Weaving, Working and Wassailiing at OWL Town Farm Workshop
It has been a busy Spring at Town Farm Workshop with lots of exciting and some unusual events taking place:
- Weavers at TFW have been busy making cushions for new and refurbished Regard services around the country.
- The Big Weave - we have been hard at work, weaving our community tapestry and we will be inviting all our visitors to add their contribution to it over the 2 weeks of Dorset Arts Week.
- 38 people have accessed Owl services at TFW over the last few months; they have been taking part in activities such as weaving, pottery, travel skills, swimming, gardening and much more. Pottery and travel skills have been the most popular. The travel skills group have recently been developing their time management and timetable reading skills by using 2 different bus routes in one session.
- We held our “keep safe” standalone course in February and the participants took part in a really valuable and enjoyable role play session around ‘safely using a cashpoint’ Jo Davis a participant says “I feel much safer now when I get money out”. In April we will be holding a new standalone course covering the topic of ‘bereavement’ this should be a really beneficial workshop and already has several signed up to it.
- TFW have registered to be a part of Dorset Arts Week 2014. Dorset Art Weeks - DAW - is the renowned, biennial, two week, county wide, flagship event organised by Dorset Visual Arts. It is one of the three largest events of its type in the country. Visitors come from across the UK and internationally to what has been described as ‘this much loved event’. This is a great opportunity for our artists at TFW to showcase their talents; it takes place 24th May to the 8th June.
- On Tuesday 11th March we wassailed the trees in our apple orchard with mulled cider and toast; it was a magical and fun evening with a bonfire and hot dog supper. We hope this ancient ritual will encourage a bumper crop this year so that we can make more cider, cake and chutney as well as provide our local community with apples too.
- Our rural skills group have been supported by Anthony (rural skills tutor) to build a composting toilet over the last few months for the Market Garden. It’s very nearly complete and the Pottery group are now making and decorating the tiles to add a bit of glamour to the cubicle! Paul Bates one of those learning new woodworking skills building the toilet says “I’ve had great fun and can’t wait to use it”!
- Sixpenny Handley Parish Council have given paid employment to service users by way of a cleaning job at the office and carrying out health and safety jobs on their recreational ground equipment. Those who have been carrying out these tasks feel really proud of their progression into paid work.