Moving with the breath

There was lots of colour on show during tonight’s dance session. We started the session talking about the NYDC performance that we went to see at Sadlers Wells last Wednesday. The three main themes we took from the show was breath, spoken word and rhythm. For the next two weeks we will be looking at breath so the dancers had lots of fun with blowing and creating a colourful studio.
The young people were blowing a handful of colourful tissue paper then tried to catch them with beautiful dance moves. This showed real creation from all the young people as they all showed their individual styles.

Tonight we also did our Jack Petchey nominations – watch out next week to see who the winners is 🙂

Made 2 Dance review of Corali’s Triple Bill at Ovalhouse as part of thier Arts Award

Made 2 Dance went along to see Corali’s Triple Bill at Ovalhouse

We were really impressed with the work-in-progress  that was shared by Corali dancers and guest artists.

We reviewed the work by first of all remembering our favourite movement from the three performances to warm up our bodies and had lots of fun exploring.

Then Made 2 Dance’s wrote thier reviews and we put our evidence in our folders

At the end of the session we had a group disucssion on the Triple Bill………..Here are our last final thoughts -plus a few added extras at the end 🙂




November – check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfires!

This little hedgehog turned up on our plot today.  We gave it some food and milk and it was very hungry.  A neighbour made a nest for it in her shed and will check it every day.  Hedgehogs hibernate under piles of wood and leaves, so it was probably getting ready for bed in the bonfire pile on our new plot.  Luckily we used our incinerator and sorted the wood out before we burnt it!

Bagging up leaves to rot down for compost.




Loads of muck!


Manuring the beds
More digging and weeding
The first bonfire on our new plot next door
Digging out the compost on our new plot
We have a big, new compost heap to use.
Quince jelly from our tree.

Harvest time

Runner beans

Here are some of this year’s crops.

We also had a good harvest of potatoes, cabbage and curly kale.

Winter crops like Mizuna and Red mustard have been planted.

Loganberries and raspberries were plentiful and really delicious, and we also picked strawberries, gooseberries and currants.



Bramley cooking apple

The trees donated by the Open Orchard project are thriving and some have fruited in their first year.  We made Quince jelly.



Gardeners enjoying the Rosendale Allotment barbeque with Rathbone workers cooking up a storm
The secret of growing plants is giving them plenty to drink!

MP and CEO visit the Youth Club

London Youth CEO, Came to visit the youth Club On Tuesday 28th September. She had a great time playing games with the Youth Club members and finding out more about The Old Library. Through the generous support of London Youth in the past we have been able to furnish the Lounge, purchase new equipment and restock vital resources which form the backbone of the work we do with young people.

London Youth CEO, Rosemary Watt-Wyness enjoying a competitive game of connect four!





Our Local MP Helen Hayes paid a visit to the youth club on Thursday 29th September. She had the opportunity to see the facilities and programmes on offer here as well as getting stuck into some Arts and Crafts with the young people! The visit was supported by Gail Emerson one of our fabulous trustees who helped paint a picture of the great services deliver by Rathbone.

MP SELFIE!! a huge thank you to our Local MP Helen Hayes and Trustee Gail Emerson for coming along and getting stuck in at the youth club.