The sun's shining, everything is sprouting and growing and the Spring Fair is just around the corner on 11th May 1-4.  It's all coming together!

The Morris dancers have confirmed they will be performing, there's beautiful harp music, Irish music, a choir and hopefully a brass band.  There will be pond dipping and badge making for the little ones and Tim Foster will be showing people how to sharpen their tools properly.  Four fabulous volunteers are busy badgering the merchants of Gloucester Rd for prizes for the raffle. There will also be a 'Best vegetable JOKE' competition!
If you're available to help out on the day or in the run up to the fair, help is needed with:


  •     publicity - i.e. putting all our details out on various websites and what not


  •     people to help putting posters up Gloucester Rd


  •     if you live on a road near the the allotment and can deliver flyers up your street

Help on the day:

  •     Cake bakers!


  •     Plant donors!


  •     People to look after the gate for an hour or so


  •     People to man the cake and tea seal


  •     People to man the plant stall


  •     Anyone who can help running pond dipping with kids for an hour or so


  •     Anyone who can help making badges with kids/anyone for an hour or so


  •     Face painters


  •     People to offer to come early and help out up the bunting and gazebos from 10:30 a.m. on the day


  •     Anyone who can stay stay at the end to help get tidied up (this only took about 30 mins last time)


  •     Serving soup!  This is reliant on having enough volunteers to serve it as well as someone who likes cooking huge batches of soup!


  •     Gazebos, chairs also needed

And for your efforts you are rewarded not just with the joy of being part of such a lovely event you'll also get a free piece of cake (and maybe soup!) and a hot drink. This event is totally reliant on you folks stepping up to volunteer so if you haven't managed to come down to the garden this is a great time to get involved.
The garden is looking fabulous with all it's new raised beds and the solar pump should be in place then, so we can shake off that 'building site' look we've had for so long round the second poly tunnel.  In the next few weeks we'll be busy tidying up, making signs, and carrying on planting, planting, planting!
Looking forward to all the offers of help coming flooding in!
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
The Golden Hill Community Garden: Horfield's Accessible Allotment and Edible Forest
07506 905 394

Do contact Lucy to say how you can help.

Raffle details:

Tickets are £1 each and can be purchased either on the day or in advance directly from Paul on 0117 942 8003 or on Wednesdays 10-4 from the Garden OR Saturday the 4th 10-2 or keep you eyes peeled at the Picton St Market 4th May.

The prize draw will be held at 3:15pm on Saturday May 11th at our Spring Fair
.  And if you are interested in helping us to build the cob Roundhouse as a community activity, get in touch!

1st prize a 3 night off-peak stay in a yurt on an organic farm
for up to 5 people at  The Yurt Farm, Crynfryn, Penuwch, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales SY25 6RE ( and a 2nd prize of 2 weekend tickets to the Sunrise festival near Bath May 30th – June 2nd

Other prizes kindly donated by local businesses (in no particular order) are:

2 x tickets for the River Cottage Autumn Fair at River Cottage HQ in Axminster on 7th or 8th September

A voucher for a spa day at the Relaxation Centre in Clifton

A  Gert British veg box from the Community Farm worth £15

£15 voucher to spend at the Better Food Company store on Whiteladies Road

A voucher for 2 Watershed Cinema tickets

2 tickets to see Napoleon: A Defence at the Tobacco Factory on Thursday 30th May

A voucher for breakfast for 2 at Café Maitreya

A Smatta from Lorna Lout Ltd (a mat for children to play with toys on so that they are easy to put away afterwards)

3 x family swim sessions from Horfield Leisure Centre

A gift box from Lush

A wicker trug from Pearce’s Hardware

A bottle of wine from Grape and Grind

A set of allotment inspired creatured postcards from Sheena Vallely

A carrier bag of goodies from Harvest

An alpaca fleece from Hidden Valley Yurts in the Wye Valley

2 x pot pourri holders from Bliss

A guitar lesson with Leo James

A t-shirt from Beast

A box of chocolates from A E Huggins

A box of chocolates from the Co-op

Wraps vouchers from Shake Wrap and Roll

A voucher for a consultation with Vets4pets including one vaccination

2 x vouchers for a haircut from Fizz

Home Brew kit from Brewers Droop
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
The Golden Hill Community Garden: Horfield's Accessible Allotment and Edible Forest
07506 905 394