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Friday 29 January 2016

The PROSPECTS Foundation is inviting Hyndburn residents to unleash their creativity.  It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, as current attendees love to share their knowledge and skills.  The group will gladly pass on advice and techniques to help newcomers to the sessions and people can take their own unfinished project if they need help and advice. 

On offer at PROSPECTS are the MIAMI (Make It and Mend It) sessions on alternate Tuesdays, Paper Magic on alternate Mondays until mid February when they will move to alternate Tuesdays and Hobby, Arts and Crafts on a Saturday morning.

Barbara Sharples, Activity Organiser said,” We are an environmental charity so our creative sessions are centred on reducing the amount of things being thrown away, reusing, recycling and up-cycling.  We have had a lot of fabric swatches, paper and card donated so people get a chance to have a go at a new hobby using traditional craft methods without having to buy new materials.

“Our Miami sessions can cover sewing, needlework, knitting, crochet, quilting, appliqué, patchwork, rug making, weaving, felting – anything that involves textiles, threads and yarns, recycled beads, trims and ribbons.

"Paper Magic is not just about card making and scrap booking it is about papier mache, fancy cutting, collage, decoupage, folding and manipulation such as box making or sculting flowers for decorations and origami.

“At the Hobby, Arts and Craft sessions they are currently working with wood and creating an artefact using a fret saw, this will be followed by table top wood carving and then learning how to use a small lathe to create wooden pens.  If anyone has other ideas for working with materials such as wood, metals, ceramics or glass we would like to hear from them.”

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available.  PROSPECTS also runs demonstrations, workshops and events such as beeswax candle making, creating bath products using honey, willow weaving and other crafts using natural materials.  Disabled parking is adjacent to the Environment Centre and at Oak Hill Park.

Barbara added, “Our next window display will be all about bees and the plight of bees.  Anyone who would like to create a honey bee or a bumble bee should contact me and if we include their item in the window their name will be displayed alongside it.  We have some FREE patterns and project ideas for interested people”.

Session times vary and are run at the PROSECTS Environment Centre on Broadway or the Training Centre in Oak Hill Park so please contact Barbara Sharples on 230348, visit PROSPECTS at 54 Broadway, Accrington,   email or look at the calendar of events on the PROSPECTS Foundation’s website

Friday 29 January 2016

The PROSPECTS Foundation is hosting FREE Cycle maintenance workshops for Hyndburn residents.  It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced cyclist as you will be working on your own or a pool bike in a small group.  Susan Jeffrey, Cycling Development Officer, from CTC the national cycling charity is delivering the sessions and will be able to give help and advice about different aspects of cycling. 

Barbara Sharples, Activity Organiser said, ”The workshops are being run over 5-6 weeks but people do not need to attend every session.  If someone can mend a puncture but needs help with cleaning and lubricating a bike; brakes, gears, cabling and indexing; cassettes and chains; headsets and pedals or wheels and bottom brackets they can just attend one session but they must book a place in advance.

Susan added, “ Whilst we have a list of things we aim to cover the workshops are very flexible and we can adapt them to suit the attendees.  It is useful if people bring their own bikes as these are the ones they need to maintain and repair and keep in a safe condition.“

The sessions are on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm.  Protective gloves, cleaning materials, tools and equipment are provided.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. 

PROSPECTS is supporting the recently formed Hyndburn CTC affiliated group and they are looking for bike ride leaders, route planners and event organisers to develop a variety of cycling activities.  Get Togethers are held 5-6pm before the cycle maintenance.

Susan is currently based in the Road Safety Team at Lancashire County Council (LCC) and her post is funded through LCC Central Gateway.

For more information about cycling in Hyndburn or to book on one or more of the cycle maintenance sessions please contact Barbara Sharples on 230348, visit PROSPECTS at 54 Broadway, Accrington or email

Tuesday 12 February 2013

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