A Celebration of Creativity at Warsop Fun Palace

The Shed was awash with colour and noise on Sunday 7th October as the community came together for Warsop’s first ever Fun Palace!

More than 100 people of all ages joined in the fun and took the opportunity to learn some new skills as part of the nationwide FFun Palace 1un Palaces weekend.  These annual free events are run by local people for local people, and celebrate culture at the heart of our communities.

The Vibrant Warsop team coordinated the event as part of their Strengthening Communities work funded by Big Warsop.  Groups who offered their skills and expertise at the Fun Palace included Warsop Scouts, Ecologic, Warsop Footpaths Group and the Rotherham African Drummers.  Local volunteers also shared their skills in cake decorating, jewellery making, card making and apple pressing amongst other activities.

Fun Palace 3Event Coordinator, Mike Payne, said, “We set out to bring fun, creativity and colour to The Shed and reveal the creativity and skills which lie hidden within Warsop – well, we certainly did that! We had graffiti art on the walls, African and snare drumming, giant bubble and slime making, guitar and ukulele playing, arts and craft and heritage stalls, making cards and jewellery, a games area and model trains, apple press, lighting fires, decorating cakes and building bird boxes and eating lovely food and loads of people generally having a really Fab time. Looks like we’ll be having a Fun Palace next year!”

In addition to bringing the Fun Palace back to The Shed in 2019, Vibrant Warsop is planning to bring out the creativity in Warsop through new art and music groups and community activities.  If you would be interested in joining an art group (painting), a drumming group or a music/singing group – or if there is another creative activity you would like to be able to access in Warsop – Vibrant would like to hear from you.  Please email maddy@vibrantwarsop.org or call Maddy on 07984 367153.

Pop-Up Youth Roadshows Return for the Summer

The parks of Warsop Parish are once again playing host to a series of Youth Roadshows throughout June and July. 

The weekly pop-up youth club sessions are funded by Big Warsop and delivered by Warsop Youth in partnership with Sport 4 Kidz.  The Youth Roadshow programme runs monthly sessions in Meden Vale, Church Warsop, Warsop Vale and Market Warsop.  The remaining dates for Summer 2018 are:

Thursday 21st June  –  Warsop Vale
Thursday 28th June –  Market Warsop
Thursday 5th July     –  Meden Vale
Thursday 12th July   –  Church Warsop
Thursday 19th July   – Warsop Vale
Thursday 26th July  –  Market Warsop

The sessions – which run on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm-  are free and offer sports,  games, music and Xbox activities.  Young people from Year 1 upwards who are interested in attending can simply turn up and take part.

You can read regular updates and reports on the sessions at facebook.com/warsopyouth

Fun & Fundraising for the Friends of Warsop Vale

As part of a sunny bank holiday weekend in Warsop, the Friends of Warsop Vale held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Teddy Bear’s Picnic on the village green.

The event, which took place on Sunday 27th May, was well-attended by local residents, who not only enjoyed and supported the activities, but also offered generous raffle prize donations.

Many local businesses also supported the event by kindly donating some amazing prizes for the raffle.  Through sales of raffle tickets and a ‘Name the Teddy’ competition, the committee raised a fantastic £95.50.

With the continued support of the community, the Friends of Warsop Vale are already busy planning future events.  Look out for details!


Free Taster Sessions of Qigong Shibashi

Join us for a free taster session of Qigong shibashi at the Shed on Thursday 7th or Thursday 14th June (10am-11am).

Whilst our pilates teacher is away for the next two weeks, we are offering a couple of taster sessions of Qigong shibashi which is a form of Tai Chi designed to improve the flow and balance of energy leading to an improvement in general health and wellbeing. The sessions will be run by Qigong shibashi instructor, Michael Grey.

For more information go to https://www.shibashiqigongtaichi.org/


Helping to deliver the Christmas Fair for 2017

fair-300x200Vibrant Warsop helped to deliver another successful Christmas Fair at The Shed @ The Adam Eastwood Building on 2 December 2017. Around 750 people attended the event, which really brought the community together.

It was organised by Warsop Community Volunteers from across the Parish including Julie Jackson (WYC), Bill Power, Grant Simpson (Sport4kidz), Susan Barrass and Samantha Wilson (Surestart Parent Group), Geoff Snare and Arty Parkin (Warsop & Shirebrook District Rotary), Ruth Riches, Helen Tomlinson and Christine Parkin (Warsop Inner Wheel), Lee Butcher (sf4kids), Frances McLaughlin (Churches together), Andrew Melles and Cara Bostock (Warsop Scouts) and Maddy Pritchard (Vibrant). There were also extra supporters on the day including Jake Simpson, Nigel Jackson, Chris Wade, Kath Pritchard, Sharon Pritchard, Patricia Pritchard, Lisa Butcher and staff from Warsop Co-op.  Edwinstowe Lions provided their sleigh for the Rotary Santa Ted Smith.  Our thanks to everyone who was involved. (more…)

From War Veteran to Classroom Hero

IBilln November 2017, six Meden School pupils participated in the Youth in Action project, learning about the reality of combat from a real life Warsop veteran, Bill Power (pictured right).

The sessions were set up and supported by Caroline Hughes from Creative Warsop, who arranged for Bill to visit the school to talk to the young people about his five tours and twenty years of military service. The pupils were enthralled as Bill took them through a 300 year historical tour of the conflicts and history of the Light Infantry. He explained some of the battles and skirmishes that had played a key part in English and Irish heritage and had forever shaped our country’s future. (more…)