Cotteridge Park is charity of the quarter… again!

The last couple of months have been really busy at Loaf and we weren’t able to properly support and promote our nominated charity, Friends of Cotteridge Park. So we’re going to keep them on through to the summer and the annual CoCoMad festival.

You can continue to give donations with your pre-orders and at the counter in store. And as spring turns into summer we’ll be drawing your attention to the many things going on in the park and how you can get involved.

What’s on at Cotteridge Park?

This quarter we’re raising money for Friends of Cotteridge Park. FoCP puts on a wide range of events throughout the year which are free to all, ensuring no one in our community is excluded from trying something new that might improve their physical or mental wellbeing.

Here’s the current weekly calendar.

While volunteers go a long way to keeping things free, there are inevitable financial costs – which is where you can help, either by donating when you buy at Loaf or through their JustGiving page.

Introducing Friends of Cotteridge Park

If you live in or near Stirchley, you’ll doubtless be aware of Cotteridge Park, one of the many green gems of suburban Birmingham. But unlike most of our neighbourhood parks, Cotteridge is run by volunteers since being saved by local people from closure in 1997.

Friends of Cotteridge Park is the charitable organisation that runs all the activities and co-ordinates volunteer work at the park, including an annual festival and the new Shed cafe hub.

We asked them to write a bit about what they do:

The volunteers at Cotteridge Park are passionate about our little park in the heart of our community. The Friends of Cotteridge Park work tirelessly to improve the park’s infrastructure, and to provide services and activities that meet the needs of local people.

In any given week you’ll find Tai Chi, arts courses, youth workers, gardening, conservation and walking groups, and much more. The Shed opened in 2020 and is the hub for our activities and a friendly place to grab a cup of coffee too.

Oh, and then there’s CoCoMAD – the best little festival in Birmingham, where we celebrate Music, art, dance and science from our community and beyond.

In order to provide all this, and more, we are constantly fundraising. We have a principle that all our activities are free at the point of delivery so no one is excluded because they can’t afford to attend. This means we need donations to keep us going. We’re truly grateful for anything you can give to support our work.

And if you can give your time – even if it’s just an hour – you would be welcomed with open arms.

Contact us at: info@cotteridgepark.org.uk / www.cotteridgepark.org.uk. And we’re on facebook, twitter and instagram

You can donate with your online orders or at the counter. And over the Spring we’ll be featuring a few of the things you might want to get involved with yourself.

CoCoMAD going ahead tomorrow – get down and support it!

This just in from the from the Friends of Cotteridge Park about Birmingham’s best little festival, CoCoMAD:

CoCoMAD is going ahead tomorrow regardless – can’t cancel, won’t cancel…
Music, stalls, procession, lovely, lovely hot food and drinks all going ahead.
Wear your wellies & waterproofs and bring something plastic to sit on for the true festival experience – it there’s no Glastonbury, come to Cotteridge Park for your mud.
Bring your Dunkirk spirit and support all the traders, performers, trolley builders and volunteers who have worked so hard all year.
And not wanting to tempt fate the weather is looking better for tomorrow…
Join the trolley procession, leaving from the Friends’ Meeting House Watford Rd in Cotteridge at 12noon – on foot or on your bicycle.
The first band goes on stage and the stalls & activities start at 12.30
Hooray for CoCoMAD and the lovely waterproof people of Cotteridge

 

CoCoMAD going ahead tomorrow – get down and support it!

This just in from the from the Friends of Cotteridge Park about Birmingham’s best little festival, CoCoMAD:

CoCoMAD is going ahead tomorrow regardless – can’t cancel, won’t cancel…
Music, stalls, procession, lovely, lovely hot food and drinks all going ahead.
Wear your wellies & waterproofs and bring something plastic to sit on for the true festival experience – it there’s no Glastonbury, come to Cotteridge Park for your mud.
Bring your Dunkirk spirit and support all the traders, performers, trolley builders and volunteers who have worked so hard all year.
And not wanting to tempt fate the weather is looking better for tomorrow…
Join the trolley procession, leaving from the Friends’ Meeting House Watford Rd in Cotteridge at 12noon – on foot or on your bicycle.
The first band goes on stage and the stalls & activities start at 12.30
Hooray for CoCoMAD and the lovely waterproof people of Cotteridge

 

CoCoMAD Preview – 3rd July 2010

cocomadThis Saturday, one of Birmingham’s best community events is taking place right on our doorstep in the small but perfectly formed Cotteridge Park, about 200 yds from Loaf HQ! It’s a fun, family friendly, free festival of music and arts, that attracts around 5000 people annually, and is now in its 13th year! You can find a full programme on the Friends of Cotteridge Park website, but highlights include Misty’s Big Adventure on the main stage, green wood working and bushcraft in the Community Orchard, and a 6m climbing wall.

pizza ovenFestival food is also a highlight this year with local deli and cafe Leverton and Halls bringing lovely organic burgers and other delights, friend-of-Loaf Sajida providing gorgeous authentic curries, and us debuting our brand new mobile wood-fired pizza oven, and selling Cotteridge Park elderflower cordial too. We’re keeping it simple for the debut with two pizza’s on the menu, both made with a sourdough pizza base and our secret tomato sauce – organic Gloucestershire ham and mushroom with West Country mature cheddar, or red onion, black olive and basil. Come and watch your pizza being made and cooked in front of your eyes, hopefully all in 2 minutes flat.