Following on from the successful pilot schemes earlier this year, the Arts & Health programme continues to expand this autumn with its aim to look into the health and well-being of all age bands, programming work that will reach across the generations. The new strands of Chaos Choir, Take Care, Meet Me at the Maltings and Making Keepsake Boxes will return this season with a broader range of activities to take part in. Have a read below to find out what’s coming up for the programme in the autumn season.
The popular, local creative group connecting people from all backgrounds, begins its autumn programme on Thursday 01 September. The strand of programming was initially started to combat the idea of loneliness. Now it has expanded to become one of the most popular strands of the Arts & Health scheme. During the first three Thursdays of the new season, participants will be learning the art of crochet wool art with Barbara Touati-Evans of Let’s Crochet UK.
Also this September, the group will be receiving exclusive writing workshops with Helena Bell of resident, award-winning theatre company Pursed by a Bear. In October, as part of Farnham Craft Month, the group will embarking upon a social crafting project, Come Quilt With Me, making an English Paper Pieced Quilt over four consecutive Thursday sessions. They are encouraging anyone who wishes to participate, to come along and be part of the group whilst creating something completely unique. Visit the webpage for more details.
making keepsake boxes
On Monday 5 September, Making Keepsake Boxes will return after a popular pilot scheme in June. Spend time with friends or family, making a personal memory box filled with photographs and keepsakes to treasure forever, either for yourself or in memory of a loved one. The session is open to anyone who wishes to join in and runs between 2-4pm, costing £3, including materials and refreshments. For more information on further classes, please visit the webpage.
If you enjoy singing but have a little one to keep an eye on, why not join the new musical class, Chaos Choir. Aimed at new parents with babies and toddlers, the children can play whilst their parents are taught by professional singing teacher, Ciara Burrows. The pilot sessions went down a storm earlier this year due to successfully combining both childcare and a hobby. It costs £3 per session to join the choir which runs on Thursdays, between 11am and 12pm. The first autumn class begins on Thursday 08 September. Visit the chaos choir webpage for more information.
The Take Care initiative, which supports carers of people with dementia, also returns on Monday 12 September with some friendly evening workshops with the wonderful Michael Wicherek of Box Clever Theatre Company. The scheme has received incredibly positive feedback since its conception in March and the autumn sessions aim to continue building on the improvisation techniques learnt to help create a harmonious care setting for everyone The classes run between 7-9pm and cost £6 to take part. Visit the webpage for more details.
also coming up: musical memories
In addition to the regular Arts & Health Programming, on Saturday 10 September alongside the Farnham Afternoon Tea, the programme will be hosting Musical Memories. In collaboration with quality care service, Right at Home, Musical Memories is a fundraising concert for those living with dementia and their carers. Visitors can enjoy reminiscing to some fantastic musical offerings from the past and present, performed by harmony singers, In Accord. The funds raised will help go towards the regular Singing for the Mind sessions held at Farnham Maltings. The concert begins at 2pm and costs £15 a ticket, with carers going for free. Tickets are available on our website.
For more information on the Arts & Health autumn programme, please visit the webpage.