Welcome to the SRT blog No. XIII

17th July 2020 – Welcome to our blog post No. XIII or 13

    Did you know:

  • There were 13 original US colonies, represented by the 13 stripes on the American flag





  • In the standard 52-card deck of playing cards there are four suits, each of 13 ranks.
  • baker’s dozen, long dozen, or long measure is 13, one more than a standard dozen of 12
  • In rugby league: each side has 13 players on the field at any given time.
  • In mathematics 13 is a Fibonacci number. So each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, starting from 0 and 1. The beginning of the sequence is thus: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. It occurs a lot in nature.






Northchurch have been working to lay the floor in the new mess room












The pig enclosure has been extended so they have much more land to roam and dig around in. They seem happy and run around, and get to shout to each other from a distance now!




We have a new member of staff who has started at the Activity Centre.




A Big Sunnyside welcome to Suvi.





This week the AC team have been carrying out an allotment makeover every morning. Here’s what it looked like when they arrived, in progress and the result – looking manageable now. The job involved a lot of strimming, mowing and use of the hedge cutter initially followed by extensive raking, weeding, clearing of debris, digging and dismantling old storage, compost beds etc.











The allotment group photo from L-R – Sharon (Ellen’s 1:1), Suvi, Ellen Fermont, Ian, Neil Crowhurst, Pete, Michael Hogan, Andrea.



Catherine came over from Northchurch to inspect the bee hives at the Activity Centre to check all is well. Spot the Queen bee – she is marked with a green dot so that she stands out and is normal beekeeping practise.


Rebecca got creative this week and made a completely yummy looking, gluten free marble cake, at the Sunnyside Up Café & Shop at Hemel Food Garden.

Save me a piece please.


Everyone had to down tools when there was a fire drill this week. Congregating outside by the car park to be checked off there was no mention of leaving the precious pickings of carrots behind!







Come on Ian hurry up…..





Ieva sent me some photos of the HFG team – alongside the colourful Echinacea and Calendula flowers.














A bit of colour co-ordination going on in their hi-vis.


A lovely article appeared in Hemel Today highlighting the work we have been doing over the last few months during lockdown, and the recognition we have received as a Hertfordshire Hero.



Here’s a big thank you to everyone!