‘Made in Queen’s Park’ Community Cafe

15/10/2021

 

‘Made in Queen’s Park’ Community Cafe

15/10/2021

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For one week only – Saturday 23rd October to Friday 29thOctober –  residents of Queen’s Park benefited from a free pop up café offering fun activities for half term.

The free event, at the community centre, gave residents the chance to try out arts and crafts while enjoying some tea and cake. The café continued to serve food into the evenings on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24thand Friday 29th, giving it much more of a festival feast feel.

The fun activities kicked off on Saturday 23rd October at 1.30pm, with resident artist Caroline Wendling leading an allotment walk called “Alloted.” It was a slow walk around Queen’s Park allotment, a welcoming and safe place where people and plants forge connections and learn from each other. An ice cream van was also on hand distributing ‘flavours of Queen’s Park’, while residents were invited to populate a map of the area with their own stories.

On Sunday, local artists Andy Holden and Mira Calix continued to invite people to share their ideas for a ‘Community Communications’ themed mural in the community centre.

During the week, Andy and Mira continued to share ideas and collect stories. Families got creative with lego enabling attendees to make Queen’s Park buildings. Illustrator Katie Allen was on hand to create screen prints. There was also crochet and decorating glass lanterns. Plus, the talented Mishbah Mehmood hosted a cooking session.  Friday rounded the week off with an evening feast of food accompanied by live music.

Ami Aubrey, Programme Producer for BCA said: “We couldn’t wait to see what the community would create in these activities that are proudly, ‘Made in Queen’s Park’.  Over the next six months we’ll be working with artists on a couple of projects including a new community mural and so the community café was a great way for us to spend more time in the community, get to know local people and what they’d like to share with us about Queen’s Park and enjoy some feasting fun.”

The Made in Queen’s Park Community Café is part of the Take Part Queen’s Park project.  Take Part Queen’s Park is an art project both inspired by and created with the community of Queen’s Park in Bedford. Through engaging residents of all ages with the creative arts and exploring Queens Park’s cultural diversity, the project seeks to celebrate and strengthen residents’ sense of place and community and share that with the wider residents of Bedford.  It is delivered in partnership with The Higgins Bedford and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Harpur Trust and housing association bpha.

No booking was required, just drop-in and enjoy the hospitality and creative opportunities to express your stories, memories and inspiration of Queen’s Park.

The Made in Queen’s Park Community Café opened on:

Saturday 23rd 

Time                       Location                             Activity

1.30pm                    Community centre              Allotment walk

3pm                        Community centre              Ice cream

4pm                        Community centre              Clay pinch pots + Maps of Queens Park

5pm                        Community centre              Wellbeing session

5.30pm                    Community centre              Feast

6pm                        Community centre              Clay pinch pots + Maps of Queens Park + Feast

7pm                        Community centre              Clay pinch pots + maps of Queens Park + Feast

Sunday 24th 

Time                       Location                             Activity

4pm                        Community centre              Murals + Maps + Lanterns

5pm                        Community centre              Murals + Maps + Lanterns

5.30pm                    Community centre              Feast

6pm                        Community centre              Murals + Maps + Lanterns + Food

7pm                        Community centre              Murals + Maps + Lanterns + Food

Monday 25th 

Time                         Location                           Activity

11am                        Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

12pm                        Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

1pm                          Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

Tuesday 26th 

Time                         Location                            Activity

11am                        Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

12pm                        Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

1pm                          Community centre            Lego building + Mural making + Tea and cakes

Wednesday 27th 

Time                         Location                           Activity

11am                        Community centre            Wellbeing session

12pm                        Community centre            Wellbeing session

Thursday 28th 

Time                         Location                        Activity

11am                        Community centre          Cooking with Misbah

12pm                        Community centre          Wellbeing session

Friday 29th 

Time                         Location                        Activity

3pm                          Community centre          Print workshop

5pm                          Community centre          Feast to start

5.30pm                     Community centre          Music + Food + Tuk Tuk to arrive

6pm                          Community centre          Music + Food

7pm                          Community centre          Music + Food

If you’d like more information, please contact us on takepart@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk.

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