Welcome to Rathbone’s new dance blog!

 Made 2 Dance chose to perform extracts from their previous sell out show ‘Planet Diverse’

 Made 2 Dance managed to pull in the crowds and The Lambeth Country Show.

Made 2 Dance showing their moves and performing at The Cultivate Stage in Brockwell Park September 2012

One of Made 2 Dance using their dance skills to pull in the crowds at The Lambeth Country Show
The Land

Some of Made 2 Dance were involved with ‘The Making Space Project’ at Siobhan Davies Studios and were invited to perform along side 40 other young people. http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/youth/land.html

Some of Made 2 Dance were involved with Siobhan Davies Studios commissioned choreography called ‘The Land’ at Morden Hall Park in the summer as Part of Big Dance 2012.

Ratbone and Diverse Dance Studios would like to introduce to you Made 2 Dance

Welcome to Come Dine With Us!

Come Dine With Us is a community cooking group which focuses on preparing and cooking healthy, nutritious yet tasty food.
Every week we will be uploading new recipes which we have tried out and letting you know how they turned out for us.
The emphasis is on learning how to prepare healthier meals or low fat alternatives like these low fat blueberry and lemon cupcakes, which the group love to make because they are fun, easy and delicious!
This is a recipe from the Hairy Bikers who have designed some great low fat recipes:


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 100g blueberries
  • finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • – – –
  • Lemon icing
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 4–4½ tsp fresh lemon juice 

 Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line a 12-hole deep muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl 
  3. Stir in the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest. Make a well in the centre.
  4. Beat the eggs with a large whisk until smooth, then beat in the yoghurt, milk and oil until well combined. 
  5. Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture with a large spoon until very lightly mixed.
  6. Then pour the batter between the paper cases. Bake in the oven for 16–18 minutes or until the cupcakes are well risen and golden brown. Transfer them to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  7. To make the lemon icing, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and runny. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cupcakes and leave to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.


December 2012 – Visit to the plot, the Garden Museum, and the National History Museum trip

Site Visit:

Some Photo’s of the frost at the allotment in December first;

The old committee hut at the allotment 

Frost on a strawberry plant at the plot

A young garlic plant in the frosty soil

Visit to the Garden Museum, 6 December 2012

We headed up to the Garden Museum which is at Lambeth Palace, to take a look around the museum and the gardens, which were being sorted out ready for spring.
We found that there was an excellent exhibition on about the history of gardens and allotments in England, and we chose our favourite paintings, as you will see below.

Inside the Garden Museum

‘A garden in Lambeth’ 1942, George Fisher Gilmour

‘Mr Sabatino’ 1999, Jason Orton

‘Allotments’ 1990, Richard Thorn

In the gardens…

Some tools on show in the museum…

Visit to the Natural History Museum, 20 December 2012

We decided to stay in the warm and venture to South Kensington for a visit to the Natural History Museum. Not all of the members had visited before, and even for the people who had, it was a chance to explore some more…
At the top floor with the section of Sequoia tree

Some of the rocks the group liked…

The group before leaving the museum