Today, Tracey from the Workers’ Education Association visited Millman Street Community Centre. She helped our members fashion bird feeders from old drinks cartons – killing two, erm, birds with one stone if you’ll excuse the cliche, by both recycling packaging and helping feed our feathered friends, the, erm, birds.
Ahem. Originally formed in 1903 as An Association To Promote The Higher Education of Working Men Tracey’s organisation was, mercifully, renamed the Workers’ Education Association in 1905. Today, it is the biggest provider of adult education in Britain.
Assisted by HCA volunteers, Tracey oversaw some of our members as they created and decorated their bird feeders. So what did the Millman Street regulars think?
“It’s alright, ” said Pat. Originally from Glasgow, he enjoyed the activity.
As did fellow Scot, George. “It’s crazy, isn’t it?” he said wryly, adding: “It’s better than doing nothing, isn’t it?” in the same dry tones.
Creativity of this sort is calming, absorbing and good for well-being. Thelma, Rose and Helena were engrossed in making their own feeders. Margaret enjoyed herself. “It’s nice,” she said. “I join in most of the things [at the Centre],” she added.
You’ve got this far into the article without your HCA scribbler inserting a playlist of songs apt to the given subject. However, he’s done it again:
Birdhouse In Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
The Birdie Song – The Tweets
Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons – The Pixies
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Birds of a Feather – Killing Joke
Holborn Community Association would like to thank Tracey and the Workers’ Education Association for providing today’s craft workshop for our members. We hope to see her again with another creative workshop.
Not to be confused with WEA Record Company (as your HCA hack was), you can find out more about Workers’ Education Association via WEA.Org.uk
Feathered photos and bird-brained banter from Notes Smudger