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Post Xmas post

Hi Everyone,

These days I'm in that much of a rush I get in front of myself. For instance, last week was party, party, party. Volunteering with several groups, I got slightly mixed up about dates a week last Wednesday, when I had (or so I thought) 4 places to be in one day. The lunch-time "Share and Tear" meal at the Creative Liiving Centre in Prestwich, being a case in point, when i turned up with salad and humous, only to find I was a week early! The salad was taken off my hands and I continued on to the next appointment at 2.00 p.m. Luckily, I made no more mistaken appearances that day.

2011 has flown by! It doesn't seem anything like a year since I started volunteering with the Anchor Housing Trust Art Group in Broughton. I have made some great friends and we have raised quite a sum of money for charity and the Christmas Party in the communal lounge. We also went for a Christmas meal at a hotel in central Manchester, which was quite a lively "do", and most of the group got up for a dance or two! There are some very talented, not to mention hard-working people in the group. The Christmas Party was a fantastic affair, the spread was amazing and the entertainers got the room rocking!

I joined the Creative Living Centre in October, although I had applied much earlier. It took a while for the paperwork to be completed, and because I had other commitments, it was difficult to settle on a particular day on which to volunteer. However, I have attended, either as a volunteer or as a guest on most Saturday nights. Each Saturday is different, although there is always a meal, the activities vary. Sometimes there are games, a quiz and bingo, or music, or an arts activity. The last Saturday before Christmas was the Christmas meal. The volunteers cooked and served the meal to the members before enjoying their own. The music group led with some carols and Christmas songs and finally there was a raffle. I have also volunteered on different weekdays, usually helping in the kitchen or chatting with the members.

The Voluntary Reading Help got off to a late start again after the summer break, due to confusion about practical matters, but finally I was able to sort out two days when I could go into school. The youngest child seems to have come on in leaps and bounds since I was working with him in the spring, and is very co-operative and willing to read. I am really pleased about this.

The Birth Rites Collection website has been up-dated and the Sponsorship Editions Project is up and running. We are hoping to raise funds in order to bring over some donated art works by Judy Chicago, which will then be displayed in the Mary Seacole Building at the University of Salford. Several artists have made limited editions of their work to sell on the Sponsume site, and half the proceeds will be donated to the project and the artists will retain the other half.  For further information, please visit

As a member of the Salford Art Club, I am looking forward to submitting some works for inclusion into the annual Art Club exhbition to be held in the Salford Art Gallery and Museum on the Crescent, near the Maxwell Building. In order to be able to submit work, prospective members have to have paid the annual subscription of £25 before the handing-in date on 18th January. Each member is allowed to submit between one and four works, at a cost of £2 per work. Providing the works are ready for hanging, according to instructions, there is a good chance of at least one work being accepted. This year's theme is Bridges and Water. At least one work should reflect this theme, but other subject matter is acceptable for the remainder. More details may be obtained, on request, from the website. The exhibition runs from 28th January for four months.

In addition to being involved in the above, I also attend the Oasis Academy Youth Club on Friday evenings. Normally the club runs during the holidays, but over Christmas and the New Year we are having a break. As a result of my work with the children I have been asked to do "Creative Crafts" for ten sessions on Monday evenings from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at the Oasis Academy, Prestwood Road in Salford, starting on 9th January. This will comprise a variety of crafts from papermaking, card-making, glass painting to jewellery-making, all with a spring or Easter theme. This is a free course, although there is a £5 deposit and £1 per week is required to help with materials.

I think that's enough to be getting on with. Take care.  

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Dec 28, 2011 : AngelaTait Says:

Hi Alison... Sounds like you're up to all sort of things. Can't go wrong with keeping busy but it's sometimes easy to meet yourself coming back. Hope you and the family are doing great and have had a peaceful Christmas. Keep us up to date with your activities and if we can support any of your projects using Creative Hive, let us know. Happy New Year. Angela.

Dec 28, 2011 : alison-burrows Says:

Thanks, Angela. Phew. This Christmas holiday is brilliant. I have a little time to myself, even though it goes hand-in-hand with the usual coughs and splutters which are rife at this time of the year. The Birth Rites Collection editions project is still seeking backers and small donations, if there is anything that can be done to help there, we should be very grateful. I do hope that you are enjoying your well-deserved rest and hope you will enjoy the New Year too.

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