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Monday, July 28, 2014

Get creative at Sandy Lane

There are plenty of free fun activities for all the family to get creative at Sandy Lane Shopping Centre, so make sure you come along and have a great time. From puppet making sessions to a vintage fair, there really will be something for everyone at Sandy Lane over the coming weeks.

The packed programme of events is part of a wider scheme West Lancashire Borough Council is looking to work on in partnership with Lancashire County Council. The aim of this is to make the centre an even more inviting place to shop, work and visit, and consultation events have been organised for local people to give their views and ideas

Councillor Andrew Fowler, portfolio holder for Regeneration, said: “I hope people will really get involved in the Sandy Lane project by coming to our consultation events. But there are plenty more fun activities they can enjoy, so come along to Sandy Lane as it is definitely the place to be over the next few weeks.”

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Sandy Lane Shopping Centre is a thriving part of the Old Skelmersdale community and the events we have planned of the next few weeks will only serve to enhance that.”

Puppet making sessions take place at 63 Westgate on Tuesday 5 August and Wednesday 6 August. Children aged between 7 and 12 can make amazing imaginative festival characters and then develop a story with them. Younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult.

On Friday 15 August professional storyteller Sue Allonby will host a magical story telling activity using the characters created during the puppet making workshops between 1pm – 2pm and 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Adults can come and share stories of Old Skelmersdale, by joining the ‘It’s a stitch up’ textile workshops in the Sandy Lane Unit. They can work with textile artist Julie James-Turner, to create an imaginative textile artwork based on Sandy Lane. Sessions take place on Tuesday mornings 9, 16 and 23 September between 10am and midday.

The whole family can enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic at Stanley Coronation Park, Skelmersdale, on Saturday 23 August. Children can bring their teddy bears and have fun in the park with storytelling and creative activities form 11am – 2pm.

The activities continue into September with Make beautiful letters, in the Sandy Lane Unit on Friday afternoons 5, 12 and 19 September from 1 – 3pm. A master class in calligraphy taught by Brian Whitmore and an opportunity to surprise your friends and family when they open their Christmas cards.

The final event will be a vintage and handmade fair at the Sandy Lane precinct on Saturday 27 September, with between 10 and 15 stallholders plus a vintage and handmade activity stall. There will also be a garden in a shoebox competition, and vintage DJs and folk dancing to entertain the crowds.

Longer term plans for the centre could include new seating, landscaping, and improvements to the entrances and walkways as part of an initiative that seeks to build on Sandy Lane’s heritage. 

The next consultation session where people can give their ideas as well as enjoying some fun creative activities takes place on Saturday 2 August between 10am and midday and 1pm and 3pm. This will reveal the hidden history of Sandy Lane by bringing alive its history by creating flagged bunting that will be installed around the centre. Two more sessions, entitled ‘On the Fence’, take place on Tuesday 19 August and Friday 22 August. Visitors can also work with artist Sarah Jane Richards to design and create carnival creatures to adorn the street furniture at Sandy Lane.

Bookings and further information for all of the above events contact West Lancashire Borough Council Arts Development Services, Chapel Gallery 01695 571328 or email jenni.ashcroft@westlancs.gov.uk.

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