On the 16th December, Dominic and I were lucky enough to be able to visit the FabLab in Exeter Library which is “an open access, not-for-profit, community resource where anybody can invent and make just about anything”, to learn how to use a range of machines that we will be using to create butterflies for our Arnos Vale Cemetary project!
We brought a range of designs made by the team and chose a variation as we would need to create quite a large number for the project. We were shown a few examples of other work created there in wood and acrylic and then decided to test one of our designs in wood. We were shown the steps of using the machine but then encountered a problem, as we had brought along colourful designs only to find out the machine could only read them in black and white!
Thankfully we were helped by the staff and shown a way of fixing this, and our first test design were born! We were then able to give it a go on a piece of acrylic and the results were really good, we have a little way to go to get them absolutely perfect but considering it was only a test we were really pleased.
We will be returning on the 23rd to learn how to use the vinyl cutter which we may be using to make the wings for the butterflies, so I expect another blog will follow this one! All in all it was a very creative and fun day, thanks to the Fab Lab for having us!
Written by Jake Hooper, Published by Dominic Palfreman
Did you go to the big Tesco in Crediton on Friday afternoon? If you did you would have had to make a concerted effort to not notice us in the foyer! We had a great couple of hours singing some of our original songs as well as some real Christmas classics.
By filling our tins, members of the community gave a grand total of £117.99! This will go towards a new portable PA system which will help so much with our Jam Buddies events, any festivals we have stands at and will be really useful when getting ready for our Arnos Vale performance.
A big additional thank you to Andrew, the Crediton Tesco Community Champion, for inviting us to spend the afternoon at Tesco raising awareness of our project and what we do.
Alan from the Crediton Courier came down too so expect us to see in the local paper soon!
Here’s a video of us in action throughout the day and some photos too! Hopefully we’ll be back in Tesco doing some more stuff in the future…
Written by Dom Palfreman
Good morning all!
Just a quick blog to let you all know that we will be doing a little fundraiser at Tescos in Crediton today - starting from 1:30pm and running until we lose our voices or get too cold!
It would be great if you could pop in and see us and give us your support, whether that be financial or just some extra voices and cheer :)
We will be in the entrance space, with a couple of posters, business cards and flyers. Hopefully we will also have a laptop set up so that you can have a look at some of our videos and hear some of our music (should we not get the opportunity to perform live).
Love and Christmas cheer,
The Turning Tides Team
On the 3rd of December we hosted a Cocktail Party at the Kings Arms to celebrate Christmas and to celebrate a year of The Turning Tides Projects enabling service: EPIC.
In the morning we put up Christmas decorations, checked over the cocktail menus, put up posters and got the room ready. We put Christmas songs on to help us get ready, and then kept the Christmas songs playing into the evening to get us really into the festive mood.
Drinks were flowing with hand crafted cocktails mixed by expert bartenders, raffle prizes were won and live music played. It really is a most wonderful time of the year. With crowds of people, lots of which had never had the opportunity to meet each other, it was really great to see everyone involved and talking to each other and enjoying the music. What a young and exciting vibe we all create!
Some local businesses helped by donating prizes for the raffle, which we really appreciate and there were some great prizes to be won. Including drink sales we managed to take just under £150 - which is excellent; covering our cost and raising some money to go towards the cost of a PA System which will really help our Arnos Vale project and future Pub Jams in Okehampton and Crediton.
Karen Percival, Okehampton United Charities (who are one of our supporters), came to the cocktail party. So please keep your eyes pealed for an article in the Okehampton Times.
At the moment we haven't collected all of our photos and videos so here are just a few to keep you going...
Written by Ross Baines, Jake Hooper and Dom Palfreman