We have an exciting and rare opportunity to relocate and expand the Sidwell Street Bakehouse and Cookery School into an empty premises across the road. We need your help to raise the remaining dough to transform number 178/179 Sidwell Street from a dusty, disused building into a thriving Bakehouse and community hub where everyone is welcome. You can get involved and help out by donating to our crowdfunder, picking up a paintbrush, joining us for a meal, and lots more. We have the keys, now we need your help to unlock the potential of this space for the community.

Can you donate your time, money or skills to transform this space? Donations would help towards practical costs of the move, including installing essential three-phase electrics, plumbing, an accessible loo, moving the existing bread ovens and mixer and some TLC to create a welcoming space.

What we can achieve with your support

The Sidwell Street Cookery School

New volunteering opportunities, new training opportunities, new jobs

In these difficult times, with so many jobs under threat – our move will create new jobs, volunteering and retraining opportunities. The volunteering opportunities will be just as important for people seeking a routine, a chance to meet new people, or the therapeutic benefits of baking.

A healthier community

We make nutritious, sourdough bread at an accessible price, using just stoneground organic flour, water and salt. This space will allow us to make more bread for more people. With more room, our cookery school can expand too, sharing the joy of creating delicious and healthy meals from scratch.

COVID-safe space

Sadly the challenges of COVID don’t look like they are going away anytime soon. Rather than waiting for change, we want to make safer spaces to continue to provide community opportunities. 178/179 Sidwell Street has plenty of room for socially distanced baking, cookery classes and lots more besides.

Positive change for the community

Although it’s got its issues, Sidwell Street is a vibrant, multicultural place full of independent traders and we think it has huge potential. By breathing new life into a disused retail unit and creating another vibrant community space, we can play a part in improving the street for everyone and attracting new visitors.

And more…

This is just the beginning. This exciting space holds the prospect of lots more community activity including space for people to develop new social enterprises, exhibition and performance space, pop-ups, community markets, and more. We’d love to hear your ideas.