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Spadework12 04 2018 0096

25th April 2018

It’s all “Go” at Spadework in Offham!

There’s a real buzz about Spadework right now and it’s not just from the bumblebees enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful flowers in the Garden Centre and Courtyard Garden. The Trainees are busy making things to sell at various events and also getting the site ready for one of the biggest events in the Spadework calendar; the Summer Fair, which will be held on Saturday 9th June from 10am until 3 pm. Then, just over a week later on Sunday June 17th, Spadework will be hosting its very first Vegan Festival. This promises to be a great event with around thirty stalls of vegan food, drink, cookery demonstrations, music throughout the day and even live performances by vegan comedians from the Viva La Vegans comedy club! On June 20th Spadework will host their AGM Celebration Day. This will be a great opportunity to see Spadework in action and to meet Trainees, Staff, Friends, Volunteers and Trustees and find out all about the charity, there will be a barbecue and many activities are planned throughout the day. Spadework is a charity which provides support and work based training for over ninety adults with learning and other disabilities. It operates from a beautiful seven-acre site in Offham, near West Malling and the Trainees who use our Day Opportunity Services to learn horticulture, customer service, socialising, communication and a plethora of other skills by working in the Garden Centre, Café, market garden style Vegetable Plot and Farm Shop. The Garden Centre has a great selection of vegetable plants, perennials, summer bedding plants, containers and pots, and a new range of composts including peat free organic compost. General Manager Kris Healey told us ‘our Trainees do such a great job looking after the plants in our Garden Centre and our customers really appreciate their hard work, they come back time and time again to tell us that our plants do so much better in their gardens than those they have bought elsewhere and the fruit and vegetables the Trainees grow are so full of flavour, much better than most supermarket food.’ Spadework’s home grown crops are used to create fresh seasonal dishes in their Café, they are also sold in the Farm Shop and supplied to other local businesses including top restaurants such as The Swan in West Malling. Spadework is open 7 days a week. For more details, follow them on Social Media or visit their website Charity no. 291198