Viewing posts from: November 2012
30Nov
Week 10: Edventure Frome’s first organisational learning cycle
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The week beginning November 26th began with a session with Jo Berry, probably one of the most inspiring english figures working in Conflict Transformation. Jo lives in Frome and shared her story and experience, and helped us explore how we as an organisation and group of students can deal with and prevent conflict. Early next year we will have a follow up workshop with her.

While everybody was working on their individual projects and enterprises, Temujen and Johannes worked with Neil Oliver to prepare our first organisational reflection and revisioning day. We invited all stakeholders of the organisation to look at what we have done well, what we messed up, and what changes we have to implement now to respond to our learnings of the last two month. Neil, a very experienced facilitator based in Frome, did an amazing job at creating a space where feedback could be openly discussed. It provided us with the right information to redesign what we do. The changes will become obvious in the coming month…

And of course, a feast and celebration followed… Thank you to the Old Bath Arms for providing the space and food on such generous terms!

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29Nov
Week 9: Our first performance @ the Hub Club
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The aim of the Hub Club was to create a space where people meet, help build community, have fun and raise money for local good causes.    Thanks to Chris Samuel for taking this video in the audience.  

The Edventure Philharmonic Orchestra 

The team made their debut at the inaugural evening of the Hub Club.   Among the performances Angus Barr sang  Oath of Allegiance and The Banker Who Lost His Bonus.

Angus Barr sings Commercial Christmas with the B Naturals at Frome Hub Club, Nov 2012
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27Nov
Assignment #5: Frome Hub Club
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In the week commencing November 19th we geared up to our Hub Club Assignment. Zoe Ward was the project manager and our creative director. Annabelle Macfadyen supported us to put a set together. The aim of Frome Hub Club was to create a space where people meet, help build community, have fun and raise money for local good causes.

Community Impact

  • Raising money for good local causes (including Open Storytellers, a charity that is working with disabled adults).

Value Received

  • Edventure Frome has received £200 from the money raised

Learning Outcomes

  • Creative Direction of a performance
  • Improving skills in performing, playing together
  • Working together creatively
Angus Barr sings ‘Oath of Allegiance’ at Frome Hub Club, Nov 2012
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27Nov
Another trip to Somerset Wood Recycling!
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As part of our continuing research into our wood recycling project, me, Harry and Dobbie made another trip down to the Somerset Wood Recycling centre in Weston Super-Mare. This time with the intention of spending the day there and getting more of a feel of how the place runs on a day to day basis.

We arrived early albeit getting slightly lost along the way (I blame bad directions from Harry…) and got stuck in. We were given a quick tour of the space and the workshop, introduced to some volunteers and then challenged to make something out of a large slab of wood that they had. The really laid back atmosphere of the place was really inspiring, they pretty much gave us free reign of the workshop with people available to help if we needed anything.

Later on in the day me and Harry went out in the truck on a collection. It was really interesting seeing how it all works. We visited a local concrete mixing firm that use a huge amount of wood weekly to create moulds. SWR visit their site roughly once a week and collect anything that they have put aside. It’s regular arrangements with businesses like this that account for the most of the wood collections.They charge per square yard of wood on stuff that isn’t immediately sellable at a price cheaper than landfill, and anything that is really useful they will take away for free.

When we returned we sat down with Triss, one of the founders of the project. He gave us a huge amount of information and advice, things that worked, things that he would’ve done differently and provided us with a bunch of documents and information that would be helpful to us. For me, hearing that they felt very much in the same boat when they started (described as one man in a warehouse with a big pile of wood) was really encouraging

On the way back, we got lost again. Even more lost than on the way. I blame Dobbie for that one…

Our next step is to turn all this talk into actual reality. We are hoping to send off a bunch of funding applications before the new year so we can secure the physical things that make our startup possible. Things like a truck to collect wood with and a space to do it in.

Also, to try and build up interest from people and businesses in the community, relationships with people that get through wood on a regular basis and people that would want to volunteer or use the services that we hope to provide.

Please pass the message on to anyone that you think might be interested!

My email is : [email protected]

My phone number is : 07907269228

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27Nov
Week 8: Spicy, creamy parsnip & apple soup, and the Edventure Phil Orchestra
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Last week (w/c 12th Nov) we geared up to our biggest assignment yet: Frome Independence Day. A resilient local economy is key for the future of young adults in Frome, and by promoting and cooking local, seasonal food for 200 people we wanted to support it. Harry and Camilla project managed & facilitated the assignment. Read their reflections here.

Our Monday contributor was Jenny Thomas, the co-founder of Unicorn Camps and resident in Frome. The focus was event and project management. After the Independents Day Assignment we had plenty of questions, and consequently, what we learned from Jenny was set within the context of our experience.

After just a short weekend break, we got together again for our next assignment: A performance at the Hub Club, a charity fundraiser on Saturday night.

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27Nov
Independence Day Frome
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Independence Day 2012 was an event held on November 17th 2012 at Wesley Chapel. It was organised by Keep Frome Local and featured plenary, workshop and Q&A sessions. Much of the tone of the day was about the impact of supermarkets on towns, but sessions also included discussion about food, planning law, campaigning, the High Street in 2050, the future of small business and more.

Edventure Frome catering for over 200 local residents.
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27Nov
Assignment #4: Independence Day Conference and Vallis Veg
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November 2012. The Independence Day event is organised by ‘Keep Frome Local’ to stimulate the debate on local food, business, politics, and the effects of large supermarkets on the local economy. The assignment is to cater for 200 people, and promote local food and suppliers at the same time. Many local producers donated ingredients, and the Project Managers have arranged work exchanges with other producers. For example, the Edventure Team worked a day for Vallis Veg in exchange for chard and squash grown in Frome.

Community Impact

  • Promoting local food, suppliers, and producers
  • Supporting Frome Independence Day

Value Received

  • All profits go to Edventure Frome and its participants

Learning Outcomes

  • Catering and event management
  • Involving groups of volunteers
  • Health and Safety, assessing Risks and writing Risk Assessments
  • Catering for large groups of people
  • Researching local food suppliers, standards and ethics
  • Negotiating sponsorship and partnerships

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27Nov
Week 7: Searching for pots and good ideas
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We pride ourselves on our ‘can-do’ attitude to everything, especially our confidence in taking on challenging community assignments. This week we are facing a big challenge, working on the Frome Independence Day assignment, which involves catering for 200 people and promoting local food at the conference.

We are learning about the hard stuff; Food and Environmental Health regulations, risk assessments, testing recipes, coordinating diverse local food suppliers, finding certified kitchens and big enough pots… First of all, ‘hats off’ to the Project Managers of this assignment, Camilla and Harry. We are looking forward to the reflections about their learning. And to the party after we are done! We are also looking forward to reflect and learn more as an organisation about how we can support our participants to take on challenging community assignments.

We have also started this week to gather more ideas for our next major assignment. As a group we are developing a 10-minutes performance piece for Frome Hub Club. All profits will go to local good causes.

Our week ‘ended’ this Monday, with Temujen returned from her bike ride from Brighton to Frome (!!), time for reflections, a workshop on portfolio making and demonstrating learning with Jeremy Le Fevre, a brilliant lunch with some much appreciated guests, and Councillor Peter Macfadyen speaking to the group on “what makes projects and community events work in Frome”.

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14Nov
Week 6: All roads lead to Rome and Frome
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We had another week of buzzing activity in Frome, although most of us spend quite a few hours in front of the fire, drinking tea, recovering from colds.

A highlight this week was working with Vallis Veg, a local organic market garden. In exchange for our work we received plenty of squash and other vegetables to cater and promote local food at the Frome Independence Day Conference. Read Camilla’s post about the day and assignment here. Another inspiration of this week was Harry’s, Ben’s and Mick’s visit to the Somerset Wood Recycling Project. Watch this space, Frome will have its very own Wood Recycling Business soon. Read their blog post here.

Meanwhile in Rome, Italy, Johannes worked with a group of european partner organisations to form the International Partnership for Transformative Learning (IPTL). Edventure Frome may seem like a small project in a small market town. It is also a leading prototype of new educational concepts and part of an international movement of organisations that rethink education and collaborate to develop best practice together.

Best of all, our week had a brilliant ending. Annabelle Macfadyen facilitated a theatre improvisation session for us. The intention was to kick us off into developing a cabaret piece to be performed in a few weeks time by all of us.

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08Nov
A day out on the land at Vallis Veg
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Yesterday we finally closed down our computers, put away the post-its and headed on down to Vallis Veg to get our hands dirty. With so much time spent staring at white boards and re-writing proposal forms everyone was very cheerful to feel the sun and the rain and get some fresh air flowing through our bones. For the last couple of weeks we have been planning the menu for Independence day which is one of our first big assignments. We are catering for up to two hundred people on the 17th November serving delicious soups, breads and cakes (Frome Independence day website here). As it is Independence Day we have been looking to support local growers and businesses in and around Frome and Vallis Veg is one of those local growers. Chris and Cordelia kindly offered us armfuls of squash, chard and potatoes in return for some help around their eighteen acre site in Vallis Vale (website here).

Sun shining and feeling full after our weekly Friday egg breakfast we zoomed down the hill and Chris put us to work, digging out the drainage, clearing the poly-tunnels and putting the beds to rest for winter. Singing songs and with Alexandra (Chris’s daughter) keeping us entertained the work was soon done, just in time before the skies opened. It was a fantastic day and the whole group appreciated spending time together doing some physical work and being on the beautiful site of Vallis Veg. It was great to make a friendship with Chris and we are really excited about the prospects of working there again soon and the potential for an assignment there in the new year.

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