October Newsletter #3

Hello everyone!

Cooking sessions

It’s here – the time everyone in Bath Foodcycle has been eagerly awaiting – the first of our new cooking sessions!! As I announced in the last newsletter, we have agreed to run a trial three week cooking session in St Mary’s Church on Julian Road.

The rota is on the foodcycle web page – go to foodcycle.org and select the link at the top of the page “Login to your foodcycle group”, select Bath Hub and log in with your details. If you haven’t signed up on the website yet, see the bottom of the newsletter for instructions. Once you are logged into the Bath hub, select the tab ‘Volunteer’ and you will see our rota for the next cooking session. This saves automatically so once you have added your name to a slot you don’t need to anything else! Please ensure that you put your name against the appropriate role and please note that we require volunteers to have signed up on the website and completed the health and safety quiz.

We also need drivers to help pick up and drop off food before and after the session. If you are able to do this, please note your name down on the rota and also email us at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com so we can add you to the list of available drivers.

We are all very excited about this new cooking session and I know we have a lot of volunteers eager to get involved. Be aware that there aren’t many slots on the rota so if you want to cook with us make sure you put your name down quickly! If you want any more information about what a cooking session will entail please feel free to email me questions to the email address above!

Soul Food – massive success!!

On behalf of everyone, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make our Soul Food event the best Bath Foodcycle event yet! It was a roaring success with music from the Gollywhoppers, Big Green Uncle, Slapface and the Hoagies, Bryan Chalker and Out of the Brew, and Swamp Donkey so thank you to everyone who came and performed! We totted up the total amount we raised and it came to a massive, enormous, jaw dropping £913.30!

We had a lot of support from local businesses who donated towards our raffle and the prizes were collected by thrilled guests– including the Mayor of Bath! We also need to say a special thank you to Simon and the team at Green Park tavern for their infinite patience and generous help all the way through the planning stages and all through the event itself.

In all, it was an awesome evening and we would like to thank everyone who contributed in many, many different ways! Without you all it wouldn’t have been possible.

Oxjam Takeover

It feels like we’re on a fundraising roll at the moment as the night after Soul Food three dedicated (and not hung over, surprisingly!) volunteers manned a stall at Oxjam’s takeover music festival. Selling leftover snacks and generally raising awareness of foodcycle, we raised another £59 and a $20 bill!

Final Note

A reminder for everyone who wants to be involved in cooking.. you need to sign up on the website and do the Health and Safety Quiz before you can cook with us. This is also where I’ll be sending the newsletters and rotas out from so it’s quite important you sign up even if you don’t want to attend a cooking session!

  • o To do this go to www.foodcycle.org.uk
  • o On the top of the page there will be a little headline saying volunteer, and do the test and fill in the details
  • o Once you have done this, you will be able to access all the bits and pieces on the foodcycle website, such as the rota!

As ever, if you would like to get more involved with Foodcycle or have an idea of event you think we should be involved in, drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing people at the cooking sessions! Hope you all have a great Halloween!

Alice & the Foodcycle Team x

October Newsletter #2

Hi Everyone!

Great week – Volunteer Meeting, Soul Food coming up and a very exciting announcement….

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Volunteer Welcome meeting on Wednesday! It was great to meet so many lovely people who want to give their time to such a fantastic cause!

A reminder for everyone who wants to be involved in cooking.. you need to sign up on the website and do the Health and Safety Quiz before you can cook with us. This is also where I’ll be sending the newsletters and rotas out from so its quite important you sign up even if you don’t want to attend a cooking session!

  • To do this go to http://www.foodcycle.org.uk
  • On the top of the page there will be a little headline saying volunteer, and do the test and fill in the details
  • Once you have done this, you will be able to access all the bits and pieces on the foodcycle website, such as the rota!

If you have a bit of spare time this weekend, our fundraising team is looking for people who have a bit of time to spare  over the weekend to put up a few posters around Bath. Alexa has a list of specific places we haven’t postered yet so if you are able to help out  please give drop us an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com

Exciting Announcement…

After weeks of hard work from many people in the team and in particular, our community outreach leader, Phil, we have agreed to start cooking at St Mary’s Church on Julian Road as a three week trial! This is a fantastic development and I know many of us can’t wait to get cooking!

The sessions will run on a Wednesday with exact timings to be announced with the rota at the end of October. I anticipate quite a high demand for these spaces and we have to limit the number of cooking spots each week so If you are interested in attending these sessions, keep an eye out for our next newsletter and put your name on the rota quickly!

Soul Food is a week away!

Soul Food

After a long time in preparation… our Soul Food event is nearly here! Invite friends, bring housemates! With entertainment being provided by the best local blues, bluegrass and American roots musicians and a free iced tea on the door, what’s not to love!

Tickets are available now at Bath Box Office (http://tinyurl.com/cbwwb3x) and standard tickets available from wegottickets.com & Fudge Kitchen on Abbey Churchyard.

£5 Standard – Live music & complimentary gin iced tea, from 20.30

£10 Full – Hot meal, live music & complimentary gin iced tea, 19.00

(FULL TICKETS = LIMITED NUMBER so buy early to avoid disappointment. Food served at 19.30, so if you hold a Full Ticket don’t be late!)


Final Note

It was lovely to meet everyone on Wednesday and I hope to see you all soon! We are always looking for people to get involved with Foodcycle so if you would like to get more involved with co-ordination behind the scenes, drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com and let me know what your area of interest would be. Whether you would like to work with the community outreach team, get involved with driving recruitment with me or if you have a suggestion or idea, we would love to hear from you!


Have a fantastic weekend and I hope to see you all at Soul Food!

Alice & the Foodcycle Team x

October News

We have had a fantastic week for Foodcycle! New recruits, awesome publicity and a hugely successful bag packing event!

It is always a pleasure to write such a positive newsletter and this week is no exception. Some of you may have noticed the Chronicle’s glowing article about us in last week’s paper and for those who haven’t seen it, here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/bwyl59mOf course no article should be without a cheesy picture and ours does not disappoint! It is great publicity for us and has raised our profile in the local area. Well done to our Publicity Hub Leader, Maxine, for organising this for us!

Foodcycle

 

“Welcome to Foodcycle” meeting

We have been inundated with emails from people wanting to get involved so I am hosting a “Welcome to Foodcycle” meeting at 7pm on Wednesday the 10th of October at the Green Park Tavern. This will be a welcome meeting for people who are new to foodcycle and a catch up meeting for people who have been involved in the past and would like to get up to date with what is going on at the moment. This is the venue for our upcoming Soul Food event on Friday the 19th of October and will coincide with the Hub Leader meeting being held there at 7pm so it would be nice to stick around for a drink afterwards and get to know some of the team!

Drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com ‘re: Welcome meeting’ so I can get an idea of numbers. Link to the map: http://goo.gl/maps/OSHdd

 

Soul Food is just around the corner!

Everyone at Foodcycle is very excited about the upcoming Soul Food event! It is a night of food and music with roots in the Deep South so expect fantastic local blues, bluegrass and American roots musicians. We are collecting wooden crates and jam and sauce jars to decorate the event with so if anyone has any of either, please hang on to them and we can arrange to pick them up at some point!

There are limited tickets available for the excellent meal being prepared by our very own Foodcycle chefs (get them ASAP if you would like one!) and a later entrance ticket to enjoy the Live music. There are more details on the facebook page: http://en-gb.facebook.com/events/147740532037680/

Tickets are available now at Bath Box Office (http://tinyurl.com/cbwwb3x) andStandard tickets available soon from wegottickets.com & Fudge Kitchen on Abbey Churchyard
£5 Standard – Live music & complimentary gin iced tea, from 20.30 

£10 Full – Hot meal, live music & complimentary gin iced tea, 19.00
(FULL TICKETS = LIMITED NUMBER so buy early to avoid disappointment. Food served at 19.30, so if you hold a Full Ticket don’t be late!)

 

For the kid in your life or the big kid in you!

We are always in favour of supporting local events and this is a great autumnal event being organised by the National Trust. Carve It, Cook It, Eat It! will showcase pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations with local chefs from Bath Soup Company and Bath FoodCycle you will have the opportunity to sample various dishes and take home the recipe cards! There will be an awesome face painter and they are kindly donating 50% of their proceeds to Foodcycle so go along and show your support for fantastic local events!

http://www.list.co.uk/event/20345925-carve-it-cook-it-eat-it/

 

 

Final Note

I would just like to say a big big thank you to everyone who came out and helped us bag pack at Sainsbury’s. We raised an astonishing £250 and were donated over 80kg of food!! That’s going to keep us going for a long time! It was an awesome day for recruitment too and we got quite a bit of interest from people who would like to get involved.

We are always looking for people to get involved with Foodcycle so if you would like to get more involved with co-ordination behind the scenes, drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.comand let us know what your area of interest would be. Whether you would like to work with the community outreach team, get involved with driving recruitment with me or if you have a suggestion or idea, we would love to hear from you!

Hope you are all having a lovely week,

Alice & the Foodcycle Team x