Rapidly approaching is the proper launch of our #Inclusive section of The Turning Tides Project... Hopefully, all will be updated on the website for tomorrow and we can really start making waves.
A page for places and organisations that we recommend, as well as books and peoples ideas and approaches to life and living.
Over the last year we've done, seen and been involved in some great projects, sessions and communities but there is still a long way to go.
Here are the lyrics for our song 'It's Been A Good Year'. This song is all about the last year and was created as a group; containing little snippets about what was important and memorable for each of us:
Gavin, Cassie and Martin come our way
The Buskers reunite
Made our own RESPECT CD
And stayed in tepee’s overnight…….it’s been a good year
Rebecca starred on the One Show
With Alfie Moon by her side
At pub jams and #inclusive
We’ve learnt the cha cha slide……..it’s been a good year
We’ve had cajon lessons with Matt
And Taiko with HJ
Made animated films with Ben
And created our own training day…..it’s been a good year
Chorus - instrumental
We’ve performed in lots of places
Carnival, festivals and even Tesco
Learnt to rap and breakdance
And created our own radio show…….it’s been a good year
We’ve composed pieces for Arnos Vale
And played music in the chapels
We’ve written a funky wassailing song
To encourage big fat juicy apples……it’s been a good year
Stuart dressed as santa
And starred in our xmas DVD
This year’s been super busy
But there’s always time for cake and tea!...its been a good year
Chorus… its been a good year
Written and published by Dom Palfreman
Saturday the 6th saw us venture to Tescos Crediton once more, as we have been there over Christmas and making music in the foyer before, but this time as bag packers!
We spent an hour training to pack bags like professionals; separating the hard stuff and soft stuff and making sure all freezer items and raw meat get their own bags. Turns out it is a bit of an art - did you know that you're not meant to pack tins and glass jars in the same bag? It's not something we'd ever considered. It's because tins break the jars all too often! Also, did you know cucumbers are a plastic bag's kryptonite! They pierce and break bags so easily!
Having qualified as elite bag packers we were ready for the real thing - a table was setup in the foyer with leaflets and flyers about The Turning Tides Project and we took to the tills.
Each customer, who used the checkouts that we were positioned at, was offered assistance with their bags. To begin with it felt a bit like a social experiment - people were very particular with their bag packing and everyone likes it done so differently. After a time we became fluid and efficient, working as a team and making sure bags were well packed quickly.
Customers were extremely generous and helped us to raise an impressive £174.79! This has been spent on quality smaller portable instruments (such as tambourines and maracas) as well as a number of new beaters and drum sticks. These are already being used in our sessions in Crediton and Okehampton and they are great!
A HUGE thank you to the checkout staff who were beautifully friendly and inquisitive. It was really nice to have new people to talk to and to make it a fun and productive day - we'd love to do it again... especially if we get to work the tills!
Written and Published by Dom Palfreman
February's Turning Tides Project Radio Vibe Show is now LIVE, every Wednesday 6pm-7pm on MoorFM.co.uk!
This month is our biggest show yet, packed with lots more of the usual requested songs, the official top 5 countdown singles in the chart this week and also some exciting new features! We like to give people with real talent in our community a platform to express their work through our show; this month we have a young folk singer-songwriter from Okehampton called Calum Gibb who spent the day with us to record some songs and being interviewed.
Calum is supporting The Wurzels at a sold out show in South Zeal near Okehampton on the 4th of June which has given him a brilliant opportunity to get noticed, many thanks to him for coming down and seeing us! Listen out for his songs and the interview in our show.
We were fortunate enough to be able to visit the FAB Lab in Exeter Library recently to create some beautiful butterflies out of various materials for our Arnos Vale project coming this summer. We have a live interview from Jennifer Baines speaking with FAB Lab team leader Charlotte Collyer about what they do - listen out for it.
Finally, as a bit of fun, another new feature is the “Guess the Song” game, where we challenge you to listen to just a 5 second clip of a song and you have until the end of the show to find out what the song is…if you get it before the end of the show, then very well done! So, remember to tune in on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm on MoorFM.co.uk and check out our SoundCloud for previous shows.
Written by Jake Hooper, Published by Dom Palfreman
Sunday 7th Feb was our outing to RaceWorld Indoor Karting just outside of Exeter. We had a small group, consisting of Jennifer, David, Baylee, Dominic and I (Jake) and all met up together at RaceWorld around 1pm.
We needed to re-fuel ourselves with a bit of food before we went racing and luckily enough there was an awesome little American diner attached to the centre.
After food, we went to Reception and signed ourselves up to RaceWorld which meant that our lap times would be recorded and if we wanted to come back again then we could see if we could beat our old times! We then had to hang around until we were taken into a meeting room and were briefed on the rules and regulations of the track. After this, we were suited up in a kind of overall/boiler suit type thing, and then waited to be called for our time on the track.
Our time had come… we found out we were racing other people which was fine, we grabbed our helmets and sat in our respective Go-Karts and waited for the green light to set off. We set off on or 10 minute session, the first lap being a slow crawl around to get used to the track, and the people we were racing with decided to go full power around on the first lap which was a bit silly of them!
The track involved lots of tight corners and even a bridge which you had to go up, over and down with a sharp hairpin left turn at the bottom…this proved a bit of a task for Jennifer, as she had come to a stop at the bottom of the bridge and then left suddenly at speed into one of the barriers! Jennifer was absolutely fine, if not a bit shaken and wedged under a barrier, and the RaceWorld staff were absolutely brilliant and came to her rescue and quickly released her; she sat out for the rest of the race.
The race then continued and we all got very competitive, drifting around the corners and occasionally bumping into each other (accidentally!). After our 10 minutes were up we arrived in the pits and then left the Karts. Our times were printed out in reception, and when we all got our results we found that Jennifer had come 1st as she had just about done one lap which was the fastest, and then Dominic, Jake, David and Baylee. Despite Jennifers ‘bump’ we had such a good day, definitely something we will try and do again soon.
Written by Jake Hooper, Published by Dom Palfreman
Hello again from Rossco Baines.
On the evening of the 23rd of January we went to the 'Sandford Orchard Wassail' in Sandford.
Wassailing is an old tradition of singing (and just generally being noisey!) to apple trees in orchards which helps promote a good apple harvest. This has been done for many years across the country but this Sandford Wassail is in its tenth year so this was to be a bit of an occasion, plus we were given the opportunity to create our own Wassail song and perform it there which was an honour.
We met up with the rest of our gang at the Lamb Pub in Sandford to have a drink and catch up before the procession started. The procession came down through the town with flame torches and pitchforks, lots of folk music and morris dancing. There was then a small acted out scene which was very enjoyable. After this, a tradition of finding a Wassail King and Queen was announced which consisted of everyone eating a piece of apple and cinnamon cake, with 2 cloves hidden in 2 slices of the cake and if you had a clove in your slice you were announced King or Queen! Neither of us had a clove though!
When it was time to start the wassail we walked up to a very muddy field keeping quiet on the way up to respect the towns people in their houses with music. We arrived at the orchard and everyone gathered around the trees.
As is the tradition, toast was put into the tree and cider poured into the trees roots, and then the noise commenced. Everyone joined in with the Sandford Wassail which consisted of singing, shouting and then making as much noise as possible with shotguns being fired…all to scare the evil spirits away.
After, we were given the opportunity to perform our own Wassail which was such good fun, some people even joined in with us! We all had fun and hope its happening next year and we are invited again, many thanks to Sandford Orchards for having us!
Written by Ross Baines, published by Dom Palfreman
**photos will be added soon!**
On the 21st January we were given the amazing opportunity to go to the FabLab at the Exeter library.
We met at the bus stop and made our way to Exeter. When we got into Exeter we made our way to the library where we were met by the FabLab volunteers. We also met Stuart Q’s sister, Charlott, in the FabLab (who is the FabLab manager) and she gave us a talk about the machines.
We were shown the 3D Printer and a Vinyl Cutter as well as being shown some of the things you can make on the Laser Cutter and the 3D Machine. We then took it in turns to design butterflies on the tablets which then sent them to the laser machine in a format that the machine could understand they were then cut out in a type of corrugated plastic material, after a few attempts they came out looking really good!
It was really clever, we had a really good time and have made some lovely butterflies which will be displayed at our Arnos Vale project this year. Many thanks to the FabLab for having us and we will see you again this Friday for a full 'makey makey' session!
For more information on the FAB Lab please visit their website, www.fablabdevon.org
Written by Jennifer Baines, published by Dom Palfreman
On Sunday a group of us went on a trip to the Eden Project, it was a long journey and when we got there we found out we could get a pass for us and a carer for £12.50, this pass entitles us to free entry for a whole year; awesome!
We had a coffee and then made our way to the biomes for our lunch, after lunch we went into the rainforest biome. It was amazing, and so warm and many exotic and interesting plants - we also got to see some traditional rainforest shelters which was amazing. We then went in the Mediterranean biome where there were many different and interesting plants to see and the climate was very different. After we had looked round the second biome, Jake took me up to the sky wire building as I was about to go on the longest zip wire in the UK - it is over 600 meters long!! After I had read and signed a document they kitted me up in the safety harness, then I had to climb into the minibus with the zip-wire-instructor to go up to the starting point. Once there, more safety gear was put on and they put a wind-breaker on so as not jar my back on the landing, the instructor then supported me to get into the correct position and I was off!
It was amazing to go over the biomes, it felt like I was flying! Then we met up with the others for a drink before heading home it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip had by all and we will definitely be going back again with our passes!
Written by Jennifer Baines, published by Dom Palfreman