Barracks Lane Community Garden.  Please share with you friends, families and networks.
Chanting in the cabin

Meet: Monthly - Fridays 7.30-9.30pm.  Oct 28th and Nov 25th

A mix of easy to follow songs & chants from various Indian traditions, all of which have different flavours - some more tuneful and uplifting and some more deep & grounding. Most have guitar or harmonium accompaniment, and sometimes other instruments show up as well. We also favour the non-pitch perfect experimental approach and spend some of the session just making the sounds that want to be made, with no structure or accompaniment, seeing where it wants to go. We also love to sit and absorb the echo for a while after making sound.

It's a great opportunity to relax, enjoy your voice and make sound without the pressure to get it right or be musically great. There are also many known health benefits and good reasons to do this, and it's also a lovely way to hang out with community.

Donations to good causes. We provide refreshments. No experience needed. You can just drop in - no need to book.

For more information contact Josh:  T 07747 610539 [email protected] -

Volunteer Gardening and Skill Sharing Group

We will be in the garden on the 1st and the 8th of October  11.30am - 4.30pm for the last of our volunteer days this year.  Do join us and learn how to put your garden to bed for the winter months.
The group is led by experienced gardener and horticulturalist Charlotte Attlee who will be sharing her skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. This is part of a larger project called Our Heritage of Common Plants and is linked to a series of events which celebrate the uses of familiar plants in cooking, medicine, folklore and craft.

The group is suitable for all – whatever your experience or physical fitness or mobility. You can just turn up and you are welcome to come for all or just some of the time.    Please wear suitable clothes and bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the day. Tea and coffee provided. 
Note:  Many hands make light work:  The 8th of October is the harvest festival and we will be doing a group bulb planting event - please come and lend a hand!

Autumn Qigong
Seasonal Qigong

Thursdays 7.45-9pm from 8th Sept - 13th October 2016.


Qigong for health and vitality throughout the year. Movement, breath and intention with a seasonal focus to help you restore energy, strengthen core postural muscles, breathe more effectively, and find a deep sense of calm. Suitable for beginners and intermediate. Places limited to 10. Booking recommended.

Contact: Zoe Bicat 07954 371 368 [email protected]

Cost £50, or £40 concessions.
Seeds for Change starts a new course at the garden

Strengthening Ourselves: Strengthening Our Communities

Are you volunteering or working in the community to support others? Perhaps you are campaigning against government cuts? Maybe you are protesting against environmental destruction?

Join us for a seven-week evening course to explore tools and strategies for resilience and well-being. This is an opportunity to get away from our busy lives and take stock. Together we can share experiences, develop skills and learn new ways of looking after ourselves so that we can keep going for the long haul, knowing that the work we do together will in turn strengthen our communities

Free Taster Evening: Wednesday 21st September, 7-9.30pm
For the full course, we’ll ask people to contribute on a sliding scale of £10 - £70.
Tea and biscuits will be provided.

To find out more or to book, contact us at:07719699136
[email protected]


Quiltbag in the garden
Open garden with Quiltbag crafternoon

We meet 2-5pm usually the second Sunday of the month - in October we meet on the 9th.

Quiltbag stands for

Queer/Questioning Undicided Intersex Lesbian Trans Bisexual Asexual/agender Gay

A crafternoon is a shared making and creative space

We seek to make a no pressure art and social space, where no one will police or question our identities 

We bring some refreshments, a couple of games, yarn, drawing materials, colouring books and any other crafty things that take our fancy. Feel free to bring along your own snacks, art projects, games, or just yourself!

Entry is by donation – pay what you like to support the garden
.  Email [email protected]

Future Events at Barracks Lane Garden  - save the date
Music and bonfire with Nick Cope
Saturday November 5th  2 - 5pm

A fun, gentle bonfire and music session at the garden particularly suitable for smaller children and their families.   No loud fireworks.  Children, you are especially welcome to bring your grandparents or older carers and friends to this session who get a free ticket!

 2 – 5pm

Gates open at 2pm

Nick Cope 3pm

Bonfire 2.00pm – 5pm (weather permitting)

Pizza and refreshments for sale

Please bring your own marshmallows etc to toast on the bonfire. Dress for the weather including boots! Bring a torch.  £4 per ticket

Free to over 65!*  *Part of our initiative to encourage older members of our community to get to know the garden better.

Winter Greenery Event and Winter Social
Sunday 18 December 11am  - 2 pm

Come and join us around the wood burning stove in the cabin and make seasonal decorations using winter greenery. Please bring any fir cones, hips, greenery from the garden, ribbons and wool to share. 


Mulled juice, tea, coffee and cakes available. Suitable for all ages.    Suggested minimum donation of £5 for garlands and decorations to support the work of the garden.

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