To this, the first set of projects and social evenings that were all finalised this month though a few will begin in March:
We had the trial of our very first project — the arts and crafts group with mums and babies. It’s been a success, and will continue on through the spring (you can read more about how it came about here).
Our first month of Yurt Lates included the fabulous Yurt Salon with Limehouse books that we have already blogged about here. We are already working hard on putting together the next one on 15th March, a launch event for a new anthology of short fiction with Open Pen and Limehouse Books. You can reserve your free ticket here, or scroll down to the end of this blog.
Our Boardgame night cheered another cold and miserable February night, and there was no one who didn’t love those hot chocolates, whether laced with cointreau or not:
World Bingo explored the ways that bingo is played in the US, the UK and Mexico — making it a cultural evening where everyone learned the meaning of Spanish words like la chalupa and el catrin and played for tulips. We had to play the Mexican bingo cards with pasta rather than the more traditional beans or pennies, still, it was a golden evening.
We also had our first potluck, inviting everyone who had contributed ideas or interest into the projects to share food and conversation. Despite a number of apologies we had a good group and a really lovely evening of often unexpected conversations.
This included a great discussion about the difficulties in getting to know your neighbours, and suggestions from the group about just knocking on people’s doors, holding dinners, and other ways that people might build some community. Dinners like this one seem another good place to start, and we look forward to holding another one in the next month or two!
We’ve also been hard at work forming the Trade School, a place where neighbours can share their skills with neighbours, and all of it for barter. We have a number settling into place around wellbeing, calligraphy and more. These will be happening in the hub and other community spaces around Limehouse and we’ll be issuing a schedule in March but there is plenty of room for more so get in touch!
Don’t forget to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book tickets for the Family Cinema on 26 March, and use eventbrite below to book a seat at the Open Pen Anthology launch.