News from our members and regulars.
At Wirksworth Community Growers the garden has been flourishing with a rota of Growers coming in, to work in a socially distanced way, outside.
The Growers continued with growing plug plants for the local Rotary sale but took orders by email and made appointments for people to come to the Garden to collect them.
Rosemary says “We helped raise £2,000 for the Jigsaw Food Bank through the plug plants sale. Many of our Growers live alone, are older and suffering from the isolation of lock down and so we have been keeping in touch in various ways. We are having our first Garden day this coming Sunday, in a socially distanced way – we will have pairs working in different parts of the Garden , and a picnic lunch with bring your own food”.
Eyam Together Creates would usually meet each week in the Mechanics Institute and work on crafts and embroidery as well enjoying the chance to catch up over coffee.
Marjorie says: “We have a zoom meeting each week and support each other by telephone whenever we can. We’re all still enthusiastic about supporting Aqua Box charity and have been knitting and exchanging wool whenever we could. Obviously nothing is being shipped out of the country at the moment but I’m sure the charity will be delighted by our lock down efforts.”
Recently members have started meeting up in gardens in small groups, taking their own coffee and socially distancing. But as some members are shielding, the weekly zoom is still going so that they can all keep in touch.
Marjorie has even taken on a new challenge – learning the piano from Singing for the Mind leader Betty Horton via video call.
Growtheatre, which usually meets in Ecclesall Woods, has gone online too, through much determination of leaders to get the online safety aspects right for their participants, parents and leaders. Rachel Newman, joint director of the Community Interest Company formed in 2012 says ‘We try and make our sessions as dynamic as possible and get our members working both indoors and outside. Household objects, amazing finds in our gardens and backyards, the whole family’s wardrobes and pets, cuddly toys and plastic fish have all made their way into our sessions!”
More about growtheatre via this link – http://www.growtheatre.org.uk/
the lock down video diary by the seniors is worth a watch – ‘what Parents / School / Boris think I am doing…’ is very telling!