Lowestoft Folk really went for it yesterday – with a session at Broadlands in the morning, to introduce everyone to the Cabinet of Curiosity, and then a creative session at Hildesley Court in the afternoon, with much folding and decorating of our ‘Suffolk Puffs’.
It was lovely to be back at Broadlands and see so many old friends; we also got to meet several new residents, who had plenty of stories to share with us about growing up in Lowestoft.
The handmade sailor doll sparked many memories, including the tradition of tapping a sailor on the corner of his collar, for good luck; another resident told us about buying lavender tablets at the old Colman and Brown Chemists – she was reminded of the shop by one of the items in the Cabinet.
When we ran the Lowestoft Folk project at Broadlands, the residents worked with pupils from Oulton Broad Primary School. Yesterday, the school called, to see if they could go back there at Christmas, to sing carols. I know that the residents are really looking forward to seeing them again, and it’s lovely to know that the links made during Lowestoft Folk have continued, and will continue, to flourish.
Then we were off to Hildesley Court, where we are nearing the end of the creative sessions – it was all hands on deck, as we cut out and folded our printed discs, creating our own paper versions of Suffolk Puffs.
Next week, the group will be split, with the children working at school with Caitlin whilst the residents remain at Hildesley and work with creative writer Lynn Whitehead, but we will be reunited the following week for what is the final session of this programme; it seems impossible that it’s almost over – where did the last three months go?