In this issue:
- Wall repairs and new entrances
- Growing support for Autism
- Chepstow Family Fun Day
- More volunteering days
- Our partnerships and affiliations
- Membership renewals
- Scarecrow competition
In this issue:
We are delighted to announce that our entry into this year’s Llanfrechfa Village Association’s Scarecrow competition has won joint 1st prize for ‘Dorothy and Friends’ from the Wizard of Oz. The judges described them as “true works of art”!
We hope you like them. Everyone had great fun making them and we are grateful to all our volunteers who helped out. They were made with lots of items recycled from the Walled Garden.
You can see the other entries around Llanfrechfa village this weekend. There is also a fun day on Sunday 10th September 4 – 7 pm in the car park of The Gate, organised by Llanfrechfa Village Association.
Dorothy and Friends will remain in place at the entrance to the Llanfrechfa Grange site until at least the 11th September, after which they will find a home back within the Walled Garden.
Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of our newsletter, ‘The Walled Garden”.
In this issue:
Grange House at Llanfrechfa Grange has had a consecrated chapel since the 1860s. From the outside it appears unassuming but as you enter through the small door in the hall, the series of intricate stained glass windows bring light and colour into this intimate and calm space.
Visit our updated history page for more information and to see many beautiful images of the Chapel in Grange House.
Do please pop into the garden between these hours and ask for one of the members to serve you.
We now have a range of plants for sale to the public including bedding plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables. See price list for more details. Plants for sale – May 2017 price list.
Plants can also be bought most other Mondays or at other times by arrangement via our email: email@example.com
Give and Gain Day is an annual volunteer day where companies provide their time and resources to volunteer for local community groups and charities. On Friday 19 May 2017 we are delighted to report that volunteers from the Health Board’s Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) supply chain partners, (Gleeds, BDP, Laing O’Rourke Construction, WSP, AECOM), chose to help out on our Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project. Along with a number of staff from the Health Board’s planning team, they supported the volunteers from the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden charity to take forward the garden’s restoration plan.
More than 20 volunteers from the various companies spent all or part of the day in the garden undertaking a variety of tasks. Gleeds kindly made a donation in support of the day to cover materials and refreshments, while Laing O’Rourke supplied some tools and compost. Laing O’Rourke also arranged for a small digger to work in the garden the day before the event to break up the old concrete footings and paths, providing plenty of rubble for the volunteers to barrow away!
Jan Smith, MBE, extended our appreciation on behalf of The Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, by saying; “A huge thank you to each and every one for taking part in last Friday’s Give and Gain Day at Llanfrechfa Grange. It was lovely to meet you all and brilliant to be a part of such a productive day. The enthusiasm and energy you provided meant we achieved a great deal in all areas of the walled garden, testament to the power released when a group of people come together in a common cause.
We now have jolly flower pots painted, cuttings taken, seedlings potted on, guttering installed for more rain water capture, brambles and weeds banished to the bonfire, more flowers and vegetables planted, cardboard and mulch laid (a no dig approach promoted by Charles Dowding, and that mountain of rubble moved out of the garden.”
There were no injuries on the day, unless we count two of our wheelbarrows as casualties! They took a bit of punishment but will recover with some TLC.
The achievements of the day can also be seen on our Facebook page. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has also produced a short video about the day which can be viewed on their intranet site.
An exhibition about Llanfrechfa Grange is taking place between 9 – 28 January 2017 at the Riverfront, Newport. It is organised by Mencap Cymru and explores the lives of people with a learning disability who used to live at Llanfrechfa Grange and the staff who worked there. Admission free.
The first public meeting of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden was held on Thursday 8 December in the Main Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange. The meeting provided an opportunity to share some of our key achievements over the last year and to start recruiting members to support the charitable aims of the project. Further details of the project is available in our first year report, launched at the meeting, which includes a statement of our financial position.
A key achievement was of course, winning a Tesco Community Award to install a large greenhouse and shed for horticultural therapy. We were pleased to also be able to announce the beginning of our new partnership project with ‘Growing Space‘, which will mean that from early next year, horticultural therapy will be provided to a small group of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping them develop new skills and potentially pathways into work. In the future, we hope to be able to extend this to other groups.
Members of Mencap Cymru were also at the meeting to promote their ‘Hidden Now Heard’ project which is currently focusing on the experiences of people with Learning Disability and those who used to live or work at Llanfrechfa Grange.
We were delighted to be able to raise £200 at the meeting which came from the recruitment of over 20 new members and a raffle, which had a fabulous Walled Garden cake, made by Wendy Warren, as its first prize. Thank you to every one who took part.
A little earlier in the day, the Chairman, David Jenkins, and Chief Executive, Judith Paget, of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, hosted a special thank you celebration for our current volunteers and supporters. As we were blessed with a fine sunny day, everyone was able to gather together in the Walled Garden with a cup of hot mulled apple juice to hear Judith express her thanks and appreciation for all the hard work put in by volunteers from all walks of life. Judith said she was delighted and amazed to see how much progress had been made and to see the garden come back into use, in a way which, with the coming of the new hospital, created a link between past and future. Judith and the Chairman then joined the volunteers for tea and cake in the Main Hall, where they chatted further with individuals.
Our ability to redevelop and maintain the garden for the future is dependent on our supporters and funds to buy materials and equipment. For more information on how you can get involved or provide funding support, please visit our Supporting Us page.
In December 2015, we set up the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden (FoLGWG) as a small charity with its charitable aims being to take forward the plans to redesign and restore the Walled Garden as a community project for the benefit of all. We have had a busy year working in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) and others and have began to realise the plans for the garden.
We will be holding the first public meeting of the FoLGWG on Thursday 8 December 2016 at 4 pm in the Main Hall, Llanfrechfa Grange. The purpose of the meeting will be to present our first year achievements and, in order to promote and sustain the garden’s ongoing development, will seek to recruit members to the charity.
The meeting will be preceded by an invitation only event for current volunteers, hosted by the Chair and Chief Executive of ABUHB, who wish to meet and thank all those who have helped get us this far.
Please join us at 4 pm to find out more about the project and become part of this exciting venture for the community. You might even win a prize in our raffle!
We look forward to seeing you.