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Community Centre helps local residents discover the value of food from pasture to plate

Posted by St Werburghs - 22/09/11 12:21PM - 0 Comments - news


Bristol residents can discover the life cycle and value of food by learning how to grow and then cook their own fruit, vegetables and herbs with a free cooking and gardening course.

The Raking and Baking project run by the St Werburghs Community Centre.

Goska Ong, St Werburghs Centre manager, says: “The project is a great way for the people of Bristol to learn more about the origin of their food and some important life skills. Growing your own fresh vegetables and fruit is relatively simple and cheap, and learning how to make the most of this healthy food is obviously a big benefit.”

At the gardening sessions people learn how to manage a small garden using permaculture principles. The workshops include sessions on container growing, composting, sowing seeds, companion planting and harvesting. As well as gardening for food production there are also culinary and medicinal herb gardens.

The cooking sessions will focus on how to cook fresh, healthy and well-balanced meals and how to use the surplus of crops to last all year by making chutneys, cordials and jams. We will also run sessions on international cuisine which will include Italian, West Indian, Japanese, Somali and varied Asian cuisine.

“The best thing is that this isn’t something you need lots of specialist equipment for necessarily”, continues Goska. “People can learn the basics then take away what they’ve learned and do it at home. You don’t even need a garden; a window box can be used to grow fresh herbs.”

Raking and Baking is part of the St Werburghs Community Centre Outdoor Spaces project. The project aims to transform the area around the Centre into a garden for anyone in the community and further afield to use and enjoy. The project had a kick-start thanks to Stokes Croft-based Teleperformance raising money to build benches and flowerbeds for the front garden.

However, we are eager to find more sponsors and volunteers to help us with various elements of the Outdoor Spaces project such as a sensory garden and secure bike parking. If you would find this interesting or have any questions please get in touch. Contact: Goska Ong, Centre Manager at St Werburghs Community Centre on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail office@stwerburghs.org.uk

For more information please contact Goska Ong on 0117 955 1351 or office@stwerburghs.org.uk.

A full list of term dates and course topics are available on the projects page of the St Werburghs Centre website http://www.stwerburghs.org.uk/projects.php



St Werburghs Centre Launch Affordable Film Screenings

Posted by St Werburghs - 22/09/11 12:09PM - 0 Comments - news
St Weburghs Centre, serving the communities of East Bristol since the 1970's is established as the longest running Community Centre in Bristol. One reason for the long-term sustainability has been the close relationship the Centre has to its visitors and service users.
St Werburghs Centre recently compiled a visitors survey and we have listened to our visitors requests for film screenings that are affordable, and diverse. We are pleased to announce that at St Werburghs Centre we have scheduled some brilliant evenings, starting at the end of September and hopefully continuing through to Spring 2012, supported by Africa Eye, Encounters and Cineme. With future contributions from Unchosen. All involved are locally-based organisations recognised for their outstanding support for aspiring film makers. St Werburghs Centre are grateful for this support and look forward to the fantastic treats in store.
The film screenings are not-for-profit, and all ticket sales are at subsidised rates. All sales generated cover the cost of administration hours.

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Friday 30th September:
Africa Eye will be hosting "Mbira Mbira Spirit of the People" with an introduction from director Simon Bright

Songs in Zimbabwean are a beautiful way to give social messages. The history of Zimbabwe's War of Independence and subsequent development is told by some of the country's best musicians from farmer’s choirs to popular stars.

[Africa Eye are screening films in conjunction with their film festival which will be taking place at the Watershed on 28th-30th November
African films from an African perspective:
Afrika Eye Film Festival showcases films that tell stories told by African and diaspora voices. Bringing together local African and Afro-Caribbean communities with international figures in film, music, and dance, Africa Eye aims to offer an insight into African culture both on and beyond the screen.]http://afrikaeye2010.blogspot.com

Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Tickets cost £2.00 on the door
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
*We recommend over 16's due to content (parental discretion)
Bar and refreshments open all evening
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Friday 7th October
Encounters Film Festival
Encounters will be screening “Family Friendly” short films as part of their touring program, in association with the Encounters film festival, taking place at the Watershed on 16th-20th November
Encounters 2011 Trailer, Dir A Production, UK, 2011

Graffitiger: Dir Libor Pixa, Czech Republic, 2010
Grafittiger is a witty and a slighty melancholic story of a lonely grafitti-tiger, whose home-place are the walls and facades of Prague buildings
Training Day, Sam Hoare, UK, 2011
Johnny is a young boy training with his grandfather for the biggest competition in the sleepy seaside town that they live in.
Tooth Fairy Affair
Dir Izabela Melamed, Bulgaria 2011
In a plot to scam the tooth fairy, a mischievous boy gets both more and less than he bargained for.
Grand Prix
Dir: Marc iba & Anna Solanes, Spain 2011
Clodles sky. Vehicles on the grid. Bias, Ivan and Hector take their places. This is about to start! Ready, steady...
Hop the Twig
Dir: Kyle Rideout, Canada, 2010
When little Audrey's potted plant dies, the tot's deepest fears take over her widly growing imagination. Classic animation meets a classically told childs fable.
Das Haus (the House)
Dir:David Buob, Germany, 2011
The dream of the little girl is to care for her grandmother, but hthe aunt and the mother do not let her do so.
Angelinho
Dir: Maryna Schchipak, Germany, 201
Angelinho is a cautious Guardian Angel...His best efforts only make thethrill-happy cyclist, for whom he is responsible, more and more adventurous.
Flight at the Museum
Dir Demitri Delinikolas, Greece 2010,
A Shadow Theater Figure flies inside the Museum of Greek Civilization, and teases the night guard with the help of other exhibits.
Maiy Listonosz (Little Postman)
Dir: Dorota Kobeila, Poland, 2011
Little Postman set to Chopins Revolutionary Etude is the world's first painting animation in 3D telling a touching story setin World War II.
The Girl with the World in her Hair.
Dir: Debbie Howard Cohen, United Kingdom, 2011
Using real footage and animation, this is a charming tale of a young girl and her efforts to feel good about her exceptional crowning glory.
Nokia “Dot”
Dir: Sumo Science, United Kingdom. 2010
Dot is a tiny 9mm girl who wakes up in a magical, magnified world to discover her surroundings are caving in around her...
Das Tub
Dir James Cunningham, New Zealand, 2010
Lost in the frozen depths of the Atlantic a German U-boat crew find themselves on a colliion course with objects stranger than they can fathom.

[Encounters Bristol International Film Festival is the umbrella festival for Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters which together presents one of the world's best-known showcases and meeting points for new and established international short film and animation talent.]

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/
Tickets £2.00 on the door
Suitable for all audiences
Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
All ages welcome (under 16s must be supervised by a responsible adult)
Bar and refreshments open all evening



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Friday 28th October
Africa Eye presents a program of three short films

ONE EVENING IN JULY (Tunisia) /As an elderly beautician prepares a bride
for her wedding, the young woman realises she doesn't want to get married. /

UNO'S WORLD (Namibia) /A glamorous schoolgirl finds out her boyfriend
is a diamond smuggler. But she is already pregnant. /

HANGTIME (Nigeria) /A poor basketball player will do almost anything to
get hold of a pair of trainers to make the team. /

Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Tickets cost £2.00 on the door
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
*We recommend over 16's due to content (parental discretion)
Bar and refreshments open all evening
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Friday 4th November: Tony Video

Tony will be showing footage in relation to global rights issues in particular focusing on regime changes in Iran, Q&A/debate after and Tony will be introducing the film and talking about how it was made, and the dangers cameramen experience whilst capturing such harrowing footage.
Strictly over 18s only.
Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Tickets price TBC on the door
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351

Bar and refreshments open all evening


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Friday 11th November

"CineMe 8" - Short Film Showcase.

CineMe presents a 2 hour showcase of short films made by independent filmmakers.

The night will include screening animations, documentaries, drama and music videos, with some of the filmmakers introducing their work.

There will also be a discussion and presentation of the new CineMe website, which will allow users to upload their films and interact with other creatives and like-minded people.


Tickets can be purchased on the night for £5.00, or can be bought in advance at http://cineme8.eventbrite.com

For more information on CineMe Films please visit our website at www.cinemefilms.com

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.


Tickets £5.00 on the door
Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
*We recommend over 16's due to content (parental discretion)
Bar and refreshments open all evening
Cineme: http://www.facebook.com/groups/26484548311

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Friday 18th November
Africa Eye presents:

A CLOSE UP ON BINTOU (Burkina Faso) /Bintou sets up a small business to
earn school fees for her daughter. Her husband tries to stop her, but
Bintou is determined. /

RICHES (Zimbabwe) /A teacher leaves apartheid South Africa for rural
Zimbabwe. But she finds it's not so easy to fit into the peaceful life
she's chosen. /

RAYA (South Africa) /A young woman drug dealer leaves prison with her
baby. How will she fit back into society? /

Tickets £2.00 on the door
Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
*We recommend over 16's due to content (parental discretion)
Bar and refreshments open all evening

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Friday 25th November
Encounters presents: "The Children's Jury"
details tbc

Tickets £2.00 on the door
Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7;30pm
Reserve tickets by emailing Jenna: jenna@stwerburghs.org.uk or calling 0117 955 1351
All ages welcome (under 16s must be supervised)
Bar and refreshments open all evening



Raking & Baking

Posted by St Werburghs - 23/08/11 08:16AM - 0 Comments - news, projects
We are now fully booked for our Raking and Baking course which is under-way. If you applied but were not successful this time around, we have added you to our waiting list. You may be contacted if somebody drops out of the course.

It is 1 day a week – Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm (excluding school holidays) and the exact dates are listed below.

Places are limited so please contact us soon for the enrolment form.

Autumn Season – 7 weeks, 6th of September – 18th of October
Winter Season – 7 weeks, 1st of November – 13th of December
Winter break – 9 weeks
Early Spring Season – 6 weeks, 21st of February – 27th of March
Spring Season – 7 weeks, 17th of April – 29th of May
Summer Season – 6 weeks, 12th of June – 17th of July 2011

At the gardening sessions you will learn how to manage a small garden and how to plan it using permaculture principles. The workshops will include sessions on container growing, composting, sowing seeds, companion planting and harvesting. As well as gardening for food production we will create a culinary and medicinal herb garden.

The cooking sessions will focus on how to cook fresh, healthy and well-balanced meals and how to use the surplus of crops to last all year by making chutneys, cordials and jams. We will also run sessions on international cuisine which will include Italian, West Indian, Japanese, Somali and varied Asian cuisine.

For more information please contact me on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail Mail me!

Topics which will be covered in the first two terms:

Gardening sessions for Autumn Term
 Build a raised bed and low plastic cover for winter protection
 Composting, worm farms, plant feed/fertiliser, compos teas/bio brews
 Winter salad sowings and harvesting (throughout autumn and winter terms)
 Winter vegetable growing (several sessions throughout both terms including autumn onion sets, planting garlic and sowing winter beans)
 Green manures and mulches
 Harvesting and storing herbs for cooking and home remedies
 Protection for over-wintering vegetables
Wildlife needs in the winter garden

Cooking sessions for Autumn Term:
 Jam and cordial making
 Chutneys and preserves
 Apple pressing and pasteurising
 Harvest food celebrations for Autumn Equinox
 Bottling vegetables and using unripe produce
 Home baking- sweet treats for colder months
 Pumpkin carving, Hallowe’en and Samhain celebration food
 Traditional Diwali celebration foods

Gardening sessions for Winter Term:
 Seed ordering and storage
 Sprouting and indoor windowsill gardening
 Soft fruit and fruit trees- planting, pruning and training (several sessions)
 Tool maintenance and greenhouse and garden preparation for Spring
 Vegetable planting forcing for early crops
 Compost and soil care in cold months
 Permaculture Principles for planning your own garden

Cooking sessions for Winter Term:
 Mexican food and Day of the Dead treats
 Traditional Eid celebration food
 Home remedies, food for winter health
 Winter soups and stews
 Bread and savoury baking
 Traditional Hanukkah celebration food
 Traditional Christmas/winter solstice party celebration food from around the world


PICNIC IN THE PARK

Posted by St Werburghs - 18/07/11 10:25AM - 0 Comments - news
PICNIC IN THE PARK

St Werburghs Community Centre proudly present its second ‘Mini-Festival’ – Picnic in the Park, to take place at Mina Road Park on Sunday, 4 September 2011 between 12 and 4pm.

Picnic in the Park is going to be a community-led, fun-filled, family-friendly extravaganza designed specifically to cater for every age and taste, aiming at gathering the whole community together.

We would like to showcase the best of local Bristolian talent and are lucky to be able to provide a wide variety of free activities and entertainment. For the arty types we have face painting, jewellery-making and graffiti workshop with Silent Hobo; for the more relaxed types we have Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork giving massage taster sessions, Rhizome Herbal Clinic, Tai Chi, Natural Skincare workshop with Goodness & Wonder and a sewing workshop with Jacqui Ramsey.

Fancy a dance? Norma Daykin is on hand offering Cha-cha-cha and Waltz lessons, or if you’re feeling more energetic, we have break-dancing jam. And we’ve certainly not forgotten the kids…we have story telling by Martin Maudsley, a creative dance workshop with Rauken Dance, a bouncy castle and various other activities in conjunction with the ‘Wild About St Werburghs’ project based at St Werburghs City Farm. Contemporary circus group Circomedia will also be putting on one of their exhilarating workshops to entertain all of the family.

Make Your Home Eco and Easton Energy Group will be putting on a series of educational workshops and games, and our ever-popular bike repair workshop will be taking place during the course of the afternoon.

The soundtrack for the day includes the debut performance of old-school all female swing band, Sisters of Swing, traditional Irish band Finnegan’s Chin, and the wildly popular “kiddy disco punk” artist, Kid Carpet. Or maybe you’d like to make your own music? Mind Your Music will be laying on a music-making workshop.

As if this wasn’t enough, visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of cuisine from various food stalls, have a go at ping-pong, basketball or simply just chill out with a picnic in our dedicated picnicking area and soak up the atmosphere.

'The event sounds like a great fun, packed with interesting activities and music for all....such wonderful events give the opportunity to local residents to get together in a great community spirit and celebrate all that’s good about their neighbourhood while enjoying live music and dance by some of the city’s top performance artists' said Dina Ntziora from Neighbourhood Arts Team

The event will be funded via BCC Festival and Events Fund, NP Wellbeing Grant, University of Bristol RAG Fund distributed by Quartet Community Foundation and The Concertina Charitable Trust.

We are eager to find volunteers to help us with various elements of the day, so if you would find this interesting, please get in touch. If you have any other questions, please contact Goska Ong, Centre Manager on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail office@stwerburghs.org.uk

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME:

STAGE:

Midday: Finnegan’s Chin
The lively Bristol-based, multi-instrumental Irish folk band Finnegan’s Chin will be kicking off today’s program of music. Expect a mixture of reels, polka and jigs to get us into the summer swing.
www.myspace.com/finneganschin

1 to 1.30: Ian Perry & Tom Ranby
A singer/songwriter and performer of acoustic music, whose accomplished guitar playing and poetic lyrics captivate audiences accompanied by Tom Ranby on saxophone.
ianperrymusic@hotmail.co.uk

1.30 to 2: Sisters of Swing
This 13-piece, all women group love to perform in the heart of the community. Expect a set list full of toe-tapping tunes.
sistersofswing@virginmedia.com

3 pm: Kid Carpet
We are delighted to have Kid Carpet on the bill, an extraordinary electro-punk act, who samples and loops music created by everyday objects & toys.
http://www.myspace.com/kidcarpet

Throughout the day:
Fred’s Super 8 Cinema Experience – The Dirty Dozen, Popeye, The Cure
In the intervals:
Dave Pearse – poetry



WELLBEING AREA:

12 to 4 pm
Massage Taster Sessions
enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk
Rebecca@lovebodywork.com

12 to 12.30
Saving Energy in Your Household
easton.energy.group@gmail.com

12 to 1 pm
Yoga of the Heart with Sue
peggs@blueyonder.co.uk

12.30 to 1.30
Alexander Technique for Life
Bethan@TechniqueForLife.com

1 to 1.45 pm
Yoga for Beginners with Lucy
lucygoldsack2001@yahoo.co.uk

1.30 to 2 pm
Natural Skincare Workshop
gail@goodnessandwonder.co.uk

1.45 to 2.15 pm
Balanced View – Introductory Talk
info@balancedview.org

2 to 2.30 pm
The Ins and Outs of home insulation
makeyourhomeeco@gmail.com

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Essential Tai Chi
Dennison 0117 951 8119

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Stay Healthy with Herbs
rhizomeclinic@gmail.com

3.30 to 4 pm
Cut your Carbon game
makeyourhomeeco@gmail.com

3.30 to 4 pm
Yoga for You with Jess North
jess.underscore@googlemail.com

WORKSHOPS (central space):

12 to 4 pm
Silk Painting with Rachel Ducker
dooclay@hotmail.co.uk

12 to 4 pm
Bike repair workshop
office@stwerburghs.org.uk

12 to 3 pm
Circomedia – Circus skills workshop
William@circomedia.com

12.30 to 1.30 pm
Cha Cha Cha & Waltz workshop
n.daykin@blueyonder.co.uk

1.30 to 2.30 pm
Hula Hooping with Mala
planetclare@hotmail.com

1 to 2.30 pm
Graffiti Workshop with Silent Hobo
wei@silenthobo.co.uk

2 to 3 pm
Mind Your Music workshop
info@elliothall.co.uk

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Stitch fabric flowers' workshop
jacqueline.ramsey@blueyonder.co.uk

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Belly dancing workshop
dancinglawn@gmail.com

2.30 to 3 pm
Gambian Singing with Binta
sarawatchet@yahoo.co.uk

3 to 4 pm
Sabar Drumming Workshop
sarawatchet@yahoo.co.uk

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES:

12 to 2 pm
Boat making – Race at 2.30!
xeenac@hotmail.com

12 to 4 pm
Solar Spinning Plates
easton.energy.group@gmail.com

12 to 4 pm
Twig Pencil making
play@swcityfarm.co.uk

12 to 1 pm
Juggling Ball making
play@swcityfarm.co.uk

1 to 2 pm
Animal Song Writing
play@swcityfarm.co.uk

1.30 to 2.30
Children’s Rauken Dance Workshop
filiz41@hotmail.com

2 to 4 pm
Mud Flag Painting
play@swcityfarm.co.uk

2.30 – Boat Race!

3 to 3.30 pm
Storytelling with Martin Maudsley
martinmaudsley@wildmail.com
ENJOY!


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Werbuzz Community Garden Project

Our new exciting project is all about creating a buzz in the Centre, and outside!

We would like to transform our car park into a community garden, play and event space for everyone!

Imagine lush greenery, kids interacting and learning about plants and bugs, and some lovely seating in the sun!

 

Have you got any ideas or comments? Please get in touch and share them with us! Mike and Elise, architects at Nash Partnership are helping us with some designs. 

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

St Werburghs Centre is recruiting volunteers to help us with various and exciting projects – Picnic in the Park, film-making, bike repair project, photography & writing community newsletter, photography & co-ordination for new Community Centre's website, organising workshops and events and general administration, reception or care-taking tasks.

The Management Committee and Staff of the St Werburghs Centre are fully committed to the recruitment and support of volunteers within our organisation.
We hold the belief that volunteers can provide a variety of skills and experience that would not otherwise be available. We also recognise that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help our volunteers to meet these needs.
To find out more please download our Volunteer Policy.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in your community please contact Goska Ong on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail director@stwerburghs.org.uk
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