Make Things Happen.

We believe there is a better way of doing things; local people are the best people to shape services which will benefit the local area.

Devonport and Stonehouse, WE LOVE YOU!

You are home to each of our Bakehouse Cafes and we want to show you some love.

Column Bakehouse has been working with Power to Change to invest up to £15,000  in Devonport and Stonehouse.

We wanted to invest in projects and  business that are directly beneficial to the neighbouring communities of Devonport and Stonehouse.

When it came to voting, we wanted to hand the power over to our Bakehouse customers. With every purchase, our customers then had 1 vote each for a community business of their choice, making a real connection between the cup of coffee or loaf of bread bought in the Bakehouse to the benefit that has to the local community.

The Winners are…

After weeks of voting we can now reveal the winner of our Make Things Happen campaign…

Congratulations to Snapdragons Plymouth CIC!

Snapdragons Plymouth CIC are a group of parents who want to offer an alternative for children’s education and learning. Their location is the former Victoria Park bowling pavilion grounds and they have exciting plans to create a Steiner- Waldorf inspired school and  community hub.

Snapdragons want to make full use of the potential of the grounds for community events and festivals, to grow a food garden and offer a safe, nurturing and creative outdoor play space for the school, and to collaborate with other community groups who work through outdoor play and learning. The potential for community skills sharing and workshops is enormous- think yoga, foraging walks, alternative library, breastfeeding advice centre with trained staff, food co-op, arts therapy, supportPlymouth Red Tent womens’ group meetings and everything in between!

It is all possible because of the amazing space but the former Victoria Park bowling pavilion needs some real TLC and a fair amount of practical work carried out to bring it back to life.

The bowling green and hut has long been a neglected part of Victoria Park and has attracted a lot of anti-social behaviour. By creating a safe, nurturing space for an alternative learning experience for children we can also invite the local community to partake of seasonal celebrations, revive local festivals and join us in creating a community food garden. Other community groups who have expressed an interest in using the space for workshops include local urban foragers, permaculture courses, talks and workshops on Steiner education, to music and art therapy sessions.

The Friends of Victoria Park are behind us and are excited for the return of this corner into the Park family. The space could be of enormous benefit to the local community as it has so much potential to bring like minded people together!

Congratulations Snapdragons Plymouth CIC, we look forward to watching you thrive and #MakeThingsHappen!