Newsletter – July 2021

Cupcake Day Success

We are pleased to say that our Cupcake Day on Sunday 13 June was a great success, and that we raised £75 for the Alzheimer’s Society. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and bought a cake! A special note of thanks goes out to those who baked cupcakes for us, and the team of volunteers who helped run the event.

Memories of Navenby

We will be holding an oral history project day on Saturday 17 July at the cottage called Memories of Navenby. Come and share your photos and memories of Navenby with us.

The event will be starting at 12noon and ending at 4pm.

Bring along your photographs of Navenby for us to scan and digitally add to the Navenby Archive (so you can keep the original). If you have stories to share about the village you can learn all about our Oral History collecting project, allowing us to record your memories.

NK Walking Festival

The NK Walking Festival is back for 2021, with over 200 miles of walks on offer in some of the most beautiful countryside in the district. Taking place between 17 July and 1 August, the festival has something for all skill levels, from a short saunter to a long hike! Find out more at the website

Summer Holiday Workshops

Our team have been working with local artists and makers to put together a program of exciting workshops throughout August! These workshops have been in part funded by our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, which means we are able to offer them to you at a reduced ticket cost.

Drop-in Craft Weekend at The Venue

We’re delighted that our artist in residence, Nicki Jarvis, has been awarded a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England to expand her work locally. The project, ‘Make Art and Take Part TOGETHER’ responds in part to the social isolation we have all experienced, and is being delivered in conjunction with Cliff Carnival, who themselves have been awarded funding from the NKDC Covid Recovery Fund.

The activities are designed to create opportunities for people in the local community to come together and enjoy a social experience, whilst contributing to some permanent artworks that celebrate what is best about our local area. The focal point this summer will be a drop-in craft weekend at The Venue on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. Everyone is welcome, under 11’s must be accompanied.

Participants will make large festival flags to fly from tall banner poles, inspired by the theme ‘Giving Thanks’ on the Saturday, and making ceramic tile-art on the Sunday that will be part of a large decorative panel that expresses aspects of Navenby’s Heritage. The panel is part of Nicki’s Datestones project, which connects to the development of a new Navenby Trail.

For more information about the TOGETHER weekend check out our events page or your local community newsletter.

This work is also supported by Coleby School, Coleby and Wellingore Parish Councils, Mrs Smith’s Cottage and The Venue, as well as volunteer involvement across the community.

Oral History Videos

Recently we have created new animations using our oral history and photographic archive. You can find a full playlist of videos on our Memories of Mrs Smith online exhibition, and we will be adding more in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our social media to avoid missing out.

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