An Informal Welcome!

So at last, one of our new workshop buildings is finished and over the last week boxes have moved over and some looms have been built in there, all beginning the gradual process of moving in.

So in order to mark this moment we thought we would have a community gathering!

We all felt it was very important that we had the opportunity to say “goodbye and thank you” to the old workshops and “hello and welcome” to our new beautiful workshop spaces and to mark the beginning of something new!

We all gathered at 11.30 at the old weavery workshop where Clare gave a moving account of her time in the old weavery. She has been there for 13 years, firstly part time and then full time and she has good positive memories of the time there. She said that one morning several weeks ago she came in early to work, it was still and quiet, the familiar smell of the apple blossom greeted her. The sun was streaming in the window, and she said that the idea of leaving this space suddenly hit her, and that she shed a tear, a little sad that she would be leaving. She said however that it felt that it was time to move on, time to move to a bigger space and how excited she felt about this opportunity. So we all clapped and thanked this old space, thanked Clare for looking after the space for this time and then we made our way down to the old seasonal craft workshop. Here Pete said that it felt like they had been “camping out” in this space for the last two years, and we all noticed that over that time the materials for the Seasonal craft workshop grew and grew but the space did not, so, like Clare, Pete is certainly looking forward to more space, he did say though that he would miss working so closely with the land as he had done, I am sure there will be lots of shared tea breaks! So we thanked Pete for his work there, and thanked the land team for sharing it and then we made our way to the new Craft Centre.

Here we shared with everyone that this was a very informal opening of the building, that the grand opening would be in September and this was just an opportunity for us all to say thank you to the old and welcome in the new !

It had felt like we had been waiting a very long time for this building to be built, it was like waiting for a baby to be born! And now at last it had been born, we wanted to welcome this new building into its new family, and welcome it into the Lantern Family! It was now going to take time for the new building to be filled with all the equipment to make the space feel like home! And that it would also take time for the earth to heal and for the space outside of the building to be made beautiful again. Then we brought everyone back to the idea of welcoming this new baby into the Lantern family, asking what do you want to do when you see a new baby, “you want to hug it” so that is what we invited everyone to do. So we all held hands around the building, we shuffled and moved and stretched and at last we managed to reach it all the way round and give it a great big hug!!! It felt like the right thing to do and then we all entered the building and “oooohhhh” and “aaah!” were the sounds that we heard. Everyone was amazed at how beautiful it was and it felt so right that the space was filled with us all…the christening of the building comes later…and we look forward to the grand opening! when the pottery and woodwork will also be finished ! Hurray!

View the photos of the gathering in “Our Photos” page.



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