Thursday 19 June 2014

The Chapel

The local writing group and radio station with which I am involved acquired a grant for a former Methodist chapel.  
Seacroft Methodist Church has been present in the Seacroft Community since 1874, and is sited close to where John Wesley preached in the open air on the village green.
The Chapel, as it is known, has been totally, but in a way sympathetically, renovated. There are various flexible spaces for viewings, musical presentations, dance and drama as well as a couple of recording studios.  
 The Chapel today

 The writing isn't on the wall, it's on the window

 The original pews, ceiling rose and organ, which has been restored

 The illustrations of sound in blue say 'to the people from the people' and the squiggles etched on the blue glass are the sound waves of our oral signatures, mine included.

 The round window glows red from the outside when recording is taking place

 Words from the poems of our poets

From a room in the local library and a home-made studio over a parade of shops, we now have a wonderful base for all ages and activities.
 It may be a Chapel but we are indeed blessed!

Sunday 8 June 2014

On top of the Wold

As part of the National Garden Scheme, the gardens of the Wold Top Brewery opened to visitors this weekend.  We were blessed with sunshine as we drove through the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds to Hunmanby Grange, only a few miles from the coast.
Well-kept gardens, courtesy of volunteers, encircled the house and the lawned areas were immaculate.  There were twisty paths, quirky ornaments, water features and children’s play areas with views borrowed from the surrounding landscape.  Plants were on sale, as were drinks, locally manufactured beers, ice cream and burgers.


We passed on the tour of the brewery but, after sampling the beer, bought a bottle of Wold Gold as a souvenir of our visit. 

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...