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The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate incorporates Hadleigh Training Centre, Rare Breeds Centre, Hadleigh Tea Rooms and the Hub Café and Sensory Rooms. The work carried out across the Hadleigh Farm Estate reflects The Salvation Army's core Mission, 'to serve souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.'

The Hadleigh Farm Estate was the host venue for the London 2012 Mountain Bike event in Hadleigh Park. The site as a whole offers a number of attractions for the whole family including the historic 14th century Hadleigh Castle, maintained by English Heritage.

The Hadleigh Farm Colony was established in 1891 by William Booth and was developed as part of the Salvation Army's pioneering social programme to empower people living in poverty and experiencing long term unemployment.

The Hadleigh Training Centre was established in 1990 and works in partnership with a number of organisations including local authorities to deliver programmes for adults with additional support needs and barriers to learning and employment.

The Rare Breeds Centre opened in 2004 and is recognised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as an RBST certified Farm Park. The Rare Breeds Centre works in close partnership with the Hadleigh Training Centre by running a supported training programme on the farm. Trainees learn skills in areas such as site maintenance and animal husbandry and facilitate the day to day running of the farm with the support of staff and volunteers.

The Hadleigh Tea Rooms opened in 2001 and are renowned throughout the local community for the excellent quality of food and welcoming atmosphere. The Hadleigh Tea Rooms work in close partnership with the Hadleigh Training Centre by running a supported training programme in the training kitchen, main kitchen and tea rooms. Food and drinks and prepared, cooked and served by trainees who learn skills in areas such as food preparation, stock rotation and customer service. All areas of the Hadleigh Tea Rooms are facilitated by trainees with the support of staff and volunteers.

The Hub Café and Sensory Rooms were opened in 2012 and are the first leisure space in Essex to be awarded the ECL Sensory Charter Mark in partnership with Active Essex for efforts in making the Hub Café accessible for visitors with sensory impairments. The Hub Café work in close partnership with the Hadleigh Training Centre by running a supported work preparation programme. Trainees who have progressed within their personalised pathway attend regular work placements and learn skills in areas such as food preparation, handling money and travelling on and off site with the support of a Work Preparation Supervisor. Key areas of the Hub Café are facilitated by trainees with the support of staff and volunteers.

With so much to offer across The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate, we invite you to visit our historic site and see for yourself the work we are doing. Keep up to date with the latest news and events from across the Hadleigh Farm Estate on our social media accounts or for more information about us, explore our website.

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Phone: 01702 426260

Or send us e-mail at htcadmin@salvationarmy.org.uk

 

Did you know...

With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 the British government agreed to look after a number of Basque refugee children. Some of these children ended up under the Salvation Army's care in East London and at Hadleigh. In 1939 the farm also provided accommodation for nearly 70 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Germany and Eastern Europe.