Stone-carving with Forest Lodge 

A newly formed group are learning new skills and setting chisel to stone to design and carve two new benches, which will find their home at Farnham Maltings later this summer. This stone-carving project is part of My Shout, a new project to celebrate ageing and encourage vibrant creativity in older people. 

The carving is being generously hosted at Forest Lodge Garden Centre and on display for members of the public to see in the main part of the Centre until the end of June. 

The group includes people aged up to 85 years, all are learning new skills and most of whom are stone-carving for the first time. Each of the designs reflects and celebrates different aspects of life in Farnham and the vibrant lives of each of the participants. 

The stone was sourced and prepared by sculptor and artist Michael Disley, who will have his own work on display at upcoming Chelsea Flower Show. The stones themselves are Derbyshire gritstone from Grindleford, Derbyshire and between 250-300 million years old. 

There are three other projects which are also taking place as part of My Shout including dance (created with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures), theatre and film. The theatre and dance pieces will be performed at Ignite, a special showcase at the Maltings (6pm, Sunday 17 June) which anyone can come along to.

My Shout is part of Celebrating Age, a programme funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation to enable arts and cultural spaces to be more open, positive and welcoming places for older people; My Shout is also funded by Waverley Borough Council. The My Shout consortium consists of Farnham Maltings, Waverley Borough Council, New Adventures and Age UK Surrey. 

The Maltings is very grateful to the support of all these partners and to Forest Lodge Garden Centre for generously hosting the carving. You can see the stone benches taking shape between now and the end of June; the garden centre is open 7 days a week and just ask at reception for more information.

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