Last year, we agreed to change our regular meeting from the 4th to the 3rd Monday of the month … this was to avoid the confusion caused when we have to adjust for Bank Holiday closing at the fire station. Given the good turn out on Monday 18th February, most members seemed to have got the message.
Being the first proper meeting of the year, there was quite a lot of business to get through. A big thank you to everyone, especially one visitor from London, for being patient, and also for helping with constructive suggestions that have allowed us to plan workshops and outings for the remainder of the People’s Health Trust Grant.
Maurice used the software installed in the group’s laptop to create a compilation of photos and videos from his recent trip. Apart from one lone voice who wanted to see the entire collection…this short presentation seemed to go down well.
Our series of workshops with Alice Thatcher at Spode Works are almost complete…the final one is Wednesday 6 March. This week we were joined by Joanne who is working on the Growing Cultures Project that explores the world of bacteria. We were fascinated to discover a close link between Stoke and Oxford in the discovery and development of the first modern antibiotic treatment…Penicillin. With the rapid increase of drug resistant forms of bacteria, this is a hot topic. Photos of magnified cells of all kinds of bacteria gave us inspiration to create petri-dish sized creations in porcelain. This was our first experience of working with such wonderful white flexible clay…we wait with baited breath to see the result of our endeavours. Below are some of our decorated mugs using transfers.
Students from Keele University are making a documentary on Ageing and Creativity and a group of them asked if they could record our workshops. It is always refreshing to engage with younger generations, and the feelings seemed to work both ways. Not only did everyone get on well with each other, but a couple also were so interested they rolled up their sleeves and joined in.
Above is a group photo wearing funder’s T-shirts and holding People’s Health Trust mugs in one hand with our own decorated mugs in the other. Wonderful!
Our outings and workshops are part of the Older LGBT Wellbeing Project funded by the People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthFair through the Health Lottery
If you would like to take part in any creative workshops, please express your interest by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or text: 07757 750255
No previous experience is needed for any of the workshops