On Thursday night, we hosted a team of local young people, as well as some architecture students from John Moores University and their tutor, Jo Hudson, for a tour of the Anfield area and an evening of discussion of what the ingredients for a good place to live for young people would be.
The evening began at 7, but before we headed off on our walk, we all introduced ourselves and Britt posed the ever-popular question; "What is your favourite feature of your house?"
Those who've been keeping up with our Build Your Own High Street projects will know that this question is always the start of an interesting discussion, and this evening was no exception.
We noticed a few running trends again, particularly the conflicting themes of 'privacy' and 'space to be social', which just goes to show that everybody needs a bit of variety in their busy lives and the time and space to have each.
As well as this, gardens and kitchens were both popular, again knitting together nicely with those ideas of privacy and being social. One person mentioned how she liked to host people in her garden, and have friends round for drinks out there, while Britt mentioned her kitchen bar, which gives her the opportunity to interact with guests when she is cooking.
After this, we had quite an organic tour around Anfield. We were encouraged to start off at random almost, with each of us stepping forward to take the lead and speak about an area or feature that interested us.
Louise chose to take us to where the old sports centre, Vernon Sangster, used to be, at the bottom of Stanley Park.
She remembered how, as a kid, it was the place to go to, with rock climbing walls, trampolines and even a room where you could "just do whatever you want" (I very vaguely remember this room too. There was a tuck shop there, and vending machines where you could get neon bouncy balls and rubbish temporary tattoos. It was great!). However, when the original plans to move the football ground to Stanley Park came about, the 'Verny' was on the chopping block, and though those plans changed, the centre was still demolished.
Nothing has been put back up in its place, which is sad as it really was a popular place for people to go with their kids.
We walked back up through Stanley Park, though we didn't have time to go to it, Britt spoke about the beautiful Isla Gladstone building and bistro. A few of the students had been there, and some even remembered how there were once bandstands (though long since out of use) in the park, which have now also sadly gone.
As we got to the top of the park, to the entrance nearest my old home in ex-Lothair Road, I was sparked with an old memory I just had to share.
The entrance leads down into the park on a slight slope, which is a key part to this story. When I was a kid, there was this slightly older boy who used to bully all the girls in the street, along with his two cronies (when I think about it, he was not unlike the character Nelson from The Simpsons! Maybe there's a pattern childhood bullies stick to). One day, we were all headed to the park, when I decided to get my revenge. As he was running along in front of us, I stopped at the entrance to the park.
"Danny!" I shouted with menace, as I launched myself, at full speed, on my super-girly pink bike (complete with basket, bell and streamers). I collided with him, and I came off over the handlebars, almost in slow-motion victory, cheering as he scraped his knees all over the tarmac.
Jo asked if he stopped being so horrible after that.
Coming out from Stanley Park, Britt lead us down to the road where our friend Sue, who is a longtime contributor to Homebaked, lives, and told us a story on her behalf.
Sue's street was the first to be saved in the whole confusion of the regeneration project, and for a while, she was very unhappy at the sight of her old neighbours' houses mid-being demolished. It was a sense of intrusion she didn't want to be a part of, seeing into their homes as the process was going on. Now that the houses are gone, and the progress on the ground has really come along, Sue admits that she's happy to be part of something quite exciting for the area, and that it's really interesting to see it all come together.
Britt also told us the story about the hedge outside Sue's house, which was her grandmother's pride and joy when she lived there. Sue still tends to this hedge now in honour of her. Sue inherited the house from her, so when the original option was offered to renovated the front of her home, she asked if she could keep the hedge. When this was declined, Sue declined the front renovation all together.
It's things like that which I feel are very precious to people who have been directly involved with the regeneration process, and I think everybody has their own "hedge story".
When we returned to Homebaked, we undertook our first activity, 'Mapping'.
The students were put into two groups, and given two large maps of Anfield and the surrounding area (so, the likes of Tuebrook, Kensington, and the city centre). They were asked to mark off where they live and key areas (starting points being Homebaked itself, and the two football grounds, to give a sense of where everything was - the maps were totally unmarked to begin with), then asked to mark off places of interest. These could be anything - places where they have lived, places they've visited, places they go out, or even places they don't like.
After this mapping session, we looked at each group and the key locations marked off. As with the question posed at the beginning, there were some repeats and common interests. The university was marked off on each map, as well as popular venues like The Empire Theatre, the Philharmonic, Bold Street & the Baltic Triangle (these places as a whole, as they are so rich in variety with regarding to restaurants, bars, independent shops) and parks, like Newsham and Sefton.
Everybody marked off their own journeys from home to work, or home to university, as well. Mine was probably the most embarrassingly short one, though most people lived near where they worked, or took the time to walk or cycle to work.
I then asked, "What is it that attracts you about Liverpool?"
Again, some common themes came up, such as the friendly and welcoming nature of the city, and how 'concentrated' everything is. One student mentioned how he noticed "all the streets go down to the docks". I'd never thought about that before personally, but it is quite a unique feature of our city, along with the docks themselves, which were also mentioned as being highlights about Liverpool.
As well as this, everybody was keen on the idea of independent businesses being prevalent in the city, and several said that, because of these features, they would happily come back to Liverpool and live here permanently. Most of them who already live in Liverpool wanted to stay, apart from one lady who said that, as much as Liverpool would "always be her home", she wanted to also get out and travel, and see the world.
It was clear from this mapping session that Liverpool is "a significant place in which social change is happening", according to Chloe, who has also been involved with Homebaked as a volunteer on our Thing On The Rec project with myself and Britt, and she also is keen on "bringing people to the North" again.
It was interesting to see that a lot of the 'places of interest' were marked in the city centre or around Smithdown Rd and Lodge Lane. And there were lots of complete blanks, bits of no-mansland for this particular group, especially a ring around the city centre, where there is mostly student housing and bits of blanks between South and North so along Edge Lane for example.
The next session, "What makes a good place to live?" involved us being in small groups again, and being asked to look at a selection of photographs, which were of various features and things - interiors, exteriors, gardens, play areas, bars, shops - much like the sessions we have done in our High Street design meetings.
We were being encouraged to become planners for the place we would like to live in and to cut out and put together images as a form of collage.
After this, we had a brief pause for drinks and sausage rolls, then reviewed the collages.
Everybody had a lot to say about their chosen images, so I'll leave it to the students' own words themselves to explain:
"Green space is essential. We like the idea of one large city park, as well as the three 'main' parks and smaller ones dotted around the city. Outdoor spaces also lead to interaction, even if it's a vague space with no real purpose to it. We can use the landscape to provoke interaction."
"We need to have something playful, to give people an outlet. Something to do."
"There are so many parks in Liverpool that are not being used properly. There's a lot of potential for festivals or open mic nights, with all the local bands and talent in the city."
"People need space for themselves, and good storage facilities. We don't want repetition in our houses, and people should feel they can make their home their own, and make it unique. Small havens and open spaces. Time to ourselves."
"Sadly there is a stereotype of Anfield not being a safe area. If there are more shops and less boarded up properties, like there used to be, people will be out in the community more, and it would feel safer."
"We need a bit of flavour and street life, but a mix of both cosmopolitan and unique, and big businesses."
"We have to create shops that people want to go to. Supermarkets and big chains are good, but maybe not welcome in Anfield. They have a place in the city centre, but in the local community, people should have their essentials there for them, and easy to get to. Fresh food, fresh produce and local businesses would help boost the local economy again.
This gives money to family business, rather than a businessman who probably already owns three yachts or something."
"We could all wish for a bit of simplicity in life."
The session drew to a close with everybody discussing what their 'perfect' shared flat would be like and if they could imagine living at Homebaked above the bakery, thinking about the desires and necessities discussed in the previous activities. The main question many of us had, was how to create shared living accommodation that is loved and cared for. An idea that came from one of the students was to invite the future young tenants to help build the interiors and to maybe offer cheaper rent in exchange for helping out at Homebaked.
It was really exciting to see how creatively the group thought about how to integrate our first tenants into Homebaked.
Whilst devouring their sausage roles everyone in the group agreed that living above a bakery is definitely a great selling point.
We had a fantastic evening together and for me, the most inspiring outcome was the realisation that 'a sense of community, knowing your neighbours and being able to contribute' was actually at the top of the list of ingredients for most young people in the room.
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In the latest in our 'Meet the CLT Board' series, here's our youngest board member, Bradley Barrett, in his own words...
"Hello, I'm Bradley; I am 21 years old and I grew up in Aintree and then moved to Kirkdale in my early teenage years. I have a background in community and youth engagement and I am currently studying BA Architecture at University of The Arts, London.
After leaving school in 2015, I struggled to decide how to turn my passions into a career. It was in 2018, shortly after joining Homebaked to work on the development of the flat and 'HomeSquare' that I finally had my 'Aha!' moment: I realised I wanted to become an architect. After 18 months of nurturing and support from Homebaked, I applied and was accepted on to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins Art School in London - and stayed in London to study for my BA.
Since being in London, I felt disconnected from my community and the CLT. I wanted a way to give something back and still be a part of the organisation, so I applied to be a board member - and was voted in in December!
I am honoured to be on the board, working with the amazing team to #gettheterracedone!
Today, the spotlight in our series 'Meet the CLT' falls on Jemma Cosgrove, one of our newest board members - but historically an active CLT member and local resident.
"Hi, I'm Jemma and I'm a married, full-time mum with two young children - and a bulldog puppy! I've lived in Anfield all my life and have worked in a variety of jobs - from school administrator, to working in Walton Hospital, to singing and being a make-up artist. I've always felt safe and comfortable growing up in Anfield & my friendly neighbours keep me here; I live in a multicultural street which includes Greek, Syrian and Spanish neighbours - and I know that I could knock on any one of my neighbours' doors for help if I needed it and help would be given. The essence of Anfield IS the genuinely lovely people who live here - and now, through Homebaked, there's a bit of hope for where we live. I feel that local people ARE wanting to stay in the area. I also hope that local business people will see what Homebaked is doing and want to stay here and help develop the area too.
When I saw the bakery being revived, I knew I HAD to be involved. (I remember going to the bakery when I was 10 or 11 and buying a bag of meringues for 30p!) There had been nothing in the area then for older and younger people and this felt like a bit of a lifesaver for the community - exciting and wonderful - and I got involved with some of the projects. The Design Team for the terrace let us be creative and to swap opinions and ideas in a non-judgemental way: nothing was ever wrong - and to design something that was actually going to be there felt inspiring & refreshing. It was a real team effort!
As a new CLT board member, my own particular interest is in mental health, and also in intergenerational work - bringing young and older people together in the community. I feel that Homebaked is a little bit of Heaven in Anfield and I would love the terrace to thrive and be a community space, full of life and greenery!"
The latest in our 'Meet the CLT Board' series focusses on Peter Coleby - our numbers person! Here's Peter in his own words...
"I'm the CLT accountant & deal with the external auditors: I've been an accountant for 22 years & went straight into accountancy from sixth form, working in practice with clients & now in industry with private companies. (I'm also married with two kids!)
Although I grew up in Bootle, I lived in Anfield for a number of years when I was younger & became involved with the CLT - partly for selfish reasons: I wanted to help improve the area but I also wanted to broaden my horizons, meet new people & develop myself. However, Homebaked really opened my eyes when I saw the skills, qualities and passion of the community and how local people were given a voice to represent the area: the CLT educated me - and now I enjoy being part of the team, where we all bring in something different for the common good.
My wish for the future of the CLT is to see the build flourish and ideally for the CLT to have a fully employed team of people working for the organisation, with a tangible asset for the community as a 'finished product'."
The latest in our series, 'Meet the CLT', features CLT member (& local councillor) Ann O'Byrne: here's Ann in her own words...
"I was born in the south of the city but at an early age we moved out to Kirkby, as our homes in Lodge Lane were being demolished. Every weekend we visited our Nana and Papa in Handel Street and I remember being sent to the bakers to pick up dough that my Nana could cook at home. There was always a queue at the bakery which meant that while you were waiting you could look at the cakes, pies and bread in the window. The smell of fresh bread still takes me back to those times.
I moved to Walton in 1991 to raise my children, Rachael and Christopher. Throughout the 1990s we saw the decline of our local high street, Rice Lane, and high streets across North Liverpool. It made me so sad and angry, and eventually my children asked me what I was going to do about it. I got more active in our community and became a Councillor in 2007.
In 2012, I set up the Council's Anfield Project, bringing together community and residents' groups, housing associations, local businesses, and cultural organisations like the Liverpool Biennial. I also worked with the CLT and Council Officers to see how we could buy the bakery and later the row of houses on behalf of the CLT.
It took us a few years to sort out all the legal processes, but eventually we got there! The bakery was operating, the rooms upstairs were transformed into a flat and then finally plans for the terrace began to take shape!
So, we have come full circle, with a lovely community bakery back in Anfield. North Liverpool has been through a lot over the last few decades, but it's coming back, stronger than ever. Homebaked CLT has been a huge part of this process, and I'm so proud and privileged to have been involved, especially being asked to join as a member."
Today in our series 'Meet the CLT Board', Kate Ellison explains why she became involved and her excitement for #gettingtheterracedone.
"I grew up in Anfield, living in Granton Road and Oakfield as a kid and buying my first house in St. Davids Road as an adult. My nan lived in Venmore Street and I was often sent 'on messages' to Mitchell's bakery for bread - and allowed to keep the change for a pack of football stickers from Bob Newshams. I loved growing up in Anfield, but I have also experienced firsthand it being 'done to' and the impact this had on the area and its communities.
I was a frequent visitor to Homebaked bakery but learnt about the work of the CLT through a friend - and was really keen to get involved. As my day job is in housing development it made perfect sense for me to get involved in the terrace project.
I have loved working with the CLT to develop the proposals. The vision and ambition of the group and its 'can do' attitude is inspiring and I feel proud to be part of what we are creating! The proposals have been driven by consultation with the community - and the need to address fuel poverty and create truly affordable quality homes were identified as key drivers. The project will not only see the creation of 8 quality homes but a number of business spaces that will breathe life into this part of Oakfield Road. The terrace embodies everything we are about as an organization and is only the start of our vision for Oakfield Road!"
The latest in our series of 'Meet the CLT Board'. Today, introducing artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk, who helped originate the CLT & who is still continuing to help us work towards #gettingtheterracedone.
"I was asked by the Liverpool Biennial way back in 2009 to work on a public project for their ongoing public commissions. Anfield at that point was in the midst of the devastating governmental regeneration scheme, 'Housing Market Renewal'. I spent time going around and speaking and listening to people about what their hopes for the future of the area were: one of the people in the community actually said, the clue was in the name - the scheme was called Housing Market Renewal - it's about markets, not about community. With this in mind I started working with young people in the area to understand what an alternative to the existing situation could look like and how we could work towards taking matters in community hands regarding the future of the area. We started thinking, 'how could we maybe create homes again planning for the boarded-up houses and showing their worth and their potential?' Marianne Heaslip from Urbed, who is the architect on the terrace scheme now, was working with me then already. I often had a tea and a bun at Mitchell's bakery and then I heard that the bakery, which was one of the last remaining businesses on the High Street, had closed down. I negotiated with the Mitchell family that we could actually use their bakery building as our base camp, as our place to start meeting in and working from. In the beginning I was a 'Biennial Artist' - and a lot of people in Anfield were critical of the project maybe because of it being related to the arts and maybe because they felt this was just another person coming in from the outside. But when we worked from the bakery, people started coming through the door - and Angie, Sue, Lynn, Jess, Britt and Fred became founding members of Homebaked Bakery and CLT: with time we built up trust between each other and with more and more people around us, slowly building ourselves 'brick by brick and loaf by loaf'. I stayed involved as a board member but more from my hometown of Rotterdam - and whenever I come to Liverpool, a pie and coffee is my first stop. To me, it is so exciting to see all the hard work so many people put into regenerating the area, by building the bakery back up and now transforming the dilapidated buildings next to the bakery (in order to offer eight affordable homes for rent and a couple of new business units) not by demolishing them, but doing a sustainable retrofit. And the best part is that it will be owned by the community. This is what Housing Community Renewal should be."
Introducing one of our CLT terrace tenants, Chris, in his own words...
"Hi, I'm Chris & I've been a Homebaked CLT tenant for 15 months. I'm originally from Sheffield, but I've lived in Belfast and then jumped on the ferry and came here - five years ago.
I was a volunteer at first at Homebaked Bakery, doing all sorts - washing pots, baking, cooking: I'm a qualified chef - and used to run my own computer company years ago and also worked in customer service, but am looking for work now - but with Covid, it's not so easy.
Before I came to the CLT, I was in a dry house; I didn't have a problem but I needed somewhere to live. The CLT is a good landlord - they keep the rent low, all the bills are included in the rent and in the kitchen is the best cooker I've ever cooked on - ever!
This is a lovely place within a great community; the neighbours are really friendly & notice when you're not around - though sometimes I do like to wind Scousers up by wearing my Manchester United top!
I'm excited to see the terrace development. I've only ever wanted my own house around people I know, a place where my three kids can come to stay: that's my dream. I'm not moving from Liverpool; I'm here to stay."
Meet Leigh Crockett, one of our CLT board members - and a local resident for decades - working on #gettingtheterracedone:
"I grew up in Anfield as a teenager in the early seventies and have lived here for nearly fifty years. My kids and granddaughter went and still go to Anfield Road Primary School; they have bought their first homes here and so are continuing the investment within the local area.
I retired from work in 2017 after spending thirty years working in the social housing sector - lastly with Liverpool Housing Trust as a finance manager. Since leaving LHT, I have been on the board of Halton Credit Union and I can say they do some amazing work. I have also been a governor at Anfield Road Primary School for over twenty years and, believe it or not, still LOVE it!
I joined Homebaked CLT a couple of years ago (seems a lifetime away now!) in order to help the community and environment start fulfilling its potential."
Meet the CLT #gettingtheterracedone! Today, it's Britt's turn to introduce herself; Britt has been with the CLT since the very beginning...
"Hi, my name is Britt. I live just off Oakfield Rd and have been involved with Homebaked since the early days. I remember quite vividly the first time I went to the bakery for an event under 2Up2Down (in 2011!), the arts project that gave birth to Homebaked (or maybe was the midwife, not sure about the metaphor here...) I had just recently moved to Breck Road and also stopped touring with my theatre company. I was arriving with the plan to make a home. I had worked in a neighbourhood project in Tuebrook before and had good friends in Everton, but really I did not know much about the North of Liverpool at that point. I went to the event at the bakery with a gloomy curiosity about what had happened to the streets around it, which at that point stood tinned and empty. And most importantly I came with the desire to meet people and find a way to belong where I lived.
The bakery door at the time was quite old and a bit stuck. I remember feeling a bit nervous anyway and nearly allowing myself to take the unmoving door as a sign to just leave and walk back home. But instead I gave it a good old push and nearly fell into the room. I am forever glad I gathered the courage. I met Sue and Ange, Sam and Fred - and later Pete and Jemma and Tom, and so many more excellent people who over time became my community, some of them even friends. For me Homebaked is all about the push and the momentum that that creates, a movement that sometimes tumbles, sometimes meanders and sometimes rushes, gathering people and skills and stories and power on its way. (It also sometimes has a steady and sturdy pace by the way - I am grateful for those moments.)
I am immensely proud to be one of the parts that make up Homebaked. I am a founding member of the bakery cooperative and supported the early years of the development. I worked within Homebaked CLT as an artist, co-wrote and directed the Anfield Home Tour, co-created the 'Thing on the Rec', hosted fantastic local artists and helped to keep creative processes part of our DNA. I also worked for the CLT for many years as the engagement person, co-developing the community-led design work we have been doing. On the way I made lots of mistakes that we could learn from and have grown a lot. It has in no way been an easy ride though and I definitely contemplated many times to get off at the next stop.
But it has all been well worth every bump because, to say it in the words of my friend Fred Brown who sadly passed away some years ago and who I miss a lot: "Homebaked Community Land Trust is a 'a cracking idea' - the possibility of bringing people together to begin to control their own destinies - genius!"
I agree and I feel very proud that we have gotten this far. And I will push one more time with all my weight against that door to #gettheterracedone - in full community ownership of the land, making sure we continue to create the place we want to live in with all the security and comfort and love we need and deserve!"
Introducing the CLT! Meet Tom Murphy, one of our brilliant members who are #gettingtheterracedone.
"I've lived in Anfield all my life. It's where I went to school and it's where I have chosen to bring my family up. Like all areas, it has its good bits and bad bits. I like living here because of the people, and now there is loads of good stuff going on.
I got involved in Homebaked CLT a couple of years ago through a colleague. I always thought it was just the Bakery from walking past, but it was great to find out about the CLT's vision and passion for community ownership. I've worked in Liverpool's third sector for 12 years, working with individuals and communities to address their challenges so know the power of community-led organisations. I believe that we have a real opportunity to make Anfield an even better place to live and work, and would love to see people who have moved away, to move back.
I was member of the Core Design Team who worked with other local residents and our architect to create the plans for the terrace. As a Grand Designs fan; I was made up to learn about the different aspects of the design process. We looked at different heating and energy options and the Team decided to 'go green' as this was the best route to address fuel poverty, by making the homes affordable to live in.
The future of Homebaked CLT is exciting as there is so much potential. We are an alternative, community-led solution to creating quality homes and spaces for community businesses. We have big ambitions for the rest of Oakfield Road to be a thriving high street, but for now we remain focused on #gettingtheterracedone."
The latest in our 'Meet the CLT members' series, who are #gettingtheterracedone. This week, introducing Paul Kelly - with a wonderful illustration by Carol Ramsey
"My name is Paul & I've been the Company Secretary for Homebaked CLT since its inception in 2012, but I'll be standing down at this year's AGM to let new blood help shape the organisation into the future. Homebaked CLT has come a long way in the last 8 years and people have worked so hard to get the organisation to this stage.
Community Land Trusts enable people in communities like Anfield to be in the driving seat and to push back against external forces impacting on their neighbourhoods. Anfield has faced the toughest of times over the past 20 years or so, but the CLT's unique approach to neighbourhood renewal is one which puts people in control. Some CLTs focus on shops and pubs, some focus on housing, but all put local people at the heart of the process - and Homebaked CLT is doing just that: Homebaked CLT wants to revitalise the high street, providing re-modelled homes and community business spaces that are owned by the community and which enable people and businesses to thrive.
Our anchor tenant, Homebaked Co-operative Bakery, demonstrates what Homebaked CLT is all about: an independent co-operative business, the bakery has been able to flourish partly because of the flexible support Homebaked CLT has been able to offer it - and now it's a truly inspiring business. This is only the start of what the people of Anfield can create for themselves - and 2021 is going to be a big year for the organisation!
#gettingtheterracedone will see the empty homes attached to the bakery converted into 8 new homes and 3 new community business spaces. What community businesses could you see alongside the bakery in the refurbished buildings? Homegrown Collective will be one such business - but what else could work for the Anfield community? A co-operative chippie, a collective barber shop, an art gallery, a people's run Post Office or a super veg shop? Homebaked CLT needs the creativity of local people to breathe life into the high street.
In my new roles as board member of the National Community Land Trust Network and as Director of Breaking Ground Housing Hub for the Liverpool City Region, I'll continue to do everything I can to help Homebaked CLT flourish!"
Meet the CLT members #gettingtheterracedone - part five. This week's spotlight is on Peter Carney, in his own words...
"My name's Peter Carney. I'm a Homebaked hactivist, a member of the Community Land Trust & a regular patron of the bakery shop. Shankly is my favourite pie/inspirational person and tea is my tipple, weak with a little milk & a sprinkling (three sachets in a takeaway cup) of sugar. The large white tin, medium cut, is the best bread ever baked, but the stoneground brown, cut thick & toasted, isn't far behind.
In real life, I'm married to Tina; we have a son, Thomas, & live near Walton Vale. I'm a carer & support worker, run a minibus tour called Soccer in The City & make banners - mostly for football and particularly Liverpool FC. On a match-day my office floats from the steps between the cafe & the kitchen & the space in front of the steps. On a good day weather-wise, I like to sit at a table & chair outside the Oakfield Road windows.
In my spare time, I like to sleep: memory foam mattress, two hard pillows & a 12 tog quilt (18 in winter).
Homebaked has been part of my life since it was Mitchell's bakery & I've been involved in a number of initiatives in recent years, usually community &/or artistic activities &/or performance projects.
I'm especially excited by the terrace development because I consider it to be the pinnacle of Homebaked's growth, ethos & worth. The terrace is an opportunity to put into action the value of improving local life by instigating local activity.
For me, this value goes back to - & literally builds on - a time when the local quarry was closed (in the space behind Homebaked) & it's vacant, worthless space was dedicated to improve the lives of local people.
I hope the Homebaked terrace will improve housing standards in its living style & its management manner. I hope it will be creative & innovative in its community context & I hope it will act as an inspiration that moves & motivates others to improve their own circumstances."
Meet our CLT Board #gettingtheterracedone! Here, Ralph, our Chair, explains his passion for Homebaked and what his vision is for the future:
"I've worked as a solicitor out of Liverpool city centre for 25 years - and I was asked to join the board of Homebaked CLT as it was felt there was a need for legal expertise: I hoped that I could use some of the experience I had gained over the years as a lawyer to help the CLT achieve its objectives, to preserve the building where the bakery is based and to deliver a redevelopment of the terrace. Along the way I hoped that it might be possible to enjoy some of excellent bread and pies produced by the bakery! (When I am not working I like to cook whilst listening to loud music. I am also writing a book about mackerel).
Homebaked CLT matters to me because I enjoy working with the other board members. Although we face difficult challenges in relation to what we are trying to achieve, the combined strength and enthusiasm of the other people involved make me feel confident that we can and will achieve our goals.
For the future I want to see Homebaked CLT successfully delivering the redevelopment of the terrace - with the residential parts full of local people finding a good new home for themselves -and the bakery and local brewers Homegrown Collective flourishing either end of the terrace. I want to see Homebaked confident in its future and looking for opportunities to reproduce the success of the terrace."
Meet the CLT #gettingtheterracedone - part three! Today we focus on our member Andrew, from Wordscape publishers and Ethos magazine. Here's Andrew in his own words:
"Like a lot of people, my journey at Homebaked CLT started with me coming into Homebaked bakery to buy some pies; soon afterwards I was back in for an AGM and joined the CLT as a member! I made a short documentary about Homebaked with a mate of mine, worked on the website and then joined the board of the CLT: we began working on the apartment above the bakery and the 'pocket park' next to the Terrace - and supported the work with the trainees who worked on that. We also supported Homebaked as they delivered an event for community businesses for 'Power to Change' and co-created a newspaper called 'People Power'!
Since I first walked into the bakery to buy some pies I've loved the spirit of Homebaked CLT and everything it stands for. I love the idea of a group of residents building something special on the high-street there and asking, 'What does it mean to live well?' Good food on the table, secure homes, community, neighbours and friends, and hope.
For me, Homebaked makes good things - quality things - whether that's pies and bread from the bakery, homes from the CLT, ideas or friendships, and has a positive impact in the world. It is a special place and a big idea!"
Meet the CLT! This is the second of our portraits of CLT members who are #gettingtheterracedone.
"Hello, my name is Gary and I've been a member of Homebaked CLT for several years now.
I first got involved through Homebaked bakery; on match days I was their designated 'Chief Pie Taster' and even had my own 'VIP' table in the bakery! In 2018 I was asked if I would like to be part of the CLT's Design Team: I never expected to be part of the team as I was a bit unique, being the only person who wasn't a local resident - but I was here every week for 30 years as a season ticket holder. Being part of the CLT team lifted me - I really enjoyed the meetings & I felt a part of something. We did field trips to Granby & Manchester, which was a lovely experience & very informative. I was also able to help out with the container you can see behind me, which was supplied from Bridgehead (the company I work for).
All the ideas for the design and the colour scheme went through so many changes but we were told to brainstorm freely: 'Throw everything at us! What would you like to see?' We came up with some traditional and then some wacky stuff: we discussed the aesthetics, the ideal decor, Mediterranean tiles, solar panelling, maybe an independent art exhibition space, a calm space allocated to help folk’s mental health - everything really. I could visualise it.
It was so collaborative - even if you don’t think of yourself as someone who was creative, if you're in the right environment with the right people, no prior knowledge is needed. It was so welcoming & there was lots of laughter! I'm so glad to be a part of it. I always think of Homebaked as a family: you just want to keep coming back. It's my 'happy space'!"
Meet the CLT! This is the first in a series of spotlights on our wonderful members who are #gettingtheterracedone.
'Hi, my name is Donna & I've lived in Anfield all of my life.
I initially became a volunteer for Homebaked Bakery after calling in for some pies - and I was then asked if I would like to become a volunteer on a Tuesday evening, making pies for match days with other volunteers; I said 'yes' and really looked forward to going on Tuesday as I met some lovely people and I have many happy memories of those days.
I was then asked to become a member of the Homebaked CLT and since then I have had input into the planning of the terraces on Oakfield Road in Anfield. This was a very exciting time watching the plans developed at meetings and going to see different developments on Granby Street and an 'upside down house' in Manchester.
I care deeply about the local environment and community and am now really excited to see how the terrace develops!'
Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) objects to the use, in a recent article in the Liverpool Echo, of the word 'hipster' to describe our recent planning application in both the title and body of the article. The likely implication of such language for many readers is that our initiative is not rooted in the local area but instead a form of gentrification brought in from the outside. It is important for all the local people who came up with these plans and have fought for the refurbishment of these houses for over 5 years to emphasise that we are a locally rooted initiative that is working to develop and protect our neighbourhood through community ownership and decision making...
After many months of planning and working closely with over 70 local residents on design and use of the vacant terrace next to the bakery building (179 - 189 Oakfield Rd, backing onto Donaldson Court) we have now submitted the planning application! We are really proud of the plans we came up with together and really hope you love them too. You can read in-depth about the process, the context and of course the ideas we came up here:
You can find all plans on the Liverpool City Council planning portal where you can also comment.
We continue to be open for drop-ins every Thursday 10.30am - 1pm at 189 Oakfield Rd for a chat and a cup of tea under the chandelier, for people to share ideas and to answer any question you might have.
Saturday, 18 May, 2019
11am - 1pm
Free lunch included
Local resident Hilary Dyer grew up in the 60s and 70s above Hilda's Hairdressers on Oakfield Rd. Join her on a walk down memory lane and our high street. Find out about the wonders of Willy Davies' department store, Uncle Wings Laundry and playing footie with a pigs bladder from Jack the butcher. Hear from the shop keepers of today and join in the talk on what a high street was, is and can be.
Everyone welcome. We will serve free lunch from Homebaked Bakery. Tickets are free, but places are limited, so please book your ticket here:
We meet outside The Liverpool Lighthouse on Oakfield Rd at the corner with St Domingo Vale.
From January to March, the CLT hosted a series of drop-ins at NowHere, its new headquarters, enabling the wider community to feed back on the plans developed by the Core Design Team. 11 sessions were held over five weeks, and 62 people came by to give essential feedback on how the plans were developing.
Tim Jeeves, who's been writing about the design process on the blog for the last few months caught up with Britt Jurgensen, the CLT's Community Engagement Coordinator, to find out what came up in the sessions.
Tim: Tell me about the drop-ins - why did the CLT decide to run these as well as the Core Design Team meetings?
Britt: We wanted to make sure that more people than just the twenty or so of the core design team could feed back on the plans and give their input. We decided to do a drop-in rather than a big public consultation event because we thought it would allow more people to come. We offered it over a few weeks, and at different times of the day, so if someone wasn't able to make one session they could come to another.
Seeing people in the drop-in also meant that the quality of the engagement was higher – I could take more time with each person. There were also some nice connections made between people when more than one turned up at once.
The other advantage of doing something like this over a longer period of time, is that it's possible to feed back to our architects step by step rather than have a single input all at once.
Tim: I guess that means the architects could give you stuff back, meaning that the people that are coming in two weeks later would have the most up to date information to look at.
Britt: Yes, exactly, and I'd also adjust the questions I'd ask people when they came. As time went by, certain things would start to be decided and then they wouldn't be offered up anymore as a question because it wouldn't be meaningful participation.
As a part of our fact-finding mission to get ourselves fully clued up on the best way to redesign Oakfield Terrace, the Core Design Team recently went on a day trip roaming around the north-west, checking out design ideas and ownership models, looking at the work of other CLTs and cooperatives.
Our first port of call took us across Liverpool to Toxteth where we were welcomed by the lovely people of Granby Four Streets.
Drop into our new headquarters at yes 189 Oakfield Road (three doors down from the bakery) and let us know what you think of the plans for the terrace next to the bakery.
Pop in and say hello over the next four weeks on Thursdays 3-6pm, Fridays 10am - 1pm
"Thank you for giving up your Saturday morning to come and look at pictures of dilapidated houses..."
Marianne kicked off our time together with an overview of the Design and Development Process, giving us a sense of the provisional timescale that's being looked at for making everything happen and where our meetings sit within all that.
As things currently stand our input, and the information gathered through the rest of the community consultation, should lead to the submission of a planning permission application in March, and as long as that's granted, once the specifics have been finalised, we could be looking at a year or so for the construction work to take place.
Of course, wise words about best laid plans come to mind; money needs to be found and funding deadlines factored in to all this, plus there'll inevitably be surprises, shocks and frustration along the way. Nevertheless, the hope is that there'll be handover to the tenants at some point in 2020.
All of which means that we should be looking at a radically different high street in less than two years!
The Core Design Team met for the first time last week, coming together to imagine possibilities for our area.
We began with a reminder about what's currently happening with the terraces next to the bakery. There's a more complete explanation in the last blog post, but as a brief reminder:
- The council have given their support to the CLT's proposal for bringing the empty houses next to the bakery back to life. The initial brief for this, as developed by the CLT, is to mainly create community-owned housing at genuinely affordable rent, along with some space for local business and amenities.
- We have funding in place from Power to Change and Homes England's Community-led housing fund for this design process.
- Alongside the design work the CLT is putting together a plan to fully finance the rest of the development.
Marianne, our architect from Urbed, then gave us an exercise to get us thinking about our favourite spaces; both at home and in the area.
In the mix of responses that people gave, the importance of a 'good vibe' was probably the most consistent. From sitting on a bench in the yard to a new house in its entirety, from Everton Library to dog-walking in the park; there was a strong sense that people placed value on being both by themselves and with others, that green space is vitally important, and that beautiful architecture goes a long way!
As you may have heard, there's exciting things afoot at the CLT.
In April we finished the refurbishment of the flat above the bakery, and most recently Liverpool City Council gave their support to the CLT's proposal for bringing the empty houses next to the bakery back to life. We'll be able to develop these plans thanks to grants we've been given from Power to Change, and Homes England's Community Housing Fund. This funding scheme could potentially also give us some of the capital we need to start making our proposal a reality – we could all become co-owners of a terrace!
This is an incredibly exciting time for the CLT and we're going to work with the both the local community and Marianne Heaslip from award winning architects and workers cooperative Urbed on developing the plan for the nine terraced houses (Marianne worked with us previously on the flats above the bakery).
We know we want to build quality homes for affordable rent that people of all ages can live in. And we know we want them to be energy efficient (giving the tenants a chance to save both some cash and the planet) and we want there to be some shop units so that we can support the growth of our high street.
There's a lot more that needs to be decided though, and we want other local people to be involved throughout this next planning stage.
My name is Bradley. I have done the 26-week traineeship with Homebaked Community Land Trust and Rotunda College. I am 18 years old. I grew up in Aintree and moved to Kirkdale at the age of 14. When I applied for the traineeship I had been working in a lot of different industries, like business admin, HR and in the end, I found myself stuck in a dead-end bar job. I am quite academic when I put my head to it, but at school I found myself feeling very dis-interested after my parents split and relocating to an area which felt sort of foreign to me at the time. As a result of all this my GCSEs weren't very good which limited my opportunities for further education.
I started volunteering at a family business, Lady Justice UK when I left school. For me, this was where everything really began. I was taught everything I needed to know about the world of work and the link between employability and volunteering. This placement was a key turning point for me.
I then started volunteering at Liverpool Homeless Football Club, where I met another volunteer Angela McKay, who also works at Homebaked and recommended the new project starting there. She thought it would be a great opportunity for me to find out what I love and kick start a career. I applied and after an intense interview process was chosen as one of three trainees.
I loved my time with Homebaked. First of all I learnt straight construction skills and then working with the principal designer I realized that I have ideas in my head that I can communicate through something I design. I get really excited and have to put my ideas into a shape. This is the first time I came across something I really want to do as a profession. The coaching sessions from Britt Jurgensen at Homebaked helped me to focus and make an action plan. I am now at evening college to do GCSEs again. I did extensive research about each university I wanted to go to and how I am going to get there. The other thing I found with my time at Homebaked and Rotunda is a real excitement of working with all kinds of different people and the feel of being part of a community. I have volunteered many places before, but in this time, I realized community work is something professionals can do and that I could be a designer and still use my skills to work for the benefit of communities.
Homebaked and Rotunda helped me to find placements at an Architects practice in Liverpool. I have recently finished my placement at Condy Lofthouse Architects where I learned how to use various CAD software and I got a real insight on what an architect does day by day (which made me even more excited). I work between Rotunda and Homebaked CLT at the moment supporting them with community engagement and communications and especially getting young people to be a part of their local community.
Once I had brewed my thoughts a little, I decided I wanted to go to Central Saint Martins, London. I was constantly on the internet researching a route in to CSM, then I found the 'Foundation Diploma in Art & Design' and after reading the course page extensively, I slowly got to the bottom where I saw the deadline was two days away. In a state of panic, I wrote my full application and pressed submit, to then receive an email saying, "you have 5 days to submit a 20-page portfolio of your work". Panic resumed. But then Britt and I sat down together and talked through the work I had done over the last year and how I could present that and I realized that I actually had a great amount of content for the portfolio. I finally understood why she made us take photos of everything we had been making. I started to piece everything together and submitted my portfolio with no time to spare. It was actually a great process, thinking about everything I had learned.
I knew this uni is one of the most prestige schools of architecture in the country and there was a high chance my application wouldn't be acknowledged.
A few weeks later, surprisingly, I got an email inviting me for a 'full group portfolio review' at CSM. I was due to go to Italy at the same time with my family, so I had to re-arrange my flights. This was when it began to feel real. I was really worried about the 'group' aspect of it. Who was going to be there? Would they all be from an arts background with lots of amazing sketch books? But I tried to block any doubts from entering my mind.
I printed and bound my portfolio and got on the train to London. I was planning to wait nearby the university to do some last-minute prepping. I saw a tutor and they got me in to the earlier interview, so I could definitely catch my flight. The interview went really well. It was a great group and we all bounced off each other, trying to help each other out. I felt very comfortable in my own skin.
Then the waiting started all over again. It was painful, I was worried the refresh button on my email account would burn out. By now I had a whole team at Homebaked and Rotunda, as well as my family and friends waiting with me. Every time my mum rang me, she started the conversation with: 'Av you heard yet?' After 9 weeks of all of our patience bearing thin, I received an unconditional offer. I can't contain my excitement for September!
When I look back at how far I have come over the past year and the opportunities I have been given, I feel very proud and also grateful. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the encouragement and guidance I have been given from everyone. Now I am on my way to becoming an Architect.
It was unfortunate to see such grand houses look so bleak and decrepit. It seemed like a great opportunity for us to do something positive to show us as a community in a positive light. Britt Jurgensen, Andrew Beattie and myself had planned to make some posters to go on the windows of the un-occupied Victorian terraces attached to the bakery. I had put together a selection of images of Homebaked's volunteers and staff. Thankfully we found enough willing volunteers to have their portrait visible to passers-by.
The day was set fair, thankfully the weather held off and with a gang of enthusiastic helpers we set out to paste some pictures of our beloved members. I came with a roll of printed images of photos, all taken by the photographer and baker Mark Loudon. We had very little experience of doing this kind of thing but we were all up for a challenge.
It was always our intention since the early days of Homebaked to build a flat above the Bakery, the first home in Homebaked. Having people live on our high street, alongside cafes and bakeries and whatever happens here next is central to our vision of what a high-street is - a place where people live and work. Great homes, food, company and nice things.
In January 2018 our flat will be finished. What we've built is a shared living space for people between the age of 18 and 35, 4 in total, and a secure and affordable tenure. It's for people who are from or work in North Liverpool.
It's a newly refurbished and furnished apartment. There are 4 double bedrooms and these shared rooms:
- living room
- utility room/store
- 2 bath/shower rooms
The flat was refurbished with the support of our trainees - Bradley, Leanne, and David. It's a modern flat - bright and spacious. They helped to imagine what a young person might need who lives there.
Our neighbourhood is a great place to live. You're short (as in 2 minutes) walk away from a bus into town and Anfield Stadium, a 5-minute walk from Stanley Park, and you're even closer than that to the best pie you've ever eaten (amongst many other things) in Homebaked cafe.
And you can also help to imagine what else you might need from your high-street and should you wish, be actively involved in making it a reality for you and your neighbours.
So, you want to make your floorboards a nice feature in your house and ditch the carpets? Well, this is how you do it.
1. Remove any nails that are sticking up out the flooring with a nail punch to stop the sandpaper from tearing whilst using the drum sander.
2. Remove all debris from the floor.
3. Use various levels of grit on the sandpaper, 24, 36, 40 and 80, and sand against the grain. Use floor and edge sanders.
4. Hoover in between each different grade of grit to pick up debris and sawdust.
5. Apply your first coat of varnish.
6. Apply varnish coat number 2.
7. Using a 450 grit sandpaper, sand the floor in the direction of the grain.
8. Use a damp rag to wipe excess dust off the floor.
9. Apply the final coat of varnish to the floor.
10. Stand back and admire your handy work.
What you need:
- Table saw
- 1 sheet of 9mm ply
- 1 sheet of 12mm ply
- 1 sheet of 18mm ply
- PVA glue
- 10 sash clamps
- 40/80/120/240 grit sanding paper
- Orbital sander
- Skill saw
- Square straight edge
- Clear yacht varnish
- 4 hairpin legs (bought)
- 20 screws
- Wooden drill bit
- Copper spraypaint
What to do:
* Using the table saw, rip down the ply into 55mm rips.
* Decide a pattern you want to place the different thicknesses of ply in to
* Dry fit the pieces and make sure its the size you want your table
* Set up a tray of PVA glue and a roller
* Set up half of the clamps with equal spaces.
* Glue the inside side of the rips
* Place them in the clamps and push together, be quick before the glue drys
* In the spaces in between the clamps, place the remaining clamps on the top side of the wood.
* Leave the table in the clamps for approximately 12-24 hours.
* Take the table out the clamps and plane it until it is flat
* Sand the table with the orbital sander starting with 40 grit then 60 and then 80, always going with the grain.
* Brush off excess dust in between each grit
* Set up a straight edge across the end of the table.
* Using the skill saw cut a straight edge across the both ends
* Go over the table and the sharp points with a sanding block and the 240 grit.
* Brush off excess dust and your ready to varnish
* Take your table in a dust free room and apply 1st coat of clear yacht varnish.
* The dry time is 2-4 hours before reapplying another coat.
* De-nib with the 240 grit in between coats.
* Apply approx 4 coats, depending on how you want the finish
* Spray the hairpin legs with the copper spray paint in a well ventilated space.
* Measure the same distance from each corner and pilot drill holes for the fixings for the legs
* Once the legs are on. The table is done! (This applies if you've pre-bought legs which we did).
This Saturday match day HomeSquare turned into a stage for some great rhythms and tunes. We had the honour to host the Anfield Community Arts Samba Band and drummers from Beatlife. We defied the cold with drumming and dancing and shaking the money bucket which filled quite quickly thanks to charming Olivia and appreciative match day goers. The atmosphere was great and HomeSquare turns out to be a fabulous stage (as long as the artists wear sensible shoes!). The only disconcerting moment was when some male fans decided to go for a wee right on our square and pretty much next to the young people. Not cool! But there is always room for improvement. We are looking forward to more music on the square. If you want to play, let us know. And Anfield Community Arts: we hope you come again!
Hi, Welcome to HomeSquare,
This public space was designed by members of the community and commissioned by Homebaked CLT - a community-led housing and enterprise scheme born as a way to develop our High Street together. It was built by us, the Homebaked trainees (Leanne, Bradley, and David) with the help of many volunteers.
To be honest, when we first took on this space we found a lot of dog shit. On the first day, Bradley went home with poo up his trouser leg which took 5 washes to get out.
But we saw beyond that, and the community drew up some pretty snazzy plans (thank you those who led that work) to turn this into a beautiful pocket park, with spaces to gather and spend time in or grow, sing, bring your kids to, and have fun in. A nice place to spend a quiet moment in the middle of a busy day. Whatever you want it to be.
We've painted the container, built a space to sit on, some nice planters to grow things in, made a workshop, decking and a little house.
We want you to love using this area as much as we've loved making it for you, and use it in whatever way you want really. But we'd also like it to remain a nice place to go long after we've finished putting the last nail in the decking and so here's a few things you might consider as you use it:
- Please use this space to drink and eat together - but please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Play your music. Bring a guitar. But please respect the neighbours and keep the noise down. If they can hear it in the bakery kitchen then its definitely too loud.
- Respect the plants - they were planted by Sylvia, Sam and a few other people that live around here. Nice aren't they? Good work, Sylvia, Sam and the other people that live around here.
- This is not a place to spend the night, but do feel free and have a nap, meditate and make yourself at home.
- Drugs are for mugs (keep them off HomeSquare - there might be a kids party here tomorrow and the last thing that the clown that they've hired wants to do is pick up your roaches before he starts making the balloon animals.)
- No pooing or pissing, please. Humans and dogs. We can't realistically stop squirrels or cats doing their business on the grass, but please report a human dressed as a squirrel or a cat doing it.
Leanne (Monkey), David (Ginge) and Bradley (Hench) homebaked.org.uk
Text is taken from the HomeSquare opening poster
- FFP3 mask (dust)
- A couple of buckets
- Brick acid
- Hand brushes (x3) and a long house brush
- Thick cutting disk, mortar rake and steel wire wheel for grinder.
- Chemical suit and APEK1P3 mask
- Yellow sand
- Bag of cement
- Trowel and hawk
And this is how you do it:
1. Get the thick cutting disk, mortar rake and a steel wire wheel ready for the grinder
2. Using the thick cutting disk, cut into the mortar about half an inch. If it's old it'll fall out in chunks
3. Use mortar rake to get bits off that are stuck.
4. Use the wire wheel to take the thinnest layer of mortar and date off
5. Brush the excess mortar off
6. Acid wash - someone needs to dress up in a full chemical suit (Paul) and mark. Mix the brick acid with water. Use the long house brush to get it over the wall. Leave it on for 2 hours and then wash it off with water again with a hand brush.
7. Mix one part cement with 4 parts sand. Add water until it's thick enough so that it doesn't fall off your trowel. Put mixture on Hawk. Scoop mortar off with the back of trowel and fill the gaps.
8. Perps first and then the beds. (small lengths and long lengths). Do the front of breast first and then do the side once that's dry.
9. Hand brush when it's damp to smooth it off.
10. Stand back and admire your work. You've just repointed a wall.
HomeSquare is now open to the public and our trainees have moved upstairs to begin work on what will become the first home in HomeBaked.
Watch this space for updates from Paul, Bradley, Leanne, David and the team over the coming weeks....
What have you been up to since we last met up?
Bradley: In the past week we've knocked down the wall in front of the flat door and bakery and have been sanding and preparing some wood planks to make into wooden bricks for the wall.
David: The wall is going to be a nice feature outside the flat with planters built into it. We've been staining the wood and it's a long process because they're all different sizes. They can't be a millimeter out to make it work.
We also made some workbenches in the process and tables to put the plane on for the container.
How does it feel to see the work you've done so far finished?
Bradley: It's boss. Without the harris fencing around the square, it looks completely different. The wood chipping is all down.
Have you seen anyone using the square yet as you've been working?
Bradley: Yeah, Larry and his dog. Ever since we started working on the square we used to see him and his dog walk past and he always had a big smile on his face and even his dog looks like he's smiling. So I said, 'he's as happy as Larry him' and now that's what he's called.
David: Yeah and another guy turned up who had about 6 different accents with a lizard on his back. He called it a lady dragon.
What are you hoping to see on the square?
Bradley: Just people using it.
David: Anyone really. People just going there to read would be nice.
Bradley: It's good the way we use it. We have our lunch their sometimes. The other week when there were no seats in the cafe we grabbed lunch and ate it there.
They're going to do yoga in there too soon.
David: Yeah, there are a few classes in there now.
How does it feel at the opening?
Bradley: It was good. It was a relief to see everyone there and using the space. I liked the square but I only really started to see it come together a couple of days before when we were putting the finishing touches on it.
Where is your favourite bit of the space?
David: The structure itself, 'the thing'. We've spent most of our time there and we've even used it as a workshop. It's been great to use when it's been raining.
Bradley: When the weather is a bit better the area by the planters on the decking. A couple of weeks ago after the opening when Paul and Leanne had gone off to work on something, and I sat minding the side and it was nice to sit there. It'd be a great place to do book readings for kids.
And the Oakfield Road No Crust Sandwich Club could meet on the decking.
What has been the biggest thing you've learned so far?
Bradley: The most interesting part for me has been putting the balcony up. It was challenging and once you'd figured it out it was great. Repointing was great to learn too.
David: The general joinery stuff for me. Learning what side of the wood to cut on, the angles and the thickness of the blade you need. Just the basics that you wouldn't know existed before - there's a lot to it.
What are you looking forward to that you have coming up?
Bradley: Getting into the flat to do the finishing touches.
We're doing the floors and making a big dining table and benches.
David: It'll be great to see it when it's finished and think, 'we've done that and really contributed to the project'.
Bradley: It'll be great to see who moves in. It's going to be a lovely flat.
David: I really want the people that have moved in to learn about the story of how it came together and the journey that people have been on putting it together for them.
How have you dealt with any setbacks along the way?
David: I think they challenge you to get your thinking cap on and think, 'whats the alternative?'
Bradley: When you get a setback, you have to think about what you have to do next and once you've done it I feel great.
David: It's been great to see Paul come up with solutions to things as we've gone on too. He's done that a lot.
Bradley: With Homebaked, we've been treated on the same level as everybody else. It's been a team effort.
Our building team and many volunteers have been hard at work over these past few months building the beautiful pocket park which was designed together locally, and we've now called HomeSquare (or alternatively HomeTurf as some like to call it).
On 29th October 2017, Homebaked members, friends and neighbours gathered together with those that designed and built HomeSquare to celebrate its official opening. A lone trumpet played as Arthur, community member and Homebaked member and official cheerleader of the build, cut the ribbon along with his entire family. Led by master of ceremony Peter Carney we planted a tree, lit a fire, hosted a tea ceremony and gathered together to chat, listen to and tell stories. Many kids built mini-planters with Paul Harcombe to take home their own little bulb and great hopes for spring. We had some lovely food and hot spiced apple juice prepared for us by the Back Kitchen from Liverpool Homeless Football Club and Chair of the CLT board and amazing cook Ralph Bullivant. Thanks to Writing on the Wall our beautiful pavilion was filled with some great spoken words and of course we actually ended up singing Karaoke (!!). There was an intense use of our new hammock and some very rigorous swinging. Good! Thanks to Homebaked volunteer Phil Moore many bulbs were planted in the ground and each one of them came with a wish. When it started to get cold we huddled around our cosy fire and cracked some jokes. To warm ourselves up we played a couple of rounds of back alley bowling (a big thank you to artist and pie maker Louis Jeck-Prestidge who invented and built this great game for us). And Max counted all the fallen leaves on HomeSquare (one, many...). It was a great day!
Thank you to all who came to celebrate with each other.
With a special thanks to everyone who volunteered time and materials:
Darren and Leon White, Peter Carney, Jemma Rafferty, Jade Barrett-Ellis, Phil Moore, Ralph Bullivant, Patricia Levey-Bennett, Ian Byrne, Jimmy Lawless, Jimmy who normally makes pies, Jo Hudson, Elaine Cresswell, The Boys On Bikes, Chloe Buckley, Terry Reilly, David Young, Derek Dottie, Benjamina Galea and Nils Phillips.
Liverpool Homeless Football Club, Keepmoat, Rotunda College, Stanley Park CIC, Liverpool City Council, Manchester International Festival, London Design Festival, CAB Anfield, The Whitechapel Centre
And of course the design and production team: Bradley Barrett, Leanne Mitchell, David Wood, Paul Harcombe, Nicolas Henninger, Britt Jurgensen, Samantha Jones, Silvia White, Louis Tuckman, Andrew Beattie, Angela McKay, Louis Jeck-Prestidge, Calley Green, Myriam Lahnite, Mal Thomas and Andrea Ku.
HomeSquare is an open invitation, an experiment and a public conversation. How do we like to use public spaces? How can we be inclusive and safe? Can we find ways of using this land in ways that is both fun and respectful to others? And many more questions. We can't wait!
Welcome to HomeSquare.
Photography by Mark Loudon.
Role: Development and Project Manager
Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT)
Fixed term: 1 year (re-negotiable)
Part time: 10 hours per week, 25 per hour (flexible, with potential to grow)
Based at Homebaked, 197-199 Oakfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool L4 0UF
This role is for someone passionate about community-led development with exceptional organisational development and fundraising skills,
who's seeking a new challenge to work with a diverse group of people to realise an ambitious community-led vision for their neighbourhood.
To apply for the role, please send your CV, letter of application and references to Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 10th December 2017.
Background and Application:
Located just opposite Liverpool Football Club, Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) was established in 2012 as a way of collectively confronting the challenging issues of economic decline and housing demolition facing our neighbourhood and our city. Homebaked is one of the first urban CLTs in the UK and distinctive in being about more than just housing. We work closely with Homebaked co-op bakery as our tenant and partner in a wider programme of neighbourhood revitalisation. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our first homes, a four bedroom shared housing scheme above the bakery, renovated through the work of local young people on our apprenticeship programme. We are creating the neighbourhood's first new public space in decades, HomeSquare, for use by local residents, and putting together an exciting programme of cultural events. This is just the start of a collective journey we have initiated with a diverse range of people from across the area and beyond.
Our vision is for a healthy and vibrant neighbourhood, with a thriving local economy and co-designed housing and revitalised public spaces that are owned and managed by the community. We see Homebaked CLT as the catalyst for that vision – acting as a steward of common land and assets; an anchor for sustainable economic development; a hub for social activities and support; and a platform for enabling residents to communicate with each other, experiment with new ideas and govern their neighbourhood collectively.
Participation, art and wellbeing have always been the unifying threads running through our approach. Homebaked began as a participatory arts project in the 2010 Liverpool Biennial called 2Up2Down, which invited local young people to reimagine terraced housing, beginning with the simple question: what does it mean to live well? Our work is based on the simple belief that we all deserve to live well. For us that means good jobs, secure homes, great food and beautiful public spaces to meet, create, share stories, learn and celebrate together.
Purpose of the role
We are now looking for a Development and Project Manager to help us take the next step forward in our journey, as we seek to reimagine and redevelop the larger terraced site adjoining the bakery into affordable, community-owned housing and incubation space for social entrepreneurs and community businesses, as well as make new plans further afield.
We need someone with the vision and aptitude for organisational development, who can work with us to develop our wider strategy and business plan for future development; someone who can help us translate that plan into reality and match the needs and aspirations of the people who live and work here.
The role will involve developing a fully-costed programme of future capital build projects and securing the funding required to deliver them. It will not initially or necessarily entail the management and delivery of these projects, but could potentially evolve into this next stage if the role proves successful.
The purpose of the role will be to work up a strategic business plan for the next phases(s) of development in close collaboration with the community-led Board of Directors, who you will report to, and also our Community Engagement Officer, who promotes participatory co-production throughout all our projects and activities.
The role falls broadly into two areas:
Organisational Development and Project Management:
Work with the Board to develop and deliver a business plan that reflects our vision.
Review all existing vision statements, business plans, annual reports and other documents and translate them into a single development plan to be approved by the Board.
Develop a full-costed programme of capital projects in consultation with the Board and community.
Work closely with the Community Engagement Officer to embed principles and practices of co-production and community participation throughout the development programme.
Provide information to the Board to monitor progress and make informed decisions, and support and facilitate Board meetings and good governance objectives.
Finance and fundraising:
Identify resource, partnership and investment opportunities.
Review CLT finances and identify new revenue streams.
Make applications for revenue and capital funding as necessary.
Work with the Treasurer to manage the overall CLT budget and individual project budgets and ensure appropriate records are maintained.
Work with the Treasurer to set and monitor financial objectives, prepare and run the organisation's annual budget and project budgets, monitor expenditure and variances, and initiate corrective actions.
Experience, Skills and Aptitudes:
We are looking for someone with exceptional organisational development, fundraising and business planning skills alongside a passionate commitment and keen interest in working with grassroots groups in one of the most innovative community-led projects in the UK. We are looking for someone who 'gets it' – who sees the value of what we are trying to achieve and can turn the aspirations of a community into a physical reality and involve us all along the way.
Homebaked CLT is at a critical juncture in its development and we need to pursue opportunities for new funding streams and capital and revenue grants to move the project forward. We are looking for someone who has proven experience in obtaining government and philanthropic grants, developing alternative fundraising programmes, such as crowd-funding and community shares, as well as other revenue streams. We invite candidates with an entrepreneurial flair in securing income and raising funds.
The role is there for you to shape. Any extensions to the working hours, pay and length of contract will be partly dependent on your ability to secure the future financial sustainability of Homebaked. We hope that it will develop into a more long-term role and for you to become an indispensable member of the CLT team. We envisage you will be able to grow and shape the role as Homebaked itself develops – having always evolved organically from the grassroots through the vision and commitment of passionate people.
Fundraising and financial management skills;
Organisational development and business planning skills;
A proven self-starter, who takes the initiative and can grow an organisation;
An ability to think innovatively, strategically and operationally;
An engaging communicator, able to demonstrate an ability to get on with a wide variety of people;
Good writing and presentation skills;
Educated to degree level or equivalent post education experience;
An understanding of the needs, frustrations and aspirations of the Anfield area.
A background in development project management, housing, regeneration or social action;
An understanding of how communities, creativity and art play a role in regeneration;
An interest in mutual, collaborative, community-led and co-operative models of ownership and development;
An ability to think both 'outside the box' and 'on your feet';
Excitement about getting stuck into a challenging community development project.
To apply for the role, please send your CV, letter of application and references to Paul.email@example.com by Sunday 10th December 2017.
We would ideally like the role to begin in early 2018, with interviews to be held before Christmas, in the weeks commencing 11th and 18th December. Please state your availability for interview in your letter of application.
You should explain what interests you about the role, why you are the best person for the job, and how your skills and experience will help us deliver our vision, with direct reference to the role attributes.
For more info about Homebaked, please visit our website: http://www.homebaked.org.uk/
Over two weekends in October, a group of volunteers came together to help us get HomeSquare ready for our opening. Here are some photos from the weekends. A massive thank you, as always, to those that came over to lend a hand.
Our building team is almost finished on the outdoor building work on HomeSquare, before they head upstairs to begin work on the new flats above the bakery.
Our trainees, David, Bradley and Leanne sat down for a chat with the site supervisor and their mentor, Paul Harcombe, for an early morning chat to talk carpentry, dog poo and what he's learned so far.
How did you get into carpentry?
When I was 16 there was I scheme which I joined called YTS, set up by Margaret Thatchers Comrades. You went and learned a skill and earned jack-shit really; £ 29.50 per week. I came out of there having learned marquetry, which is wood veneering, carpentry, wood turning, upholstery and french polishing and so I picked up quite a lot of skills which are now transferable. It was well worth doing.
It was a 2 year course and I did 1 year of it and got a job through a company called Thorn EMI refurbishing veneers on televisions. In those days you'd rent the televisions from radio rentals.
How did you get involved in Homebaked?
I responded to an email which suggested that there might be an opportunity for me. They asked, 'do you want to use your skills and give something back' and I was well up for that.
It was the opportunity to share my skills with other people and see if it might be interesting for them. You learn quite a bit about yourself when you're teaching, too.
What have been your memorable moments so far?
Funnily enough I had some photos of it out last night. When we were here on the first day cleaning all the dog poo up and Bradley fell in it. The first day, covered in shit.
Memorable? I think it was the early stages because nobody knew each other and we were all trying to find out who we all were.
What do you think of your nickname?
Mine is 'Curly Head' or something isn't it?
It's funny you ask that because it used to be that years ago, too. It hasn't gone away.
Who've been the characters that you've met so far?
Everyone really because you're around them a lot. I'm around you a lot, like it or lump it. I work Nicolas a lot, too.
What have you learned from Nicolas?
He's one of the better architects I've worked with because he knows how to build as well, not just planning and drawing, but he knows how to build as well. A bit like Howard Hughes, who learned how to design an aircraft and learned how to fly it as well. Some architects don't want to know, they give you a drawing and say 'off you go' and they're never dirty, but Nicholas is right in there like a bull, he gets stuck in. That's what I like about him.
What are you most looking forward to?
Teaching you how to make furniture, and how to design. Thats the main thing. I know that you'll really love that.
You've worked in other places, where was your favourite place to work?
Australia, because the heat was manageable. The heat in Florida was heavy, too much.
I worked and travelled coast to coast. But I loved Sydney. I was there in 2001.
How did Liverpool change whilst you were away?
When I got back to Liverpool, health had become current, which I was quite surprised at. I'd loved in countries where health was consciously current all the time, but when I came back here and juice bars had popped up everywhere and people were getting into Yoga and training before they went to work.
New buildings, new sights, new bars and restaurants, new houses, areas disappeared. Loads new.
In June 2017, building work on HomeSquare and the flat above the bakery began. 4 new team members joined Homebaked to take on the building work.
Paul Harcombe joined as the foreman for the building work, and he is joined by 3 new trainees, Bradley Barrett, David Wood and Leanne Mitchell.
The team will work with a number of people from Homebaked as well as our architects Architectural Emporium, our landscape design team, HomeFarm, community design teams and external contractors over the 6 months. They have started building work on HomeSquare and will be moving up the flat in September.
We recently spoke with the trainees to find out how they're getting on.
How did you get involved in Homebaked?
Bradley: I was working as a volunteer at Liverpool Homeless FC and saw a flyer that Angela from Homebaked put up on the noticeboard that was advertising the traineeship. I applied because I thought it was a great opportunity to get involved in a great community project whilst learning a trade.
David: I got on board by accident really; I went into the Rotunda to do a health and safety training course to get my CSCS card to help me get a job but whilst I was there I was offered the opportunity to come and work at Homebaked. It fitted in ideally as it was the reason I was going to get my card in the first place because I needed a job! And I've been here ever since, learning different aspects of construction.
Leanne: A friend had shown me the advert on twitter and I got in touch after seeing that and spoke with Britt and then came in for an interview. It was something that I'd been looking for for ages, but I couldn't find the right course and I'd taken on different jobs for the money - I worked in an airplane factory, chemically treating parts, and I got my forklift licence through them, warehouse work - and then this opportunity came along. Joinery is what I've always wanted to do. Since then I've been learning that it's something that I really like.
Tell us about some of the people that you've worked with so far.
David: That's the great thing about this, everyone is so different, from different backgrounds and has taken different career paths.
Paul by trade is a carpenter, and so there's stuff that he's said he's learning as well.
Bradley: Agreed, at Homebaked no two people are alike, and that's why it is so interesting. I work with people with years of experience in a lot of different sectors. There are volunteers at Homebaked from many different countries, I think it is great to converse with all these people because it makes me more culturally intelligent every day.
Leanne: Nicholas is an architect, but he builds as well. And you don't find many architects that build as well. Or be on site a lot. He's dead knowledgeable, he's always got an answer for you.
I love the different personalities here, I think that's why we all get on so well. We all learn from each other every day.
David: Whats great is that they all say that they're learning too, alongside us. Nicolas, for example, is learning the scouse language, that's his big learning curve.
So we're all learning in different ways which is quite cool and even though we're trainees, we still feel like we're all on an equal platform.
Leanne: Arthur keeps coming in every day, to tell us a little joke. Every day he's got a couple of new jokes for us.
David: I had to get some pictures of him because he's a local legend. He was in the Merchant Navy and he's always got some old stories for us, old jokes and he's always telling us that manners are important and he's old fashioned like that, which is cool. It helps out with our day because when it gets to 2 pm, he'll pop over.
And there's obviously the staff in the bakery as well and we're getting to know them well. Even in the bakery, everyone is different in their own way and I think that's what gives them their camaraderie.
What have you learned so far?
Leanne: It's been great and we've learned loads of things. We've just learned how to put corrugated roofs on.
With the gardening, we've learned loads of things, like how to make planters, which David has already put into use at home.
David: At my mums, with the spare wood from the decking she'd had put in, I made the planters for her, and that was just from the things I'd learned here.
Yeah, we've learned loads of things. It's been split into two - we're working now on the public square and then going in to do the flat in October. We're going to be learning loads of different things from both sites, which I think gives us a broader experience to learn from. I think that's the brilliant part of it.
Bradley: When I first got involved I knew very little about the construction industry, but I have progressed very quickly through the intense training and work alongside skilled and very experienced craftsmen. First, I learned the ins and out of health and safety, the basic skills of joinery and structural work and I am now competently using various power tools.
Leanne: I can't wait to get upstairs and get to work on sanding the floor boards down, and renovating the flat. That's something that I want to get into, I like the finishing touches. We're going to make worktops, out of plywood, and I can't wait to see what they look like. Veneering - putting the plastic into the wood, we'll be doing that as well, which is like a trade in itself.
What have been the biggest things that you've learned and memorable moments to date?
David: A lot of it is the skills - knowing our angles for cutting wood and using the miter saw and learning how to actually use all the equipment and learning our measurements for cutting different types of wood. To me, that's been a big learning thing for me.
Leanne: Mine was using a handsaw because when you first get it it wobbles everywhere, and after a day I'd figured it out. And using power tools, too, things I've never used before and learning how to use them and how to use them safely.
And painting the container and learning how to not get it on yourself. The first day I was painting it and got on the ladder and ended up with no paint in the tray when I got up there as it was all over me! That was a bad day.
Bradley: My most memorable moment was when we had the one show come to interview us about our traineeship and the plans of our public square and the accommodation we are re-developing above the bakery.
David: But there are other things as well. I mentioned getting to know people, and different cultures and how people like is another learning thing and its knowing how to talk to people and how to react. Some people need a pat on the back and some people need a kick up the backside.
Has there been anything that's surprised you so far?
David: There have been loads for me because all of this is completely new to me.
I think the workshop we did in the flat to help with the design and understanding how the building actually works to keep the structure up was a big thing.
Leanne: When we worked out how to put the wood on the roof of the classroom on the square, and we had to learn how to do it safely and solving problems to do it.
I also hear you all have nicknames for each other?
David: It all started with Brad. He's always given himself the name 'The Hench' - I think he loves himself a bit - and so we called him that and then Britt came with some mugs for us so we can make a brew and because they're all the same we had to write our names on them, but instead of using our normal names we gave ourselves our nicknames.
Leanne: Nicholas gave me mine because I was quick at climbing up the structure to do things, so he called me 'Monkey', which in his French accent is very funny. He's a funny man.
David: We call Paul 'Curley Watts' because he's got a big load of curls coming out of his brain. Nicolas, we call 'Shock' because he's got similar hair but he looks like he's licked a battery. We've actually had loads for Nicholas - I call him 'Professor Wheetos' and 'Marv' off the film Home Alone.
And mine is 'Ginge' because of my hair although I'm starting to call myself 'Chesney' now. That's my new name.
What are you looking forward to?
Leanne: Mine is doing the flat, learning how to use the wood up there and about skirting boards, worktops, and door frames. We're also building shelving in it. And these are all things that I can use in my own life as well as later on when I go into my own business.
David: Mine is more the design side to it and the ideas part. I liked the design workshop we did. And finding out from people like Nicholas and Toby what is actually possible in the space because you could have loads of ideas that aren't possible structurally. Having an input into the design is what I like doing and then seeing the end result from that is exciting.
Bradley: At the minute we are working on the public square. We all let our imaginations run free when designing different furniture and finishing pieces. I'm excited for it to be finished and start work above the bakery so we can start to learn the refurb side of the trade and design our own pieces of furniture and special finishing touches. We have come so far since our first day and the whole team finds it so rewarding when we finish each step so I can not wait until people in our community are enjoying our work as much as we hope they will.
Photos by Britt Jurgensen, Angela McKay, Andrew Ku, Bradley Barrett, David Wood and Leanne Mitchell.
The Homebaked Community Landscape Design course started in spring 2017, led by Andrea Ku of b4biodiversity. Students who attended the course would receive a qualification in 'Conservation Skills' on completion of the course in August 2017, as well as helping to design and create a community green space for our high street.
The aim of the course is to learn about practical landscape design and building and designing as a group the Homebaked HomeSquare, a little pocket park piece of land on Oakfield Rd just a few steps away from our bakery.
Work began by measuring out the site, analysing the soil, learning more about the local area through mapping and genius loci, talking to local people about their views of the area and finding out their plans and ideas for the area.
The team also visited public spaces in Liverpool city centre to learn about what works there, why, how they were built and what plants were used and why.
Designs were then made by the team; both hand drawn and in 3d using Jenga blocks and from this work the team decided to work with pallets as a building material. The design will consist of steps, planters, seating and a house structure on the top of the container on site.
The students met and worked with Architect Nicoals Henninger, Paul who is leading 3 local apprentices, Bradley, Leanne and David, who are building the new elements for the public square before moving on to th flat above the bakery, to design and build the planters.
The team have also learnt about garden management, maintenance of tools and how to use power tools to build the planters and prep them for staining.
Plants for the new site will be purchased from JA Jones, (a supplier of landscape plants based in Southport) when the planters are ready. Because of the variation of light and shade, students have chosen a mixture of deciduous and evergreen climbers, seasonal bulbs, ferns, scented plants, herbs and seasonal colour.
Alongside the course, the students also volunteered and began working on Home Farm with Sam Jones, which will operate from the site, growing micro greens both for use in the bakery and to be sold commercially.
Recently, we were awarded some funding from Power to Change to begin work on our first homes in the flats above the bakery.
To complete this work we are running a training programme from local young people in partnership with the Rotunda College. The 26 week programme will begin with the trainees building their own classroom on the market square, along with any of the things designed by participants from our community design course who have been designing the market square for the past few months. These include new planters and tables and chairs for the community to use.
The trainees will work with architects to then build the flats.
We will be posting regular stories on our blog from both the trainees working on the flats as well as the participants from the community design course - sign up for our newsletter in the footer of our website to be notified of updates.
We are now running our free bakery courses for local community groups to come together to learn how to make and bake bread and pizza in the kitchen at Homebaked bakery.
Book a slot with Angela by calling +44 151 261 1745
On 28th February and 1st March 2017, Power to Change and Homebaked brought together a contingent of community organisations from across the UK and Europe to share their experiences of operating community businesses at different stages of their journey.
Power to Change is an independent charitable trust, whose funding is used to strengthen community businesses across England. The Learning Grant is the first initiative of the Empowering Places programme - a targeted funding and support programme which focuses its efforts on specific neighbourhoods to nurture community business potential. This event marked the mid-way point of the Learning Grant Programme.
When we saw the tender for the delivery of the event last November, we applied with a proposal for the kind of event that we, as people working within a community business, would feel excited to go to.
Our aim was to create an event that addresses everyone involved as a learner and an expert, where the critical friends, storytellers and facilitators stay for the entire event to share their experience, where people get to listen to stories and tell their own, where we share hands-on knowledge, challenges and ideas gained from our day-to-day work and have lots of informal time to have conversations, create lasting relationships with our peers and - not to forget - eat good food and have a dance.
We made sure all the provision for the event from transport and food to the venue, was run and serviced by local community or social businesses, thus trialling a live example of community partnerships and social supply chain in action.
We collaborated with the team behind Ethos magazine with the aspiration to create a 'learning document' that is full of resources; a captivating read and looks so good you want to keep it on your mantelpiece for people to find (and take).
But most importantly we wanted to create the opportunity for the participants to have some time to reflect and gain a fresh perspective on their place and their work, feel nurtured by the knowledge that they are part of a wider network and go home with renewed energy for delivering change in their community.
We know from the feedback received that our event was very much appreciated, and we want to thank all attendees for the incredible genero sity with which they approached each other and the format. We learned so much from you all.
A big thank you to Power to Change for putting its trust in us and for all the support along the way. Of course we would love to do this kind of thing ourselves again, iron out some kinks and try out some new things.
But actually, what we want the most is for learning to be delivered more often on a grassroots level and for more organisations like ours to take the opportunity to create the kind of event that they would like to go to. So, see you next time in Sheffield or Luton or Rostanga. We are looking forward to it.
Text taken from People Power, the learning document produced in partnership with Ethos Magazine. See more at www.ethos-magazine.com
As part of our Return of the Thing at the Rec event, we had our first Homecinema showing. Organised by Matt, who is the brother of our volunteer Beth, it was a fabulous event and one we're going to be doing again in the future.
Matt is a student and has a keen interest in film, and the choices of "Grease" and "Pride" were his.
Not only were we showing Grease, but it was the singalong version as well, and we had all-American style beers and popcorn for sale before the picture started, as well as the option for you to get 50s style hair and makeup done.
Hello everyone! It's been a while, hasn't it?
I'm sorry for the delay in new posts, but we've been really busy at Homebaked. From events, to markets, to just general hustle & bustle at the cafe, there's been plenty going on.
As you probably know, we held our second event on the rec - The Return of the Thing at the Rec - and it was spread across four days this time, instead of one. As so much happened, I'll be breaking up the blog posts and sharing them with you individually instead, so you can really get a feel for what went on - or, have a nice reminder, if you were there!
One Sunday, the rec was the setting for a wonderful high tea event. We were busy preparing everything in the Homebaked kitchen, ready to start serving our lovely neighbours at 2pm.
Event season is upon is, what with The Return of The Thing At The Rec coming soon (10th - 17th July) and Homebaked appearing at several markets during the summer.
At the end of April, myself and Britt were in Germany for the InTransit conference.
Located in Erfurt, a town a train's ride away from Berlin, the conference was set up for local initiatives like ourselves to come and meet together with similar projects and share our knowledge and experience. There were organisations from all across Europe attending, and it was a real privilege to be part of the event.
THE RETURN OF THE THING ON THE REC - a local summer festival on the old recreation ground behind Homebaked bakery.
10 - 17 July 2016
The Thing on the Rec is back with a series of events, featuring outdoor cinema screenings, the great North Liverpool Bake-Off, crazy golf and great food. See full programme here.
On Thursday night, we hosted a team of local young people, as well as some architecture students from John Moores University and their tutor, Jo Hudson, for a tour of the Anfield area and an evening of discussion of what the ingredients for a good place to live for young people would be.
I think everyone in Liverpool has been affected by Hillsborough, one way or another. Everyone has a connection in some way, whether they were there, knew someone who was, or tragically lost somebody they held dear.
My dad and my sister were both there that day in '89. Thankfully, they returned home safely, and they have been very loyal to the memory of the 96 since, and for their justice too. We were so, so lucky, yet so many families weren't.
We remember them all today - the 96, and their loved ones left behind. But it isn't a day all about sadness, it's also a day of fond memories, of friendship, family, love and above all, hope.
We had another engaging Design Meeting earlier this month, on the 15th. Apologies for the delay in getting this report out to you, but we have lots of photos this time round from Britt, to make up for it!
We were very happy to have Charlotte Cassedanne and her film crew from Power to Change at the bakery last Thursday.
They were in to film a little "behind the scenes" footage of us making pies, and to do a few interviews, regarding the Power to Change grant we've been awarded.
On Tuesday evening, we held another of our Build Your Own High Street workshops at Homebaked.
As these workshops have been going on for a while now, we're really getting down to the nitty-gritty about choosing a definitive design for the block.
On the 19th of January, we hosted an evening with Hemingway Design at Homebaked.
Hemingway Design are, quoted from their website, "a multi-disciplinary team, our diverse and high-profile client list reflects the strength of talent behind HemingwayDesign. Over 30 years' experience has seen us collaborate with the likes of Sainsbury's, John Lewis, Coca-Cola, The National Trust, B&Q, eBay and Royal Mail, to name a few."
Heading the evening was Wayne Hemingway.
For those who have been following our Design Team workshops, you'll be familiar with Architectural Emporium already. For those who aren't, they are the local architects who we are working directly with on our "Build Your Own High Street" project.
Yesterday, we visited their offices in Hope Street, to talk a little more about the scheme, the materials we're hoping to use, and to have a short walking tour around the surrounding area.
I apologise for the lack of updates to the blog - I mean, the last one was last year!
(Terrible joke. I apologise for that too.)
On Saturday 12th December, we hosted The Thing On The Rec: A real Local Christmas.
It was an event we'd been planning for a while, and, despite the rain and bad weather, it was a wonderful day!
As often is the case with these things, it's hard to really sum up in words how it was to be there, to pin down the atmosphere and the overall warm (again, despite the weather!) festive, community feeling that came alongside.
So, I'll let these photos do the majority of the talking - this time provided by a mixture of people, our very own Mark Loudon (http://markloudon.com/photography/), Ronnie Hughes of A Sense of Place (https://asenseofplaceblog.wordpress.com/) and my young nephew Jamie's own unique take on the event.
The tour is run by a good friend of Homebaked, Peter Carney. We were picked up at the bakery, then off to the Shankly Hotel to gather together the rest of the tourgoers, a group of fans from Norway.
We had an early Christmas at Homebaked with Cake Club on Monday night.
The theme was 'Christmas presents', and, as usual with Cake Club, this could be interpreted in any way. So, bakes that could be given as presents, or present-themed bakes, and so on.
The regulars showed up, along with a few new faces - a lovely couple from Italy joined us and brought delicious pannatone. Also present was Lisa Phillips, a photography student who has popped in to the bakery a few times to take some photos. These photos are by her (minus the two Instagram photos of the bakes, which are mine!), and if you want to see more of her work, here is her website: http://www.lisaphillipsphotography.co.uk/
Outside in the foggy stillness of Monday night, Anfield looked almost eerie with the (sadly) familiar sight of derelict buildings and cranes piercing the skies.
However, inside the walls of Homebaked, there was a decidedly friendlier atmosphere, and a feeling of revolution...
A little later than scheduled, here's what we got up to during Halloween at Homebaked!
We had quite a few events on in the week to come, not to mention the match, but Nicola (one of our new members of staff, who you will soon be seeing behind the counter!) and I decided to dress up a little and play some spooky tunes while working on pies and sausage rolls!
On 30th July, we had another workshop at Homebaked for the 'Build Your Own High Street' project, but with a bit of a difference.
This one was a presentation and practical workshop, presented by Stephen Hill, who is involved with the CLT Network and also has worked in the past with Granby Fourstreets. The talk was accompanied by a slideshow and various case studies.
Today, Homebaked was at the Out Of The Blue festival in Everton park.
It was a sunny day filled with, well, a lot of interesting stuff, really!
We were there with two stalls - our bakery stall, selling our delicious pies, cakes and bread, manned by Pat and Cathy, and the CLT stall, manned by myself and Peter. There, we told people about our 'Build Your Own High Street' project and took down email addresses for the mailing list, as well as your memories of Anfield, and thoughts for the future.
It was a successful, and very fun day, all in all, but rather than drown you with words, I think I'll let the photos do the majority of the talking this time!
If you've been following our progress on our "Build Your Own High Street" journey, you'll know that we've started the official design meetings with our chosen architects now.
We had our first meeting last month, and on Tuesday 29th June, we had this one.
It began with Architectural Emporium introducing the meeting. Present were Toby and Luke.
Luke explained to us how, even though this is a long-term project, we must start making decisions soon.
"We need to be as real as possible," he explained, "with realistic options, such as gathering numbers together and looking at our housing mix. This is so we can create a solid business plan."
You may remember, but the business plan is vital as that is what we have to present to the council before we can get their agreement to us physically going ahead with our plans and ideas.
On Tuesday 9th June, we had the first of our intensive workshops with Architectural Emporium, follow-ups to our first three initial "Build Your Own High Street" sessions.
This first workshop involved Luke, Andy and Toby of Architectural Emporium working with us and guiding us through some of the more complicated processes.
To begin with, they re-introduced themselves and explained how though this is a 'structured agenda', for the time-being we are coming up with ideas. These ideas aren't set in stone, and can (most likely will) change during the process.
The agenda of the evening was as follows;
-An exercise in which we introduce ourselves and share a photograph we've brought which we feel signifies the importance of "home".
-Looking at the design process for the next few months.
-Having a look at some polaroid photos A.E had brought of possible designs and features we might use on our high street, and placing them on our "Favourites Wall", in order of preference.
-Massing Studies (presentation of ideas in grid form, i.e: the retail to residential buildings ratio, where does Homebaked come in?)
-Organisation of our team.
On Sunday 24th May, myself and a number of others took part on the North End Picaresque: A Migrant Tale of Self-Discovery walk.
I think I'd be better letting the North End Picaresque website describe it for you:
"North End Picaresque is a migrant tale of self-discovery taking place in the form of a walking audio journey that unfolds through the landscape from Everton to Tuebrook and is inspired by the picaresque novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha a Spanish novel published in 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes.
This original journey has been conceived by [http://lorenariverodebeer.org/' target='_blank'>link] Lorena Rivero de Beerand [http://markloudon.com/photography' target='_blank'>link] Mark Loudonas the starting point from which to develop a new way of mapping North Liverpool through a migrant perspectives. The project will be followed by the creation of a series of audio journeys developed by different communities that intend to reflect the multiple stories and complex ways through which migrants living in North Liverpool make sense of the area."
If you've been following us on our journey with the CLT in choosing an architect for our 'Build Your Own High Street' project, then I apologise first and foremost for this being the first of our updates without any photographs!
Tonight (May 11th), we met up again to discuss our shortlisted architects and come to a decision about who we would like to move forward with.
This meeting came after the road trip to Leeds to see Lilac Design. I wasn't at this event, but Ronnie Hughes (who works with the Granby Four Streets CLT and is involved with us too) was, and wrote up an article about one of the places visited on his blog, A Sense of Place:https://asenseofplaceblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/an-oasis-in-leeds/At tonight's discussion, we looked at the proposals from each of our shortlisted teams and spoke with each other about what we thought. Though there were points we liked about each architect, we looked at their proposals from every important angle - what can they offer us, do they understand our needs, how could their work translate to our community in Anfield?
Then, we went round as a group and spoke individually about our opinions. The debate was an interesting one, though we were leaning towards one candidate more than others.
(One of the reigning themes of the night was the idea of experience vs the willingness to learn. While one team may have a lot of experience behind them, would we not want to give a newer, local company the chance to develop and go on this journey with us? We also wanted to choose the candidate who was the most 'hungry' for this project, somebody who would want to strive to do well because it's just as important to them as it is to us, rather than the idea of 'just another project'.)
As a group, and after much discussion, we eventually and unanimously arrived at a favoured candidate and will now be having detailed discussions with them to sort out a firm agreement between us.
We went for them because they are keen on what we want to do and we all feel we will enjoy working with them.
(While they don't have as much experience in residential work, they have worked on a lot of shops in the past, and this is something we want to look at as well for our community.)
They are also Liverpool based. Community is very important to us, as we keep stressing! So decided, much else about the candidates being equal, that it would make sense for us to work with somebody who knows the area, and is close at hand when we need them.
I personally left the meeting feeling confident in our decision (I had felt positive about them since the initial interviews, if I'm honest) and with a sense of excitement and pride about the project to come.
If you've been following this blog lately, you'll notice that most of the posts are about the "Build Your Own High Street" workshops we've been having. This one is no exception - on Tuesday 19th May, we had the third of these workshops at Homebaked, and it's a project that we are all feeling very excited about.
On Tuesday evening, we had the second of our 'Build Your Own High Street' workshops.
To recap, these sessions are a chance for people in the community to come along and have their say regarding what is to be done with the land just next to Homebaked. Liverpool City Council have decided that the houses just next to the bakery are to be demolished, so we have formed a Community Land Trust to come up with ideas from the community for what could replace these houses. The Council want to have shops or work units on the ground floor, with new homes above them. This is why what we're all doing together is like building our own high street!
We'll soon be appointing the architects to work with us on turning the community's ideas into reality and another purpose of these workshops is to skill us all up so the work on this project can truly said to be community led!
There's one more workshop to go, as well as a road trip (more details as you read on!), and so far, they've been very successful with plenty of you coming along and sharing fantastic ideas.
I was there last night to note down those ideas and to help serve tea, coffee and, of course, the promised and much-loved pies!
The first of three "Build Your Own High Street" workshops was last Thursday evening. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or are familiar with the work of the CLT, you'll have heard about this already.
If not, these workshops are for local people to come and have their own say regarding the future of our block and part of our high street.
I wrote about our architect interviews in an earlier piece, and these workshops are a continuation of that. We have the possibility to do something positive with the block, and these workshops are a way to gather together ideas, see what we all want and start on the process of developing parts of our high street in community ownership.
Basically, the workshops are a chance for people in the community to become developers and the clients in the design process, and co-create our area, because after all: we're the ones who will be living and working here.
I know nothing about architecture, but that's the beauty of these workshops. You don't have to be an expert in the field to know what a good community looks and, perhaps even more importantly, feels like.
I'll be writing about all three of these workshops, for those who couldn't make it, but if you are interested, please do try to make it along to one as they're very informative, a lot of fun, and, there are plenty of pies to go around.
During my lunch today, I was discussing last night's Community Land Trust event with Britt. I'm sure a lot of you know Britt (Jurgensen), as she's very involved with the CLT and the Open Design Meetings events.
(There was one of these events last night, and I'll be writing up a thorough report about it. If you're curious about them, there are more coming up in May. The details are on [https://www.facebook.com/HomebakedA/photos/a.505771552851289.1073741836.199143160180798/794779393950502/?type=1' target='_blank'>link] Facebook.)
Having been brought up and still firmly rooted in Anfield myself, I had a lot to bring to the table about what I'd like to see from the new development. However, rather than just share those views with you, Britt suggested that it might be nice for me to tell you a bit about my own background first.
I was born in 1985, and I've lived in Anfield ever since. I lived in Lothair Road for 28 years.
We'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter, and hope that you enjoy yourselves, whatever you do today!
Also, a huge thank you to everybody who donated an Easter Egg to the Liverpool Homeless Football Club appeal - the children have their eggs now and were very happy with them all!
It's lovely to see how many people came together to donate for such a worthy cause - so many eggs!
Today is Pi Day. It's to celebrate mathematics and the theory of pi (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter).
However, at Homebaked, it's always a different kind of pie day every day, but we're talking the tasty pastry variety...
My last year was a pretty pivotal time for me.
I'd just become unemployed, after four years working behind the counter of a video games store, and I was looking for a fresh start.
Little did I know 'fresh' meant literally that – loaves of fresh bread baking away in the ovens, while friendly faces come by every day for their much-loved, famous Homebaked pies, with fresh ingredients.
After working in strict retail for many years before, leaping right into something completely new and different was just the boost I had been looking for.
Before working at Homebaked, I was doing the usual thing people do when they're unemployed, I suppose. The obvious looking for work, and then another one, which is done quite subtly – soaking in information from various forms of media, reading books, watching TV, going to the movies.
At heart, I'm a very creative person, and my 'time off', if you like, gave me the chance to rekindle my love of writing and of art.
I realised after a couple of weeks of doing this that my next career move would have to be one which would fit in nicely with this new, very productive lifestyle. I also knew I wanted a change from basic shop work.
Homebaked matched these ideals just like a cup of tea is perfectly matched with a slice of cake.
I heard about Homebaked first through the job advertisement, and straight away I knew I'd feel at home there. For one, I live the proverbial stone's throw away from the bakery, so transport wouldn't be an issue. Also, the bakery is somewhere that was already close to my heart.
Having lived in Anfield all my life, the building is one that is very familiar to me. I used to go to Mitchell's Bakery after school to grab a cat-shaped meringue before doing my homework.
Everything about it just felt right.
I am beyond thankful that I was given the opportunity to work at Homebaked. Never before have I felt so at home and so happy to be in a role, nor have I known such friendly staff and volunteers.
I had the tiniest of doubts at first, having never worked at a cafe before, but I was very quickly made to feel like part of the family, and discovered that being at Homebaked means you learn as you go on. That's just how we do things here. Everybody has their place and importance, and, if something is difficult, there's always somebody else to turn to, or someone who you can impart your own advice to.
It's not just the staff and volunteers who see results – Homebaked is a Social Enterprise, meaning everything we do goes back into benefiting the community.
As somebody who has seen Anfield's unfortunate decline in the past six years, it's truly wonderful to see it on the up again, thanks to places like Homebaked and the incredible community we've built up, and will continue to build up – piece by piece.
Right now, we're a bit of a diamond in the rough, but the proof really is in the pudding. If we all carry on working hard together, Anfield will thrive once again.
Places like Homebaked really do benefit the community. Whether its providing fresh bread and produce to our loyal local customers, to giving tourists and football fans somewhere unique and inviting to visit when in Anfield, or, from a personal point of view, presenting somebody with a fantastic new chapter in their life.
I'm excited to be on board with this new chapter in my time at Homebaked, as your blog writer. It's an honour, and I'll be sharing more of my own personal story in future posts. I'll also be writing about Anfield's community in general, and talking about what it was like to grow up here, and see it change - hopefully now, for the better!
If there is anything you would like to see me cover, do not hesitate to get in touch. We at Homebaked are always open to ideas and creative collaborations!
Some of you may have read Ronnie Hughes' original post about our [https://asenseofplaceblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/homebaked-in-anfield-the-community-land-trust/' target='_blank'>link] Community Land Trust, and our open events to invite people to join the process of designing the Homebaked development. We have managed to save the bakery from demolishment, but there is nothing we can do about the adjacent row of houses. Planning requirements foresee three storeys and shops on the bottom. We want to build a community-led and owned development here with the bakery at the heart, with a nod to the past and a bold step into the future! The council have asked us to come up with a 'scheme of significant merit'. And so we are inviting more people from the neighbourhood in to help us define what that means. What do we care about? What do we need? What do we want?
On Monday, we invited several architects to come in and speak to us about what they feel they could bring to working with us, and what this place, and Homebaked, means to them.
Homebaked will be closed for refurbishments 16th-30th June. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure.
When we reopen we will have a much bigger kitchen and a community room.
Keep your eyes peeled for news of workshops and classes in the near future!
Hello there, and welcome back to Homebaked's blog!
Spring sprung and now the air has warmed up into summer Homebaked is continuing to make strides.
This week has seen the launch of the Homebaked Afternoon Teas: a glorious assortment of cut sandwiches, Homebaked mini pies, scones and your choice of tea or coffee. It is a snip at only £ 7.50 for two to share! They will be available every Monday and Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, or if you book ahead with 48 hours notice it could be yours at a time that suits you!
The lovely and talented students at North Liverpool Academy have been helping us to develop a Homebaked Summer Picnic Pie, and we are all looking forward sampling that delight ASAP!
Speaking of summers and picnics, our good friends at Independent Liverpool have organised Liverpool Independents Day on Friday the 4th of July. There will be special offers and fun stuff happening all over the city. The deals will be even better if you get yourself a Independent Liverpool Card ( [http://independent-liverpool.co.uk/the-card/' target='_blank'>link] http://independent-liverpool.co.uk/the-card/) and you also help support independent local businesses!
Homebaked will be celebrating Liverpool Independents Day with some some traditional summer fare (and I am hoping for bunting in the shop!), great deals on food and some surprises! Keep yourself up-to-date with all the goings on by following us on Twitter ( >https://twitter.com/HomebakedA) and liking us on Facebook ( >https://www.facebook.com/HomebakedA).
A little heads-up: on Friday 11th of July, Homebaked is hosting a Future Farmers ( [http://www.futurefarmers.com/' target='_blank'>link] http://www.futurefarmers.com) event and the cafe will be closed to the public. However, Homebaked's Pie Hole on Donaldson Street will be open and selling your favourite bread and cakes!
Until next time!
This will be the space for news, stories, opportunities and special offers.
We opened for the West Brom game on the 26th of October 2013 and since then we have been mad busy developing great a range of breads, pies and cakes as well as a café menu.
Homebaked consists of a small, yet perfectly formed, team of staff supported by extraordinary volunteers and remarkable board members. We have had great support from some amazingly generous people and we salute all of you! You can read more about how Homebaked has come to be on this website.
We are just about to move into the next phase of development and there are some very exciting things in the pipeline. In June our kitchen is being extended so that we can accommodate classes and workshops and the shop front is getting a facelift too.
If you want up-to-minute news on what we are making, please follow us on [https://twitter.com/homebakeda' target='_blank'>link] Twitterand like us on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homebaked-Anfield/199143160180798?ref=hl' target='_blank'>link] Facebook.
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