We had a wonderful 12 weeks bringing residents at Hildesley Court Residential Housing unit together with pupils from nearby Pakefield Primary School to explore Lowestoft’s folk heritage. We’ll be celebrating an interesting and fun filled few months at a special event taking place next Wednesday, which brings our participants back together along with the artworks they created.
The project has inspired some truly beautiful creations, and we were delighted to discover that involvement in the project brought joy and inspiration to both young and old. As well as having a lot of fun learning about the residents and creating together, we were thrilled to learn that the majority of our young participants leave the project feeling as though they can make a difference in their community. They also now have an appreciation of their very own folk heritage, including the wonderful stories of Harry Peck’s pinwork, the Dolly Bag and Suffolk Puffs!
After our celebration at Hildesley Court next week, we are taking this inspiring journey on the road once again. This time, our twelve week creative adventure will bring Year 4 pupils at Roman Hill Primary School together with residents at nearby Britton Court Residential Home. We can’t wait to see what stories they unearth, and creations they make!
And to give them a taste of what’s to come, here are a few things our youngsters and older residents had to say about Lowestoft Folk over the past few months:
“It was fun. If anybody took part in this project, they would be happy.”
“I have enjoyed every moment and will miss is so much, now that it has come to the end.”
“It’s really good, I like the stories about the residents and I’ve learnt lots that I didn’t know.
“I’m sad that it has ended, but very glad about how much we’ve achieved together and the fun and friendships [we’ve] made.