Rooted: Banner Making & Planting Workshop

The PermaFuture Project

Snail Girl We might be gardeners, but we still love snails😉

We had a fun day today at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery…

In preparation for the Rooted ‘Harvest Moon Festival’ later in the year we planted up some more planters…

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Including Thomas’s ‘Tea Pot’…


…Jessic’a ‘Wellie’…


…and a whole host of other fun things…

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As well as getting our hands dirty planting…

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…we also started to stitch the Rooted banner…

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We used fabric & buttons…

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…and everyone got stuck in…

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…except John, who got stuck making flat-pack furniture…

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…which will become a planter during a future workshop.

It wasn’t long before the banner took shape…

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But if you want to see the finished article you’ll have to pop down and see us at Pride on Saturday in Sir Nigel Gresley Square…

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We won’t be hard to miss as we’ll be the ones with a big green yurt!

Until then…

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#Doncopolitan Issue 6 – the Random Acts of Kindness issue is out now!

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Phew!… Its been a bit of a slog but we’ve managed to get issue 6 of the Doncopolitan out just in time for Crimbo… and what an issue it is!..

I’m delighted to have my good friend Rima Staines on-board as this month’s featured artist (along with two of South Yorkshire’s finest stitchers, Ria Doyle & Abi Nielsen) and we have some cracking content from the likes of Greenjacker, Fran Bibby, Paul Dyson and Ben McCall. Check it out online…

Better still hunt down a paper copy around town… or if you’re still unfortunate enough not to have moved to Donny ask me nicely and I’ll post you one out😉

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in Doncaster Minster – #IloveDN for heritage #DoncasterIsGreat for #Art & #Photography

Scottish Diaspora display

The beautiful Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is currently on display in Doncaster Minster. The tapestry was the brainchild of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival and was created by people from 25 world worldwide communities with connections to Scotland. This will obviously be of interest if, like me, you have Scottish ancestry, but there is actually a deep connection for all Doncastrians.

English tapestries

Of the dozen or so English panels four are from Doncaster and celebrate significant Donny people and events…

Earl Henry


Jack Kane

Nigel Gresley

But even if you have no connection to Scotland or Doncaster the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is worth a visit for the sheer vibrant beauty of seeing these wonderful stitched pieces set against the backdrop of the minster.










Ian Bone

On arrival yesterday two uniformed police approached me, said they had been reading this blog and that it was illegal to encourage people to block the rich doors. They had been waiting inside the rich reception area and were joined by two others. No doubt Redrow have been putting pressure for action.
So I would like to make it clear to them as they read this. We are exercising our right to demonstrate and we expect the police to support this rather than act as security guards for Redrow. I am not encouraging people to block the doors merely to talk to those entering and give them a leaflet about what we are protesting about. That will remain our intent in future weeks. If some residents wish to crawl under our banner nowhere near the entrance then that is their decision…indeed their right.
I have no doubt we are going…

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