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All Write Together – Online Workshops

As part of Norden Farm's All Write Together community project, professional poet and educator Simon Mole runs a series of free, online writing workshops to help people stay creative and connected during lockdown.

These will be fun and relaxed sessions open to all ages and abilities, and are a chance to contribute to a community poem that we've commissioned Simon to write.

Workshop One | Thur 30 Apr 11am - 11.40am

A live online poetry workshop about keeping in touch; how have we been finding some precious moments of connection in these strange and unsettling times?

Workshop Two | Thur 7 May 11am - 11.40am

A live online poetry workshop about journeys, real or imagined.

Workshop Three | Thur 14 May 11am - 11.40am

A live online poetry workshop about the future. How does something that starts as small as a hope change the world?

Free Events | Suitable for all ages
Booking cut off time: 10.30am on Thur 30 Apr / 9am on Thur 7 and 14 May session

All you need for each workshop is a pen and paper at the ready!

After each workshop you can share your creativity with us by:

All Write Together

All Write Together is our brand new community project - enabling us to come together virtually and share what we we’re all going through - because we are always stronger together!

This poetry based project is led by Maidonian, poet and author Simon Mole. It will give us the space to share our journey through these extraordinary times and hopefully increase our smiles.

Look out for interactive tasks on our social media channels each Tuesday from 28 April, or take part in Simon's free All Write Together Workshops on Zoom.

How do our online classes work?

The classes will take place via a video stream on Zoom where you'll be able to use the camera and audio on your tablet, laptop or other device to see and hear the tutor and other participants.

You simply need to book on to your class or workshop of choice as normal by the cut off time. We'll then send you an email with a link to your session, password and a meeting ID. These will be emailed to you after the booking cut off time, shortly before the class begins.

If you'd like to learn more about joining a meeting on Zoom, click here for a handy guide.

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

Our sociable group for over 65s who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now - goes online!

Professional artist Amelia Pimlott leads this creative community with visual artist Caroline Crawford. Explore your arty side, grow in creative confidence, and meet new people!

5-week blocks run via Zoom with additional ideas for activities to do during the week.

Mon 13 Jul - 10 Aug, Mon 17 Aug - 21 Sept, Mon 5 Oct - 2 Nov and Mon 16 Nov - 14 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75 per 5 week term + materials (list will be supplied)

Mon 13 Jul - 10 Aug: Natural World 1

Led by Amelia Pimlott

Using the theme of the natural world, we will use collage and decoupage techniques for a variety of 2d and 3d projects including producing a landscape inspired by Turner and creating designs for more decorative household items.

Mon 17 Aug - 21 Sept: Natural World 2

Led by Caroline Crawford

Continuing with the theme of the Natural World we will explore a range of different painting mark making and printing techniques using a combination of paints, papers, ink and things that can found around the house.


Acoustic Guitar (online) - Beginners (Thurs)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 7 May - 4 Jun, Thur 11 Jun - 9 Jul, Thur 16 Jul - 13 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course


Acoustic Guitar (online) - Intermediate (Thurs)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 7 May - 4 Jun, Thur 11 Jun - 9 Jul, Thur 16 Jul - 13 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course


Magic & Storytelling with Patrick Ashe (online)

Enjoy interactive stories online via Zoom - with an added magical twist!

Alongside the stories, Patrick will show you how the magic works and teach a trick or two. But because Patrick is in the magic circle you must promise to keep the secrets!

Tuesday 14 July - Jack and the Beanstalk

Props you will need:
A cup, a dishcloth and a tabletop (such as a desk or kitchen table)

Keep an eye out for details about each week's stories and what you'll need for each trick!

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

This session will be fun for you and your little ones, please support where necessary and ensure that children are always supervised during the class.

Tues 5 May - 18 Aug
1.30pm - 2pm
£5 per session
Booking cut off time: 12.45pm on the day of each session


Chill Club – Yoga for ages 5 - 11 years (online)

Led by Carly Brown

Yoga sessions designed for primary school aged children.

We will cover lots of different yoga poses in a fun and gentle way. Using our imaginations, we will look at how nature and wildlife inspires many yoga poses and exercises, lion breath for courage, tree pose for strength, cat pose for flexibility for example.

We will then take a short savasana (blanket time) to classical piano music. This resting time allows all the work and play to settle into the children’s bodies and brains. Each session will finish with a poem or reading.

You will need one yoga mat and one blanket each.

Suitable for ages 5 - 11 years.

Fri 26 Jun - 24 Jul (exc 17 Jul) and 31 Jul - 21 Aug
10.30am – 11am
£30 per 4 week term or £8 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

We want everyone to be safe while practising yoga at home so please ensure that all children are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and that you have suitable space to move in and have cleared the space of any potential hazards.


Art Week: Back to Life, Back to Reality (online)

Led by Lawrence Dodgson

Lockdown, what just happened? What now?

Join artist Lawrence Dodgson in a week packed with different activities; drawing, painting, dancing, hat making, creative writing and sculpture.

We will be exploring what lockdown was, and what’s going on now, through various themes throughout the week. But mostly we will be getting creative and making a bunch of stuff!

Over the week we will draw beautiful self-portraits, learn how to draw a minion on a minion horse, make a coronavirus-hat and star in a music video, as well as much, much more.

The week will be hosted over Zoom from 10am - 4pm, but with lots of activities to do away from the computer to avoid Zoom-fatigue.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Mon 3 – Fri 7 Aug
10am – 4pm
£95 (£90 Advantage Card holders)
Booking cut off time: Fri 31 Jul at 5pm

Advantage Card holder tickets can be booked online using the code ADVANTAGE and entering your advantage card number when prompted.


Monday - Before COVID Era (BCE)
Introductions, games, coronavirus-hat making

Tuesday - Isolation
Self-portraits, film our Isolation - Joy Division music video, drawing from life

Wednesday - COVID weird
Dream poems, surreal drawing exercises

Thursday - Nature
Drawing exercises, bugs that do crime, animals returning, pet portraits

Friday - The Future
Sculpting objects from the future, paint and finish our coronavirus-hats, watch our Isolation dance video

Materials list:

  • Egg boxes
  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • PVA glue
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paints (any will do, but recommended red, orange, blue, green & white)
  • Charcoal
  • Pens (any will do!)
  • Paper
  • Stapler
  • One rock suitable for being a pet
  • Plasticine
  • One parent / guardian’s camera phone that can be used to film some dancing / singing for our music video

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