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September 13, 2017

Re-imagining the city – what do you want to discuss?


Join the Sims Hill Community Food Centre for lunch and help us decide on topics for our upcoming monthly discussions- we want to re-imagine our future and our city in a more sustainable and ethical way – so what big ideas and practical steps do we want to have and to take? During this event we will creating a list of topics that we want to explore over the coming year. Chris Sunderland, director of Sims Hill and the Real Economy will be facilitating.

The Sims Hill Community Food Centre group will be cooking a deicious vegan lunch for us to share. Please sign up for a ticket so we know how many to cater for. Donations for food costs would be appreciated.

Thursday 21st September, 12:30-14:00 @ Feed Bristol

Everyone welcome!

July 26, 2017

Sustaining the land: the diet question – lunchtime conversation

Easton pick up point

The next in our series of monthly conversations – let’s discuss what a sustainable diet really looks like. Hannah Steenbergen from the Sustainable Food Trust will be facilitating a conversation about this topic – drawing from her work at SFT, which will bring in important topics such as fats and livestock, soil and sustainability. Food for thought – and you will get fed as well! The members of our Community Food Centre will be cooking up some fresh, homegrown veggies so we don’t get hungry while we talk about food!

Thursday 10th August, 12:30-14:00.

Feed Bristol, 158 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HB

Please RSVP on eventbrite so we know how many people to cater for:


Everyone welcome.

The event is free but donations for ingredients would be welcomed.

March 12, 2017

Sims Hill is looking for a Volunteer Finance Manager

Hello all! Sims Hill needs a volunteer Finance Manager who will also act as our Board Treasurer. The job description is below. If you are interested, please send a cover letter to


This role will involve working closely with the Farm Manager and Chair of the Board to manage the overall finances of the business, including the grant funded projects.

This will include:

  • Developing budgets and business plans
  • Regular monitoring of income and spend compared to business plans
  • Reporting to the Board on the financial position.
  • Advising the bookkeeper where necessary on how to account for projects within the accounting package.
  • Liaising with the external accountant for the year end accounts.

Skills needed:

  • Financial and Business experience
  • Good Communication
  • Experience of financial accounting packages and Excel


  • Accounting experience
  • Experience of Quick Books
  • Knowledge of vegetable growing projects and challenges of this sector.

The book keeping and financial administration is not part of this role.

November 11, 2016

Sims Hill Supporter Member offer

workday Love what Sims Hill does but don’t need a veg share because you have an allotment or garden? Why not join us as a support member. For a monthly donation of any amount from as little as £3 and up, you can become part of the project. We’ll keep you informed of what’s going on and you will be welcome to take part in our membership meetings. You are also very welcome to volunteer at the site and come and join in our monthly workdays. At the same time you’ll know that you’re supporting local food growing in Bristol and our work with vulnerable communities and schools. To sign up contact us or fill in our membership form and send it to

November 10, 2016

Community Food Centre launch

The Sims Hill Community Food Centre is now open for referrals!


This is an exciting new project that aims to create a community around food growing, cooking and sharing. Taking inspiration from a progressive movement in Canada, the project supports individuals that require emergency food provisions to have access to good quality, healthy and local food.

The Community Food Centre which will take place at Sims Hill’s site at Feed Bristol every Thursday, involves a gardening session followed by a big meal prepared and cooked by the group. The group members have access to a free veg bag from by Sims Hill growers for nine weeks and will receive £45 of vouchers for the Real Economy Coop, as well as a free lunch at the site. The Real Economy Coop sources good quality, local and organic food from local producers and delivers to food clubs around Bristol.

We are currently looking for volunteers who would be available on Thursdays to help with running the session and helping to prepare the lunch. Please spread the word or get in touch to find out more.


October 11, 2016

We Need Your Help to Get a Tractor!

5f971509-2be8-4c21-b867-16ba9587f14aDear Sims Hill members!

You may have heard we need to buy a tractor in order to make more efficient use of our time and grow more and better veg.

To this end we are launching a crowdfunder, scheduled to begin in the first week of November.

We’d love it if you could spare a few minutes to write us a testimonial about why you choose Sims Hill for your veg, why you became a member and how it makes you feel to know your veg is grown locally by people with organic principles.  We want to use some of your quotes on our crowdfunder page.

We are looking for all kinds of other help too.  We expect to put in a months graft through October building up contact lists and networks, approaching various people from businesses to radio stations to get donations and advertising and obviously building the crowdfunder page itself- with a video and photos, Sims hills backstory, a breakdown of what we need and how much it’ll cost etc.

Through November, while the crowdfunder is live we will need to be promoting it lots to keep it in the public eye and get it spread far and wide so we’ll need bods for this month on computers but also doing a couple of events too.
In short, can you commit time through October and or November and are you / do you have any of the following:
  • Networks and contacts that we could use to promote our campaign and raise contributions:
  • Media contacts
  • Business contacts – local or corporate
  • Knowledgeable about the local area and its history or have old photos
  • Social networking skills
  • Event co-ordinating skillcake baking food making skills
  • A wealthy benefactor
  • Items/services we can offer as rewards for contributions
  • Storytelling skills
  • Musical skills
  • Journalistic and creative writing skills

If you can help please email Freya Widdicombe on

Any assistance gratefully received amigos,
SH Team
June 24, 2013

Polytunnel raising 30th June!

From grower Tim Lawrence:

We are looking for a team of 8-10 people to skin the polytunnel on Sunday 30th June from 10 am to until it is done (hopefully by 4 pm.) Bring lunch and a hammer! Text Time on 07973256572 if you are up for it. Cheers!

February 13, 2013

Sims Hill Shared Harvest AGM 26 February 2013

The Sims Hill Shared Harvest AGM will take place on 26 February at 7:30 pm at Horfield Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8PD. (see map) Please save the date!

As a member-owned co-operative, Sims Hill can only survive and thrive with the active support and participation of all of its members. We plan on being done as close to 9:30 pm as possible, and we hope to see all of you there! (Non-members are also very welcome!)

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January 3, 2013

New Year Workday and Celebration 13th January!

New Year Workday – Timber Decking Removal

Sunday 13th January


Eastside Roots, Stapleton Road Station, Easton

Eastside Roots is losing half of its site, so they generously offered us their timber-framed shelter and decking.

The plan is to rebuild it at Sims Hill as a packing shed/tea shed, using the decking for cladding.

A gang of volunteers and James’n’ Tim have taken down the shelter and some of the decking.

We need to get the rest out by the end of the month, and could do with some help.

Please bring a cordless drill with phillips screwdriver bits and/or a saw and/or crowbar, if you have them.

(N.B. this workday is not suitable for small children)

New Year Celebration – Big Bake, Stew’n’Roast

Sunday 13th January


Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6AW (see map here)

To welcome in the new year we are celebrating with a bring and share meal at Easton Community Centre.

Bring a big bake, stew or roast to share and any homebrew or left over goodies from Christmas!

Emmy is coming along with her harp and some musical friends to add to the ambience.

(N.B. this celebration is definately suitable for small children!!!)

Request: If you live near Easton Community Centre and are happy to bring along easily recognisable cutlery and crockery etc., please let me know Thanks (Tim 07973 256572)

December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Hill!

Happy Christmas from the Hill!

Hello everyone, and thanks so much for your support this year. As a community supported project, Sims Hills Shared Harvest wouldn’t exist but for the support and belief of its members. 2012 has been a tough year, but we are still standing, and with your help have put together some exciting ideas and plans for 2013!

Perhaps the most important decision made at the last member’s meeting is that we need each member to recruit a half or full veg share member over the next few months to ensure that we meet our financial commitments for 2013.

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