A day of crafts and community - you are welcome to join our zoom call and we will move you into the craft room/table of your choice or come and join us on the day, if you are in the local area drop in for: Face painting with Shannon – In person and on zoom: Tissue paper flower making / pebble painting with Bethan and Louis - Wool balls with Kate - Tea cupcake decorating with Brandon -, games for children and adults – think grandmas footsteps– and hopefully learn a dance with Millie and Verity. We will be collecting Donations (optional): 1 piece of clothing / baby nappies/ sanitary products/ toys for our local Lewisham refugee charity (Bagged and labelled please) & 1 piece of food; tins/pasta/ cleaning products for our local Food Drop.
We invite you to bake a cake or cookies (or buy them) to share at the event - this of course, is all optional.
Free cups of tea and coffee are on offer. Accessibility is good for wheel chairs. Do feel free to pop in just to say hello, a chat and no obligation of bringing anything- just yourself and a smile.
Hopefully the rain will stop for us to go outside - we will have a canopy for people to go outside and have a cuppa - the hall will be well ventilated and social distancing measures are encouraged if you are coming into the venue. Look forward to seeing you either in person or on zoom.
Wow what a great day - it was such a great community feeling with neighbours in and out everyone getting involved in the crafts - the kids getting their faces painted and the first time for some seeing the building. I was soo impressed how all of the neighbours and my friends came together to support and take part. Having had such a long period of isolation and lockdown, for some it was not easy to come in and for others it was at last a chance to meet their new neighbours. So many new names to remember :-) A really beautiful day. We didn't quite get it all right but they are things to work on for the the next one (zoom)- can't wait! Thanks to all of you who are keeping the legacy alive - so inspirational - On a note to anyone reading this and is thinking about getting involved - if you are feeling anxious, not good enough, in doubt about putting a small or large fun palace on - Please just do it - I have gone through so much self doubt to put it on and was so excited by today, even if it had just been me who showed up I would've been proud :-) - I was so surprised and it was just the lift we needed in these crazy times, how everyone got involved and showed up - Great experience
So we have this evening visited all the neighbours to invite them to attend, so many new neighbours we have not met due to the lock down and lots of people knew about it from being in whattsapp groups and from word of mouth. I have been speaking to people that I never have to invite them and some of us have lived here for over 15 years :-) Its been a great response and enthusiasm. The hall is now booked. I have even drafted in my sons friend Brandon who is a chef to come and decorate some tea cakes. The neighbours wither side of me have volunteered as they moved in n lockdown so are keen to get to know more people Bethan and Louis doing tissue flowers and pebble painting to place around the street and flowers to deliver to neighbours who can't get out and about. And then we have Kate from the Lodges craft sessions involved to make some wool balls, the halll offered us the space so kindly and have been great in assisting me with printing the fliers when my ink ran out. All of my friends have volunteered with Lizzy my cousin doing teas Mike and Deavon taking turns on the door so we dont have any runaway kids, and Millie and Verity hosting the zoom and playing games/prehaps a dance lesson Jane my long standing neighbour who I have through this got to know and she has been assisting introducing me and taking time to come with me to invite and her and her husband are there on the day. Everyone has really been engaged in assisting and wanting to be a part of this event. I am soo happy that I decided to do it and am excited for the day. More to follow from the day :-)
Have now a couple of neighbours who are deciding what to do on their craft tables, am to have a meeting with the local venue Manager and the Manager from the residential home linked to the venue to ask if they would like to engage with us - maybe create paper flowers and deliver them to the residents by attaching them to string for the older residents who may be not be well enough to attend. An idea for people to bring one peice of clothing or sanitary products and one piece of food and organise a drop to the local food drop and the local refugees charity. Also an idea to invite people to bring a cake or biscuits to share. As the facility has a cafe we are going to discuss if the cafe will be open for teas and coffees and drinks or invite the local coffee van. Also I have created a zoom to ensure those who would like to join can access the event.
I have booked the venue and created my volunteer account today and secured the date.
Bumped into some neighbours who are also up for getting involved.