OBee CIC's Annual Report for 2016-17



As a Community Interest Company we produce an annual report which is verified by Members at our AGM. The report is based on our social, environmental and heritage outcomes.

The headlines for the year 1.10.16 - 30.9.17 were:-

1,225 Volunteer days comprising of 852 practical days and 373 management

12 Volunteers live in the Bosmere Ward, 13 others live in Suffolk, another 8 in the rest of East Anglia and 2 from the rest of the UK

The 'In-kind' value of the 1,225 days was 98,550

  • Garden project continues to grow (thank-you Steve for co-ordinating the Tuesday Volunteers)
  • Volunteer skills development included learning how to scythe and roundwood timber framing
  • Monthly working parties helped with the restoration of a local woodland
  • OBee CIC celebrated their 9th birthday with a dance party and Auction of Promises
  • Delivered 219 practical training days to 127 students - timber framing, wattle and daub, roundwood framing
  • Presented 70 IHBC Continuing Professional Development certificates
  • Provided 'work experience' placement for a construction student from West Suffolk College
  • Received Planning Permission to reinstate the 1580 Long House

Partnership working included Greenways Ipswich and National Trust Greenwood Craft Group from Wimpole

Funding from Breaking New Ground enabled the delivery of free training at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village with live broadcast on Radio Suffolk!

Suffolk Community Foundation supported our Tree to Timber event which was well attended by the local and broader community

Out and about at Ecobuild, Spring Wood Open Day, Weird and Wonderful Wood, Combs Fete, Latitude Festival, Folk East, Period Homes and Pakenham Water Mill.

  annual report 16-17