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Cogges volunteer day and February Big Dig

January 30th, 2013

Cogges will be having a volunteer day on Saturday 16 February. Potential and current volunteers are all welcome 10am-3pm, to talk to staff and others about what being a volunteer involves.

It neatly coincides with the Victorian Garden’s first Big Dig of the year: volunteers will be preparing the garden for an exciting second season of intense volunteer work. If you’re interested – if you’d like to help, or learn a new skill – then turn up and introduce yourself.

Courses at Cogges

July 11th, 2012

Back in the winter, transition and sustainable groups from across West Oxon held a meeting at Cogges and spoke to one of the trustees about ideas we thought might suit the sustainable food theme.

Whether coincidence or not, well done Cogges for putting on courses to help people get to grips with, or brush up on, skills that we used to take for granted.

This month it’s Keeping Chickens, and in August there’s Apple Juice and Cider Making followed by Mushroom Cultivation.

If you haven’t bought your season ticket to the farm yet it’s good value at £13.50 for the year allowing you to visit the farm whenever you want whilst supporting this lovely venture.

And do check the website for their other events this summer.

Cogges opens for the new season tomorrow

March 30th, 2012

Cogges Farm is opening Saturday 31 March: that’s tomorrow! The attractions available include the working farm site, a petting area, the manor house and a beautiful newly refurbished coffee shop. And most importantly, this season they’ve got animals! Here’s some footage of the rabbits and piglets:

… but there are also sheep, pygmy goats, chickens, ducks and guinea pigs.

» Read more: Cogges opens for the new season tomorrow

Swap Shop at Cogges

February 20th, 2012

A barn, a cafe, 173 people and 476kg of goods were the basic ingredients for this, our third Swap Shop.

With the Corn Exchange closed we had to find a new venue and we are delighted that Cogges offered us an alternative. The barn was a lovely venue, very rustic and a lots of space.

Of the 476kgs of goods brought to swap only 4.1kgs ended up going to landfill. What happens to the other items that are left at the end? Well, leftover electrical items go the WEE bin at Stanton Harcourt Pit, Oxfam take the leftover fabric, and the rest goes to the charity shops in Witney. But the vast majority of the other 472kgs – books, clothes, dvds, videos, garden furniture, tents, phones, games, toys, rucksacks, toiletries, kitchen equipment, TVs, computer equipment – has all been given a new lease of life with new owners.

Crucially the Green Cafe was very popular again. It’s the cafe which makes the Swap Shop self funding by covering the cost of hiring the hall, or in this case the barn. It created a lovely atmosphere with tablecloths, Fairtrade cups, cakes, coffee and tea. Also some very tasty egg & cress and ham salad rolls made with bread from the Oxford Bread Group.

We also had Love Food Hate Waste and the Pudding Pie Cookery School giving out free recipe books and demonstrating simple recipes all morning. They braved the cold just outside the barn and the food was delicious, especially the dutch version of bubble and squeak made with kale and mashed potato. 28 people signed up to the Love Food Hate Waste Pledge.

As well as the 173 swappers that made it a success, we always have a great group of volunteers there from 8am setting up tables, labelling, weighing and arranging the goods into easy to follow categories. Also, Barry Clack of Witney TV came along to film us setting up and find out what else Sustainable Witney is getting up to.


Cogges Manor Farm: Christmas Market

December 13th, 2011
A Christmas market at Cogges Manor Farm this Sunday (December 18) 10-2pm: entry is free.
There’ll be produce and craft stalls selling:
  • Mulled wine and mince pies from the Manor Farm kitchen
  • Craft and gifts stocking fillers, jewellery and Christmas decorations
  • Food stalls cakes, cookies, Indian & Chinese food and much more
  • Exclusive handmade Christmas wreaths
And various entertainments including:
  • Voice Box choir
  • Ducklington Morris dancers
  • Visit Father Christmas
For more information on this event and the history of Cogges Farm, see this blogpost. There’s also a Facebook page available.

A Christmas market at Cogges Farm this Sunday

December 13th, 2011

Cogges Manor Farm is having a Christmas market this Sunday (December 18) from 10am till 2pm. There’ll be free entry, and among the attractions will be:

  • Mulled wine and mince pies from the Manor Farm’s kitchen
  • Craft stalls selling stocking fillers, jewellery and Christmas decorations
  • Food stalls selling cakes, cookies, Indian & Chinese food, bread and cakes, spices and much more
  • Exclusive Christmas wreaths, hand-made by Cogges volunteers

There’ll also be carol singing by the Voice Box choir, and the Ducklington Morris will be doing a traditional mummers play. And rumours have it that Santa Claus himself will be paying the farm a visit, but only for the good girls and boys.

There’s been a manor house in Cogges since the 13th century, but more recently the farm and its buildings were used as a farming museum curated by Oxfordshire County Council. Since last July, it’s been run by a combination of a charitable trust and local volunteers, with the intention of providing models for sustainable living and local sourcing, and even ultimately having a smallholder maintain the site.

As the trust and volunteers together begin to develop the site to its full potential, they need your help and support. Even if you don’t have time to volunteer, you should come along – on the last full weekend before Christmas – and see if you can bag a nice present for a relative! And maybe even catch a glimpse of Santa himself….

Meeting: Local Food – Cogges Farm

October 19th, 2011

Meeting of local environmental groups at the Cogges Farm Museum Cafe to discuss food projects. This Thursday, 20th Oct, 7:30pm.

(Apologies for the late notice)

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Cogges Volunteer Open Day

May 9th, 2011