Thanks to support from Talbot Village Trust, Garfield West and JP Morgan, BCHA now has a Yurt established at it's Allotment in Throop and thanks to a donation from JP Morgan a generator provides power. This enables meetings and training to take place all year round and regardless of weather.
Normally used for BCHA training sessions, in early June, BCHA's own Change, Transformation and Growth (CTG) team were able to use it for their quarterly in person meetings. The day was focused on the organisation's annual priorities including BCHA's commitment to make 'Every Contact Count'. It was also used as an opportunity to celebrate achievements and plan for the coming quarter.
The wildflower meadows, orchard and vegetable garden created a wonderful setting. Lunch was provided by a local company, C U Latte, and BCHA's allotment staff, Miles and Ashley, were on hand to support with teas, coffees and information about the allotment.
Team members particularly enjoyed the open space and the tour of the Allotment at the end of the day. Robins, butterflies, dragonflies and bees were spotted during the tour. One member of the team commented;
“I found this away day particularly engaging being based in the Yurt. It was the perfect setting to feel creative and inspired and I absolutely loved having the doors open to view the wildflowers of the allotment whilst we were working. I have asked if we can use this venue for our away day in the winter as I would love to work in there with the log fire going and feeling cosy but still enjoying being part of nature. To me personally this is when I am most creative.” Vicky Kate, Communications Manager
The CTG quarterly gatherings moves location each time and has previously been at The Factory and at one of the Community Front Rooms. This provides an opportunity for colleagues to see different elements of the organisations work and often includes visits to sites, such as the Bridport CoHousing community.
The Allotment is leased to BCHA by the BCP Council thanks to a partnership agreeement. It is tended by volunteers who come here to find some peace and to share their stories. If you are interested in using the Yurt for your event, please contact Jamie Clarke at email@example.com.