Janne and Will Tooby are the husband and wife team who live at New House Farm, where The Fold is situated.
Will and Janne were joined in 2005 by Tom Jardine who was so inspired by the prospect of The Fold, that he couldn't help becoming involved. With his background in international energy consulting, his own personal energy helped steadily guide The Fold through its early stages. Having been with us in a supporting role since the beginning, Consultant Shamanic Chef David McCaw joined the board of directors in February 2009.
We are up for creating a community within the community, which we want to develop and grow and be a living example of how we can support each other, the wider community and tread gently on the earth. Our vision is to improve the health of individual souls, our communities and our planet. We are guided by mindfulness, love, sustainability, integrity, respect, holism and total accessibility.
Our aims are:
To create a sustainable enterprise and supportive community based on a balanced mix of arts, trades, therapies, courses and services that are mutually complementary
To provide an inspirational meeting place for the local community
To provide employment for local people and support our local economy
To create and serve loveable, local and organic food in a café that is the heart of the Fold, and out-catering to the local community
To create ‘The Natural Therapy Centre’ as a loved and well-used centre of excellence for natural and complementary therapies, providing opportunities for people to engage with their own health.
To create inspirational seasonal events throughout the year
To provide an inspirational experience for visitors with opportunities for the purchase of locally crafted and eco goods.
To extend an invitation to people to engage with their own healing process
To provide education and training aligned with who we are.
To demonstrate the use of sustainable building techniques and materials in action
The Fold is run as a not for profit community enterprise mixing elements of inspiration, creativity and healing to provide a space away from the commercial norm where members of the public can take time to become who they truly are. If you would you like to get involved, click here.
At the heart of The Fold is The Fold Cafe; a place to meet in a welcoming atmosphere and eat quality food which you can see prepared in an open-style theatre kitchen. The food is local, seasonal, fairtrade and organic wherever possible. In the café are quiet corners to meet with friends and more communal spaces where you may find yourself unexpectedly involved in a conversation about how to use less electricity or the best way to travel without costing the earth. There are also books, products and information supporting sustainable living.
You may also visit the The Fold's Natural Therapy Centre where you can choose to take a positive step towards being healthier and happier in your every day life. The Fold Natural Therapy Centre is a centre of excellence for complementary therapies, and would like to work alongside the NHS. We offer a range of beneficial treatments, and also host a series of events and courses throughout the year, which help us to look after ourselves and to feel good about our lives.
We have a range of designers and makers & Artists working, demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their creations from studio workshops. Some supplement their own work with other items, which are usually sourced locally but may include fairtrade items from further afield.
The Fold also includes a Care Farm which provides meaningful work for people with different support needs growing vegetable, fruit, herbs and cut flowers using natural methods in a safe supporting space.
Help us to Improve The Fold. Any Suggestions?
We are committed to improve our service to all visitors. We would therefore love to hear your suggestions for how we could serve you better. Please use this form to send us your suggestions. To encourage you to do so we will recognize what we consider as especially good solutions with a free meal in the Fold cafe.
The Fold® is a Registered Trade Mark. Our registration number is 2379437.
The Fold® Bransford c.i.c. Number 6226374 Registered Office New House Farm, Bransford, Worcester, WR6 5JB.
This project is supported under the England Rural Development Programme by the Department for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.