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Temple Druid News and Views!

Warming winter tales to warm your heart.

Saint Dwynwen’s day or Valentines day?

The crisp winter days have suddenly turned into a misty gentle rain, and this has meant that the ground has become more sodden and muddy!

We have realised a few things living here.
1. The importance of really good insulation and
2. The importance of a massive stock pile of dry wood!

These are things we are continuing to work on through the winter months and any help with either is always warmly welcomed!

We also recently discovered that in Wales the day of lovers is celebrated on the 25th of January. It is known as Saint Dwynwen’s Day. She was a 5th century princess who became patron saint of Welsh lovers, after a tragic love story of her own! We hope that what ever you might be celebrating this month, you have a snuggly warm space to *’cwtch’ in!

We have also started work on one of the upstairs bedrooms, and were surprised to find about 10 years of earth in the chimney. This was most likely the reason that it was impossible to dry the walls out in both adjoining bedrooms!

So as we roll on towards the welcome embrace of spring, we look forward to seeing many of you at Temple Druid!

*cwtch – Welsh word for an affectionate hug!
You can help us in many ways!
Loans & loan stock
Donations : finances or items
Volunteer help at Temple Druid
Volunteer time (for example to help write bids or fund raise)

All New Visitor & Volunteer Sessions for 2017!

Temple Druid is a glorious place to visit, but it also needs a great deal of up-keep! We greatly appreciate all the wonderful help, energy and love that we get from all our visitors, small and tall! This year we are trying a new types of sessions which are more regular, plus having some longer weekends for those who like to stay or who have a long way to travel.

Our next visitor session is Thursday 9th February 2017

Please email us on info@templedruid.org to book your visit.

The session is 10am – 1pm and includes:
A welcome briefing of the history of Temple Druid from the Bronze Age to date
A tour of the downstairs of the John Nash designed House and Barns
A guided walk through some of the gardens and land at Temple Druid
A brief outline of the current communities aims, objectives and projects
A cup of something warm or cold

These sessions would suit those who want to take a peek the history of the house and land, meet some of those who currently live and work here, and find out more about the regeneration of the house and associated projects. We are suggesting a donation of £10 per adult for this tour and tea. We are open to groups (such as schools or historical societies) contacting us in advance to make group bookings.

Our next Volunteer Day is Sunday 19th February!

These are days when the community is focused on one or two general projects at the estate (eg: logging, land husbandry, planting, decorating etc) These dates are generally the 3rd Sunday of the month (except September). We will provide you a lovely simple vegetarian lunch in return for your day of helping. We will not be able to provide any accommodation during these days.

Please contact us for more details! info@templedruid.org or visit the website http://www.templedruid.org/

Kids, get your pencils out and get drawing for our competition! Closing date is the 14th of February!

 

Retreats & Workshops 2017

A range of wonderful workshops and retreats are being held this year at Temple Druid.
Please click on a link for more information:

Family Bushcraft (kids go FREE!) 14~17 April
Spritual Development 28~ 1 May
Live long ~ Live Strong 23~26 June
Meditation Retreat 14~17 July
Wisdom Within Retreat 4~7 August
Healing Retreat 8~11 September

For full details of these retreats please click on this link http://replenish.me.uk/ or email hello@replenish.me.uk

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Workshops, courses and retreats with Rachael

Thirteen Moons Journey , Shamanic Drum Making, Red Tent events, Scar Sister days
Journey into Womanhood – Mothers & Daughters Retreat

For more about these events please click on the following link http://www.rachaelhertogs.co.uk/ or email info@rachaelhertogs.co.uk

Autumn reflections…Temple Druid Newsletter

The end of September and throughout October we were blessed with some lovely Autumnal weather! It actually stopped raining for weeks at a time and the sun shone beautifully in the blue skies.

This meant that we could really crack on with some outdoor work on the house and land and with our amazing band of volunteers a number of jobs got done.

Thanks to craftsman and volunteer Jason and his trusty assistant James, the beautiful new log burner was installed in the snug. This was was possible with a generous donation from Mike and our thanks goes to him, Jason, James and everyone who helped!

The house as a whole also got a little face life. Rachael and Jules balanced on the scaffolding in the dusk for a few evenings to remove the bee’s nest in the eves. This was fairly dangerous work, but they were determined to move the bee’s in as gentle way as was possible. Doing this at dusk meant the bees were less aggressive. The next day however the remaining bee’s swarmed and nearly went down the chimney to make a new nest! With a little magic and a lot of luck, the bee’s were somehow persuaded by Jules to put themselves into a box on the floor! What a result! They were then relocated to the top field!

Tom and James also got to grips with the entrance restoring it to is former glory. The scaffold allowed the team to get on with restoring and repairing guttering, fascias as well as getting a wonderful view of the land!

Many of the downstairs windows are in need of extensive repair and as the house is listed we did not have time to overall them properly. This will be part of the restoration work bid that we are preparing for the Heritage Lottery Fund. We did however, ensure that they were treated to stop any further deterioration and smartened up to match the rest of the tidy house!

Our willing workers in October were blessed with sunshine rays as they worked tirelessly with the TD team to clear the kitchen garden, bring in the corn,apple and raspberry harvest, clear the small poly tunnel, mend the track to the house and trim the extensive hedge and tree line on the drive. The fountain was also cleared and tidied.

As we move into November James and Tom have got to grips with the back wall of the house and they are filling the gaps with Lime plaster before it gets a paint.

Wood chopping, collection and storage is a massive priority here as we head to winter. A group of us were able to get up to the large barn and begin to cut and stack wood to season. This is a job that is continuous throughout the year and its amazing how a few people working together for a few hours can make great inroads into this task!

It is also important to acknowledge all that goes on behind the scenes. A lot of writing bids, running the database and emails, banking and generally organising stuff. Shona has been particularly involved with the Heritage Lottery Bid and managed to get a first section actioned! (see more below)

As a group we have only owned the house for a few months and at times it doesn’t seem that we are making much progress. However, when we look back at the photos and remember what has been achieved this year, we feel very thankful to all those that have come and lent a hand, made donations or just sent their heart felt good wishes to us which helps us to keep going.
Blackberry Open Day!

In September we held a community blackberry day. We opened the top area to visitors. We were blessed with lovely weather as we served refreshments and watched the children play handstands, chase and hide and seek. Next year we hope to run more open days, and have put a bid into the community ‘Celebrate’ lottery fund. Lets keep our fingers crossed in the hope we are successful!

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No it wasn’t a mistake, its just the editors strange sense of humour about paperwork! See if you can work out the title of this piece! (answers by email please!)

As the days get shorter, usually a time of rest can be had. We however need to turn on our lights and computers and start writing a range of bids to further our vision. We have allocated different tasks in the group, but we would always welcome help and advice from those who are experienced in this kind of work. If you have any ideas or think you can help, we would love to hear from you!

We are currently focusing on: Heritage Lottery Funding Bid for the house and barn refurbishment and One Planet Permissions.

We have internet so Skype, email and phone support is welcomed! Please consider this, as it may well mean we can emerge next spring from the paper pile!
Animal Antics!

Late summer and autumn has brought some funny antics from the animals here. Many of you like to know what they have been doing so we thought we would bring you up to date!

Poor Masie fell over and hit her face resulting in four teeth being lost. Some fell straight out, the others were unfortunately flapping in her mouth and needed the vet to visit (not a happy bunny!) She has recovered well however, and seems not to mind munching on the toothy side! Branwen didnt want to be outdone so she decided that she would begin to jump over 4 foot clean out of the goat pen and walk along the wall to eat all the yummy branches normally out of reach.

Our bantam hen didn’t manage to hatch the eggs she had, despite her best efforts (probably not fertilised) so we bought her some day old chicks and she adopted them instantly! They are a bigger breed than she is and right now they are growing taller than her! The other small bantam hen got a fracture, but after looking on the internet, Jules found that she could splint her leg and it would mend brilliantly!

The local cow herd surprised us one day by managing to escape in to our top fields, resulting in a few of them frolicking in the meadow for a while!

And last but not least, a stray cat gave birth on a beam high in the barn. One kitten dropped from the beam before she moved the other three to lower ground. Fortunately the little black kitten was found as it was mewing weakly and due to the gentle care and healing from those that were around, it became strong enough to join its mum and siblings! We temporarily named that one Lucky of course!
Volunteer Weekends 2017
Thank you to all those who have given time to help us over the past year. We have had a lot of fun and met a wide range of lovely people of all ages. If you are interested in volunteering for a weekend with us, send an email to info@templedruid.org.

We have yet to decide on the dates for next year, but if you feel inspired, look out for the next email or check in with the website in a few weeks!

http://www.templedruid.org/live-volunteer-here/volunteer-here/
Retreats & Workshops 2017

There are a number of retreats and workshops being planned for 2017. Please click on a link for more information:

Thirteen moons journey
http://www.rachaelhertogs.co.uk/thirteen-moons-journey/
Weekend Retreats
Six individual weekend retreats covering a wide range of subjects with Jules and Jimmi from April – September.
More info click here! http://replenish.me.uk/
Red Tent Events
with Rachael
http://www.rachaelhertogs.co.uk/red-tent/

Having a busy old time….

Since the completion of the sale we’ve had a busy old time here at Temple Druid!

The stormy weather had blown down a tree that we needed to get cut up and off our neighbours land, so we borrowed a 4X4 and trailer and the guys set to work!

Some goats have arrived and are settling in well with our neighbours goat…Branwen and Pablo have joined Maisie!

fallen tree goats horse ride

The children got to have a cart ride with Jilly and Billy…they were so excited!

shadow funeral rope swing

Sadly we lost a couple of our members…Shadow the cat passed away and Boo our oldest chicken, so there were 2 little funerals within days of each other, the children gathered offerings and sang beautiful songs to mark their passings.

The swing rope was moved…Tom took the job of tree climbing to reposition it!

Here are the children having fun in Ishwara’s play house in the garden. They are planning to open a Kids Cafe in the summer!playing

Rachael’s workshop was trailered in, the blokes had quite a mission moving it! It’s in the process of being clad in wood now.shed move

wellies

The sunny weather has now arrived….hopefully our wellies can go away for a bit….probably not!

We hope some of you reading this might join us for our Volunteer Days-

Volunteer Weekend Dates for 2016-
May 27/28/29

June 24/25/26

July 29/30/31

September 16/17/18

October 21/22/23

If you are interested in helping out  please contact Jules on info@templedruid.org who will send you more details.

The New Guardians of Temple Druid

Last week our group celebrated becoming the new guardians of Temple Druid!

After two years work we finally completed the sale and now the hard graft really starts!

We are looking for new members to live here and volunteers to help in any way ….. we look forward to welcoming you to our new home!

From the Temple Druid group

Jules, Jim, Rachael, Tom, Emrys, Dorothy, Ishwara, Shona and James xxxx

TD group

2016 Volunteer weekends at Temple Druid

Volunteer Weekend Dates for 2016- Feb 12, 13 & 14th , 11, 12 & 13th March, 2 & 3rd April, 27, 28 & 29th May
We have availability for a couple of families to come and be in the house with us or to stay in their own camper van- locals are welcome to join us on Saturdays!

In return for your work, we will provide some food, accommodation and great company! You are also very welcome to bring your own van, tent, yurt, tipi etc. You can of course just come for the day!

If you are interested in helping out on this beautiful heritage site please contact Jules on info@templedruid.org who will send you more details.

Wood Collection- There are a number of fallen and dead trees we will be cutting up and logging to season. Locals are welcome to help and can have a bag of wood to take home!

Repair and Maintenance- This includes roof repair, fixing the bedroom ceiling, mortar pointing, repair of window frames, and painting in lime wash.

Experience and Skills- we will welcome volunteers with varying levels of skill and experience, and look forward to sharing ours too, so that each of us can learn something new.

Market Garden- We plan to turn a field of depleted pasture into a produce garden and shop, and will need help digging, composting, building our polytunnel, and starting to plant crops to over winter.

Land- Right now there are task such as helping to gather firewood to the barn for winter, repair to stone walls and fencing.

As projects at Temple Druid develop there will be further opportunities to gain experience by working alongside leaders in heritage crafts and building skills, and as our programme of workshops and courses get going you may wish to help on one of these.

 

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Dates for our next ‘new member visits’…

Bi-MONTHLY NEW MEMBERS DAYS

Saturdays- 16th October, 12th Dec

2016 – Feb 20th,  April 9th

Please book your visit by emailing –  info@templedruid.org

We are in the initial stages of purchasing Temple Druid which is set in 56 acres of woodland, pasture, steams and meadows and we are looking for members to join us in creating a community based on the foundations of compassion and respect for nature, ourselves and others and a strong wish to tread gently on the earth. We imagine that our community will eventually consist of 8-10 permanent households – families, couples or individuals – as well as having room for people who want to rent and or volunteer.

During this first stage we are hoping for new members with capital to contribute to the significant pot of money we already have to invest in the community so we can secure the purchase of the property. If you are interested have a look around our website to find our more about who we are, our progress and our dream.

We would like to invite potential new community members the opportunity to visit Temple Druid and meet the community. There will be a tour of the grounds, a question and answer session and time for a shared vegetarian lunch with us.

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Please book your visit by emailing- info@templedruid.org

We welcome interest from families and individuals interested in joining our community as members, short term and long term volunteers.

For more information about how to join Temple Druid Community see our “Live Here” page.

Temple Druid Ltd Company, Not for Profit, Company Number 9238932

Volunteer Weekends at Temple Druid!

Volunteer Weekend Dates for 2015- 17, 18 & 19th July, 28, 29, 30th Aug (FULL) , 11, 12, 13th September.

In return for your work, we will provide some food, accommodation in tents and great company! You are also very welcome to bring your own van, tent, yurt, tipi etc. You can of course just come for the day!

If you are interested in helping out on this beautiful heritage site please contact Jules on info@templedruid.org who will send you more details.

Wood Collection- There are a number of fallen and dead trees we will be cutting up and logging to season. Locals are welcome to help and can have a bag of wood to take home!

Repair and Maintenance- This includes roof repair, fixing the bedroom ceiling, mortar pointing, repair of window frames, and painting in lime wash.

Experience and Skills- we will welcome volunteers with varying levels of skill and experience, and look forward to sharing ours too, so that each of us can learn something new.

Market Garden- We plan to turn a field of depleted pasture into a produce garden and shop, and will need help digging, composting, building our polytunnel, and starting to plant crops to over winter.

Land- Right now there are task such as helping to gather firewood to the barn for winter, team sessions of ragwort pulling, repair to stone walls and fencing.

As projects at Temple Druid develop there will be further opportunities to gain experience by working alongside leaders in heritage crafts and building skills, and as our programme of workshops and courses get going you may wish to help on one of these.

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Wildflower Meadows

We’ve been delighted to see the return of beautiful wild flowers, insects and of course the bees- bumble bees and our own honey bees, now that the upper fields at Temple Druid are no longer being grazed.

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The wild edges are creeping in too- brambles and foxgloves dominating the space at the moment!