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A night of moules and music…Moelyci benefit night


On Friday 1st February I will be donating my time to support Moelyci Environmental Centre. They are one of my primary local suppliers and hold the unique title of being the first community owned farm in the UK, a model which has helped and inspired other similar and perhaps more well-known projects such as Fordhall in Shropshire (which was England’s first community owned farm). Moelyci is a very special place. As a pioneering community enterprise where every member is an equal (whoever they are and whatever their background) it is a shame it has never been able to reach its full potential. There are many reasons for this, but a significant one is their lack of working capital. The future vision is there but with high mortgage payments, little spare income to increase staffing levels, geographical isolation and perhaps a certain lack of effective marketing its true potential has not yet been realised.

As a working farm it has always been at ease with its small, sustainable, peaceful cooperative ethos but sadly now that is not enough. The present economic climate is making life difficult for businesses small and large to survive. Moelyci like many non-profit making social enterprises are struggling for survival and as someone who works closely with and respects their work, the last thing I, or the rest of the community want to see is another community enterprise go under.The likelihood is that the land would be lost to developers and the mountain no longer accessible for the community.

We are all working hard to save the centre and I am helping in any way I can. Their situation is precarious but not yet dire; they survived Christmas due to a local groundswell of support and a huge amount of voluntary action, but we need more of this.

The building of a much-needed education centre (and one which has taken up a lot of the financial reserves) is one step to bringing in new and increased revenue, the mortgage is paid up til March, a green burial site is in preparation, but the bills are still mounting and the regular members of staff have all been on reduced hours since the end of November to meet financial commitments around the farm.

So now I have said all this all I can add is that….If you are local come and join us for a night of food (local Menai moules mariniere with bread) and quality music in the form of Bandabacana and the Racubah DJ’s; two prodigious local talents and purveyors of dance, funk and afro-latin grooves.

If you are not local maybe you could spare a few pounds to help us buy the mountain and farm. Money raised will enable us to finish building the barn and allow us to forge ahead with future developments that will ensure sustainability, so the local (and wider) community can continue to enjoy this beautiful Welsh mountain farm.




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Bangor Aid music festival (20/21st May) and the Observer food monthly awards 2011

I have a double whammy of creative bookings this weekend (20th and 21st May) in support of Bangor aid, a non-profit making community organisation which is hosting a music and arts festival at Hendre Hall, Bangor to raise money for local frontline homelessness charities.

I will be performing in my other guise as a Cheap Frills can can girl on the Friday night alongside a variety of local and national acts including Thabani, Latin Groove collective, Sonic soul, Quest Rah and our own Racubah DJ’s.

On the Saturday I will be back there with a Moel Faban Secret Supper Club stall, joining other local arts and crafts people for a family friendly day of acoustic music and selling a variety of yummy goodies…meringues, sweets, biscuits and jams in aid of this very worthwhile cause.

Come and pay us a visit

Just in case you can’t make it to our events, but do enjoy reading the blog and the recipes on it,  it would be really lovely if you could take a minute or two to nominate us for this years Observer Food Awards in the “Best Food Blog” catergory. It would be lovely to bring some recognition to us creative types living outside of London, especially as I like to focus on our local producers in Wales so will be good for them too! To vote click here . You never know you might also get to win some yummy prizes too.

Thanks everyone xxxx

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