Category: Quidenham

Suffolk Artlink December Newsletter 2015

Suffolk Artlink December Newsletter 2015

Dear Iceni Post It has been a great year for us and we hope you have had a great one too. The office will be closed from 5pm Thursday 17th Decemeber to 9am Monday 4th January. Thank you for taking the time to keep up to date with what we are doing.

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. JumpstART The JumpstART! Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft previews of Making Spaces were great successes!

The students in Lowestoft worked really hard in the morning to get everything ready for 1.30pm (a 7ft Iron Man proved particularly challenging). Everyone was on board to help including support workers and the two lead artists Carrie Phoenix and Kate Warner. Many thanks to Richard manager of the Coconut loft for his support and good humour!

Other installations on display were Iron Man, a Bedroom in a Suitcase, An Army of Super heroes, a Sensory Pod, Masks and Alan s Garden complete with Bird Box and tweeting birds! The exhibition was well attended with friends, family, other social enterprises and visitors from the caf . We had a visit from the Lowestoft Journal who took lots of photographs and many thanks to our own photographer Moggy who was with us for the afternoon.

The Making Spaces art trail around Bury involved the Jumpstart Students creating an amazing show across 4 locations. At the St Johns Centre there were drawings, a giant mobile and a performance of Abba s Waterloo in a specially created space. At Moyses Hall there were films, drawings, drivable bumper cars, an alien puppet show and an installation about the NHS as well as Ruth Williams Monsterland wall hanging.

At the Apex, a film about a deaf/blind teddy and mobile nightclubs created in umbrellas. At Elsey s Gallery and underwater installation with mermaids and sea creatures filled the window, and a live performance from a human drawing machine creating pictures with a specially modified drawing suit. Students have worked incredibly hard on their art pieces and it was a great end to the course.

Thank you to everyone that came to see the exhibitions. Some of the work can still be seen at Moyses Hall in Bury St Edmunds up to and including the 21st December and in The Coconut Loft in Lowestoft up to and including the 17 th December. We also have the films made for the art trail online.

To see them go to vimeo.com/album/3585827 1 Space Factor 2 from Suffolk Artlink 3 on Vimeo 4 . We will be running tasters and explore days in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft in January and February plus Explore Days. Clown Round The Clown Doctors have been busy across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk this November, kicking off with a Takeover day at James Paget Hospital.

Staff on the children and young person s ward at James Paget hosted a group of pupils from North Denes Primary School, Great Yarmouth, and students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston as part of the annual Children s Commissioner s Takeover Day. Pupils armed with video cameras and audio equipment, followed hospital staff as well as our very own Clown Doctors, to find out what it s like to work at James Paget Hospital! Dr Haystack and Dr Aubergine made sure the young filmmakers were able to observe the tricky tasks Clown Doctors have to face on a daily basis while on their rounds.

On this particular day they were battling with an extraordinary bad case of floor squeak , however with the help of a rope chain involving some of the young patients, their parents and consultants, the Clown Doctors were able to locate and exterminate the terribly contagious squeak! The excitement of Takeover day has geared all the Clowns up nicely for the oncoming festive season, with Christmas visits happening across the counties including a Christmas party at Norfolk Show ground for EACH Quidenham Hospice. Everybody from the Clown Round team wish you all a very merry Christmas and a truly silly new year!!

Rock Up Ever since the summer Rock School, the Rock Up participants have been clamouring to play more as a band and with Christmas round the corner, there was never any doubt about the sort of song they wanted to play. We can t tell you how proud we were of all of them as they sat there last week playing Last Christmas it was a real achievement for everyone involved. They ve practised and played and practised some more, and now it s really paying dividends as they develop the skills and confidence to play together as a group.

Congratulations to everyone, and here s to another rocking Rock Up year in 2016. Suffolk at Play Our thanks to everyone who has taken part in and contributed to a wonderful Suffolk at Play time at Stradbroke High School. Everyone at the School has been so welcoming and helpful particularly as each week we fill up the teachers study room with our resource boxes and equipment and the participants have been brilliant.

As ever, it s the Suffolk Artlink artists and the volunteers who make these projects so fantastic so our especial thanks are due to them, too. Meanwhile, over in Lowestoft, the Suffolk at Play Cube has moved from the library to East Point Academy, where we hope the students and staff are enjoying the animations. Next term, Suffolk at Play moves to Stowmarket our final location and the venue for the end-of-project celebrations for all those involved since the project began back in December 2013.

More news to follow in the Spring. Where We Meet We had a wonderful celebration event at Cedrus House, where the children and residents performed the songs and poems they ve been making, and showing family and friends a beautiful array of objects they ve made, from mobiles to place mats and crackers each one filled with their very own mottos, dubious jokes and paper hats. Among the many comments received from our visitors were: Fantastic to see how the children have interacted and such a wonderful experience for them all.

Thank you for a lovely afternoon. A wonderful afternoon thoroughly enjoyable for everyone. So much has been achieved already and next term we will continue to work with students from Cedars Park Primary School and residents and their families at Cedrus House, as we will be running Suffolk at Play with them.

Roll on 2016. Forget-me-not Visitors The Forget-me-not Visitors have been visiting people with dementia in Ipswich Hospital s Constable Suite since the start of November. Their visits continue into the festive period as the artists bring some seasonal cheer and raise patients spirits.

No doubt there will be a Christmas song, or two, or three, some Christmas sparkle and a few cracker-worthy jokes to bring laughter and joy to the patients, family members and staff at this time of year. Creative Employment Program Arts Development East Cambridgeshire have two opportunities open. These are for a Management Intern and a Marketing Assistant.

These opportunities are across Brandon, Newmarket, Mildenhall and Ely. For more information go to www.suffolkartlink.org.uk/cep 5 The New Wolsey Whilst this is not something Suffolk Artlink is involved in we thought some of you might be interested in this. The New Wolsey have just had a fantastic new platform that allows wheelchair users to sit in any combination of wheelchair users and non wheelchair users.

Their Panto, Sword in the Stone, which has just been announced as one of the top five pantos in the country is on 20th January 10.30am specifically made as a relaxed performance. They have lots of wheelchair accessible seats that day available. Tickets are 10 each.

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Wymondham couple's heartfelt plea to help EACH – News – Eastern …

Wymondham couple's heartfelt plea to help EACH – News – Eastern …

Wymondham couple s heartfelt plea to help EACH Wymondham family continue to fundraise in celebration of son’s life. Pictured: Brad, Stanley and Debbie. Picture: Supplied Lauren Cope, Reporter 1 Friday, January 2, 2015 10:02 AM A couple from Wymondham, whose little boy died at the tender age of 18 months, is continuing to support a fundraising scheme created by the children s hospice which provided them with invaluable support.

Brad and Debbie McLean are supporting East Anglia s Children s Hospices (EACH) Pay for a Day scheme at Quidenham hospice again this year in memory of their son, Stanley, who died in July 2012 after complications with heart surgery. The family set up The Stanley McLean Trust in his memory and so far have raised a staggering 61,500 for charity. They hosted the third Annual Stanley McLean Charity Golf Day on September 19 this year at Marriott Sprowston Manor Hotel and Country Club raising 9,300.

A total of 26 teams took part and 118 people attended the dinner afterwards. A total of 5,300 has been donated to EACH for Pay for a Day today in memory of Stanley on what would have been his fourth birthday. The remainder is going towards helping fund a portable echocardiogram machine at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Stanley received care.

Last year EACH set up the Pay for a Day scheme which asks supporters to raise either 16,000 to cover the costs of running the organisation for a day or 5,300 the equivalent of providing services at one of three local children s hospice based either at Milton in Cambridgeshire, The Treehouse in Suffolk or Quidenham in Norfolk. Stanley was born on January 2, 2011, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a heart condition called tetraology of fallots, further complicated by a missing pulmonary valve. Stanley underwent heart surgery when he was eight days old at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and after three months of being in hospital, his parents were able to bring him home.

When he was five months old, his condition deteriorated and he had surgery again this time a risky eight hour operation from which took him a month to recover. In July 2012, Stanley underwent surgery again after a routine check showed the conduit in his heart was becoming narrowed. Complications occurred and he died shortly after surgery.

The couple have benefited from bereavement counselling, provided by family support practitioners at EACH Quidenham hospice. Mr McLean said: This was the third golf day we ve had in Stanley s memory and every year the kindness and generosity of everyone who plays, helps to organise and donates is what makes it such a success and allows us to remember Stanley in such a special way by paying for the hospice on his birthday. Knowing that Stanley s legacy is continuing to help other families and children gives us great comfort and makes us very proud of our little boy, and especially to know he is remembered and thought of by so many.

EACH has helped us through the most difficult time of our lives, and continues to be there whenever we need them. Stanley s brother, Angus, was born in November last year. He s healthy, but we were anxious because of what we d been through with Stanley.

EACH helped us with our concerns and supported us all the way. Gary Cook, EACH Norfolk fundraiser, said: It s wonderful that Brad and Debbie continue to raise funds for EACH in memory of Stanley. The Stanley Mclean Trust has done wonderful things to celebrate Stanley s life and makes a difference to the many families receiving care and support from EACH.

We d like to thank Brad, Debbie and absolutely everyone who contributed to the golf event.

To find out more about Pay for a Day and how you can get involved, visit www.each.org.uk/payforaday, and for more about The Stanley Mclean Trust visit http://thestanley mcleantrust.blogspot.co.uk/ References ^ Lauren Cope, Reporter (www.edp24.co.uk)