OPEN DAY

SUNDAY 19TH SEPT 2021


WHAT'S OCCURRING...

It's nearly time for the Open Day this coming Sunday.  
We're looking forward to seeing you there and are hoping for at least some favourable weather.

The day is for you to see first hand what we're doing and how the site has progressed over the last year.   It's not been a great year for growing but we have delivered hundreds of veg boxes to our loyal customers and hundreds of kilos of fresh veg to Food Banks.

Here's what to expect.....

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IMPORTANT STUFF

Please take a moment to read:

  • If you or anyone at home has COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend and follow government advice.

  • Please check in on arrival so we know who is on-site.

  • Hand sanitiser is available around the site.

  • Toilet facilities are limited.  We have one portaloo (in the main car park) and one compost loo (near the orchard).

  • If driving on-site, please follow instructions and look out for pedestrians, children and animals.

  • Children must be supervised at all times.

  • Well-behaved dogs are permitted on-site but please keep them supervised at all times.

  • Government Coronavirus guidelines can be found here.

  • Our Risk Assessment for the event can be found here

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ARRIVAL & PARKING

Trustee, Mazin Al Jumaili

  • Parking on site is limited so if you can make your way to us without driving or you can park elsewhere, that would be a great help.

  • Our postcode (TN18 4QB) will take you to our next-door neighbours at Hall House.  Please turn left before entering their grounds to find Hope Farm Garden.

  • Likewise, when leaving, please ignore satnav and return directly to Moor Hill.

  • Our what3words are fairly.works.homeward.  These will take you directly to our car park.

  • You do not need to print or bring your ticket with you but we will be ticking names off the guest list (so we can keep track of who's on site).

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WELCOME

Trustee, Mandy Doran

Mandy is looking forward to welcoming our generous supporters, volunteers, partners, guests and customers.  

We couldn't do what we do without your support.

  • Mandy will introduce you to the garden if you haven't been before,

  • Let you know what is happening where

  • And when the next garden tour is setting off.

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GARDEN TOURS

Head Grower, Guy Pullen

Join Guy for a tour of the garden.


Guy is passionate about the Garden and is rightly proud of what's been achieved in his short time with us.  He's looking forward to sharing the delights of the veg with you!

  • Please arrive at the time you booked on registration to be sure of joining in.

  • Some areas of the garden are uneven and can be muddy in wet weather so please wear appropriate footwear.

  • There are some trip hazards so please watch your step.

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MEADOW AND HEDGEROW WALK

Heritage Lead, Debs Nicolls

Debs is new to the team and is very much looking forward to walking around the "wilder" parts of our site with you and talking about the woodland and ponds beyond.

  • Please come prepared for muddy, uneven ground, long grass, trip hazards, inclement weather, wildlife and vegetation!

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APPLE PRESS

Delivery Maestro, Trevor Gilbert

You may have met Trevor when he's out delivering your veg boxes on Fridays in addition to our lovely volunteer drivers. 

Join Trevor in collecting apples from our Orchard and turning them into apple juice with our press.  You'll even get to sample the results of your efforts.

  • You may encounter bees and wasps in our orchard. 

  • Children should be supervised at all times, especially around machinery.

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PRODUCE STALL

Project Coordinator, Cindy Mills


Cindy joined the team this year coordinating your veg box orders, deliveries and helping customers.

We won't have veg for sale on the day as it will all have been distributed to veg box customers on Friday but we will have a selection of goodies to purchase including: 

 - Cheese

 - Pesto

 - Apple juice

 - Candles

 - Bird boxes

 - Hands of Hope Jute bags


  • Credit cards are preferred for purchases.

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LUNCH

Trustees, Sosi Kaskanian & James Doran

Sosi and James will be cooking up fresh food on the day including:

 - Organic beef and chicken burgers,

 - Vegan sausage burgers,

 - Halloumi wraps,

 - Tabouleh salad,

 - Lemon drizzle cake,

 - Carrot cake,

 - Chocolate brownies,

 - Gluten free options available.

Please note: 

  • Lunch is between noon and 2pm.

  • It's first come, first served and when it's gone, it's gone.

  • Please advise any dietary intolerances when ordering.

  • Donations welcome!

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DRINK

Trustee, Ash Madden

Refreshments will be served all day including tea, coffee, fruit smoothies, beer, wine and cider.

Ash will be personally testing each of these throughout the day to ensure they meet with his approval.

  • Know your limits and please drink responsibly.

  • If you drink, never drive. 

  • Alcohol will only be served to those aged 18 and over.

  • Donations very welcome!

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MUSIC

The Band of Ukes

The Band of Ukes play at festivals, weddings, charities, pretty much anywhere.  They grew out of The Rye Ukulele Experiment, an open ukulele or jamming group, which was founded in 2012 in Rye.

  • The Band of Ukes will be playing two sets at 12:30 and 1:30pm while lunch is being served.

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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CHARITY

It's a garden.  And a work in progress.

Your support is essential to our work at Hands of Hope.  Contributions provide vital support for our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfil our mission. 


Please appreciate it's not long since our Garden was an overgrown wasteland.  Our project is long-term and depends on the help and support of our customers, donors, supporters and partners.

Your donations on the day are welcome or you can donate here and/or order veg boxes and more from our shop.