One of the great things about Stoneham Bakehouse’s growth over the last few years has been the range of people we’ve worked with. From children in pre-schools, to older people suffering from dementia, we’ve used breadmaking to support their wellbeing.
The other week, I had the privilege to work with a group of women from the Gateway Centre, run by Off the Fence. The women who use the centre are often going through times of difficulty or emotional distress, and I was humbled to be welcomed into the group so warmly. Baking bread with a group always has a way of easing tensions, and encouraging chat, and these words below show how this group benefitted from the session.
It was lovely to see all the women so happy baking bread.
It brought back lots of happy memories of baking when I was a child
I could have kneaded all day – it was very relaxing.
At this exciting time for the Bakehouse, with painting and bakery planning going on, it was a brilliant reminder of the importance of our work in the community. As we move forward, we want be able to support people across the community whatever their difficulties, and we’re excited about doing so at the bakehouse on Stoneham Road.
As you know, we’ve started to develop the premises on Stoneham Road into our very own bakehouse. We want to build a bakery which the community can be proud of, and we need your help. One of the jobs we can start, and one which we can get your help with, is the painting. So, we’re going to have a Community Paint Date. And the date is Saturday 4th February.
If you are able to come along for a bit and help, please get in contact (email, or call Simon 07786927110). We’ll aim to start at 9:00am and will keep going until midday or so. We will also be carrying out preparatory work on the Thursday (2nd Feb) morning and Friday (3rd Feb), so if you want to come down and help with the sanding and filling, let us know. If you’re not a painter, or can’t help on that day, please do come along anyway during the morning and say hello.
We’re very excited to announce the news today that we have secured our very own premises, which we will be working to convert into a permanent home. Stoneham Bakehouse has been operating for just over two years; with our bread being baked in a number of ovens across the Poets’ Corner area, and this move is big news. Situated on Stoneham Road, right next to our friends The Hive, the space is ideally located to fulfil our dream of bringing a bread oven to the heart of the area, and enable us to continue our mission to use breadmaking to nourish the community.
Getting a space is the first step on this journey, and for the next step we’re asking for your help. Do you have a skill which may assist our refit? Perhaps you’re able to volunteer time to paint? Or maybe you know a local tradesman who might be able to help? We’d like to hear from you. Get in contact through this site, email, Facebook or Twitter, or by phoning 07786927110 and talk to Simon.
It’s important at this point to say a big thank you to everyone who have helped us get this far. You are all stars; and make it possible to launch into this next chapter of Stoneham Bakehouse knowing that we are doing something which will grow and nourish the community for years to come.
With the start of a new year, people like to make resolutions. If you’ve resolved to learn to bake, why not check out our list of workshops happening in the next few months. You may have received one of our vouchers at Christmas, or just fancy a new challenge. Have a look below, or click on the workshops tab above.
With the recent cold weather, last weekend’s Winter Market, and a Festive Bread workshop on Monday at The Hive; it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. This time of the year is a time to be with loved ones, to reconnect with friends, to spend time with neighbours. It is with this in mind that the Bakehouse is closing for the festive period.
So, Friday 16th will be our last Friday bake of the year. We’ll also do a special extra bake on Tuesday 20th December, with collection from The Hive between 3-4pm. This will coincide with the Hive’s Festive Film event, and will mark the end of 2016 for the Bakehouse. We’ll be reopening early in the New Year, and are looking forward to an exciting 2017.