Established in 1969, Friends of Freshford is a community association which aims to enhance the character, amenities and rural environment of Freshford.
Friends of Freshford is a voluntary association; its membership is comprised of individuals and families from the community. There are nine committee members, the chair is Richard Blamey.
Lifetime membership costs £20 per individual or per family group. If you wish to become a Life Member, please let Friends of Freshford know either via the website www.friendsoffreshford.org or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it do?
Over the past 20 years, Friends of Freshford has raised over £26,000 for village projects through organising fundraising events like the Annual Quiz. Organisations who have benefited include Freshford Parish Council, Galleries Shop and Cafe, Freshford Village Memorial Hall, St Peter’s Church, Freshford Church School, Freshford Preschool, and the Music and Drama Society.
In 2006, Friends of Freshford decided to reinvigorate the garden on the Bath bound platform of Freshford Station, creating a sustainable and organic garden suitable for its rural setting in the Cotswold Natural Landscape (formerly CAONB).This was a collaboration with Freshford Parish Council and Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership; Melanie Everard, a professional gardener, helped to design and implement the project. The garden was officially opened in July 2007. Since then, under the auspices of Friends of Freshford and Melanie, a group of local volunteers has maintained it.
Responding to the climate emergency, Friends of Freshford recently drew up a proposal to enhance habitats and biodiversity on the Tyning, around the war memorial and in the cemetery. A community consultation took place in February 2021, and the eight priority projects on the Tyning received an approval rating of 80%. Friends of Freshford is now implementing these projects.
Contact and Information
If you wish to speak to the Chair of Friends of Freshford, Richard Blamey, please telephone 01225 720048.