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Orchard Vale Trust has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks!

As with previous years East Court opened to visitors during Somerset Art Weeks and the feedback on the arts and crafts created was extremely positive, with many visitors taking the opportunity to buy one of the many beautiful items created by the individuals who attend the workshops during the year.  There were some new events this year, including refreshments in the marquee on the lawn on the first Saturday of the Art Weeks.

Not to be out done, East Court then hosted a barbecue for residents, families and friends which culminated in a group drumming session with Mendip All Drummers, staff and residents took up the invitation to have a go at the drumming themselves.

3 Northcroft Residents raised over £2,000 completing the Thames Path Challenge which involved walking 14 miles, which is an impressive feat!  The Community Gardening Project has also had considerable success.  The aim of the project is to provide gardening services to those who need some help in the community and whilst there is no charge for the service many of our client were so pleased with the end result that they made a generous donation.  The Gardening Project is also supported by the Wedmore Community Power Co-operative who donated £2,000 to purchase some much-needed equipment.

The charity Life With Arts donated a beautiful new wooden building which now nestles in the wooded area at East Court.  We are currently putting the finishing touches to the decorations before we move in.  The new building provides a space that can be used by individuals and some of our Day Services groups and we would like to say a massive thank you to Life With Arts for the very generous gift.

We are just coming to the end of a bountiful harvest, the apples have been various and plentiful and there were an abundance of pumpkins and squashes – enough for Halloween decorations and some delicious wholesome soups, some of which found there way to the new Orchard Café in Yeovil, which opened at Wynford House at the beginning of October.

We are always pleased to welcome new staff and sorry to say goodbye to those who are moving on and the final note for this month must go to Gerald Andrews who is retiring from Orchard Vale Trust after 27 years – we wish Gerald well with whatever the future holds.