17 Oct 2014

Stroud events

Here’s the current list of things we know about that are happening in the near future.  Where relevant, we’re also listing events a bit further afield that you might be interested in, too. These are local events that are (unless it says otherwise in the listing) run by assorted local groups – these are all independent of the Green Party.
If you are aware of other talks, events, workshops or other community activities in the coming week or so, please do mention them in the comments. If there’s an event you would like our support in promoting, please email the details to brynnethnimue (at) gmail (dot) com.

We came across these free courses across Glos (incl Stroud) about how to develop more inclusive and welcoming communities' – find out more here. http://yourewelcome.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=47b99467fcb8e6e744a31cd15&id=e47f9787cd&e=53288c959b

Songs of Change – meets on Tuesday nights at Paganhill Maypole Village Hall. We are led by Sophie Sterckx (formerly “Greatorex”). This is an open group drawing on songs from about peace, the earth, equality, etc. 

Active Hope Day
 Sunday 19th October
 Time: 11 am to 4 pm; Venue: Stroud
Tutor:  Fiona Ellis
Cost: Sliding scale: £20 to £10;   

Faced with challenges of climate change, an unstable political world and the tension of living within an increasingly stressed world, it's good to have space to reflect and explore feelings about all this. Joanna Macy’s work over many years has shown this workshop process strengthens people in their choices and resolve about how they live their life or do their work.

Active hope is about the kind of hope you need to carry on, when you do not have certainty about how things will be in the future for you and the next generation.
An opportunity will be made available to discuss the interest in the group meeting regularly

Fiona trained with Joanna Macey in the 1990s and recently again with Chris Johnstone , co authors of “Active hope” and “Great turning time”, and in her professional work is a facilitator and training consultant working with groups for over 30 years. She has lived in Stroud for 20 years.

To book:  e mail:
erik.w@virgin.net  or ring 07725 900666

Your Musical Memories.
This month at 2.30pm on October 23rd “the most musical family in Stroud”; the Hughes Family; will be returning to Stroud’s Subscription Rooms to play for you. Felix on his ‘cello and Jed on his double bass will be accompanied by their mother Mary. Felix  recently performed in concert at St. George's Hanover Square, London with his teacher Guy Johnston to an audience which included the Duchess of Kent, and has been invited to play for her at a dinner party in London next week. Jed and he have been busy performing Schubert's 'Trout Quintet' to packed audiences in both Tunbridge Wells and more locally in Hardwicke. Felix and Jed also continue to study at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department in London on Saturdays. Jed’s older brother, Toby, who previous delighted Your Musical Memories’ audiences on his double bass recently won the String Section Final of the Royal Overseas League competition in London, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank and was invited to be guest principal bass of the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra. The concert on October 23rd will also feature Stroud’s wonderful singer Elizabeth Oxley who will be singing songs that will delight you. Elizabeth has runs a new choir for over-50s in Cirencester for Age UK. She also enjoys running Singing for the Brain sessions in Stonehouse for people with Alzheimer's and offers private music tuition and welcomes opportunities to sing for a variety of audiences.  So come to Stroud’s Subscription Rooms on the afternoon of Thursday, September 25th and enjoy music that will touch your heart. Tickets are only £5.00 (which includes refreshments) and can be booked at the Subscription Rooms’ Box Office, telephone number 01453 760900. (When booking, please mention if you use a wheelchair as the number of wheelchairs allowed in the Ballroom are restricted due to fire regulations.)

‘Make one take one ‘ 
a Great Crested Newt craft workshop

Saturday 25  October  10am – 12.30pm
Stroud Valley Eco shop  Cost £5 adult/£3 child                  
Come and join us at this fun workshop where an experienced crafter will teach you how to make a cuddly felt newt. You will make one newt for our charity and you will also be able to take away with you the materials to make one at home for yourself. There is some fiddly sewing involved so this workshop is recommended for adults and children over the age of seven. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.  

P. S. Booking is essential so please telephone Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358.
Apples in the Park and Twilight Pumpkin Trail

Apples in the Park and Twilight Pumpkin Trail
Our popular Harvest Celebration day with apple pressing takes place at the Museum in the Park again this year. Bring some of your own apples and turn them in to delicious juice. In the evening there is the delightful Twilight Pumpkin Lantern Trail and competition.
Bring along a carved pumpkin and get to follow the pumpkin trail around the Park. Stroud author, Jamila Gavin has kindly agreed to be our judge for this year. www.jamilagavin.co.uk. Jamila has published over forty books since her 1979 debut, The Magic Orange Tree. Coram Boy, a novel for teenagers, was published to critical acclaim in 2000 and won the Children’s Whitbread Award, as well as being short listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her most recent publication is Blackberry Blue, a collection of six original fairy tales.  Most recently she was nominated for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. We are really looking forward to welcoming her as our judge this year.

Sunday 26 October
Apple pressings : 11 – 12.30pm & 2 - 3pm
Pumpkin drop off : 11 – 3.30pm
Twilight Pumpkin Lantern Trail and Competition: 5.30pm - 6pm
The Museum in the Park courtyard, Stratford Park, Stroud        
Cost: Donations to the collection box.
Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 for more information.

P. S. Bring up to one carrier bag full of your own apples to be pressed. You might even get to press them yourself. Please note - if you want to take some juice home then you will need to bring your own clean bottles. During the day you can drop off any carved pumpkins for the twilight Pumpkin Lantern Trail which is taking place early evening.

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