In the news recently was the result of the plastic bag levy introduced in 2015. Single use bag sales had fallen by 86% – from 7.6billion nationally to just over 1billion! This is brilliant news for the environment. And our Re-cycle-art group found a way to put their leftover spare plastic bags to use to ensure their longevity and create new colourful ‘bags for life’!
The group (which meets on Tuesdays from 3.30 – 5.30pm if you fancy coming along next time!) knitted their old plastic bags together using crotchet techniques to create these brand new, very unique tote bags. They are fabric-lined so very nice and robust but the plastic means they’ll also be waterproof (very useful given our current weather situation!) Thanks to group member Jean Taylor who was on hand to show everyone how it’s done while our Simone was enjoying a well-deserved break in Brazil. Here’s Jyoti modelling her bag…
In the last couple of months we were also excited to start a new activity as part of our Neighbours2Friends all-ages programme.
The trend for ‘adult colouring books’ has been booming in recent years and there is actually evidence to suggest that they can aid relaxation and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. The group has been going wonderfully so far with new faces every week. Here they are adding their own touches to the rainforest theme! Anyone is welcome to join – just contact Simone on 02076248378 if you’d like more info.
Our latest new creative group at Abbey is going to be a drama group! We’ll be starting a 9-week course on Thursday 27th September so if you’d like to enrol, please contact Laura on 07447 932564. No experience needed – just a sense of fun! We might well end up doing a community performance to round it off… if there’s one thing we like at Abbey, it’s putting on a show!