Last week, the group selected scraps of fabric and made up some fabulous stories about where they might have come from and who wore them, including one about a nightdress mislaid during the War, a veil that was too long, a black dress worn by a sailor’s widow, and a cushion, chewed up by the family dog.
Lynn, the creative writer leading the sessions, created a poem from those stories and this week the group performed the Ballad of Nan, complete with actions associated with running from a burning house during a bombing raid, reducing the length of a veil by carefully snipping along the hem – and banishing the family dog to the garden.
After which it was time for a quiet game – although there’s nothing quiet about the sessions, what with everyone chatting and laughing together. Lynn supplied a jigsaw puzzle, made out of the Lowestoft town crest and there was much conversation about what each piece meant and why it featured on the crest.
Once each group had completed the jigsaw, it was time for the children to design their own, contemporary town crest, with a little support from the adults as they made suggestions about what might be included.
Next week, the children go off to Lowestoft Museum to explore examples of local folk art and the stories of some of the people involved in the Museum, whilst Lynn and Candida will be at Hildesley, creating more mayhem and memories with the residents.