This month saw Tod visited by the Academy of Urbanism great town in Europe award judges we took them on an incredible edible tour and lots of townsfolk and community groups pulled together to make their day special. John Thompson who founded the academy was very taken with the straw bale building idea and I think they were impressed with all our town has to offer. We have also been busy putting up new signs and artwork designed by very talented local artist Jake Blanchard, there are still more to come so you may spot lovely things in unexpected places.
We have had more visitors from Germany, Holland, France and Italy. Wednesday of last week we hosted 25 post grad students from Denmark ,they were given a presentation about what we do and why we do it and then were split into two groups to go on an incredible tour. We took in the indoor and outdoor markets allowing time for shopping. Many, many pies were bought from Ham Corner and fresh fruit from Hazelwoods. After the tour we all relaxed in the Golden lion beer garden for refreshments and a chat.
Making time for shopping is an important part of what we do as thriving local businesses are vital for the future of any market town. Tod shops and eateries provide so much more than just produce; they always have a friendly word and a smile and they are mines of information if you need to find out anything about our town.
Our volunteers continue to work hard to maintain the growing sites keeping them productive and looking good. We work every first and third Sunday of the month, we meet at Todmorden Unitarian, Honey Hole Road at 10 am to collect tools and find out where we will be working that day, we stop work at 12 and return to the church where we have an incredible free lunch, it’s great to eat together and means we can chat about what’s happened or will be happening. If you think you might like to volunteer with us just come along and join us one Sunday and see if it’s for you.
Our next big incredible event for is harvest festival so put September the 18th in your diary, there will be incredible food to taste, dancing, music and lots of interesting information stalls, loads of fun for children and this year Eureka! are coming.