Vote for Hawbush Community Gardens! by Ken Smith

We have an exciting opportunity to raise funds for the great work being doing at Hawbush Community Gardens just by voting at your local supermarket! Read below for more information…

For those who have never been able to visit, or who may not yet have heard of Hawbush Community Gardens (HCG), this is a stunning attraction for the community, with picnic area and bonfire site, small pond with rich aquatic wildlife, orchard, allotment plots, grass paddock, woodland – a virtual “oasis” almost hidden within the suburban sprawl of Hawbush, Brockmoor and Brierley Hill. Our vision is to develop the site as a valuable resource for local people, run by local people and managed by local people. Working with other agencies and organizations, including Brierley Hill Project, Amblecote Christian Centre and Atlantic Recovery Centre, we believe the site has the potential to make a significant difference to the lives and hopes of local people and, even, to transform the Hawbush community in the coming years.

We are already seeing some of that potential in some of our current work involving Hawbush School, Pens Meadow School, Dudley Youth Offenders Service and through some of the individuals who come to the site, either as volunteers or occasional visitors. Almost without exception, all who come to work on the site, even for a single, one-off day, really enjoy the time and find both the environment and the work experience, relaxing and emotionally/mentally beneficial. A significant milestone was achieved in December 2016, when we became a registered charity. So if you haven’t been to HCG, please accept an invitation to come soon – we are less than half a mile away from ACC, just off Brettell Lane on the way to Brierley Hill!

Recent events
During the Family Fun events organized over the past year by Roxy, we have been really blessed by an amazing team of volunteers and by the help and generosity provided by ASDA Brierley Hill, through Community Champions, Emma and Sophie (see photo). It has been a great pleasure to get to know many local families through these special events, with numbers increasing slowly but steadily as we have continued; it has also been a privilege to be able to provide some practical and material help to sometimes struggling families, in the process. 

We now have a wonderful opportunity for even more support from ASDA, being one of the three nominated charities for the quarterly shopping token scheme now running at the Brierley Hill store from 01 July to 30 Sept. At the end of this time, the charity with the highest token count will receive £500 grant, with the runners-up receiving £200. Coincidentally, we have also been shortlisted for the possibility of an even bigger cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The Tesco Carrier Bag token scheme runs from 01 July to 31 August for Hawbush Gardens, with shoppers able to vote for the charity they think should take away the top grant. In our case, the participating Tesco stores are the Audnam, Oldswinford and Stourbridge branches.

How can you help?

  • Between 1st July- 30th September, when visiting Asda, Brierley Hill, vote for ‘Habwush Community Gardens!’
  • Between 1st July- 31st August, when visiting Tesco stores in Audnam, Oldswinford and Stourbridge, vote for ‘Hawbush Community Gardens! More info about Tesco bags of help scheme>
  • It’s worth mentioning that tokens may not always be offered at the till after a shop, so please ask if so!

Any extra funds would be an amazing boost for us, as we launch our “GROWING IN THE COMMUNITY” proposals, based at Hawbush Community Gardens but aimed at reaching, helping and inspiring local families in their homes. For more information, please speak to me or visit our website or facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/hawbushgardens
http://www.hawbushcommunitygardens.co.uk

Ken Smith