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Allotment update

The Allotment plots at Wembley have been producing some excellent results.   The growing season is a little late. Apples and Pears are still to ripen. Marrow and Pumpkin are growing big.   Tomato and Blackberry are nearly ready to pick!   Our volunteers have done a great job on their first year’s growing from untended scrub to a moderate harvest. And what treasures we have discovered! Two Apple trees, Pear…

Growing things – a short story

We have worked with many people over the years providing a safe room and help with day to day problems.Now we are doing new things. We are helping people learn to use computers, tell their story about moving to London and find a place to call their own. Many Irish people have worked soil when they grew up, either on a farm, in a back garden or they’ve seen others…

I only came over for six months – Reminiscence project takes off

Innisfree have launched a new project to hear the stories of tenants who emigrated from their homes in the 1960’s and 70’s to work in London and the UK. The project, launched in June, will provide an opportunity for older Irish people to tell their story of emigration from their homes in Ireland. The project which is led by Fiona Smith from Federation of Irish Societies, with support from Age…

Move-on training moves to Clochar Court

Tenants at Clochar Court are now moving into the Internet-age by accessing IT training. The third and final session of IT training offered to Innisfree tenants has commenced at our sheltered housing scheme, Clochar Court. Participants are using PC’s and laptops to access the internet, record personal details and start researching information on Universal Credit and online shopping. Raffat Bari, trainer says ‘some of the students have never used a computer before…

David’s sleight of hand entertains young and old

You would want some very sharp eyes to catch David Hewett out as he entertained tenants and visitors to an afternoon of magic and fun. David, from Richmond visited Clochar Court in June and presented young and old with a selection of his tricks including memorising cards, producing handkerchiefs from thin air and making metal loops link together. Guests were enthralled by David’s skills and everyone enjoyed tea and chat…

‘Seeking and Finding’ – an inspirational day of meditation and personal prayer

Innisfree were proud to host a day of contemplation and personal prayer at Clochar Court Harlesden with Sr Sheila Gosney RJM. Tenants and visitors explored the meaning of prayer and how we can pray through quiet contemplation and in many different places. Participants considered times when they looked inwards to seek inspiration and other times when they felt inspired. Through simple acts of quietness and drawing, we learned how to recognise…

Allotment cleared

We’re making great progress in getting the allotment space ready for use. The fair weather over the pas few days has helped, so we’re hoping to have some plots ready to use before the end of March. The allotment has been cleared with the help of Pat Davis from Atlantic Landscapes and the soil has been turned over. The shed delivered two weeks ago has been erected and it’s now…

Clearance of allotment site

The allotment is muddy, overgrown and pretty neglected. But today work has started to clear the scrub and set up the newly arrived compost bins. The weather is warmer today and there is a little stretch to the afternoons with a promise of Spring in the air. The compost bins arrived and were assembled with the help of Seamús from Clochar Court. Michael and the man with all the equipment,…

Allotment project takes off!

Innisfree have just signed a tenancy agreement with Brent Council’s Parks Service to manage an allotment in North Wembley. We are usually asking other people to sign our tenancy agreements, so this is a new venture. We aim to offer this space to tenants and enlist the help of experienced volunteers to start growing fruit and vegetables. Tenants living near to the Allotment located at Sudbury Court Road, North Wembley will…