Toxteth Food Central Fire Recovery
We were successful in gaining a Social Investment Business grant and started building in July - and the beautiful timber frame structure began to take shape on Windsor Street.
Loads of people stopped by every day and chatted about the building's progress and talked about what they would be able to do inside once it opened.
We got the steel roof (from Cardiff) on last week.....
But on Sunday 11th October, with only 8 weeks to completion, a raging fire ripped through and destroyed the building.
It was so incredibly shocking. The police are investigating what appears to be arson, not accident.
We are really sad but are determined to carry on and rebuild our community dream!
We are totally committed to completing our plans for a much needed and longed for community cafe, affordable fresh food shop, food garden and training kitchen to open in early 2016. This will also provide training and volunteering opportunities, local apprenticeships and jobs.
This is a setback for the whole neighbourhood.
We are overwhelmed by the response of the local and wider community who have sent hundreds of messages of support and offered us their help. People have brought us pies, curry, fruit, cakes and despite the devastation, the community design team feels very loved and supported. Thankyou.
Many people have asked if they can contribute financially – so this is why we have set up this Go Fund It page. Whatever you can spare will be hugely appreciated by so many people.
We know we will need to find increased funds to keep the building project on track – and don’t yet know the full extent needed but these will include:
- Demolition/site clearance
- Additional security whilst we rebuild
- Legal costs
- Increased insurance premiums
- Planting fruit trees at the front of the site (scorched at front)
- New community information signs (melted in blaze)
We will be posting updates on facebook and twitter – and please come along and meet us at our next community cafe at the Grapes Community Food Garden, next door to Toxteth TV, Windsor Street
12-2pm on Friday 6th November.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and please help us spread the word by sharing this however you can.
We really, really appreciate it.
Wanted to let you know that with just 4 days to go we are currently 2nd in the M&S Energy Fund competition to win solar panels for Toxteth Food Central!
So we really need all the help we can get over these next few days! Solar Panels would mean so much to how the building works - in an efficient and green way!
Please vote for us at https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/toxteth-food-central
And it would be brill if you could please spread the word!
If you're around tomorrow lunchtime, we're hosting a special 'Solar Panel Harvest Lunch' at the Grapes Community Food Garden on Windsor St, L8 (next door to Toxteth TV) from 12 till 2pm. You are very welcome to come and eat and talk solar!
Very best wishes!
Becky on behalf of the Squash Nutrition and TFC Community Design Team
Hope you are all well and have enjoyed a lovely summer ! We have some good news and an invitation we would like to share with you : )
We are delighted to have been short-listed by the Marks and Spencer energy fund to win Solar Panels for our roof. Solar power is ace - it's clean, green and could also potentially generate some income to feed back into the building.
We really hope that you can find a bit of time to vote for our project which can be found on the M&S Energy website please follow this link to find out more and to vote https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/toxteth-food-central
Hard Hat Tours
As part of Food For Real Film festival celebrations we are opening up TFC for hard-hat tours. It is your opportunity to come and meet the building up close and personal... ! Tours are taking place on 24th September at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm you can book your place on one of these via the food for real website www.foodforreal.co.uk
We are looking forward to showing you around
With thanks and best wishes
Becky on behalf of the TFC Team
I hope you’re really well and enjoying this beautiful sunshine.
I’m writing with a Toxteth Food Central Spring update and an invitation!
We are delighted to let you know that the reinstatement of eco food hub, Toxteth Food Central (TFC) on Windsor Street has begun and Mark and Steve the builders have been busy back on site for the past 3 weeks.
Also in fantastic Spring news we are thrilled to be able to share with you that our crowd funding appeal has nearly reached our target of £25000. So far you have helped us raise a fantastic £22191.00 towards the rebuild !!!
As super-ace supporters of project we would also like to let you know about the next couple of Toxteth Food Central community information meetings hosted by the Toxteth Food Central team.
Thursday June 9th
6 - 7.30pm
at John Archer Hall, Upper Hill Street, L8 1YR
Friday June 10th
@ Grapes Community Food Garden on Windsor Street, L8 (next door to Toxteth TV).
We would like to invite you to join us to…
• See the updated plans for the Toxteth Food Central building
• Learn about hopes & ambitions for this new eco food hub for L8
• Meet the community design team and architect
• Take a tour of the scale model of the building
• Enjoy some of our delicious seasonal refreshments!
We look forward to seeing you
with very best wishes
Becky Vipond on behalf of the TFC Team
PS It’s our regular Grapes Community Café this Friday 12- 2pm in the Grapes Garden and the weather is looking gorgeous!!! Join us for a super green feast of mizuna salad and caldo verde.
We have really appreciated your support over the past 5 months and would like to warmly invite you to a Toxteth Food Central event that we are holding at 4.30 on Sunday 20th March @ John Archer Hall.
The TFC Team will be gathered to share plans, update on building schedules and celebrate the start of the rebuild. Marianne Heaslip from URBED architects and members of the Community Design Team will be leading the talk and we would love to see you there.
To book your free place and to find out more about this event please follow this link
At 5.30 you are welcome to join us and the mighty Beatlife drummers at the building site - to bring positive rhythms and celebratory beats to the start of the rebuild. !!
The event is part of Food For Real Film Festival for more information about all of the other films, activities, events and workshops happening this weekend please check out the festival website www.foodforreal.co.uk
We are very much looking forward to seeing you
With best wishes and thanks
from Becky on behalf of the TFC Team xxxx
Hi Squash! Thank you very much for the invite to your event tomorrow . Unfortunately I can't make it but I really appreciate being asked. I hope it gets you lots of good publicity and more funds to rebuild your centre. All the best.