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BUZZING: Give bees a chance at Hemel family fun day

 Published on: 27th August 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hemel Food Garden will be buzzing with life on Saturday, September 7 at 11am to 3pm.

Join the Sunnyside Rural Trust team, the Mayor of Dacorum and friends from the bee-loving community to celebrate bees at “Give Bees a Chance Family Fun Day”.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun-day of Bee-themed activities; make a Bee B & B, frame for a hive, Bee treasure hunt around the orchard and even adopt a bee.

There will be music by the spectacular Electric Umbrella and Dacorum Community Choir, delicious food stalls, local markets stalls, bouncy castle and the chance to meet some friendly reptiles.

The money raised at the Mayor’s fundraiser will help fund Sunnyside Rural Trust’s new Farm Shop and Animal Rescue Shelter at Northchurch allotments.

Work has just begun on the foundations for the charity’s new community hub, so an exciting few months lie ahead as over two years of planning come to fruition.

Sunnyside Rural Trust support people with learning disabilities to acquire skills in the “plot-to-plate” cycle, from sowing seeds and nurturing plants and vegetables, to making produce to sell in the farm shops, cafe and market.

The charity is currently developing their site at Northchurch allotments into a training centre with a new farm shop and stables (to house rescued livestock).

CEO Keely Siddiqui Charlick said: “The project will enable people with learning disabilities to gain more training and employment opportunities.

“Local schools and groups will also benefit from this project by using the educational facilities to teach children about environmental issues and growing food.  The farm shop will sell zero-waste products and produce grown on site.”

The charity is always looking for volunteers and cake-bakers to help make the fundraising event a success, so if interested get in touch with Gemma on or call 01442 863364.

Help Sunnyside Rural Trust realise the full potential of this unique countryside community hub by investing in the buildings and resources to create a flagship centre.  The charity is seeking support from the local community in a number of ways:

  • Donations via org/charity/sunnyside-rural-trust/project/Mayors-appeal/
  • Volunteering
  • Sponsor the animal rescue shelter
  • Donate equipment such are flooring, lighting, solar panels, fencing, kitchen equipment, paint, shop fittings, animal care tools – contact the charity for the full list
  • Attend family fun fundraising event on Saturday, September 7 at 11am to 3pm.

Sunnyside Up Café and Farm Shop off Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 3pm.

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