Here are some more photos for you, our lovely supporters and followers. Thank you!!
The Tour has officially kicked off in St Neots. The weather couldn’t have been better and the visitors happier. Young and young at heart have joined in with the activities – recording a song, dancing with Sin Cru, beat boxing, mixing songs and indeed swimming and sunbathing. Lots of photos were taken – here’s a small selection for you:
Ahoy There! Anyone interested in joining the Get Creative Get Afloat Crew?
Just finalising plans for the crew for the Jubilee People’s Millions Tour at the end of August. If you would like to volunteer to crew and have a lovely trip down the river on a range of days from 17th – 27th August please post a comment or message me. No previous experience is necessary and all ages welcome.
It looks like we are approaching the end of this project and our little boat is ready to start work and be of use to the children and young people of Cambridgeshire. And, like the star that Get Creative is, she will get to start her performing career with a tour, coming to the biggest riverside towns near you! :-)
We are pleased to announce that Get Creative will be out on the waterways this summer running free sessions for everyone that supported us, their friends and families. Please do save the dates and come along and see us, try the equipment, meet the volunteers, talk to the team, see the young people in action and just have a good nd hopefully make new friends:
|Sat 18th August||St. Neots|
|Mon 20th August||Huntingdon (Riverside)|
|Tues 21st August||St. Ives (The Waits)|
|Thurs 23rd August||Ely|
|Sat 25th August||Cambridge (Jesus Green)|
|Mon 27th August (bank holiday)||St. Ives (by bridge)|
This past week has been a particularly exciting week for Get Creative Get Afloat. Last Saturday we took part in the Hartford Marina Open Weekend. All of a sudden we had a deadline to work to and this resulted in some very thorough tidying up and cleaning to make sure we could use the boat as a multimedia studio for the first ever time. It was a lovely sunny day and we showed lots of people around and sent some young people away with their own musical productions and DVDs.
The weekend was quickly followed by a visit to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. No, we didn’t manage to take the boat but we did take one of the volunteers, Woshil, who has done lots of work on the fit out over the past few months. Young Lives was invited to one of the Jubilee Garden Parties as a result of being a Jubilee People’s Millions winner. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed cucumber sandwiches and mini cakes. The royal party was out in strength and we were lucky enough to have a front row view of them as they left the Royal Tent.
And it isn’t finished yet, we now move onwards to Saturday 2nd June and Get Creative, Get Afloat will be joining us in St. Ives for our Open Day and Jubilee Celebrations. Today (Friday) we are busy trying to make sure we have a mooring on the town quay in St. Ives so that visitors tomorrow can come and see us and get involved in making a photographic record of the day. The it will be back to Hartford Marina on Sunday and making plans for painting and tiling and putting the flooring down, and a lot of other small jobs that need finishing off. We are getting there folks.
Well, summer seems to be here. I don’t want to scare it away, but this is the perfect weather for a boat to be out and about and used. The Get Creative barge has received a very thorough spring clean to make it presentable to the public and to make its debut this coming weekend. Well, we thought it was only fair for it to be part of the weekend Jubilee celebrations given that the main funding we have received towards the boat was from the Big Lottery via the Jubilee People’s Million programme done in collaboration with ITV. Therefore, on Saturday 2nd of June, the barge will be moored on the quay in St Ives, very close to the Old Bridge and it will open to the public for visits and tours. If you had enough of photos of the boat and want to see it in real life, come to St Ives on Saturday 2nd June between 10am-3pm and you will find us there. We will also have an open office at 17 Bridge Street so please do pop in, say hello and find out more about this project and the many others that we do. I will share no more photos of the interior of the boat before Saturday – just to be a tease and hopefully spur you to come along. It would be wonderful to meet as many of you as possible, you have been amazing support in getting us here and this entire project couldn’t have happened without you!
Looking forward to meeting some of you for the first time and seeing some of you again!
As we were saying the other week, although it seems to have been quiet recently, we have actually made a lot of progress towards the next stage. After all the planning was done, our volunteers hit the ground (water?) running and they have made great progress in fitting out the inside of the boat. A lot of not so glamorous, but very important changes have taken place like doing the wiring and plumbing as well as panelling the ceiling and the walls of the boat. I hope you agree that the attention to detail is amazing and even at this early stage it’s obvious that a lot of care and planning went into every detail. But we’d better let the photos do the talking. Hope you like them.