Archive for December, 2010

December 23, 2010

2 more dates for the diary…

Hello again from Sims Hill! We hope that you all have a very merry and festive holiday season!

After the New Year, Sims Hill is preparing to swing into action with our first open work day on our site. Mark your calendars for 22 January from 10 to 1. Bring a packed lunch and a mug for tea/hot drinks. We are planning on having regular work days on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, so if you can’t make this one, come along to the next!

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December 13, 2010

Sims Hill Shared Harvest Public Meeting Presentation

We hope that you are all enjoying the festive season! For those of you who weren’t able to come to or weren’t aware of our recent public meetings, you can download our membership offer here and our joining forms here. We are still a long way from meeting our goal of 50 full-share members so we can get growing in January, so please spread the word!

As promised at the meetings here is a recap of the presentations and slides.

The meetings were broadly broken down into the topics highlighted in the sunflower pictured at the left.

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December 6, 2010

Sims Hill Shared Harvest Membership drive continues!

Our public meetings may be over but our membership drive isn’t!

We had two very well-attended and enthusiastic public meetings but we need to build on the momentum that we have generated. Thank you so much to everyone who braved the cold and ice to come and support us. (write up and more photos coming soon!)

For those of you who have been to the meetings and intend to sign up, please remember to post your forms back to our registered address as quickly as you can. It is vital for us to know before January lst how close we have come to our goal of 50 pioneer members for the project. Also, for those of you who have been asking whether a half-share membership of £20 is an option for a pioneer member, please rest assured that we welcome all the forms of membership detailed in our joining pack, including half-shares, full shares, and supporter members starting at £5 a month or upward!

You can download our joining pack here (membership information) and here (membership form and standing order mandate). Please spread the word to any one you think may be interested!

December 1, 2010

Sims Hill Shared Harvest Joining Pack (updated 3 December)

Update 3 December: I have uploaded a new version of the PDFs which will hopefully help with any display issues. Also, I have taken the two extra zeros off the end of the Sims Hill Shared Harvest bank account number. The first 8 digits are correct on the older forms that were passed out at the 30 November meeting and on the first version of the pdfs, but the last two zeroes should be deleted from the account number. Apologies for that.

Thanks so much! The response at our public meeting last night was overwhelming, and we want to thank all of the people who came out on such a cold night to support us. A writeup of the meeting will be coming soon.

Note: Some people have said they have trouble viewing the PDFs. If you cannot view or download the pdfs properly from here, please get in touch at simshillsharedharvest at googlemail dot com and I will email them to you. Thanks.

As promised here are the joining documents which include our pioneer member offer. The documents include a description of the offer as well as the actual membership form and a standing order mandate. Instructions for where to send the membership form are included in the document. Please send the standing order mandate form to your bank.

The forms can be posted to the registered office address or signed, scanned and emailed back to us at

Download membership offer here.

Download membership form and standing order mandate here.

December 1, 2010

Sims Hill in recent Bristol City Council press release

From the Bristol City Council website:

Land boost for community food growing projects

Overgrown grazing land in the city that once was full of market gardens 100 years ago will be returned to its former glory thanks to a partnership between the City Council and two community groups.

The council is close to finalising negotiations to give Feed Bristol and Sims Hill Shared Harvest a lease for a 14.5 acre-plot of grazing land at Sims Hill, near Stoke Park off the M32.

Welcoming the news Council Leader Barbara Janke said: “Bristol is leading the way in finding opportunities to increase the amount of locally sourced food, and maximising the amount of land under food production in the city. These are exactly the type of projects we want to see in the city because both are exploring dynamic and co-operative ways of producing food, and combining this with encouraging more individuals to grow and prepare their own.”

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