Big Skill cic – Caring for The Past, The Present, The Future
After 10+ years working with the community & a dedicated group of caring trainers & volunteers. 2022 has started with us running over half a dozen projects for communities in Herefordshire, Powys, Monmouthshire.
These are :
The Forces That Shape Our Communities, Heritage project at Craig-y-Nos. This 3 year Heritage Funded project based at the Craig-y-Nos country park will provide workshops, walks, heritage projects, environmental schemes, training opportunities.
Beacons & Surround Crafts Week 18th – 26th June 2022. This is the first year of this BBNPA Sustainable Development Fund event, taking place at 60 venues in and around the Brecon Beacons. Leading upto the event between March & June we are running 30 workshops at different locations.
Workshops for Carers in Monmouthshire & Herefordshire. These are taking place at the Melville Centre, Abergavenny on a Wednesday, and at the Bridges, Monmouth on a Friday and in Herefordshire at various venues.
Waste-less Gardening, Cooking. & Workshops in Herefordshire. Every Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m. at Saxon Hall, Hereford we are running a gardening & cooking workshop (remember there are free veg plots available). Also in the new polytunnel & at other venues we will be running a range of cultural activities sessions.
ABCDE Activities Bringing Creativity & Developing Enjoyment for 0-5s in Powys. Our workshops are for all ages from the very young to the very old. They are designed to be fun, creative and a social as well as a learning experience.
Accessible Crafts Group. These have been meeting every week at Jubilee Hall, Hereford whilst the buildings at Saxon Hall have been used by the NHS.
Crafts, Cooking and Caring Community
Look around, Crafts Abound!
Throughout the year, we are continuing to offer friendly
Craft and Chat sessions both in person and over Zoom to lift your spirits. Helping you to make new connections and revive friendships, through sharing our crafts together.
Each Craft and Chat session will feature one of your favourite Big Skill Tutors, who will teach you new skills whilst having fun, with plenty of time for a chat and sharing our top crafting tips. Click the link in blue to find the page listing their courses and kits.
Join In - either at one of our lovely community venues, or from the comfort of your home...
With workshops such as; Hand embroidery with Ginn, Acrylic paint techniques with Karen of The WelshHat, Organza flowers with Katey's Crafts, Kids Kitchen cook along with Kate, rag-rug flower brooches and coil basked making with Bridget of Bridget's ScrapBag, needlefelted animals with Emma of FfolkyFfelt, foraging with Adele Nozedar, printmaking with Rachel Cadman, willow weaving with Sarah Adby, plus more sessions to be announced!
To book your place (we have both paid and free sessions depending on our funding or donations), please click on the workshop you wish to take part in on the events page here
In May 2021, we were delighted to have Rosie Ramsey join Bridget for a Craft and Chat session. Rosie discovered how to upcycle an old t-shirt into a tote bag. You'll find Rosie's video on our About Page.
Craft Sessions across Wales and Herefordshire
During the pandemic we ran live workshops alongside giving free craft kits, cooking recipes and ingredients, and for those who were unable to make it to local community centres, we provided video tutorials and zoom lessons. Helping people work through the effects of lockdowns and the pandemic that you, your family and the local community may have felt.
For more information (including how you can share your community, crafts and cooking skills)
(Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping us run subsidised workshops!)
February Photo Challenge Gallery
Lots of folks in 2020 joined in with Emma's Facebook 'challenge', posting photos of what they notice while out and about, or while taking daily exercise outdoors. Then sharing their snaps with us at The Big Skill on facebook or instagram.
Taking notice of little things happening around us has been proven to lift our mood, by bringing us closer to the wonders of nature.
All of our February Challenge photos were brought together in an exhibition at the Big Skill Midsummer Crafts Festival in June 2021... you can enjoy them here...
The Big Skill Cook-In
During Adult Learners Week 2020 we held 4 Cook-in sessions, hosted by the Bleddfa Centre in Mid-Wales. Two in-person sessions (with social distancing) and two online on Zoom.
On Monday, Lizzy of Pippin and Gile led participants in making Blackberry and Apple butter from local fruit, outside in the courtyard at The Barn. The autumn weather stayed fine for the session, which produced a good crop of jars of preserves for participants to take home.
On Tuesday, Kate Alman, Herefordshire co-ordinator for Kids Kitchen, ran a session creating Savoury and Sweet Tarts for us over Zoom. Kids Kitchen run free, weekly Tuesday sessions online for parents and children to cook together. They also offer CPD accredited training for adults and parents (or grandparents!) who wish to cook along with their own children. Kate's next online Kids Kitchen course starts soon.
On Wednesday, we got together with Adele from Brecon Beacons Foraging to Rumble for Crumble in the Bleddfa orchards. Scrumping for apples and blackberries was followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting in the Barn. Participants took away a bag of freshly foraged ingredients, plus a recipe sheet, to try out their new skills at home.
On Thursday, Louise and Sue of The Woodee firepit company in Herefordshire joined us over Zoom. Louise showed us how to safely light the Woodee firepit with local sustainable firewood and flamers. While Sue demonstrated cooking a meal outdoors using a Woodee. Chicken stir fry with vegetables, followed by Baked apple and blackberry parcels. Our session was topped off with tips on using a Dutch Oven in the fire, prompted by a question from course attendees.
Altogether, a delicious week of Autumn courses and recipes, created by local tutors and participants, from seasonal produce.
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Two ladies making fruit butter outdoors at a table.
Cooking on a Woodee Fire Pit.
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Events Co-ordinator Emma Bevan says Thank You to Community Foundation Wales for supporting The Big Skill during lockdown and beyond.
English Video (with captions)
Fideo Cymraeg (no captions)
Welsh Translation by Brychan Jones
Audio and Titles by Fitz Audio