Greenbuttercup CIC & arts & crafts 1st birthday celebrations

1st Birthday Celebrations

Greenbuttercup CIC, in conjunction with ROMDAG, have now been running their ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers for one year.  The sessions were first promoted at Demfest last September and they began shortly afterwards.  What started as a trial, has now become a regular event.  Participants have enjoyed trying out a wide range of crafts throughout the year, including: papercraft, painting, printing, clay, glass painting, weaving, card-making and mosaics.  They have had their work displayed at Romsey’s ‘Inside Out Art Trail’ and in the Abbey United Reformed Church during Romsey Festival, and their painted glass tealight holders were sold in aid of funds at a Charities Fair earlier this year.

The importance of this venture has been acknowledged by many, and financial support for the last year has come from: Test Valley Arts Foundation; Romsey Town Council; Romsey, Chandler’s Ford & District Round Table; and private donations – for which we are very thankful.  Participants are charged £3 per person to attend, but it will be necessary to continue to fundraise in order to ensure these sessions continue.

Members of Greenbuttercup CIC and group regulars were joined on Friday, October 6th by some distinguished guests to help them celebrate the group’s first birthday.

The Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Carl Borg-Neal & his Mayoress Mrs Maria Neal; the Deputy Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock; the Chair & Vice-Chair of RAODS (Romsey Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society) Neil Gwynne and Barry Young; Andover MIND’s new Dementia Adviser for Romsey Jo Frost; ROMDAG’s Ian Bradford; and the Former Mayor of Romsey Cllr John Parker & his wife Mrs Tessa Parker; were welcomed with coffee and cake.  They were thanked for their support of ROMDAG’s activities, and especially in helping to make the ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions a success.  The guests were then invited to see what the group were making, and some even joined in !  As it was October, the group were enjoying themselves making Halloween Masks – both beautiful and frightful – and some of the creations you certainly wouldn’t have wanted to meet on a dark night !

The ‘Arts & Crafts’ fun sessions usually take place on the first Friday of the month from 10.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey (by kind permission of RAODS).  However, there are occasions when the date has to change, if something is already booked at the Theatre.  No experience is necessary, and all tuition and materials are provided along with drinks and biscuits.  At each session, there is a ‘have-a-go’ session, and the programme for the final two sessions of the year is as follows:

Friday, November 3rd – Making Collages

Friday, December 15th – Christmas Crafts and Mince Pies (please note the date)

If you know someone who may enjoy this, they are welcome to come along and try us out for free.  There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side door up the accessible ramp.

For further information, please contact Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605, or just turn up at one of our sessions.

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