Last week, we visited Britten Court, to run an introductory session for residents and learn a little about their connections to Lowestoft – and what an amazing session it turned out to be.
From stories about working as a braider for the Great Grimsby Coal, Salt and Tanning Company, which was by the Bethel, where the port missionary, Mr Greaseley and his wife ran the Sunday School, to helping to build the Sydney Opera House and how to tie a sheet bend knot – the session was full of wonderful stories, memories and laughter – particularly when it came to tying the sheet bend.
Then it was back to Roman Hill Primary School on Friday, where the children painted their folk story bags – these will be dry and ready for the grand reveal when the children visit Britten Court this week.
And, as we never go empty handed, the children also created a special gift to take to the residents. With the sea in mind, what could be better than a message in a bottle?
Using plasticine and an array of tools that included tent pegs and tongue depressors, the children created dramatic seascapes in their bottles, including tidal waves, after which they each added a small boat and a handwritten message, all tied up in a ribbon.
The children worked so hard – we’re very impressed by how much they manage to get done in the session.
This week, they’ll have a bit of a rest from the frenetic activity, as Lynn the story teller will be there to create a special ‘heritage experience’ as she tells her story about Lowestoft Maritime Museum and some of the wonderful people and things you can find there.