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Rosehips in the garden
There are lots of things happening at the garden this September marking the start of the autumn season.  These include gardening Saturdays which are part of our Heritage of Common Plants project, seasonal Qigong, chanting, craft afternoons, and regular meet ups of the Name It!  youth group.  In addition we have a new course starting called Strengthening Ourselves, Strengthening our Communities run by Seeds for Change who are offering a free taster session on Wednesday the 21st. Full details below and on our website. 

Save the date for our forthcoming community harvest celebration on the 8th of October and our special bonfire and music afternoon with Nick Cope on the 5th November .

Nick Cope

This event marks the start of a special initiative to invite older members of the community to get to know the garden better.  If you are 65 or over you get free entry to our bonfire event with Nick ... do book the date with your grandchildren or younger friends.  If you would like to run your own activity at the harvest celebration or help out please get in touch.

Remember you can book the garden (and pizza oven) for your own event, course, party or away day but do get your booking in quickly if you have a special date in mind because we are getting a lot of bookings for the autumn and winter months. Details of how to book the garden are on the website:

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


September 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.  Sept 23rd / Oct 28th / 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 3rd and 17th of September  11.30am - 4.30pm.

Would you like to know more about gardening and plant stewardship? Would you enjoy gardening with others and sharing your skills?

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.

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 2-5 usually the second Sunday of the month but in September we meet on the 18th.

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
Harvest Festival
Saturday 8th October  11am – 4pm
Join us for harvesting, foraging, apple pressing, cordial making and preserving.  Bring crops to share, apples to press and celebrate our community harvest.  If you would like to take part in this event (maybe to pormote your group) please get in contact.

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.

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