Last week saw the Lowestoft Folk celebration event for residents at Hildesley Court and pupils from Pakefield Primary school – and what a celebration it was.
The afternoon started with residents creating fortune tellers in which they wrote good luck messages for the pupils; by the time the pupils arrived, there was a real buzz in the room, as they shared the messages and caught up on news; the residents hadn’t seen the children since before Christmas and there was a lot to chat about.
Then we looked back over all the wonderful things the group created together – from the fortune tellers the children made for the residents back at the very beginning, to pictures of tap work shoes in Lowestoft Museum and poems about scraps of material.
Those ‘scraps of material’ were the inspiration for the main artwork. Based on the Suffolk Puff quilt displayed in the Museum, the group produced their own paper Suffolk Puffs which were glued onto boards and unveiled for the first time at the celebration.
The children presented two boards to Rodney, a volunteer at Lowestoft Museum, and another board was presented to Martyn Payne, headteacher of Pakefield Primary, for display at the school. Hildesley Court also received a board and, by the time I visited on Friday morning, they had already put it up in the lounge.
A huge thank you to all the parents and visitors who came along to enjoy the activities, the chat – and the beautiful artwork created by the group.
Last week was a bit of a Lowestoft Folk week all round. Following on from the celebration, Lynn Whitehead and I visited Carlton Colville Primary School on Friday morning, to run story telling sessions for Year 3. The story went down a storm, with the children really ‘engrossed’ in it and one teacher commenting that not only had the children learnt a lot about Lowestoft’s heritage, but that she had, too.
And then it was a quick dash across town to Britten Court residential home, and a beautiful session with Lynn and Mary Lovett, our musician/composer. By the end of the session, we were all singing shanties, with the children coming up with some pretty drastic remedies for the drunken sailor.