Crafts, Cooking and Caring Community
Look around, Crafts Abound!


Starting in February 2021, we'll begin offering friendly
Craft and Chat sessions over Zoom to lift your spirits during Lockdown 3.0. By helping you to make new connections and revive flagging friendships, through sharing our crafts together.

 

Each Craft and Chat session will feature one of your favourite Big Skill Tutors. Who will be demonstrating one of our Big Skill Crafts@Home Kits, with plenty of time for a chat and sharing our top crafting tips.

 

To get your secure Zoom link for our Craft and Chat sessions, you need to book on Eventbrite. The first 8 people to sign up for each session will be mailed a FREE Crafts@Home Kit, so make sure to Book Early!

 

Sessions will be announced soon - Watch this space!

February Photo Challenge!

Join in with Emma and Adele, by posting photos of what you notice while out and about, or while taking your daily exercise outdoors. (No people or faces, please). Then share your snaps with us atThe 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. With spring on the way, we are sure you'll find lots to capture with your lens!

Your February Challenge photos will be brought together in an exhibition at the Big Skill Midsummer Crafts Festival in June 2021. 

 

As this is an informal challenge, you may share as many photos as you like, or even just one, it's up to you. 

Craft Sessions in Mid-Wales and Monmouthshire

 

When Lockdown 3.0 comes to an end, we hope to again be able to host Covid-safe sessions at local venues across Mid-Wales and Monmouthshire. Alongside physically-distanced deliveries of free craft kits, cooking recipes and ingredients, for those who are unable to make it to local community centres.

 

Helping you to work through the effect that lockdown and the pandemic have had on you, your family and the local community.

At our Midsummer Crafts Festival on the 19th and 20th June at the Bleddfa Centre, we will bring together exhibitions of creative crafts and photography. Showing how the pandemic affected our community. Alongside Craft Stalls, Free workshops, a Cafe, live entertainments, friendship and cheer.

For more information (including how you can share your community, crafts and cooking skills)


Contact Emma Bevan, Events Coordinator 

Supported by the WcVA Voluntary Services Recovery Fund via the Welsh Government.

Meet Adele Nozedar - The 2 Minute Forager

All 3 Seasons - Spring, Summer and Autumn of Adele's Foraging series made for The Big Skill are now on YouTube. 

 

Discover how to gather, cook and brew wild and garden plants, in the beautiful Brecon Beacons of Wales. 

 

English Playlist - The 2 Minute Forager

Trolais Cymraeg! - Welsh Narration and translation by Brychan Jones

 

Thank you to Community Foundation Wales

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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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

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