Pocklington Trust

We had a good baking day at The Pocklington Trust in Stourbridge.  Based at The Mary Stephen’s Centre (behind the hospice), working with partially sighted people.  Warmly received, it was a real treat to come here and be part of people’s day.  Meeting new people and having a chatty group really warmed us.    Very touched to see different ages engaged and immersed in the process.  We made spelt wholemeal rolls and loaves – many flour clouds but not too many ‘snowmen’ left the room….

We focused on the textures and smells – used crunchy salt and warm honey liquid –   I want to get my hands on some speaking scales!  Now that would really be useful for all ages and also alot of fun for the disabled kids we work with.

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Mary from ‘bakemehappy’ in Wolverhampton came to support as did Mark from The ‘Y’ Project in Stourbridge.   Both did such a fabulous job – full of gentle energy which filled the room… Also fantastic washing up!!!  Truly appreciated…

We hope more work with people here – is lovely and as ever the smell of bread baking fills the whole building!  Everyone benefits!!

One-to-one

I have been working one-to-one with Andrew Spriggs. We met at the Inclusive Living Day for Disabled People held organised by Dudley CIL.  A wonderful organisation set up to ‘include’ and inspire.

Andrew munching spelt, pumpkin seeds and cheese rolls!

Andrew munching spelt, pumpkin seeds and cheese rolls!

We have made spelt loaves and spelt rolls with pumpkin and cheese.  We made pizza and plaited loaves.   In addition, and while the bread is rising, we made soup, stews all in Andrews slow cooker… sat on the side for too long unused!   On our last session before xmas we made cornish pasties – a first for us both!

It is really great to see what people enjoy – Andrew doesn’t actually enjoy the sticky dough but loves rolling out pastry and plaiting the harvest loaf.

I suggested Andrew would enjoy the disability unit at Queen’s Cross where there are many activities and opportunities.  He is such a bright man with so much enthusiasm!  He has started there now and is going for four days a week…. He is going to learn to read and write.

These are the benefits of reaching people, connecting services, sharing information and listening.   We will continue cooking and baking fortnightly and fill the freezer with good home cooked food!

bread2shareCIC!

We are now formally set up as a Community Interest Company!  Very exciting for us and on to the next stage – entering the world of rocket science again after thinking it wasn’t!!   But is all good and we continue to develop what we do.

There is no doubt in my mind that creative process is alive and kicking in the workshops.  Bread making continues to deliver fun and relief for many of the people we encounter on our travels.  

Bravo to Sam and Tanya at the Insight cafe in Brierley Hill, Dudley last week.   We were so pleased they took part and is very exciting what one can do with a pool table and a baked potato oven!!  Who needs fancy kitchens… well we do at some stage!  But is a treat to know that you can have the simplest of equipment and makes me think maybe there is an opening at all the pubs in the area!!  I jest….   But a mobile oven is on the wish list!!Image

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Working at Queen’s Cross…

We are having a good time working with the lovely people at the Disability Support Centre in Dudley.   Is lovely to have enthusiastic bread makers and every loaf and roll has it’s own identity and sound!!  It proves greatly to me the theraputic elements we are working with and what bread making can do to develop collective and communication…. it is a rich tool indeed.

As ever this is a case of who educates the educator and I feel part of the team learning together… Bread has it’s own agenda and we learn enormous patience!!  Baking times…etc!!

Bread making

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Hi, Sarah and Lucy are Bread2share, we have worked together over three years baking bread for our local community.  Lucy learned her trade at Loch Arthur, part of  a Camphill Community and has taught Sarah a great deal!

Together we hope to share the process of bread making with many people who we think would benefit.  It is a restorative and grounding activity.  One of community and sharing.

We have just started baking again, in practice for our first workshops… it has been alot of fun, remembering what it is to do the kitchen dance, moving carefully around one another in the small kitchen… having quiet mixing and kneading sessions and enjoying making the smiling faces on our dough dolls.   Here are some images from our day…