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The Shieldfield Community Bakery

Funded on Spacehive 4 July 2019

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The Shieldfield Community Bakery

Big River Bakery By Big River Bakery

We are a community bakery & have secured a long term lease for new premises in Shieldfield. This campaign will fund the first, vital works on the building which will become our brand new bakery!

Shieldfield Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 04 Jul 2019!

We are not just a bakery! We bake with communities of all kinds as a way of delivering training & opportunities for people. We know that when people have access to employability skills & are valued as a creative part of a community, we all benefit. We have a community bakery currently operating from a small rented kitchen in Shieldfield, Newcastle and we need more space to grow. We have finalised Heads of Terms for a 10 year lease from the council for a new bakery premises also in Shieldfield. The new premises have been empty for some years and was formerly a supermarket. The interior of the building needs some refurbishment to become a bakery.

What we'll deliver:

  • Replace suspended ceiling and line walls
  • Install plumbing and water heating
  • Install fire alarm and security system
  • Work with the community to tile walls

Why it's a great idea:

All our breads are a fair price & made from simple ingredients with organic flours. We work in innovative ways to keep money & other value in our local economy & protect our environment. We have over five years experience using food and baking as a means to bring diverse communities together, develop agency within communities, create pathways to employment and make healthy food affordable and available to all. Shieldfield used to have a bakery and we want to bring one back which will serve both the local community and other communities across Tyneside and beyond.

Steps to get it done:

  • Refurbish premises
  • Install baking equipment

Location Shieldfield

About the space

Custom Location


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £22,237

Rewire and lighting - £6,950 (31%)
Wall and ceiling replacement - £6,770 (30%)
Plumbing - £3,450 (16%)
Security and fire alarms - £3,250 (15%)
Second hand tiles and grout - £1,000 (4%)
Other - £817 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Rewire and lighting
Wall and ceiling replacement
Security and fire alarms
Second hand tiles and grout
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Electrics
  • Plumbing
  • Dough mixer
  • Bakers oven
  • Extraction equipment
  • Dough prover

Total £22,237

Our Volunteer List

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