#Gardening at Millman Street Centre

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Rima and Rose dig for victory

Today, Holborn Community Association’s resident gardening guru, Rima, gave Millman Street Community Centre members another of her celebrated Gardening Sessions.

The camera-shy plantswoman enlisted our members’ help in planting tulips and other spring bulbs.  For the, uh, Spring.  You know, next year.  Obvs.

Beyond that, HCA’s decidedly agriculturally-impaired hack could comprehend little.  His fingers may be green, but this is probably due to an unspecified vitamin deficiency [or lack of hygiene – HCA Overlords].

Ahem.  Meanwhile, Lilly was watering and tending to the Millman Street garden.  Alas, Sarah was busy elsewhere, so the quality of photography suffered as a result of this reporter’s cack-handed camera skills:

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It seems various plants and flowers in the garden are thriving under of Rima and Lilly’s care.  And come next Spring, we hope to see the tulips and other bulbs planted today springing up.

In no way the latest example of bulking out an otherwise threadbare article, this reporter was inspired to compile a brief playlist of plant-related tunes:

Tulips From Amsterdam – Max Bygraves

Wicked Garden – Stone Temple Pilots

Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees

Can U Dig It? – Mock Turtles

Tip-toe Through The Tulips – Tiny Tim

…And anything by Robert, erm, Plant

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Flattering Steve isn’t always easy…

Focus-less photos and ramshackle reportage: Notes Smudger

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#Pots and Poems at 1A Arts#New Workshop

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Potty about pottery? 1A Arts may be the place for you

Our friends at 1A Arts will be running Pots and Poems, a free fortnightly pottery and creative writing workshop for people aged 60 and over.  Sessions start on Thursday, 1st November 2018 and will run fortnightly on Thursday afternoons during term time.

1A Arts

Roseberry Avenue

London EC1R 4SR

Workshops will follow a theme each term, and will bring people together to create their own poetry and creative writing, as well as build new skills in pottery and ceramics.

Whether you’re an experienced potter or poet, or completely new to either, these sessions will allow you to build your skills at your own pace.

Sessions will be split into two, with one half focusing on pottery and the other on creative writing.  There will be a sharing of work at the end of each term.

Unfortunately, the new workshop has inspired (if that’s the right word) the following outpouring from HCA’s would-be Wordsworth:

In Praise of Ye Pottery

by Notes Smudger

“I wander’d lonely as a ceramic

O’er Holborn’s flinty thoroughfares

To 1A Arts, whence I did findeth

Ne’er an appreciative word for mine own verse:

‘Twas deemed frightful by ye poets therein

Who did chucketh broken pottery at me

Mayhap in hope t’would somehow reassemble into recognisable earthenware

Once it had belaboured my sensitive, poetic phizzog…”

 

Ahem.  Holborn Community Association is confident that its members can produce far better writing than the pretentious piffle typical of its frustrated (and, indeed, frustrating) Words-worthless hack.

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Workshops are free and are kindly supported by Ageing Better in Camden and the Big Lottery Fund.

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To book, please complete the form on the main Holborn Community Association website: http://www.holborncommunity.co.uk

Or give us a call on 0207 405 2370 (option 3) to find out more.

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Lord Lucan found at last…?

Potty poetry and puff piece: Notes Smudger

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#Sunday Socials: New at Millman Street Community Centre

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Sunday social singing stars

Holborn Community Association is pleased to announce a new activity at Millman Street Community Centre – and a new day for it: Sunday.

Sunday Socials are free monthly creative workshops for people aged 60 and over.

Workshops will usually take place on the last Sunday of every month (with the exception of the first session, on Sunday, 4th November).  Participants will be provided with a light lunch as well as a two-hour creative workshop.

The first session will be a Singing and Music workshop on Sunday 4th November 2018, between 12 noon and 3pm.

There will also be a consultation at this session, so you can plan future creative activities month by month.  Future sessions are scheduled for the following dates throughout the coming months:

25th November 2018
30th December 2018
13th January 2019
24th February 2019
31st March 2019
28th April 2019
26th May 2019
30th June 2019
28th July 2019
25th August 2019

Sessions are free and are kindly supported by Ageing Better in Camden and the Big Lottery Fund.

Millman Street Community Centre

50 Millman Street, London, WC1 3EW

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To book, please complete the form on the main HCA website:

https://www.holborncommunity.co.uk

Alternately, call on 0207 405 2370 (option 3) to find out more.

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Forthcoming Attractions: Notes Smudger

 

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#Flower Arranging Power #at Millman Street Community Centre

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Flower Power: Peter with HCA members

Last Wednesday (26th September), Millman Street Community Centre members were once again treated to the expert Flower Arranging of our pal, Peter, the Master Florist.

The theme was sunflowers, as photo’d by Sarah.  Perhaps inspired by Van Hogh’s famed Sunflowers painting?  Hmm.  Difficult to say for this reporter, as he wasn’t present at the time.  Besides, he’s more at home with weeds, manure and other garden detritus [Hear, hear! – HCA Overlords].

Ahem.  Anyhoo, the power of flower arranging seems to have enthused our members, as usual.  “It was great; amazing!” said David.  “It occupies your mind, doing stuff like that,” he added.

Thelma also enjoyed herself.  There were roses and gladioli and gypsophila [which she kindly spelt for your HCA hack] in the arrangement she made, which she took home.  David put his on display the Centre.

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“Alright, flower…?”

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A sunflower by any other name would smell of feet…

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For enjoyable, mind-occupying, therapeutic creativity, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Master Florist’s Flower Arranging sessions at Millman Street Centre, and Holborn Community Association would like to thank Peter for providing yet another one for our members.

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Freshly arranged photos: Sarah; flowery, deranged report: Notes Smudger

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#The Story of Our Streets: Holborn

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Holborn history highlighted…

Last Wednesday (26th September), Millman Street Community Centre was the setting for a delve into local History, as volunteers from STANTEC came in to unearth our members’ recollections about the area.

The day began with tea and cakes and a welcoming talk by Anu Sabherwal.  There was a group discussion about Holborn’s rich history before lunch, and some art activity after it.

STANTEC’s Karen and Lisa arrived the previous day to set up the montage on the back wall of the Centre, which our members added to on the day itself.  The volunteers took photos and filmed some of the session.  Sarah took HCA’s photos:

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HCA’s hack wasn’t in attendance.  What with not being a local resident, he has little to add to local history [nor, indeed, to the art of writing, as his blogposts surely testify].

Ahem.  The locals – HCA members – found the session engaging and interesting.

“The [STANTEC] people were really, really nice,” said Ivy.  “They seemed to take a real interest in us,” she added.  “It was so lovely to hear you say you loved the war days,” she quoted; having regaled them with her memories of American soldiers in Holborn, and street parties once the war ended.  She added: “They were absolutely first class!”

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STANTEC Contact details:

88 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8AA

Phone: +44 (0)20 7492 5700

Email: https://www.stantec.com/en/about-us/people/s/sabherwal-anuradha

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Holborn Community Association would like to thank STANTEC’s staff for taking the time to organise the day at Millman Street Community Centre.

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Queenie relieved to know HCA hack wasn’t around

Photos: Sarah; report: Notes Smudger

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#Art of David: A Pictorial

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Flying hands: David’s Art

Way back in May this year, Millman Street Community Centre member David attended an Arts Workshop at CREATE Arts, in the Liverpool Street area.  Only recently unearthed, his photos bear witness to his creativity, conveying a sense of individuality and a refreshingly unpretentious take on contemporary arts.  We hope you enjoy them:

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Artworks and photos: David; report: Notes Smudger

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#Gardening Guru at Millman Street Centre

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The importance of composting…

A couple of Wednesdays ago (12th September), HCA’s resident gardening guru, Rima, again engaged Millman Street Centre members with another Gardening Workshop.

Exactly what took place remains a mystery, as plantswoman Rima was not quizzed by HCA’s Gardening Correspondent (i.e: this reporter) at the time.  Thankfully, Sarah took some photos, and to judge by them, the theme of the workshop was composting.

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Plantswoman Rima nutures interest…

Composting is of course essential to the growth and nuturing of plants and flowers, and is not “messy” or “Urgh!  Filthy dirty”, as certain squeamish scribes (no names, no seed drill) like to blubber.

Ahem.  It’s a pity that the rotten writer wasn’t involved in the session, given the aptness of fertiliser to his general appearance and, some might say, personality.  But there you are…

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Rose gets stuck in…

Holborn Community Association would like to thank Rima for her Gardening Sessions at Millman Street Community Centre over several years.  We hope she will continue to educate, inform and entertain our members for many years to come.

Fertile photos: Sarah; rotting report: Notes Smudger

 

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