Cohousing for over 50s in Cottingham

A small group of people is looking to explore the possibility of a cohousing development for the over 50s in the Cottingham area. It is envisaged that individuals would purchase their own homes, which would be built to passive house standards, re-using rain water, using solar energy and heat pumps, etc. There would be some communal facilities, the opportunity to eat together perhaps twice a week, and possibly communal veg growing.

The group has the responsibility to find the land, buy the land, arrange all aspects of the build, and members need to commit to an on-going share in the work needed to keep the group vibrant and thriving. There is guidance available but the management of the project is down to the group. There is no financial help to buy the homes, but architect fees and legal fees etc. may be covered.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has made £4,000 available for the stage 1 exploratory phase, and if you are interested in becoming part of this small group please contact Margaret on 841303.

For an overview of co-housing in the UK see

If you are interested in cohousing but this scheme for the over 50s in Cottingham is not for you, and you want to explore setting up a different scheme in East Yorkshire, Government money for community-led housing in East Yorkshire is available through East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  For more information contact Matt Lewer, principal housing policy and development officer,, 396113

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Willow Weaving 24-25 March 2018

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Hambacher Forest Solidarity Event, Tue 13 March, Hull

This is a last-minute event in solidarity with imprisoned activists trying to defend an ancient woodland (Hambacher Forest) in Germany from RWE coal-mining company.

The Hambacher Forest is situated next to the worlds biggest lignite coal mine in Germany. It is an ancient woodland, millions of years old, and home to many endangered species of animals, birds and plants.  It is under constant threat of complete destruction by the mining company RWE, but since 2012 Hambacher Forest has been home to an occupation, a group of activists living in treehouses and tents, resisting RWE.

Recently, during the last cutting season when the forest is most endangered, 9 activists were arrested. 5 have been released, but 4 are still incarcerated.

Some Hambacher residents are currently touring Europe to raise awareness about the struggle, and to write letters of encouragement and solidarity to the prisoners.  They will be at Ground in Hull this coming Tuesday 13th March.  There will be films and a presentation about the occupation, and letter writing to the Hambi 4. There will be food and great music by the Improvisers Circle and Rave Machine! Donations to try and cover the travel costs welcomed.

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Fermenting Workshop Mon 12 March

Please book a place on the Fermenting Workshop by ringing 07816 141169 as places are limited

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Green Woodworking Workshops March 2018

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Herbal Workshop Sat 24 Feb 2018

For more info about Hull Herbalist

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Fairtrade pop up in Hull 26 Feb – 10 March 2018

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Sustainable Food Talks, Tue 27 Feb

The Kindling Trust – a double bill of sustainable food talks on Tue 27 February

More than medicine: social prescribing, food growing and healthy cooking  At Warehouse 8, Guildhall Road, HU1 1HJ , 2pm –4pm, Tue 27 February

‘Igniting the local food movement and increasing local production’  At the Zoo Café80B Newland Avenue, HU5 3AB, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Tue 27 February

These talks are hosted by Hull Sustainable Food City with Chis Walsh, founder member of the Kindling Trust

The Trust, based in Manchester and surrounding areas, has been working since 2007 for a just and ecologically sustainable society. Working with communities, farmers, activists and policy makers, the Kindling Trust use food as a catalyst for environmental and social change.  

The Kindling Trust have been involved in setting up a range of projects related to sustainable farming including a Farm Start project, Veg Box people, Manchester Veg people, a land army and a social prescribing research project based at an urban horticulture hub that joins up inclusive community gardening with commercial organic food production.

Both talks are free and open to all. See below for details of what each talk will cover

More than medicine: social prescribing, food growing and healthy cooking 

At Warehouse 8, Guildhall Road, HU1 1HJ , 2pm –4pm on Tue 27 February
In spring 2017, Kindling set up an innovative social prescribing pilot on the outskirts of Stockport on a one and a half acrefood growing site called Woodbank nursery, previously a council plant nursery run by the council parks department and now home to an urban horticulture hub which includes a commercial market garden,  Farmstart training programme and a training for beekeepers. 

In 2017 the site is also home to an innovative pilot scheme, working with Stockport GP’s to test out the effectiveness of prescribing more than just medicine. Kindling are helping local doctors trial ‘social prescribing’ – referring patients for healthy veg, cookery classes and gentle exercise in the form of gardening, instead of relying solely on medicine – in the hope that this might be a more effective way to alleviate some mild to moderate health conditions.  

It feels like a given to all of us that gardening, hanging out with other people and eating fresh food is good for you, but this pilot is aiming to prove it and put it on record. Kindling are testing its impact on a range of wellbeing indicators – blood tests before and at the end of the programme will establish whether there’s been an improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, whilst the rather academically named Warwick-Edingburgh Mental Well-Being Survey (or WEWMBS for short) will evaluate the project’s success in improving mental wellbeing.  

Chris Walsh, will be talking about how the project was set up and the learning so far. 

‘Igniting the local food movement and increasing local production’

At the Zoo Café, 80B Newland Avenue, HU5 3AB, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, 27th of February

Join us to learn about the potential direction Hull’s food system can take, what is happening locally and how you can get involved. There will inspiring talks by the Kindling trust and Frith Farm.

Chris Walsh will be explaining how the Kindling Trust set up a range of projects related to sustainable farming in Greater Manchester including a Farm Start project, Veg Box people, Manchester Veg people, a land army and the positive results this has had on their local food system.

Ben Allwood, director of Frith Farm (, a community supported agriculture scheme on the outskirts of Beverley will be talking about the work of the farm so far, it’s aspirations and the launch of their new trainee grower scheme.

The evening talk will be followed by a discussion and vegetarian food. 

To confirm your attendance or more information about Hull Sustainable Food City Contact Bryony MacFadyen, Hull Sustainable Food City  Partnership Co-ordinator 07712321413



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Room to Rent at Green Gardens, Beverley

Room to rent in old terrace cottage near Beverley town centre. £60 per week to include internet access and bills.

Here at Green Gardens we embrace the Permaculture principles, earthcare, people care and fair share.

We have a front room available from the end of March 2018 to October 2018 with the possibility of a longer let. The room has own private entrance with shared living room and kitchen with range fire, small basic loo and shower room.

Large garden with option to join in veggie growing, campfires, shared meals and Time Bank events.

If interested please ring Sally on 07907843778 for more details.

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Talk about Pickering Orchard Sat 17 Feb

Pickering Road Community Orchard Talk
‘Ribstone Pippin’, ‘Beauty of Bath’, ‘Jonagold’ and ‘Pitmason Pineapple’. These are all varieties of delicious English apples that grow at Hull’s award winning Pickering Road Community Orchard. Come along to an evening at Boulevard Village Hall on
 Sat 17th February to hear Yvette Grindley tell the story of one of the city’s hidden gems. Hear how the orchard came about and exciting plans for its future. This is a powerpoint presentation with video, followed by questions and answers.

Tea and biscuit refreshment provided. Delicious orchard apple juice sold at £1.50 per bottle.  Doors open at 6:30pm for 7pm start. Boulevard Village Hall, 200 Boulevard, HULL, HU3 3EL. FREE entry. All donations go to the orchard. See you there!

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