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Time to reconnect and celebrate the harvest!

Growing Memories Big Lunch 2013 pdfGreetings everyone

Growing Connections, will be holding our Big Lunch this year on Saturday 28th September from 11am until 2pm.

The theme will be Growing Memories and we look forward to sharing the material gathered from our Heritage Lottery Funded project with you all while enjoying fresh soup and salad grown with the volunteers’ help on the farm! Some of you will remember last years Big Lunch which was a fantastic day on the farm. This is again an opportunity to enjoy a social occasion and celebrate together.

It will be followed on the 19th October with the launch of the ‘Growing Memories’ project booklet, when the farm will be open to the public and the North Down Mayor and many others will be visiting our project. It would be great if you could make this event as well, since we will be holding our AGM on the same day. More details of this day to follow.

The Growing Memories project has been great fun with participant under 25 and over 50 sharing stories, through food, games, TV programmes and even mobile phones!
We will be sharing our video and digital material at the Big Lunch, and look forward to sharing more tales from across the years!

Games for all ages

Games for all ages

Paul and Gary, with the volunteers, are working every week on the farm, keeping it looking great and safe for users – many, many thanks to them all! Thanks to their hard work we can focus on all the other things …

Lets celebrate this year on the farm!

Rachael & Susanne


Introduction and Recruitment Day for Growing Memories

We had a very enjoyable and successful Information Day for the project on Saturday 11th May, resulting in most of the visitors signing up to participate in the programme.

Our team of volunteers, and farm manager had worked hard to prepare the barns to welcome folk from Bangor and Ards down the farm.
Many had been on the farm as children or working in the area and journeyed through the Quarries Farm daily to and from work or school.

All gathered around the table

All gathered around the table

We had about 15 people gathered, and invited everyone around the table. We quickly realised there was no need for ice breakers as stories flowed between all ages!
Old maps helped all ages to see how the area had been in the 70's

Old maps helped all ages to see how the area had been in the 70’s

Folk had the chance to get reacquainted, and Dennis Neill kindly brought maps along of the area in 1968-69 and earlier, illustrating to all ages how the area has changed.

With a patch of dry weather we lead short tours of Growing Connections facilities on Quarries farm and Ruby shared a little ‘bread and butter’ with her Grandaughter, from the Hawthorn trees first Spring leaves.

John Irvine
It was wonderful to hear all the stories and fantastic to have such willing contributors!

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for the first session on Friday 31st May at 1pm.

We are also looking for some more Under 25’s to participate, so spread the word and if you know anyone ask them to get in touch
with Rachael 02891878997 or email we look forward to hearing from you.

Growing Connections honeybees

Bees have survived the long winter, they are strong and healthy ready to return to National hive.
Volunteers have carefully cleaned the hive and prepared new frames for brood, were queen and bees stay together and keep stores of pollen, honey and young larvae.
On Saturday a small group of beekeepers with mentor from Killinchy Beekeeping Association moved them from Nuc box into carefully cleaned hive.
Great to see all the grubs [bee larvae] at various stages of growth and all the pollen stores from Dandelion and Gorse. Beautiful hexagonal pattern made by Queen laying eggs, and larvae at various stages of development.