Spring is here and we are getting very busy

There is always something happening at The Old Library however we are really busy this spring.

Here is a list with links to some of the things we have been up to so far this spring:

  • Hosted the first Prestatyn Dementia friendly meeting
  • Attended the Wales in Bloom Launch
  • Worked with Prestatyn Men’s Shed to form their constitution, membership criteria and Health and safety rules.
  • Held our usual weekly activities.
  • Purchased materials for our Voluntary Arts Week and Grow wild projects
  • Worked with North Wales Police to organise an event in July
  • Organised an event for Easter Saturday
  • Started work on the outside area’s.

    Here are some pictures from Saturday the first day of spring in 2016

Yarn bombing outside the Old Library during Voluntary Arts Week

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.

“A type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”

Loom knitting
Jayne using the knitting loom made by men’s shed to produce yarn bombing materials

All of the art and craft groups that Artisans Collective facilitate at The Old Library Arts, Craft and Heritage centre in Prestatyn will be taking part in Voluntary Arts Week as well as receiving help from Men’s Shed Prestatyn.

Voluntary Arts Week takes place each May, in cities, towns and villages across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It’s a chance for people to get creative – sharing what they already do, or trying something new for the first time.

Creativity comes in many forms, from music and singing or visual art and craft to digital art and even cooking or gardening. However you choose to express yourself, you can take part in Voluntary Arts Week between 6-15 May 2016.

Aimee’s Art group and Yvette’s Crochet groups are working hard to prepare, and Steve and Pete are busy procuring materials for the outside displays. Meanwhile Jayne is busy knitting using the loom made by a Prestatyn Men’s shed member for part of the yarn bombing.

How it all began

The first Voluntary Arts Week took place in Scotland in May 2011 but, like most good ideas, we borrowed it from someone else.

Since 2007, thousands of people across Belgium have been enjoying the annual ‘Week of Amateur Arts’ (or WAK as it’s known there) and we thought a similar event would work well here.

In 2012 Voluntary Arts Week was rolled out across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Hopes are high that it will continue to thrive and grow into the future, just like WAK – and you can help make it happen.


Busy times at The Old Library

Busy with lots of exciting plans for springtime and beyond in 2016.

As the weather is beginning to improve and the daylight hours are increasing nicely, the team at the old library in Prestatyn are busy planning and beginning to start work on our outdoor projects.

Alongside Prestatyn Men’s Shed we are busy starting to build our outdoor planters this week .

Aimee’s Art group are well under way with their work for voluntary arts week. 
busy art group
Jayne’s childrens art and craft workshops are busy creating lots of things linked to our Grow Wild activities. They are looking forward to helping with sowing and planting over the next few weeks.Kids bunnies

Yvette’s Crochet group are really producing some lovely items and to quote Yvette “Great company and laughter at today’s Crochetiquette class.

No crocodile tears over making our crocodile stitch flower.

I love seeing the progress and confidence that my crocheteers have gained over our time together; they make me very proud and happy”crochet example

It is not all about art and craft however as we are also involved with our local communities health and wellbeing, we hold Stop Smoking Wales sessions each Tuesday evening from 5pm, and are working with our town council and the Alzheimer’s society to help raise dementia awareness in our locality.

The monthly meetings for the walking festival are being held in the old library and it is nice to be working together to help promote the great things they are doing locally.

There are also literally dozens of other schemes and ideas that we are working on in the background that we know will benefit our local community.

We are really pleased to be proving our worth as a “not for profit” community interest company/social enterprise.

It is great to see our local health board and local councils starting to recognise the benefits of commissioning and procuring from social enterprises like ours.

Social enterprises place social value at the heart of how they work, and
believe that public services should be delivered in a way that provides
maximum public benefit to the local community.

Because of this, Social Enterprise UK has long campaigned for commissioning and procurement to take social value into account, to ensure that the full  weight of the public sector’s purchasing power is directed at achieving social and environmental benefits alongside financial efficiency.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act is a giant leap towards making
this happen.

The Act, which was granted Royal Assent in March 2012
and will be implemented from January 2013, will for the first time
require public bodies to consider how the services they commission and
procure might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing
of the area.

There is more information here.

%d bloggers like this: