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Mazel tov Brighton

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage created a magazine recently about Brighton and Hove Jewish history as part of our just completed Mazel tov Brighton project.
You can view the digital version of the magazine here: 18-323-NC Hyman Fine Mazel Tov Brighton Magazine

jewish shopThe project has celebrated the links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House, many of whom were born in the city in the 1920s and 30’s and remember it well, including shops, people, places and rituals.

The project began in April 2017 and ran until autumn 2018. The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia.

We have done this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history, with residents of Hyman Fine House (HFH). Dance practitioners have encouraged physical activity with residents and carers that celebrate traditional Jewish performance including Sephardic dance, the Hora, and Flamenco which has links with this heritage.

Middle Street Synagog 1960Through this project, we have revitalised residents, generated energy, uncovered memories, and explored city heritage. This project ensures generational memories aren’t lost to dementia, preserving physical traditions and movement; celebrating Judaism’s rich tradition.

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Mazel Tov Brighton - Middle Street Synagogue visit, 1st June 2018

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Remembering Together 

We are running a series of free community workshops at The Bridge in Brighton on Mondays in April, encouraging older people from the area to make Life History books to facilitate the celebration and sharing of memories.

Thank you to The Bridge for funding these sessions and hosting the activities.

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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Dancing with Dementia freelancers

We are currently seeking a freelance facilitator with some experience in dance, music or movement to deliver two sessions for our upcoming Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton.

Must have own existing enhanced DBS check.
If you answer this description then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter about your experience to strikealight@rocketmail.com for a further conversation.

Dancing with Dementia update

IMG_4021Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage would like to thank the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

The project is called Dancing with Dementia – Creating spaces for dance and movement.

This sum will make a huge difference in enabling us to develop and facilitate a programme of events for older people who will benefit immensely from this engagement.

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

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/

Dancing with Dementia project

Pleased to say that Strike a Light has been awarded a grant by the Trust for Developing Communities – Healthy Community Fund for a project called Dancing with Dementia.
 
The activities from this will take place with residents at Hyman Fine House in Kemptown, Brighton, which is a Jewish Care Home.
Looking forward to starting sessions there soon!
 

Free Heritage Open Days events this week!

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Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.

These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:

Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities’ experience of the war. This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.

Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War in East Sussex.

Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI. A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

Event Times
Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600
Booking Details
Book here: botphod.event

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.

Contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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With thanks to the East Sussex in WWI website for image

WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.

Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point. The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Event Times
Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required

Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com

Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

All welcome.  Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information
Max 30 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.





New free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September

imagesOur two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project, are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is free and open to all below:

Fabrica -The Boys on the Plaque

24 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, with a mission to increase access to contemporary visual art to as broad an audience as possible. The Boys on the Plaque is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project that is inspired by WWI soldiers commemorated within the church, and seeks to reveal the histories of local people in Brighton & Hove. https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.

This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War Commemorations in East Sussex.

Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.

A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

Booking is advised: http://botphod.eventbrite.com

Opening Times

  • Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

Book here: botphod.event
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building.

Additional information

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here: http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton. Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646 clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

Directions

The event takes place in a large contemporary visual gallery which is in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance. http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location

Website

botphod.event
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

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Strike a Light / Fabrica

 

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WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.

Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point (https://strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/)

The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Opening Times

  • Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Pre-booking required!
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
Booking opens: 15 July 2015 09:00
Booking closes: 11 September 2015 18:00

Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.

Directions

The Walk starts at Fabrica gallery, which is a large contemporary visual gallery in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance. http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location

Website

botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

 
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Free workshop with The Ragroof Players

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Free workshop – Tomorrow Tuesday 17th March

The Ragroof Players, a fantastic, creative and inspiring group of artists (who Strike a Light has had the pleasure of working with before), are offering free bunting making and reminiscence activities tomorrow in Brighton at the Martlets. The session is for people with lift Ilimiting conditions and carers. The group will spend an hour or so sharing life stories then make some bunting, have tea and cake.

Plus free hand massage for anyone who wants one! Wish I could come too….

Call The Martlets to book on – 01273 -273-400

Further information here:

The Ragroof Players are delighted to announce a collaboration with The Martlets Hospice in Brighton which will include specially themed workshops in a number of arts disciplines and a culminating tea dance in April.

The workshops are for people with life-limiting conditions including: palliative cancer, heart failure, neurological conditions, such as motor-neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, respiratory conditions, and dementia.

Using fabrics, clothing remnants, scraps, buttons, and ribbons that evoke fond memories of past times – some contributed by the workshop participants themselves – the Ragroof Players will work with participants to create beautiful garlands of Memory Bunting, which will ultimately be used to decorate the hall at the Ragroof Tea Dance at the culmination of the project. Everyone welcome – no sewing skills needed!

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