The idea behind Holme Farm Community Workshops and Gardens in Woodham, is to create a community hub – Gardens, workshops and café for the community. There is a heightened awareness around the issue of poor mental health and an urgent need to take positive action, reducing the burden on the NHS and emergency services. Solutions such as CWG@HF are a simple way of helping with this growing problem.

There will be outside space for gardening, an orchard, bee-keeping, re-wilding and family areas for relaxing. Inside the ‘sheds’ people of all backgrounds and ages can meet and socialise, participate in crafts, some courses will be organised for everything from crafting and creative activities to computer skills and woodworking.

The proposed Workshop and Gardens, is now moving forward rapidly, thanks to the support of the local community and both Surrey CC & Runnymede BC. The Farm is owned by DEFRA and we submitted our Business Plan to them via MP Dr Ben Spencer and are eagerly awaiting their agreement to leasing us the land.

We are now preparing our planning application to RBC to rebuild the 2 derelict buildings. In conjunction with that application, we are also in discussion with some architects to design and prepare plans for us.

Once we have confirmed our lease (and got some plans) we will submit our grant application to Your Fund Surrey for their support, we have already, submitted an initial and second stage application. We will submit the full application shortly. If we are successful then we will get a substantial grant enabling us to refurbish the buildings and site.

We are also working to become a charity and with that have formed a committee and because of the extensive and multiple aspects to the project we have created 11 sub committees each working on particular aspects of the project. These include 2 temporary sub-committees, planning – who are working on the planning application to RBC and a Build Committee who will work with the architects and builders on building the new facilities.

We are in discussion with other funding groups including The National Lottery, who are inviting an application from us, and also discussing working in partnership with other charities including Mind.

There is a lot going on behind the scenes so should anyone have some time and be interested in joining one of the sub-committees we would welcome your involvement.

Holme Farm will be a place for the whole community from smallest to the oldest to pursue interests, to share and practice skills, enjoy making and mending and discussing anything. A community project to share knowledge, make social connections, build friendships – and of course a lot of laughter and plenty of tea!

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