The Clitterhouse Farm Project’s mission is to protect these historic Victorian farm outbuildings from demolition and to secure their future, so the entire site can be transformed into a vibrant, creative and sustainable hub that supports our community and small businesses. We want to provide a compatible and flexible space relevant to the needs of the local population and to create a tangible improvement to the area before, during and after the Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration. We are working hard to foster a sense of pride in our area and bring people together through arts, culture, food growing, the principles of sustainability, skill-sharing, educational workshops and training.
The Clitterhouse Farm Project (CFP) was founded in early 2013 by local residents – who all live within five minutes walk of Clitterhouse Farm. We are working with other local community groups, an experienced board of advisors, Barnet Council and the Brent Cross Cricklewood Developers.
What a year it’s been!
2020 has no doubt been a profoundly challenging and turbulent year for us all. It has also been a time to reflect on our ways of living and working and for communities to come together to support each other. On that front, the farm has been as active as ever and the pandemic has reaffirmed our core mission to build and support resilient and sustainable communities and thriving small businesses.
Clitterhouse Farm Project COVID-19 Response (April 2020)
Grassroots organisations, social enterprises and charities exist and have proliferated in response to gaps within our social systems. It is essential these organisations lead the way and take a proactive response to COVID -19. While schools and public institutions have to wait to be given the go ahead to shut, many of the aforementioned organisations have already stopped public meetings, shut their offices and put measures in place to protect their workers and their communities.
Clitterhouse Farm Project was set up to help build ‘resilient communities’ and now more than ever our actions need to reflect this vision.
As our supporters and local community know, we are an outdoor based organisation and government guidelines are suggesting that if we need to meet up, doing so outdoors is the safest option. We are therefore keeping our community garden open as we feel that in this time of great uncertainty, being out in nature will remain one of our best antidotes to anxiety, depression and social isolation. We will be working with our committed pool of volunteers to co-ordinate sessions, to reduce group numbers and offer spaces for those who wish to work in isolation to still have access to the garden space. We ask that you bring your own gardening tools, gloves and mug to reduce any potential contamination. We will ensure that soap and running water is available for frequent hand washing in the garden.
We want to relay NHS advice that anyone experiencing any coronavirus symptons, no matter how minimal, to self-isolate for 1 wk, or if you live with others who have symptoms you should stay at home for 2wks from first signs of symptoms in order to safeguard the wider community.
In addition to our internal measures we urge everyone to keep channels of communication open, share phone numbers, consider setting up local WhatsApp groups and to make greater use of online forums to stay connected and informed in order that we can more rapidly respond to local needs as they begin to emerge over the coming weeks and months.
We also ask anyone able to do so to consider how we can each play a role in proactively supporting the more vulnerable and at-risk groups in our community. Are you able to give some time to distribute food, volunteer at a local care home or homeless shelter or to connect over the phone with elderly neighbours who will be increasingly isolated during this time?
A few resources we would like to share with you:
A National Support Group for workers, if you have any concerns about how this will affect you in your workplace HERE
Finally, in crisis we find great opportunities for creativity, innovation and collaboration; let’s take this time to think how we as communities can best respond during such times and beyond, and be the change that’s needed.
Take care of yourself and each other.
The Farm Team
FEASIBILITY STUDY AND BUSINESS PLANNING WITH RCKa
We received funding as part of the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and commissioned RCKa architects to undertake a feasibility study and Community Regen to support us with business planning. We will upload the finished feasibility report very soon. In the meantime, here’s is a visualisation of what the inside of Clitterhouse Farm Yard could look like in the near future!
Next event coming up:
SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2019 CELEBRATE NATURE (12-4pm)
(CINEMA CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN)
ACCOUNTANT / BOOKKEEPER
The directors of Our Yard are looking for an experienced accountant/bookkeeper. We are at an important moment for the project and are soon to be expanding our small cafe into a larger community space and refurbishing a portion of the barn buildings to turn into rentable workspaces. Join our team at this exciting time!
Details on how to apply HERE.
Deadline: Midnight SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 2019
Next event coming up:
ARTS & NATURE | 20th July 2019 (10am-5pm)
Grow Wild 2019
Next event coming up:
GROW FROM NATURE | Saturday 15th June (12-4pm)
Wildflowers for Nature
Saturday 27th April (12-4pm).
Wildflowers for Nature – Lots happening on Saturday 27th April…
CROWDFUND UPDATE – 17th December 2018
We hit our crowdfund target! 🎉Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen, for your generous pledges and your hard work & encouragement along the way! We’ve been humbled by all the support. 2019 will be an exciting year at the Farm! Find out more HERE.
CROWDFUND UPDATE: £50,000 PLEDGE FROM THE MAYOR OF LONDON!
With your help, we successfully proved our case to the Mayor of London and unlocked the highest value pledge of £50,000!! We have been humbled by all of your support and we would not have got this far without all of your pledges and for helping us to spread the word! With this incredible pledge we are a lot closer to reaching our target, but time is running out.
If we don’t reach our target, you will not be charged and we won’t receive any of the money.
WE’RE CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNITY CAFE AND WORKSHOPS AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Our successful volunteer-run community cafe at Clitterhouse Farm is too small and no longer fit for purpose. We are crowdfunding to raise the money we need to demolish and rebuild a new and much larger multi-use space. The expanded area will provide a valuable indoor space and play a central role in our ability to connect with and work alongside our community, where we can host events, meetings and workshops throughout the year. We want our cafe to be a valuable social hub that will help us to build a broader base of community support for the wider project. Alongside the cafe expansion, we plan to refurbish a portion of the farm barn to create three large workshop spaces which will be made available for rent by local enterprise. The workshops will also act as educational facilities where we will run classes and workshops – giving arts and crafts professionals an affordable space, an opportunity to learn new skills, and develop their business and to benefit our local community. Throughout the construction we hope to give local people the chance to get involved in the construction as much as possible, providing opportunities for learning new skills and also to develop a sense of collective ownership and pride over the new spaces.
EVERY POUND COUNTS AND WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
EVENTS COMING UP AT CLITTERHOUSE FARM IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2018
- ARTS AT THE FARM – SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2018 – 13:00-20:00 (details here)
- NATURE DAY – SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018 – 14:00-10:00 (see poster below and details here)
- BLACK HISTORY EVENT – SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER 14:00-20:00 (details here)
TWO WORKSHOPS COMING UP IN JUNE 2018
PROPAGATING PLANTS FROM SEED – WEDS 27TH JUNE 2018 (18.30-19.30).
Learn how to grow a range of plants from seed.
- learn about what type of compost you can use
- sowing seeds of different sizes
- knowing when to pot seedlings on
- tips on watering
- You’ll take home some seeds to grow at home
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/propagating-plants-from-seed-tickets-47240015157
Sourdough breadmaking workshop – Sat 30th June (11.00-12.30).
Learn how to make delicious sourdough bread with herbs and seeds. Take home:
- your sourdough loaf for baking;
- your own sourdough culture after learning how to feed it;
- your own proving bowl;
- sourdough bread recipe.
You will leave with materials worth £15 to help you with your bread making at home.
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sourdough-bread-making-workshop-tickets-47240753365
FIRE & FOOD – 21ST JUNE 2018
CELEBRATING SUMMER SOLSTICE
Thanks so much to everyone who came to our fire & food event to celebrate the longest day of the year. Lots of great food and conversations and really lovely to see many new and familiar faces and for our community to be here and enjoying our farm garden. Lots more gatherings like this to come!
Exciting news – we’re hiring! We’re looking for a ‘Garden Team Manager and Outreach Coordinator’. It’s a freelance position for one year and based at our community garden at the farm in Cricklewood. Deadline – midnight Monday 13th May 2018. Details here: http://www.clitterhouse.com/jobs
Volunteers are working at the Farm garden most Saturday mornings, but best to keep an eye on our garden page and twitter and Facebook group pages for the latest news (links up top right).
January 2018 | Good News!
We’ve been awarded £18.5k by the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund to help us to continue to develop a community garden at the farm. More details to come. If you’re interested in joining our volunteer gardening team, please get in touch. thomas (@) clitterhouse dot com
CAFÉ WINTER OPENING HOURS
We are now running our reduced winter opening hours – 10am-12pm every Saturday morning – whatever the weather, and serving some of the best coffee in NW London alongside a selection of homemade cakes.
Our café is run by volunteers so our opening hours can change at short notice. Please check here for details of any changes [updated 13th December 2017].
Join us for our Farm Garden Design Meetings
(next meeting Saturday 24th June 2017 – 10 am – 12 pm)
The Clitterhouse Farm Project have won a £5,000 grant from Timberland’s ‘My Playgreen’ award to develop a community garden. As many of you know, we have been working to turn a small piece of disused land along the southern edge of the farm into a community garden. The land has been very unloved for many years. We’ve cleared out a huge amount of rubbish and cut back the overgrowth so it’s looking a lot better. We’re eager to get working on making the space a valuable and working garden so this grant will help us to make a great start.
We have some design ideas for what we’d like to do in the space, but we’d love to hear what ideas you have too. We also want to form a committed gardening team to oversee the work and to help maintain the space throughout the year. If you’re interested, please come along to our 2nd farm garden design meeting on Saturday 24th June 2017 (10am – 12pm).
Check out photos from our arts & crafts festival HERE
CLITTERHOUSE FARM PROJECTS FIRST ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL!
SATURDAY 17TH SEPT 2016 (12-6PM). All Welcome!
JOIN US AT THE FARM CAFE!
Our latest newsletter has just gone out. If you have not received it you can view it HERE.
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THE FARM IS BLOOMING! SPRING 2016
HANDLEY PAGE COMES BACK HOME TO CRICKLEWOOD
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH 2016, 6.30PM. WHITEFIELD SCHOOL, CLAREMONT RD, NW2
March 2016- WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Our latest newsletter went out on the 4th March. If you’re not on our mailing list (you should be!) or you didn’t receive it, you can read it here: http://bit.ly/1QRPwK9
We’re also conducting our first online survey. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill it out. There are questions about our work, Clitterhouse Playing Fields and the Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration. The survey is mobile compatible but it works best on desktops and tablets. It should take about 5 minutes to fill it out. You can launch it here http://www.clitterhouse.com/survey
February 2016 – Archaeological Report from HADAS (PART 1)
HADAS (Hendon and District Archaeological Society) carried out an archaeological dig at Clitterhouse Farm during the summer of 2015. They have now published the first part of their report on the history of the Farm.
“The pre-14th century history of Clitterhouse Farm is vague, clouded in mystery and tied up in disputed Charters with great potential for historical myth making. Earthen banks around the Manor, identified by aerial photography, are suggested to form a moated enclosure and defence line against Viking invasion across to Oxgate lying on the western side of Watling Street. Hitchin-Kemp speculated that the Saxon Bleccenham may have been a Viking-raided homestead, blackened by fire, but then restored as ‘A house of clay … of such thickness of wall that even a modern bullet would scarcely penetrate. From the ashes, Clitterhouse, the clay house probably arose.” (Roger Chapman, HADAS, Feb 2016).
It’s a fascinating report. You can read it in full in the February 2016 issue of the HADAS newsletter HERE.
December 2015 – Making the Farm Bloom
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Farm on Sunday 6th December. The weather was kind and we managed to plant over 2,000 bulbs in less that three hours. It was a great team effort. The Farm is going to be blooming in Spring! ??? Special thanks to Taylors Bulbs and The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association for the generous donation of bulbs.
Sept / Oct 2015 – Films at the Farm
A massive thank you to everyone who came out to our first open air cinema event on Saturday 26th September. It was wonderful to have so many of you there and we really appreciate your support. We hope you all agree that it was a great night!
We wouldn’t have been able to put the night on without the help, advice and loans of equipment from a wide range of people and the Farm Team thank you for helping make last night a reality. It was a lot of hard work to get everything up and running and it was a great learning experience for us.
We’d love to hear what you thought of the night, so please do get in touch.
Our next film is a British comedy called ‘Grow Your Own’ – screening at 7pm on Saturday 3rd October. Once again it’s FREE ENTRY, but please take 2 minutes to SIGN UP (via Eventbrite) to let us know you’re coming. http://www.clitterhouse.com/event/films-at-the-farm
Remember if you would like to find out more about what we’re doing at the Farm and how you can get involved in our project, please drop us a line or sign up to our newsletter.
Summer 2015 – An Eventful Summer
We are running a series of events over the course of the summer of 2015. Make sure to keep any eye out for events listings on this site and sign up to our mailing list (top of the page on the right >>>>) so you can kept up to date with what’s going on. Alternatively follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group!
January 2015 – A boost for 2015!
We have kicked off the new year with a bang and have been awarded £10,000 from Barnet Council to carry out a series of events at the Farm over the next 12 months. Keep an eye out for details on our events page.
Sept 2014 – Exciting News!
We have been awarded £10,000 Pre-Feasibility funding from The Social Investment Business to assist with business planning, legal advice and governance. We’re really excited and proud of this achievement, but we see it as just the beginning. We will be applying for further funding to help push our plans forward even further.
Check out photos from our recent events here.