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New pilot Grow Season at Standen House

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve just struck up a new partnership with the National Trust at Standen House near East Grinstead and will be running a pilot Grow Season from there this Autumn.

Starting on 29th October we’ll be aiming this new Season at people from the Crawley area who are struggling with depression, anxiety or other mild to moderate mental health problems. The hope is that people will connect with the beautiful grounds and house at Standen, along with the stunning Sussex Weald location around it as a way of improving and maintaining their wellbeing.

The 8-week Season will have the usual mix of gentle activities such as mindfulness and meditation, tea and chat along with some more physical activities such as woodland walks, conservation work and gardening in the beautiful grounds of Standen House. We’ll also be working with staff and volunteers at Standen to offer some new activities - personally I’ve got my eye on the dye bed and the beehives - and there will also be the chance to see inside the beautiful arts and crafts house - itself inspired by nature. All this will be held in a safe supported group with like-minded people,

If you or anyone you know in the Crawley area could benefit from some healing time out in nature at this beautiful new location then please get in touch at info@growingwellbeing.org.uk or call us on 07557 501557

Everyone's a winner with the Grow Winter Prize Draw

Tickets for our Winter Prize Draw are selling like hot cakes so if you’d like a chance to win one of a fantastic selection of unique Brighton experiences then please get in touch with us at info@growingwellbeing.org.uk

Some of the prizes donated by the wonderful folk of Brighton so far are:

A fantastic afternoon tea for 2 experience on the Brighton Regency Routemaster Bus - sip on your tea and nibble on your scone whilst the bus transports you round the sights of Brighton and beyond

A session for two baking in the clay oven at Saddlescombe Farm

4 tickets to take part in Soul of the City’s fun and fabulous Pub Choir - held every other month at the North Laine Brewhouse

A box of selected Saddlescombe lamb donated by Camilla and Roly - delicious Saddlescombe lamb, grown on the species rich chalk downland of Saddlescombe Farm in the South Downs National Park.

More prizes being added every day so do get in touch for your chance to win

Tickets are just £1 each and all proceeds go to support Grow - so we all win!

The draw will take place at 2pm on 30th December at Saddlescombe Farm

Join us for a Winter Wander

Back by popular demand - we’re delighted to announce our annual Winter Wander Walk and Fundraising Open Day is taking place again this year on Sunday 30th December 2018.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get off the sofa after the excesses of the festive Season and fill your lungs with some lovely South Downs air, while raising some much needed funds for Grow then this is the event for you!

The day will start with guided walks from Devils Dyke Pub Car Park at 11am and 12.15pm down to the National Trust’s beautiful Saddlescombe Farm.  The number 77 bus goes up to the Devils Dyke from central Brighton arriving at 10.46 and 12.01 or you can park in the pub car park.  We’ll also be running a minibus shuttle down to the farm for those that can’t manage the walk.

At the farm there will be hot soup and bread made in the clay oven, the chance to try out some great nature based craft activities and of course there will always be cake! There’ll also be an exhibition of Grow creativity and a chance to find out about our work from those who have participated in the project. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets for the Grow Winter Prize Draw with some great prizes to be won and the day will finish at 3pm.

Tickets for the event are just £6 (+fees) for Grow members and concessions or £12 for non-Growers and are available from https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3914360 or you can just turn up on the day (but it helps if we know you’re coming in advance for catering!)

We look forward to seeing you out on the Downs

New Grow Season dates

Dates for the next Grow Season (Season 23) have just been finalised.  We'll be running the next  group from Thursday 11th October to 29th November 2018 and will be looking forward to another nourishing and inspiring time out on the South Downs.

If you'd like to join us (or know someone who could benefit) please get in touch with us by:

email at info@growingwellbeing.org.uk or text us on 07557 501557

We'd love to hear from you - nature awaits!

Soul of the City Choir Support Grow

The wonderful Soul of the City Choir have adopted Grow as their charity for the year helping us to raise money by collecting for us at their end of term gigs.

Soul of the City is a fun, friendly community choir based in Brighton and Hassocks singing an uplifting mix of pop, soul and gospel music.  They understand that singing can be almost as good as nature for wellbeing and they're keen to support us in any way they can.

They're next performing at the lovely Old Market in Hove on Saturday 15th July in a double bill at 5.30pm and 8pm.  We'd love it if you could come along to the gig and support the choir (and in turn support Grow!)

Tickets priced £8.50 (£6.50 for concessions) are available online from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451