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Turning lampshades into lettuces!

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This Friday, 24 July we will be running an upcycling event with young people in Stratford to convert old snooker lampshades into vegetable, herb and flower beds for the community.

The event will be held at our Hub - situated within Stratford sports club - which provides free or reduced arts and sports activities, job clubs and educational classes for adults with learning difficulties from all over Warwickshire.

Anna Piper, hub advisor said: “We decided to pick up on ‘The Challenge’ government initiative and our main focus of the day will be turning snooker lampshades donated from the sports club into vegetable patches as well as a flower and herb garden. We will be doing this with the help of local young people aged 15 to 18 who have spent the past week fundraising for the Hub.

“We hope that this will encourage our learners to think creatively, give them practical skills and the responsibility of maintaining the beds once completed. The vegetable garden will also be used in our ‘health club class’ where our customers will be able to use the produce to make their own meals. We hope that this will, in turn, help them to make healthy food choices.”

The Hub hires out two rooms from the sports club for customers on a regular basis so the vegetable patch, herb garden and flower bed will be placed around the club and the herb garden will also be used by the chefs there for the various functions they cater for. Anna concluded: “We are so grateful for their support and believe this project will not only improve our customers’ health and wellbeing with learning something new but it will give them the opportunity to feel that they have contributed to their community.”

Pete Phipps, sports club chairman said: “I was so pleased when Anna asked if Bromford could make use of our old snooker canopy lights for this interesting community project. Our club works closely on a daily basis alongside Bromford and we look forward to seeing the garden grow and benefiting from its produce.”

Read more about the Hub activities here.