The Forbury Residential Home is in Church Street near Leominster Priory.
In July we were awarded an Arts Council England grant to run a year long arts project called ‘Everyone Matters’. The aim of our project is to invite our community in Leominster, especially our older residents and staff to share and communicate together. We have begun an online blog called The Forbury Times wordpress which you might like to contribute too. The blog has had a huge amount of success, with pictures, quotes, conversations, and examples of artworks and activities being shared. You can make comments on the blog, you might recognise people you know and you may see art and craft ideas that you wish to try out yourself.
If you email your pictures, contributions to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org we will upload this for you.
We will contact residents in Leominster care homes soon and invite them to participate in a big art project. All the art we receive will be joined to make one large artwork that will be unveiled later in the year. We shall tell you more about this in October. Best wishes from Jeanette McCulloch (lead artist) at The Forbury.
How did we make this picture? Each of the six separate sections is a piece of ‘foamboard’ ( lightweight but thick foam card). Using quilting fabric (ie smooth and colourful fine cotton) we selected and glued the fabric down onto the card. Later, on another day, we did some silk work, using fabric felt tips over screen printed pictures. These silks were then pasted over the fabric using watered down PVA glue making the silk transparent. Each foamboard had their edges covered with fabric ribbon. All six panels were then taped together using ‘duct tape’. Simple, effective, beautiful and all in all 12 people made the finished picture.
Warren and Jim. Two brave men who each have there own unique and extraordinary stories to tell when they served their country. Warren was in the Merchant Navy, a young Hereford man from a small village when he enlisted to join. His ship was torpedoed and he left in the cold black seas waiting to be rescued along with his comrades. Jim was a motorcycle dispatch rider, sent across Britain and Europe on his bike carrying important documents. Both of them experience extraordinary things and tell their tales with such dignity and gentleness.
Jan and her daughter Sonia, lets be honest here this was the fifth attempt at taking Jan’s picture, she laughed and pulled a face each time, making the ‘photographer’ laugh too much…
Sue painting a greeting card in readiness for the Summer party this month
Paddy making greeting cards while Betty continue her large canvas
Jan with her daughter Cath
Maria concentrating on painting her greeting card
Gwen illustrating her card, we had a very industrious are session
Colleen painting, onto canvas
Betty’s ‘Girl’ painting, using lots of delicate marks and building up layers of subtle colour.
Anne enjoying the art session!
Wednesday 27th August – 2.30pm at The Forbury
We would like to invite you to our Summer Sale. All proceeds will contribute towards the Forbury Residents’ Fund.
If you are a successful gardener and are feeling generous about your excess garden produce, we would love to accept any contributions for sale!!
“Love doesn’t mind a muddle”…
Andy Bradley, from http://www.frameworks4change.co.uk/ spent the day with all the staff and Tom and Muriel (two of our residents). This was an inspiring, energising and uplifting workshop as Andy helped us to focus on the things that matter most to us and how we might better care for ourselves.
He reminded us “that the richness of life is in the moment” which gives us “a heightened awareness of the now”. If we can aim to do the things that are the most rewarding for us then “these things we love are a gateway to our own happiness”.
We began to see how we might communicate listening and talking with ‘an open heart’, being curious when we talk to people,
During the workshop we spoke at length about how we came to be working at The Forbury, which for many staff was an interesting journey. Andy expressed his happiness at what The Forbury exuded – warmth, happiness, friendships, and most of all there was a feeling of kindness and compassion, something which Tom and Muriel and the staff also shared. Muriel and Tom also told their stories of how they came to be living at The Forbury. Muriel summed up her happiness living here when she said to Andy “Love doesn’t mind a Muddle”.
He recommended two books ‘Peace is in Every Step’ by Thich Nhat Hanh and suggested we might watch Thich in conversation with Orpah Winfrey available on Youtube: Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh. and ‘Flourish’ written by Martin Seligman.
In the evening Andy offered a workshop at the Leominster Community Centre for people who work with older people. The room was filled with people who worked at other Care homes, or were health and social workers, or writers, artists and musicians. The evening was a great success, with the participants at the end of the evening expressing how much they had understood and learnt about Mindfulness and compassion both for ourselves and those we work with.
It was a wonderful day, thank you Andy, from The Forbury xx