Ukraine Donation drop Saturday 28 May between 11am and 3pm
We're having one last push to send aid to Ukraine on Saturday 28th May between 11.00 and 3pm at On The Brook, Coombe Farm, Bruton, BA10 0QP.
We'll have volunteers at On the Brook to receive your donations from 11.00 - 3pm on Saturday 28th May. If you're collecting a larger amount (like a van or trailer-full) or can't make that date, then please email Christine email@example.com for an alternative drop off time.
Our full needs list is above. If there is anything you can contribute we'd be really grateful. Some of our supporters have managed to get their neighbours, schools, or community groups to do collections for us and that has been brilliant too.
For a link to Google maps showing how to find On the Brook, please see our website: https://onthebrook.co.uk/contact/
Thank you so much for all your donations and support!
We got 13 pallets of aid sorted, packed and sent on in less than a week. This is an amazing result and thanks to all who helped by donating aid, the teams of volunteers who sorted and packed, those who sourced banana boxes, collected aid from their communities, put up posters, shared our posts on social media, transported aid, to make it possible.
We also raised nearly £500.00 from the coins that were donated. Over £100.00 from miscellaneous currencies, Euro 280.00, US$35 and £100 on old and new UK coins.
We're offering to exchange the Euros and USD (mainly coins and a few notes) at the Bank of England's official exchange rate. This will save bank fees and from coming back from your trip with coins. If interested, please get in touch with Sophie or Pat at 01749 812543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope and Aid Direct, the charity that will be transporting this aid to the Ukraine borders are now planning to depart in just over a week. They will be heading to Slovakia: the aid you donated will be taken inside Ukraine from there. They have already delivered baby boxes and field hospital beds and are returning for more.
Our appeal is ongoing because the crisis continues
The needs list has altered slightly (as it will continue to do).
We hope to offer donation drop times on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please email to book a delivery time. This is essential as we need to balance donations with the space and volunteers needed and keep our mini supply chain flowing!
Please email Christine at email@example.com to organise a drop date/time. Please also email if you'd like to volunteer to help sort and pack.
Our revised needs list is:
- baby milk powder / formula (priority)
- sanitary pads & tampons (priority)
- toothpaste & toothbrushes (priority)
- energy bars (priority) (added)
- power banks for charging phones (priority) (added)
- new underwear for women, men, children
- bras (may be preloved, washed & 'as new')
- soap, shampoo, shower gel
- lice shampoo & nit combs (added)
- blankets (ideally fleece & single bed size)
- sleeping bags (good condition & in stuff sacks)
- washing powder
Office/studio space available to rent
On The Brook has three gorgeous offices/studios available to rent in Bruton.
Offices are available to rent monthly, weekly or daily.
Recently built to a high modern standard, the offices are set in beautiful tranquil countryside, yet minutes from Bruton town. Each unit is private, accommodating up to two desks in 160ft2/16m2 space, and includes own tea/coffee making facilities.
Off the B3081 and 10 minutes from the A303, with train stations in Bruton and nearby Castle Cary, our offices are well connected to all parts of Somerset/London. Tenants enjoy ample FREE parking and have 24/7 access.
A tranquil setting, with ample free parking, this is the perfect location to work.
Call us on 01749 812543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
On The Brook is pleased to announce that in conjunction with RAISE - Refugee Action in Somerset East, we are launching an appeal to help those fleeing Ukraine.
We're asking for donations from a select list of items that we know will be needed. The list is below. The first collection will be on Saturday 12 March from 10am to 4pm. Delivery point is On The Brook, Bruton, BA10 0QP.
Items to donate:
- Toiletries (new and unopened): Shampoo, Shower Gel, Soap, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Body lotion, Deodorant.
- New underwear for women, men & children, no bigger than large, still in original packaging.
- Warm single blankets in good condition.
- Sanitary pads.
- Clothes wash.
- Tea, Coffee, Baby milk powder.
How it works:
Drop your donations at the café at On The Brook. Volunteers sort items, pack into boxes, and then onto a pallet. Hope and Aid Direct pick up the pallet, which will be delivered in truck convoy direct to the refugees.
It's likely the list of needed items will expand when we get more information from the region: one of the Hope and Aid Direct Trustees is out there at the moment. We'll update you when there is more news. It's unlikely to include pre-loved clothes as we understand there is already a surplus in the region.
Hope and Aid Direct are an established UK charity with years of experience in delivering aid to those in need across Europe. They have a fleet of humanitarian aid trucks, logistical know-how, and links with local aid agencies in the region. They really know how to get aid delivered and distributed. They are entirely volunteer run and so very cost-efficient.
More about Hope and Aid here:
Hope and Aid Direct also need donations of money to support their Ukraine appeal. You can donate online through their website.
We've won another award. The message we received from Booking.com reads as follows:
Dear On The Brook
Congratulations on winning a Traveller Review Award! At a time when travel is still so challenging, you’ve truly gone above and beyond to give your guests incredible experiences. We’re proud to have you as a partner.
Your Booking.com team
Due to staff shortages, we have regrettably taken to decision to close our restaurant.
We'd like to thanks you for your support and company. We've loved meeting you all, and will miss the chats.
Carbon offsetting at On The Brook, Bruton
When we arrived at Coombe Farm, the first task we set about was to upgrade the utilities.
The water supply was upgraded to modern piping. Sewerage upgraded to an efficient, cleaner bio disc system. The telephone line was replaced and fibre internet introduced. Electrical lines renewed to modern efficient safety standards.
More importantly, we switched the heating supply from oil to much cleaner LPG. This involved burying two huge LPG tanks and bringing LPG to all the buildings. We're proud to be part of our Flogas's Carbon Offsetting Programme, and the work they are doing in Zimbabwe, a country close to our hearts.
The project in Zimbabwe is called Kariba REDD+ and involves ongoing efforts to save forests, protect wildlife and change lives in Zimbabwe for the better.
Here is what our supplier, Flogas has to say:
Since its launch in 2011, the Kariba REDD+ project has prevented more than 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from emissions into the atmosphere by preventing deforestation and land degradation in an area of nearly 785,000 hectares. The project also continues to support regional sustainable development, the independence and well-being of local communities, and protects numerous vulnerable and endangered species – including the African elephant, lion, hippo, lappet-faced vulture and southern ground hornbill.
Click here to read more.
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An exciting event on Saturday 21st August starting at 12:30pm
We're delighted to introduce local singer songwriters Perla and Will and their first gig at On The Brook. They will be playing on 21st August from 12:30pm for couple of hours. Booking recommended. Call 01749 813048 or email email@example.com to book your spot.
Don't miss this exciting duo - we think they are very special.
About Perla and Will
We are two singer songwriters from Somerset discovering ourselves as musicians.
We will be playing our own songs and some covers, most of which are acoustic based. Influenced by folk artists including Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake; to heavier sounds such as Led Zeppelin and The Pixies.
We're in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide!
We are thrilled to be Trip Advisor's Travellers' Choice Award Winner!
In case you're wondering what the fuss is about, here's Trip Advisor's message to us:
"You are in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.
Trip Advisor's Travellers’ Choice Award celebrates restaurants that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the globe. Winners like you earned positive traveller reviews and ratings over the past year.
In this particularly challenging year, you stood out by providing great service and experiences to your guests. Thank you, and congratulations again on your well-deserved win."
Click here to see our menu.
Old money for new beginnings
We have teamed up with David Ayling of Somerset Coins to help raise money for Sexey's school and Bruton Library.
How does it work? You bring in any old or foreign coins and David will appraise your coin. You choose to either donate the valuation to charity or keep it. It's up to you.
So, check the back of the sofa, root around the travel bag, have a dig in the bedside table, and bring your coins in.