Last weekend we hosted several fun palaces in libraries across the city. Many people took part and enjoyed activities from book folding, to making Christmas puddings. Here are some photos of the great time that everyone had.
Stuart Andrew MP visited the Fun Palace at Horsforth and had a go at book folding. He was also impressed with the range of activities on offer. He could have also done some crochet, had advice about laptops and getting on line, viewed and listened to a presentation of Leeds photography or watched a Hoola Hoop skills demonstration.
We also received some great feedback from both participants at the Fun Palaces and those that shared their skills. The photography artist that took part said, “it was a well organised event and I enjoyed taking part and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do that.” The Hoola Hoop demonstrator said, “I only moved to Leeds two weeks ago from Canada. This is a fantastic way to bring the community together, I hope it becomes regular.”
At the Reginald Centre there were a number of things the community could try. There was opportunities to create artworks with Leeds College of Art Student Ambassadors, practice BMX bike skills with The Works, taste Healthy Turkish food, play table tennis or have a game of chess.
At Dewsbury Road all of the activities and skills shared were by members of the local community, there was the local allotment in Beeston sharing tips for growing your own vegetables, a local writer Yvonne brought a collection of stories and poems she had written over the years, sharing emotional times in her life and how she overcame them through writing.
Gillian Adams a local lady brought her love of beading to the Fun Palace and showed people of all ages how to create items of jewellery. Hank, a local gentlemen shared monologues he had written in the last year, ‘Poor Person’s Blues’ and ‘Unrequited Love’, he even got on the microphone and performed these for everyone in the Hub.
Fabienne a young aspiring singer provided a lovely performance for everyone while the activities were taking place, she inspired a group of 4-7 year old girls who took inspiration from her and came up and sung Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Wind the Bobbin up on the Mic!