As part of the celebrations for the 150th
anniversary of the founding of St Paul's, a series of workshop were held
For 3 consecutive Mondays groups of
enthusiastic people have participated in – singing, flower arranging, drama,
prose and poetry, fabric maché, card and banner making, enjoying learning or
honing their skills with like-minded people. The mornings’ events were
mulled over during soup and a sandwich in the Parish Hall.
Notes from the groups
Card Making - from
beginners to experienced we have all learnt new techniques and procedures
for making cards with excellent tuition and support.
Flower arranging - the small numbers in
this group produced some beautiful arrangements. The making of the advent
wreaths was particularly interesting being accompanied by the history and
meaning of the wreaths.
Singing - we all had great
fun being given the confidence to sing out. Everybody’s ability to sing was
immensely improved according to our excellent tutor. We were also introduced
to musical appreciation and we just want to sing more and more and more!!!
Prose and Poetry Reading -
we had a wonderful time reading together our favourite poems, both old and
new, romantic and serious, happy and sad. The prose was great too and we
really did enjoy ourselves.
Drama - under the strict but wonderful
direction of Mike Hill, three ladies were taken from the streets and
reformed into actresses. One fell out and then there were two. Along came
another, and this one with experience beyond our belief, Mike went away and
we struggled on with directions and now hope to be nominated for a BAFTA –
Calendar Girls here we come.
Fabric Maché - we
re-dressed, re-made and re-sprayed the gold crib figures used in church at
Much frivolity and messiness made
this a very jolly group.
Banner Making - after a
slow start ideas started to flow and by the second week our artistic skills
came to the fore and we romped ahead with a lot of help from our friends. In
spite of the hard work we have all learnt a lot in a very sociable,
The groups' hard work culminated in a
Gathering on Saturday 29th November at 7.30p.m. in Church when
the results of their labours were shared.
We would like to thank all the
group leaders who have worked so hard to make the event a success. Thanks
are also due to all who kindly donated materials for the workshops and the
sandwich and soup makers. The lunches proved a great success when members
were able to discuss their various activities. This innovative and ambitious
idea, we feel, has encouraged fellowship in the wider community.
Well done everyone!