Tag Archives: Nicola Benge

The Unremembered project

20180313_160405.jpgWe participated in a great project recently ‘The Unremembered’ to commemorate the brave sacrifices of the Labour Corps especially those from across the globe – in particular black and minority ethnic soldiers, and their heroic contribution to the war effort.

We worked with the Memories Past group in Portslade to create a wreath to remember the sinking of the SS Mendi (a South African troop ship) in the English Channel near the Isle of Wight in 1917, with the loss of most hands on board, some 600 black Labour Corps soldiers from South Africa.

20180313_151004.jpgOur wreath was a collage and cardboard combination with images from those who’d been serving at the time of the disaster and includes all the names of the men lost at sea, along with detailing in the colours of the South African flag.

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One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

20160210_161315 (1)This one day reminiscence training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 (10am-4pm).

‘Lots of ideas to go away and research – good to meet others and share experiences and ideas. I feel more confident to go away and plan some reminiscence activities. I have more insight into the benefits and what’s involved’. Reminiscence Course participant

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training day will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The day will include opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

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Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia

Booking:
Complete the One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 and send payment to attend the course or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for a copy of the booking form to book the course.

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If you have further queries, call 07727 006538

Course fee: 
£85 (Group/organisation rate – per person) for one day training / £60 individuals

Payment: 
Cheques payable to: Strike a Light and sent to Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Bacs Transfer to Strike a Light: The Cooperative Bank – Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65447093

Please return completed form to:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com

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Introduction to Reminiscence – One Day Training Course: 16th May 2018

One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

This One day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 (10am-4pm).

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training day will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The day will include opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

Crawley WRVS outing

BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

  • Stimulates social interaction and communication
  • Reduces the feeling of isolation
  • Shares and captures family and local history
  • Increases feeling of self-worth
  • Helps keep the mind stimulated
  • Allows participants to reflect on past and present
  • An enjoyable experience
  • Builds confidence
  • Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Share ideas with training group
  • Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
  • Increased confidence in delivery of activities
  • Group working skills
  • Awareness of the effects of dementia

One day training cost: £85 organisations/£60 Individuals

Complete this booking form and send payment to attend the course: 

One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for a copy of the booking form to book the course. 

If you have further queries, call 07727 006538

Course fee:
 
£85 (Group/organisation rate) for one day training / £60 individuals
 
Payment:
Cheques payable to: Strike a Light and sent to Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
 
Bacs Transfer to Strike a Light: The Cooperative Bank – Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65447093
 
Please return completed form to:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com

Trench Brothers project starts!

We’ve just been engaged to work on this lovely project ‘Trench Brothers’ in Sussex for HMDT Music.
 
Trench Brothers brings the First World War to life for students through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. It commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, enabling students to develop a creative, artistic response to the stories and immortalise the deeds of these forgotten soldiers.
 
We will be delivering free training in archives and research with volunteers in the area, alongside visits to Seaford Museum, The Keep and the Chattri. This will lead to an exhibition this summer at Newhaven Fort.
 
We’ll be sending out more information soon about how to get involved!
 

CREATE YOUR OWN VISION BOARD WORKSHOP – COMING UP!

Want to set your intentions, wishes and help create your desires but in a fun, creative way?

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will run a creative vision board workshop on Sunday 19th November 1-4.30pm at our studio, based upstairs at the Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.

This resourceful afternoon is a inspiring and focussed way to look at your year ahead and the life you would like to realise in the next twelve months.

The session will start with a meditative journey to set new intentions and plans, followed by a supportive and informal group involving collage and visualisation to generate your most fulfilling way forward.

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Vision boards help:

* Set and prioritise goals, values, and intentions.
* Plant goals and intentions
* Seeing a vision board regularly—with images and words representing your goals, wishes, and values—helps remind you of what you want to do, be, and have.
* Ensure that you move towards these goals, both consciously and unconsciously.

At the end of the afternoon, you will leave have a bespoke, inspiring and original vision board to display in your home and refer to regularly, as well as a clearer sense of the way forward for you into the year ahead.

£25 for the afternoon – All materials provided along with refreshments.

There is only space in the venue for 8 people so book your place soon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-vision-board-event-focus-on-your-future-tickets-35049364593

Fishing Fun – free Sumer kids workshops in Brighton & Hove

09a779889abea76dcb213e349dfcb94b--fishing-toy-diy-magnetic-fishing.jpgOnly 5 free tickets left for our free youth arts Fishing Fun workshop taking place at The Barge based in Brighton Marina on Monday 28th August at 10.30am.

We’ll be making our own magnetic fish and fishing poles to take away with you!

There is still space on the afternoon session which is the same and starts at 2.30pm.

Book your free place now!

Activities all take place on a floating barge in Brighton Marina.

Booking essential

Free Marine Mosaics workshops – summer youth arts workshops in Brighton

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Experienced mosaic artist Nicola Benge will be delivering these free workshops on Marine Mosaics during Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage summer youth arts residency at The Barge based at Brighton Marina.

Free!

Come join in and make a mosaic to take home with a marine theme.

There are four workshops on 29th August 10.30am and 2.30pm and again on Friday 1st September 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Booking essential!

All children and young people welcome aged 7-14.

These sessions all take place on a large floating Barge based on the Waterfront, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5UP.

To book, follow these links for each workshop, for up to four children per workshop:

29th August 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223211601

29th August 2.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223349012

1st September 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223619822

1st September 2.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223633864

A close up detail of a shell mosaic
A close up detail of a shell mosaic

 

Mazel Tov Brighton!

Strike a Light has been having a great time recently with a project called Mazel Tov Brighton! funded by The Homity Trust

The project celebrates links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House. Coming up we have visits from  the Jewish Historical Society, Brighton Museum, and The Keep archives with a special German Jewish photographic collection.

We have project activities until the end of July 2017.

Dancing with Dementia finishes

IMG_8271.JPGWe’ve just finished our successful project Dancing with Dementia – in collaboration with the charity Jewish Care at a care home in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, using music to trigger memories.

We’ve had a variety of activities and performers including music therapist Dominque Levack, Belly dancer Bettina, Sari dancing, Flamenco with Helena, Yoga sessions, and musical performance from students of Access to Music Brighton college.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support.

https://strikealight.org/projects/dancing-with-dementia/

Brighton & Hove in WWI – Free event day

B&H in WWI event 30th June 2017We welcome you to a free event day exploring Brighton and Hove during WWI and showcasing two related projects The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme (Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage), and The Boys on The Plaque (Fabrica gallery).

There will also be a book launch for The Boys on the Plaque project, and an exhibition also based at Jubilee Library for The Orange Lilies project.

The event is a drop in event, but welcome to come all day!

Free but please book a place – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-hove-in-wwi-free-event-day-tickets-34692314647

Free WWI Community history event marking the end of both The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme, and The Boys on the Plaque projects; exploring Brighton & Hove in WWI.

& Launch of The Boys on the Plaque book

Venue: Jubilee Library, Brighton, 11am – 4.30pm – 30th June 2017

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11 – 11.20am: Introductions by Nicola Benge, The Orange LiliesProject Manager & Clare Hankinson, The Boys on the PlaqueProject Manager

11.20am – 12.10pm: Dr Frank Gray – Director of Screen Archive South East shows vintage film clips & discusses Brighton during WWI

12.15 – 1.30pm: Brighton & Hove in WWI Q & A – chaired by Dr Sam Carroll + Speakers: Dr Chris Kempshall, Dr Alison Fell, Dr Geoffrey Mead & Dr Frank Gray

1.35– 2.25pm: Dr Alison Fell – First World War Women workers and strikes

2.35 – 3.25pm: Dr Chris Kempshall – Brighton, The Boar’s Head, and the Somme

3.30 – 4.20pm: Dr Geoffrey Mead – Laundry maids and Fishermen – Aspects of work in WW1 Brighton

4.45pm onwards: Unveiling of new Battle of Boars Head memorial at The Steine War Memorial, Brighton

With:

Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove; The Boys on the Plaque project resources, WWI exhibitions and resources from Brighton & Hove Libraries, Gateways to the First World War, and The Royal British Legion.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Queries to: theorangelilies@gmail.com

Websites:

theorangelilies.wordpress.com

boysontheplaque.wordpress.com

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

The Boys on the Plaque project is delivered by Fabrica gallery

Both in Partnership with the following organisations:

Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War

with support from

Heritage Lottery Fund

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