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Lockdown Town: Free Poetry Workshops

Led by Simon Mole.

Free online workshops, suitable for ages 18+ years

Following on from the successful All Write Together series of online writing workshops during the first lockdown, poet Simon Mole is back!

We're inviting everyone to take part in workshops to explore their poetry skills - suitable for all abilities. At the final Friday session you can contribute to the writing of a community poem Lockdown Town that we've commissioned Simon to write.

The final Lockdown Town poem will be made into film featuring animation by Scott Tyrrell. You can watch last year's All Write Together project final film here.

Book to get involved in one, two or all of these free sessions - more details can be found below.


Write a Poem by Playing a Game - Tues 2 Feb

Join professional poet Simon Mole for an inspiring writing workshop where seeing things differently is the key. The session will begin with some fun (and quite silly) games before Simon guides participants through a step by step exercise to write a poem of their own.


Rotten Bottom - Thur 4 Feb

Which of these is NOT an actual real life place name?

Blabberhouses, Middle Mulk, Queen Camel.

Join professional poet Simon Mole for a live online writing workshop exploring place. The session will begin with some fun (and quite silly) games before Simon guides participants through a step by step exercise to write a poem of their own.

PS - It was Middle Mulk.


Lockdown Town - Fri 5 Feb

Professional poet Simon Mole (and Maidenhead local) has been commissioned to write a poem with and for the local community. All he has so far is a title, Lockdown Town. All he needs right now is your help.

This live online workshop will begin with some fun (and quite silly) games before Simon works with the group to generate material for the as yet unfinished (or begun) masterpiece.

Bards of Berkshire! Poetry People! Lyrical Locals! From absolute beginners to experienced wordsmiths, this is for you!


Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Have a pen and paper handy during the workshop.

Free Workshops, spaces are limited so must be pre-booked

Tues 2, Thur 4 and Fri 5 Feb 11am - 11.45am

Booking cut off time: 10.30am on the day of each session

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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 11 Jan - Mon 8 Feb, Mon 22 Feb - Mon 22 Mar, Mon 12 Apr - Mon 10 May, Mon 24 May - Mon 21 Jun
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75 per 5 week term + materials (list below)

Mon 11 Jan - 8 Feb: Seas, Skies and Trees

Led by Amelia Pimlott

We will explore how light falls across landscapes, seascapes and across the sky to create images of mood and drama using paint and oil pastels. Led by Artist Amelia Pimlott, this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.


Mon 22 Feb - Mon 22 Mar: Animals and Nature

Led by Caroline Crawford

Whether or not you haven’t picked up a pencil for years or want to brush up on your painting skills, this course covers detailed elements of Drawing & Painting focussing on animal portraits and nature studies and still life. Carefully Guided by artist Caroline Crawford this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.


Mon 12 Apr - Mon 10 May: Black and White

Led by Amelia Pimlott

Using black and white photos as source material, we will explore the figure and portraits to develop tonal drawings using charcoal chalk and pencil and learn to scale up. Led by Artist Amelia Pimlott this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.


Mon 24 May - Mon 21 May: Landscapes, Townscapes and Nature

Led by Caroline Crawford

This course covers focusses on a variety of Drawing & Painting techniques to create landscapes, townscapes and nature studies. Led by Caroline Crawford, this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Thursdays)

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 lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 25 Feb - 25 Mar
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on Thur 25 Feb

This class will continue to be online only while our doors are still closed due to lockdown.

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

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? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 25 Feb - 25 Mar
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on Thur 25 Feb

Suitable for 18+ years.

This class will continue to be online only while our doors are still closed due to lockdown.

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Zumba (Saturdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Sat 23 Jan - 12 Feb, Sat 27 Feb - 27 Mar
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

This class will continue to be online only while our doors are still closed due to lockdown.

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Tues 19 Jan - Tues 23 Feb (exc Tues 16 Feb), Tues 2 Mar - Tues 30 Mar
11am - 12.15pm (online only)
£8 per class or £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

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Twilight Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Tues 19 Jan - Tues 23 Feb (exc Tues 16 Feb), Tues 2 Mar - Tues 30 Mar
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class or £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the day of each session

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