When I set my business goals for 2017, running more workshops was a definite priority.

I was given a great start when my group from the Cultural Spring decided they wanted to continue when the first three years of the programme came to an end.

We found a new home at Westoe Crown Community Hub in South Shields and attracted a few new members who heard about the group through the centre.

Our first 10-week course there has just come to an end and we’ve had a full house.

One of the aims of the Cultural Spring was to establish groups that would become self-sufficient, so I’m delighted to have kept this merry band of budding calligraphers together.

We’ve built up a lovely rapport over the last year and I’ve had some lovely feedback from the participants, with the majority saying the course was excellent.

Other comments included:

“The teaching is good. I think the balance is just about right – demonstrations then practice. Help is always at hand.”

“The people are very friendly and the atmosphere is very good.”

 

“Angela was always happy to help when needed but allowed us to get on when required.”

“I have enjoyed the challenge. Calligraphy is much harder than I thought.”

“I have enjoyed working towards completing a project.”

“The teaching style is a good mix and at a good pace, never hurried.”

“I think all of us have made progress.”

 

“I have enjoyed being back in a calligraphic group and being active again in this discipline.”

“Thanks for the patience shown.”

The Cultural Spring has secured funding from the Arts Council England for a further three years and I’m hoping to be involved in phase two of the project.

In the meantime, I have several workshops in the diary (check them out here) and I’m always on the lookout for new venues.

And the group at Westoe Crown Community Hub will resume after Easter.

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