We had the first directors meeting of the year and despite a slightly dodgy Skype connection 7 of us had a really productive discussion, laying some ground work for events coming up. More excitingly, we talked about how the Pools of Interest concept is going to get wider groups helping to co-create our summer camp. Themes of community and generosity along with doing things differently were emerging strongly in our thinking. Look out for more information about this coming soon. Meanwhile these events are coming up!
Winter Solstice Party December 21st.
Keep December 21st in your diary – we are still planning a Winter Solstice Party on that date. Please look out for more information on this coming soon.
Stop Press! We’ve just booked St John’s Church Hall in Warley, Halifax – a lovely hall weve used a few times before with great success!
Winter Gathering January 27-29th 2017.
Book now to reserve your place! Winter Gathering is booking up fast. We have a limited number of beds available and only a £20 paid deposit will reserve your bed. Full payment to be made before the weekend. Use the website to book here including the opportunity to pay using PayPal or bank transfer or see the end of this email.
Part of the weekend, along with the usual festive fun, food and walks, will be dedicated to innovative ways we go about co-creating our next camp. The theme emerging this year seems to be ‘doing it differently’.
Here’s what else you need to know!
Why don’t you join us at the beautiful Ravenstor Youth Hostel in Derbyshire (SK17 8SS) for our Winter Gathering over the weekend of 27-29th January? Now is the time to book and pay for your place.
If you have been to a previous Winter Gathering then you will know what a rich and full weekend it can be. If not, please let me set the scene for you.
We gather on Friday evening from 4pm onwards, with open fires, friendly faces and all the anticipation of a wonderful weekend ahead. As part of the ‘doing things differently’ intention set at the members meeting after camp, you will already know, by the time you arrive, how we will co-create the gorgeous food we will be eating, so you will either be settling in, or helping prepare the first meal together in the large dining room.
The children and those who enjoy being more active can make full use of the games room and table tennis room.
There is plenty of space. Accommodation is in warm bunk rooms, typical for a youth hostel, not luxurious, but definitely clean and functional, on the first and second floors with plenty of toilets and shower rooms dotted close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided, but if the forecast is for cold weather you may need blankets.
Saturday will bring different things for different people and you can do whatever suits you best. Some people will stay in and around the hostel all day and there are usually at least two groups who go out for a walk of differing lengths and difficulty. Last year this included calling into a local hostelry.
Saturday evening will be fun, food and celebrations. The evening is all ours to enjoy as we wish. Please bring ideas for your part in the evening’s entertainment– a song, a dance, a story, a poem or games that you think will work for a large group of mixed ages.
We usually allow space on Sunday morning for the second members meeting of the DCN year. This year we will be doing it differently!! Sunday morning will be a creative space to feedback the results of conversations we have had during the weekend about how we are going to co-create the camp we want to be part of. There will be opportunity to be inspired by what has already been done and groups and conversations to join or leave about all aspects of camp. You will be able to choose where you fit and what you can offer. Coloured pens and paper may be involved!! Co-creating camp will be a theme for the whole weekend.
We then share our final meal of the weekend, help to tidy up and gather all our belongings and all leave the hostel by about 2pm.
It is amazing value for money. We have still to decide how the food will work out, but last year we agreed that adults pay £50 each and young people up to 18 pay £25 when food was included in the cost. We have already made a substantial non-returnable deposit on the event, which is why your deposit will be non-returnable. We do not aim to make a profit at this event as we do not want to make it difficult for anyone to attend based on the cost. If you prefer to come in a van to sleep in there is an option to pay less. As we are not clear how the food will work out at the moment, £50 is the most you will pay!
Marilyn is taking bookings again this year. Bookings are normally made on line here. Use the Special Requests box add any dietary requirements so they can be factored into the food planning. Pay your deposit of in full by PayPal or via Pay Bills in your personal online bank account. If you can’t book on line, you can email Marilyn directly here.
Hope to see you there!
Any questions, just reply to this email and I’ll get back to you.