Summer at the Precinct

Written by Claire Sexton on 9th September 2016. Posted in: News

As schools go back and our holidays in the sun have been and gone, at the Precinct we’ve been planning our exciting Autumn Programme – more about this soon. But first I hope you enjoy reading about the first summer at St. Katharine’s Precinct.

In June, our Arts and Crafts Group for Mums and Babies embarked on their first project as a group. Creating an installation piece for the Precinct titled Blossoming Communities. We often throw away magazines, wrapping paper and cards without thinking of the second life they might have. As the picture below shows they can be turn into beautiful creations- we turn these every day items into crafted paper flowers.

If you would like to learn how to make your own flower, join us on Sunday 2nd October 11-1pm for Trade School- Paper Flowers or pop into the Precinct and see Blossoming Communities. 

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In June we also started a new group, The Front Room for parents and children up to the age of 3 years old. The group has rapidly grown since June and has over 20 members. If you would like to join please come along on Friday’s 2-4pm

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We ended the month of June with a Trade School – Learn about tea tasting and understand the teas from Taiwan. During the Trade School we were taken through the different methods of producing some of our best loved teas; from Green Tea to English Breakfast Tea. We also tried green tea brownies which were very yummy.

If you would like to take part in a Tea Tasting workshop join us on

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In July, we held our first Community Planting Day, which saw us plant a selection of vegetables including rhubarb, courgettes, chives, a crab apple tree and lots of flowers.

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We also played the game ‘how many people can fit in a planter.

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And our Knitting Circle who meet on Thursdays 1-3pm displayed their very beautiful but practical grow bags.

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If you would like to help with our garden join us on Wednesday’s 10-5pm and the last Saturday of every month 10-5pm.

We were at Limefest in Ropemaker’s Field. The day was gloriously hot (a few burnt shoulders). At the event we had a geographical map of a 10 minute walking distance from the Precinct. We invited the community to share stories, memories of the streets, buildings and locations shown on the map.

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We collected over 25 stories ranging from historical events, family outings, cycle rides to watching boats on the canal. Stories like these bring a geographical area to life and gives an insight the connections, relationships and the people who live there. The next time you are at the Precinct please add your story to the map.

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We ended July with an event, our first Community Day which saw over 60 people join us for conversation, gardening and creative activities.

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We began August with a workshop hosted by one of our artists in residence Writing from the Senses. The workshop explored basic mindfulness techniques and ways of engaging with our senses through meditation and writing exercises. The workshop was a success resulting in conversations exploring the possibility of a writing circle at the Precinct.

Mindfullness was a re occurring  theme in August. We hosted a Mindful Tea Tasting Evening with Urbanistic Tea . The evening was an opportunity to taste different teas, including Oolong tea, whilst listening to an introduction to mindfulness. A thought from the evening ‘whilst your tea is brewing take the time to stop, breath and reflect’.

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And finally we ended the month with a Trade School. Local photographer Kashif shared with us Tips and Tricks to make smart phone photos look great.

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Kashif shared so many tricks and tips with us and explained how placing your subject in the centre of your picture is not telling a story.  The workshop was so successful that we’re running a second one on Sunday 9th October 11-1pm.

Keep tuned for more details on our Autumn programme.