It is obvious that Steve and Anne Brandreth are committed to making their community a better place and, using their farm shop as a hub, they do a much as they can to make this happen.
Steve and Anne run Layhams Farm Shop as a family business and they are supporting Bromley Brighter Beginnings (BBB) as their nominated charity this year. They have collection boxes in the shop but also act as a drop off point when BBB put out an appeal for specific items.
The day also sees the launch of the new toddler play area along with the revamped tea room and it is hoped that it will become a community hub. A notice board will be in place to announce local events and as a space for local groups etc. to advertise. It’s hoped that local groups will use the tea room as a venue and the Brandreths want to do all they can to support that. Holiday workshops for children and adults are already at the planning stage.
For the last two years Steve and Anne have invited all local PTAs, Church groups & local charities to be part of their Christmas Give Back scheme. It basically means that when somebody buys a Christmas tree they can give a voucher to a charity or group and Layhams Farm then donates £5 to that charity – buy a tree, give a good cause a fiver! In 2015 the scheme raised £535 for the community and more local charities and schools are being encouraged to sign up for this year! Some play centres and residents associations have had trees donated to them also which is simply a lovely thing to do.
As well as helping the human community the animal residents of Foal Farm are the grateful recipients of a weekly gift of fruit and veg from the shop!
I don’t think anybody can deny the passion for community that Steve and Anne have and it seems that they run the business as a sideline to the great work they do for the local community!
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