Past Events and News

Previous Events and News-

The Bridge celebrates British Sausage November 2015

With a shop promotion –

Please Buy the Bridge Bangers for Bonfire night. Bargain Price, Best Quality and a Big Variety. Reared here using organic principles.

Bridge Farm Shop. Open Mon-Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Here about our story of our own sausages, pork raised at the Bridge, cared for by the students and the meat sold within the farm shop. Neil Hornby was on BBC radio Hereford and Worcester cooking Bridge sausages telling our story.

Rather than listening to the whole show, Neil is speaking in three slots:
01:49:31 – 01:55:22
02:10:22 – 02:11:52
02:28: – 02:31:39

February 2016 Pancake Race

A fun event enjoyed by all the students and staff alike. Photos to follow…

26th February VIP Tea for a past student Charlie

A past student visits the Bridge, staff and professionals came for a special tea to catch up on what Charlie is up to now.
Email comments from Lisa O Kane-

*****EMOSH ALERT***** – The overeating chocolate cake lover is turning emotional & wants to say a few words…..

“Thank you soo much for just being you!!!

“Knowing the student previously as a mentor and seeing you all be there for her tonight,  was simply just wonderful! The whole afternoon was such a humbling experience & I’m so pleased I got to share one of her special moments with you all. Your all just perfect examples of loveliness and I’m so proud to be apart of such a kind community aswell as be lucky enough to call it my workplace. #Keep being you! ”

A Grant from Children in Need

February 2016 – FANTASTIC NEWS regarding funding

The Bridge are very pleased to have received a grant from Children in Need to support the work that we do. Thank you to Children in Need.

PRESS RELEASE           for Malvern Gazette     –                                                                 

 The Bridge Training and Development, in Hanley Swan, are delighted to receive a grant from BBC Children in Need. The Bridge has been awarded funds for a new project aimed at young people, aged between five to 18 years old, who are not currently attending school or who are on reduced timetables.  BBC Children in Need have awarded a total of £64,129, which will be used to cover the cost of a Transition Worker, who will provide bespoke support for up to 40 children on a rolling programme over the next three years.

The Bridge continues to work successfully with a number of local schools, providing vocational training as part of their school timetable. The Bridge has supported hundreds of school pupils over the last nine years, to gain practical vocational qualifications. Neil Hornby, Director, said: “The pupils who train with us are a credit to their schools, making positive choices to succeed at school and to prepare for future employment. However, not all children have the social or emotional skills required to take advantage of the opportunities school offers them, and it is these children that our new project seeks to support.”

Kath Barclay, Business Manager at the Bridge, says “The smallholding, mechanics unit, construction, catering, craft and other facilities that we have at the Bridge, all lend themselves really well to supporting young people who are not currently engaging in education. The appointment of a Transition Worker means that the Bridge can focus on identifying the individual needs of young people, and work with them to develop coping strategies that will enable them to re-engage in, and enjoy, learning.

Speaking of the new grants, Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Head of the Central Region said: “All of the projects that we fund make a tangible difference to young lives, and the Bridge is no exception. They will be working closely with local young people that need it most. To all our fundraisers who have made these grants possible, a very big thank you.”

22 February 2016

Taster Morning- Friday 29th April 10am

Taster Session for prospective school students currently in Year 9 and 10 to see what we do at the Bridge. Students will have opportunity to look at the animal care, construction and horticulture activities. Please contact us with details of the students who will be attending or to arrange an alternative day.

Click here Taster Morning Friday 29th April 10am Unit2 for a poster of the event


Exciting news!! May 2016 The Bridge receives Independent School Status.

Our DfE number will enable us to take more bespoke students who do not attend any other education.


Hanley Castle High students raise money for new piglets for the Bridge Training and Development

Hanley Castle High student Jaz Pullman presents a cheque to Sue Hornby Director at the Bridge Training and Development

STUDENTS from Hanley Castle High School have organised a cake sale to raise money for a charity that offers alternative education on a farm.

The pupils raised £65 after four year 11 students who use the Bridge Training and Development each week made the cakes and sold them.

The students are all working towards a certificate in Land-based studies (animal care) at the Bridge, in Hanley Swan.

Jaz Pullman promoted and organised the cake sale at school.

A spokeswoman from the Bridge said: “Thank you to Jaz and her team for their thoughtful, kind gesture.

Malvern Gazette May 2016

Taster Session

Thursday 9th June 12.45, open to high schools who want to bring groups of students to see what our construction and animal care courses entail. Please contact us if you are interested and wish to bring some students. For further information see our poster Bridge Taster Session Thursday 9th June

Bridge Award Ceremony

On Thursday 14th July we had a fantastic award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our bespoke students. Parents, carers, trustees and professionals came to share in this special event. Two past students came and gave a motivational speech about how they had benefitted from being at the Bridge and the positive impact this has made on their further educational and work life.

Our bespoke students went bowling in the morning at St Johns, Worcester as a reward for such as great year.

 Harvest Celebration Service

On Sunday 25th September at St Andrews Church, Poolbrook, Malvern.

The church welcomed the Bridge Training and Development as a mission partner. this means that not only will the church continue to support us but they will also help us financially. The director Neil Hornby and the students presented a montage of thanks they have made to the church. For further information go to

THE HILLS SINGERS  Concert   Hallelujah!


Thank you to everyone who helped support and contribute to this successful evening. Thankyou to the Hill Singers for such a beautiful singing and a wide variety of pieces that reflect the ethos and work we do at the Bridge. We raised £750 for the Bridge Training and Development. For further information on the hill singers please go to their website

Bridge Training and Development raises money for Children in Need 2016

Staff and students enjoyed a week long fundraising activities, including a mile of pennies, wear a silly hart, splat the staff and selling home made cakes. We raised £111.58, thank you for all your support.


The Wolf Run- running wild- Well done team

Saturday 8th April 2017 at Welsh Road Farm, Welsh Rd, Offchurch, Leamington Spa CV33 9BG. 10-3pm.

10km of road wild run through Woods, Obstacles, Lakes and Fields. For more information please go to

12 people including staff, family and friends participated in the run.

If you would like to sponsor and make a donation to the Bridge Training and Development on line by going to

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the runners, we have raised nearly £1,000.

Sheep Shed Gig

A very big thank you to the rotary club for organising such a fabulous evening on Saturday 3rd June 2017 Sheep Shed Gig with music by well known local Country Band “BONES”. Thank you for the huge sum of money that you raised.

Pig Roast, Steel Band and Fire Flame Thrower

A very big thank you to the Inner Wheel for organising this fabulous event on Friday 27th May Malvern, and raising such a large sum of money.


The Bridge is an approved City and Guilds Centre and a member of the Wholesome Food Association.
Bridge Training & Development is a registered charity No 1122536