In August we had an interesting and thought provoking talk by Rod Waterfield from the Woodland Skills Centre in Bodfari, which he started nearly 30 years ago. He explained that there are 50 acres of native woodland trees, which he carefully established and also craft workshops offering courses to make charcoal, chairs and right the way through to baskets and all manner of greenwood skills.
Rod told us woodlands can promote human wellbeing and mindfulness and how this can assist with many social and mental health problems. The Woodland Skills Centre take an integrative approach to working with people, landscape and nature. It is about connecting people with sustainable practices and resources, such as organic farms, rural skills and eco-buildings. We were shown many items that they make at the centre. A very interesting evening.
At our recent meeting we had a fantastic time with the lovely Brian ‘liquorice’ Locking, who was a former bass guitarist with The Shadows, Marty Wilde and Eddie Cochrane. Brian gave an interesting and entertaining talk about his early career and the stars of the 60’s that he worked with. He also starred with Cliff Richard in the film Summer Holiday.
He played a variety of styles of music on guitar and also showed great skill playing the harmonica. Many of the songs of the 60’s were well known, especially to us ladies of a certain age! Brian is certainly an all-round musician and his nickname ‘liquorice’ came about as a result of his proficiency with the ‘liquorice stick’, the clarinet.
It was a great evening of reminiscing and toe tapping!
At our next meeting on Tuesday, 3 October we are holding a craft taster evening where you can learn to knit or crochet, have a go at needle felting, make a bead angel or a card or any of the other crafts on offer. If you would like to have a go, do come and join us and you will be made very welcome.