Creative Activities

Team Leader: Bev Stuart

This team encourages WIs and members to participate in a variety of activities that include - music, dance, literature, painting crafts and cookery

activities

2024

JULY

The Cream Tea with Clarins at John Lewis in Nottingham on Thursday 18th July should be a very interesting event. The last time we organized an event with John Lewis was in November a couple of years ago, and we were treated very well. Why not take this opportunity to spend the rest of the day in Nottingham after you have spent your voucher in the store?

I hope everyone will be happy with their results from the Felting workshop, this was rescheduled as in February the tutor was ill. We are always on the look out to find different crafts for you to try and coming up we have a fabulous Beach Hut Etui workshop with a pin cushion and needle case on Saturday 21 September. The enclosure is with your secretary now. If there is a craft workshop or visit you would like us to arrange, please let us know. We are always open to sensible suggestions.

JUNE Report by June Freeman

Now that June is here and we have longer, lighter days and evenings, it's time to think of the great outdoors. We have the trip to Ossington Gardens on Thursday 27 June. As well as the gardens to view, refreshments will be on sale in The Hut adjacent to the gardens. It's not too late to send in an application.

A visit to Trentham Gardens has been arranged for Tuesday 16 July. There is plenty to do at this venue. As well as extensive gardens, there is an opportunity to have a boat trip across the lake or a ride on the small train. There are shops to wander around and many places to eat. If the weather is good, a picnic in the gardens is very pleasant. There are picnic tables scattered around. The details are with your secretary now. The cost is £25 per person which includes the coach fare and entrance to the gardens. There will be two pickups, one in Worksop and another in Nottingham. Again, for further information, please contact the office.

In July also a Cream Tea with Clarins at the John Lewis store in Nottingham has been organised for Thursday 18 July. Their team from John Lewis will demonstrate Clarins’ natural and plant-based skincare and beauty products whilst you enjoy a cream scone and hot drink in the comfort of the restaurant. You will receive a voucher to spend in the shop, for full details please see the enclosure.

I hope everyone who attended the Watercolour classes in May were pleased with their results. Hopefully, the beginners have found hidden talent and a new hobby.

MAY

Unfortunately, we had to cancel “Keeping up Appearances, Victorian Style” that was to be held at The Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent through lack of support. We would love to know why this didn’t appeal, was it the venue, the day, or the time of day? We would welcome any suggestions of venues and activities you would like the Team to arrange. As I mentioned at the annual meeting recently, Creative Activities are responsible for arranging activities relating to art, crafts, cookery, literature and music.

Although the closing date has passed, there may still be places on the two Watercolour Workshops to be held at County House, a Beginner’s course on Thursday 16 May and on Thursday 30 May, a wet in wet technique, for the more advanced. Please contact County House for more details if you are interested.

Don’t forget to apply for the visit to Ossington Gardens which has been arranged for Thursday 27 June. The gardens are composed of formal beds, a woodland walk, an orchard, a kitchen garden and much more of interest. Refreshments will be available to buy in the Hut next to the gardens.

APRIL

Spring has arrived and with it lighter mornings and lighter evenings along with better weather we hope. Now is the time to see what we have to offer and to join in with the many varied opportunities which have been arranged for you. This is easy to do, read your Hornblower, ask your Secretary about the enclosures that have been sent to her or contact the Office for details.

In May we have two Watercolour Workshops taking place at the office; a Beginner’s course on Thursday 16 May and for the more Advanced students on Thursday 30 May (a wet in wet technique). The enclosures for these events are with your secretary.

Looking forward to June, a visit to Ossington Gardens has been arranged for Thursday 27 June. The gardens are composed of formal beds, a woodland walk, an orchard, a kitchen garden and much more of interest. Refreshments will be available to buy in the Hut next to the gardens. We hope to see you there.

MARCH 

The Felting Workshop had to be cancelled. Unfortunately, the tutor broke her elbow but when she is fully recovered, another session will be arranged. Two tours of the Theatre Royal were enjoyed by members which proved to be very popular and were oversubscribed. A ballot had to be held, we are sorry if you were not successful but please do not let this deter you from applying for future events.

Have you applied for tickets for “Keeping up Appearances Victorian Style”? Paula Bell who many of you will know from her interpretation of ‘Lady Denman’ will this time be ‘Henrietta Peabody’ giving guidance and advice on marriage and manners to Victorian ladies. This is being held at The Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent on Friday 26 April. Two Watercolour Workshops have been organised in May at County House, the first one is a Beginner’s course on Thursday 16 May and the second one for the more advanced on Thursday 30 May a wet in wet technique, Polar Bear. The enclosures for these events are with your secretary, download from our website or contact County House if you are interested or would like more information.

Now an appeal! The Creative Activities team is a small group, and we really need more members. If you are interested, please contact the office and arrange to observe one of our meetings. We meet on the second Tuesday morning of each month for about two hours, mostly on Zoom but also in person at County House. ‘Many hands make light work’ as the saying goes.

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