Random Café Opening!

We are pleased to announce we are opening as a café once again. This will be the first time we have been able to open since lockdown began.

We are holding a special event to celebrate on 30th October from 2pm till 5pm. Come along and see what the Random Team have been working hard doing for the last year.

The Meriden Residents Association will be joining us, and will be giving away pumpkins. Herts Schools Outreach will be there will activities for the kids. We will have guess the number games and a fabulous raffle. There will be hot and cold drinks and home made soup made with home grown vegetables from our garden. And as always there will be cake, lots of cake!

This will mark the start of our new café which will then be open from November 2nd, opening times coming soon.

WE NEED YOU!! We are looking for volunteers.

We are now open as a café as well as our usual waste food shop. With the gardens needing a lot of work and the extra volunteers needed to run the café and shop, we are now looking for more volunteers to join our team. If you would like to volunteer for Random Café or would just like to know more, fill in the form below and we will arrange a call to discuss it further.

Planning for February

Next area for planning is our storage area. This is an important next stage of the gardens. Not only will this mean we can really make the most of the storage, it will all be in one place, and we can start clearing the build area for our café.

At the moment these large metal containers are all over the site.

Our first job in rearranging our storage is the fencing.

It’s looking a little worse for wear.

Once we have the new fences in it’s time for concrete. It’s going to be quite a big job to get concrete from one end of the gardens to the other. Then a lovely new wooden cover, like the ones they have now, just bigger!

It’s going to be great when they are all done. We will post regular updates of how the site is coming along.

Meriden Gardens Update – January 2021

Lots of activity at the site already this year. The refurbishment of the garages is coming along nicely. Progress has been slowed down by the weather, and lock down restrictions, but we’ve still been doing what jobs we can to keep the momentum going and moving things forward.

We will soon have to say goodbye to Leavesden Green Hub, It has been our home since April. We are currently looking at end of February to move our shop into its temporary place at the site. The middle garage will be its new home. Neal has put in a lovely new ceiling, prepared the walls and started the painting.

In the garages we have started the painting the first 2 doors, six in total. Nici has given them their first coat of paint, undercoat. They won’t be white for long.

First bit of colour going on, Oxford blue.

There has been lots going in the garden area with our polytunnels. Two of them have been given a complete makeover and are looking great.

The Poly Greenhouse has been the starting point to growing our own vegetables, herbs and flowers. We have a few failures and lots of successes.

In the raised beds the garlic is coming along really well with over 30 shoots.

We are really pleased with the progress we have made, especially with the restrictions to numbers and the wet, cold weather.

Do you have skills?

With our crowd funder well on it’s way and our new home being rejuvenated, we are thinking about our next steps. This is where we need you!

Have you got the time and skills to help us out?

Email Jane at info@randomcafewatford.com

Pop over to our crowd funder to get an idea of what we are planning and doing.