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PHOTO STORY: A free lunch.

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PHOTO STORY: Appetite's Lunch Club.
This week, in his day job, Jerome attended Appetite’s creative Lunch Club for people relatively new to Newcastle-under-Lyme, people finding refuge here actually.
Appetite is an Arts Council England funded creative people and places project in North Staffordshire. In fact, from today (1st April) Appetite holds ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ status, receiving multi-year funding to bring creative and cultural access to as many local people as possible.
The lunch club is an example of artistic engagement that Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England, hopes is ‘an invitation to change lives’.
Here are some of Jerome’s (@photomoments) photographs and observations:
The activity this week was to be creative with clay.
The activity this week was to be creative with clay.
Various techniques for making pots were on display, including 'pinch pots'.
Various techniques for making pots were on display, including 'pinch pots'.
Building the walls of a bowl using rolled-out spirals of clay.
Building the walls of a bowl using rolled-out spirals of clay.
Intricate work on a plaque by one participant.
Intricate work on a plaque by one participant.
A decorated vase. The tube around which the vase was shaped has taken on an artistic vibe too.
A decorated vase. The tube around which the vase was shaped has taken on an artistic vibe too.
The floral detail on this vase was created by a participant who had never worked with clay before. Incredible.
The floral detail on this vase was created by a participant who had never worked with clay before. Incredible.
At one point in the session conversation turned to snakes ‘back home’. Apparently snakes like to hide in desktop computer towers, the whirring fans provide cooling not just for the motherboard!
Mesmerising eyes of a clay snake. Yikes!
Mesmerising eyes of a clay snake. Yikes!
Maybe this participant was more interested in the lunch than the clay-making activity?
Maybe this participant was more interested in the lunch than the clay-making activity?
A spinach bake, and conversation around the lunch table.
A spinach bake, and conversation around the lunch table.
The regular participants at Appetite’s Lunch Club have enjoyed trying various arts, including drawing, painting, collage-making, and more.
Landscape and portrait painter Ian Mood, Appetite’s artist in residence, summed up the achievements of the group, saying ‘so much creativity and friendship in these sessions’.
Creating friendship as well as objects in clay.
Creating friendship as well as objects in clay.
Find out more about Appetite by visiting their website: www.appetite.org.uk
All photographs © Jerome Whittingham @photomoments. Jerome has been commissioned to report on all activities at Appetite’s Newcastle Common arts space. www.photomoments.news
New season at Apedale Valley Light Railway
Apedale Valley Light Railway. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.
Apedale Valley Light Railway. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.
Simon Lomax, Trustee at Apedale Valley Light Railway, got in touch to remind us that their new season of steam and activities starts this weekend.
The editor loves a visit to this great local venue!
Simon said: “Just a quick reminder - this coming weekend - April 2nd & 3rd - is the opening of our 2022 season. We will be running trains from 11.30am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays until October.
"For the 2022 season, we will be increasing the number of steam days too. We will now use one of our steam locomotives on every Saturday (from April 9th), Bank Holidays, and some Sundays.”
Find out all the details you need, and plan some trips with kids of any age, by visiting the website:
Apedale Valley Light Railway | Operated by the Moseley Railway Trust
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1,700 jobs take a step closer as major logistics scheme approved | TheBusinessDesk.com
Public Service Broadcasting Keele Tickets, KeeleSU (Keele University Students' Union), 07 Oct 2022 – Songkick
Five walks to save the world – how 'psychogeography' can help you confront the climate crisis
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