OBee CIC's Annual Report for 2021-22

As a Community Interest Company we produce an annual report - based on our social, environmental and heritage outcomes. This report was verified by OBee CIC Members our online AGM on 26th November 2022.

The headlines for the year 1/10/21 - 30/9/22 were:-

Due to successful funding applications OBee was able to pay for professional heritage skills training for volunteers. The number of days contributed was up on the previous year, and comprised of 298 practical days, 739 (up 393.5) semi-skilled days and 251 skilled days.

The 'In-kind' value of these 1288 days was 275,600 (based on HLF rates). This was 99,900 up on previous year mostly because of the training our volunteers received which meant they moved from the unskilled/practical level to semi-skilled.

Many BIG thank-yous to all our wonderful volunteers who donated their skills, time and energy and made 21-22 such a positive year.

27% of our volunteers live within a 10 mile radius of Orchard Barn, 41% live in the rest of Suffolk, another 23% in the rest of East Anglia and 7% from the rest of the UK

  • CDM (2015) F10 registration and in-depth volunteer health and safety training prior to raising Long House
  • Long House frame raised in 42 days. Trained volunteer input comprised 160 days. 
  • Skills development included timber framing and roof frame construction, peg making, making and fitting sprocktets, making and fitting Light Straw Clay insulation,  green wood working, archaeology, museum curation, local history research, composting, old carpentry tool restoration and sharpening
  • Volunteers wrote, edited and circulated 12 articles to local parish and town magazines
  • In February we held a small Wassail in the orchard, and in September celebrated our 15th birthday with tea and cake
  • We delivered traditional building skills courses to 69 students
  • We awarded 48 (up 12)  IHBC CPD attendance certificates  
  • Alfred Williams Charitable Trust enabled the purchase and milling of the final 8 oak logs needed to complete frame
  • Radcliffe Trust enabled further training of volunteers in how to raise a traditional timber frame
  • MSDC Locality Budget funded First Aid training for 10 volunteers and professional training in Pargetting and Clay Rendering for volunteers

Partnership working included Greenways Ipswich, Bury Town Trust, West Suffolk College, and Orchards East


Orchard Barn annual report for 21-22