We have just been informed that the Welsh Assembly Government have approved a grant application to extend our cafe. The new and improved cafe will bring opportunities for more employment and a better place for our community members and users of the centre to enjoy themselves. We'll keep you up to date with the progress.
Well what can I say about the weather, it's wet. Last week we held our first annual roots and froots fair which considering the wet weather proved to be a good day. The four local primary schools took part in a garden competion where they had to design a scarecrow and/or a flowerpot person for the community garden and a wheelbarrow garden. The winning scarecrow design was produced by Crynant Primary and the successful wheelbarrow garden was designed by Maesmarchog Primary, well done to both schools and a big thank you to all the other schools for taking part, all the designs were great. Big thanks to our judges Rhodri Thomas from Cynnal Cymru, Jean-Francios from Groundwork Wales and the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, CBC Cllr Pam Thomas who presented the prizes.
Our good friend and colleague Jess has put DOVE on the map, well facebook anyway. Jess is using Facebook to advertise up and coming community events organised by DOVE. We have some interesting days planned for the summer, starting with a Social Policy workshop on 19th June delivered by Professor W Schumann and Jessica Blackburn who are visiting us from West Virginia, USA. That same evening we have Dr Hywel Francis discussing his book about the 1984-85 Miners' Strike "History on our Side"with Rob Humphreys, Director of the Open University in Wales and on the 26th June we are holding a free Welsh History workshop provided by the Open Univeristy in Wales.
On a lighter note, we have a Car Boot Sale planned for the 4th July, a Storytelling Day on the 6th July and a Garden Open Day "Roots and Froots" on the 16th July.
All the above are free events, some even come with food! Please ring or email to find out more.
Yesterday we were visited by the BBC's The One Show. Lucy Siegle, a regular presenter on the programme, interviewed Mair Francis, the founder of DOVE Workshop about DOVE's beginnings and they also filmed a number of classes, our PC Clinic and the nursery. The programme will be aired in February and is part of series of programmes made during the 25th Anniversary of the 1984-85 Miners' Strike.
As many staff as possible are going to volunteer to work in the learning garden on Wednesday, it's time it had a Spring clean. When we did it last year, I was attacked by a frog because I had disturbed his/her living space, the nursery children were highly amused by my reaction.
The Complementary Therapy course has begun so the centre smells lovely on a Tuesday, there is still time to join if you are interested, and the Conversational Spanish course, which I have enrolled on, is due to begin soon so future blog entries may include some useful Spanish phrases if I get the hang of it.
We are planning next year's programme of courses and if anyone has an interest in in a subject that we don't offer please tell us and we can see if it is viable to offer it.
I hope you have all had a good break and for those of you who were lucky enough to have an egg, I hope you enjoyed the treat. A group of mums organised an Easter Egg hunt around the centre for the children, it was well attended and everyone had great fun. The new term begins next week, we are offering a number of new courses and we are in the process of planing some events for the sumer. Keep checking the website to find out what and when. We are being visited by students from Appalachia State University, USA in June, two of the students will be placed in DOVE for the duration of their visit to Wales and their Professor will be delivering two lectures for us, one on Social Policy and other on the culture of storytelling. Everyone is welcome to attend!