Friday, 29 July 2016

The View From Here - Celebrating Our Time Together


Everything changes and life is punctuated by beginnings and endings


We have had a wonderful two years working on the Grange Estate and at The Green Patch


The View From Here was funded by the HealthBelief which is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. 

51 Community Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales through The Health Lottery.


Through this funding we have been able to bring high quality arts / crafts workshops to members of the community in a deprived area of Kettering, We have strengthened our links with The Green Patch and have made public artworks that have brought life, colour and joy to this wonderful community growing space. 


Everyone felt proud and happy to see what they had achieved


We had a fantastic celebratory picnic and we know that project participants from the Grange have made a great connection with staff and volunteers at The Green Patch. Rick, Jenny, Michelle, Bekka and all the children will be visiting, volunteering and taking in community events at The Green Patch in the future which feels like a lovely legacy to leave, apart from all the artwork! 

Back To Books would like to thank Sue, Nigel, Kate, Becky, Lucy from the Groundworks team who have made us so welcome at The Green Patch, Rik and Jen who have been our stalwarts at Grange Place, Michelle who has been our Pied Piper bringing our participants from Kettering Buccleuch Academy, but most of all we would like to thank our artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards who have made this project so special.


Although our funding comes to an end in mid 
August the relationships we have forged will continue 
and we will be actively looking for funding 
to continue delivering exciting community based projects. 


If you like our work you can make a donation 
towards future projects via our Local Giving Page



Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Spinning New Dreams



Join The Eloquent Fold, artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards on a walk through woodland in East Carlton Park. 

Find the magic of this place as you weave your way through leaves and branches, touched by the light shining through the leaf canopies as Carole & Phiona draw you to looking at the shapes between and the textures, helping you to collect ideas and find inspiration for the print and thread workshop on the 11th September. 

Please note, participants are encouraged to attend both sessions on Sunday 4 Book Tickets here for the walk and Sunday 11 September Book Tickets here for the creative workshop.




Monday, 4 July 2016

Kettfest at The Green Patch


The Green Patch was resplendent with some of the
many things we have been creating in time for Kettfest.


Our marvellous Mum and right hand woman
Michelle with her fabulous afternoon tea 
inspired crochet creations!


Our mosaics all out catching the light


Our fruit and flower prints on display


and our fish flags


adding colour and movement


everyone was so pleased, proud and delighted


with all the beauty our project


has created and shared




Sue, Nigel and cake!



Merle and her husband


and the community gathering in the afternoon sun


Carole's temporary installation 




Monday, 27 June 2016

Fresh Prints, Fabulous Fruit



We have been inspired by summer's


fruits and flowers


and have been printing our responses 
with artist Carole Miles


These prints will also be on display at 


The Green Patch


During Kettfest





Friday, 17 June 2016

Fish Flags for Kettfest


The Green Patch are taking part in Kettfest 


so Carole decided that the it would be a wonderful 
opportunity for The View From Here Groups


to show off their creative skills


so participants at Grange Place and The green Patch


got busy decorating fish flags


we had many different patterns


and they look wonderful catching the breeze




Friday, 27 May 2016

Potting On and Planting Out at The Green Patch


We've also been busy potting on and planting out at The Green Patch


Bessie's babes have been laying eggs


and rewarding themselves with a little fresh greenery!



Thursday, 26 May 2016

Horsing Around at Grange Place


A lovely up-cycling / recycling project at Grange Place,these plywood hobby horse heads came from the local scrap recycling store. They provided a great support for pattern making and paint. They were going to become planter markers at The Green Patch but everyone was so proud of their work they wanted to put them in their own gardens! You can see more here