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Adult craft events to make use of closed Swaffham school’s barn




Following the closure of a senior school, a Swaffham convent are trying to make use of a barn on the site by hosting various activities.

The Sacred Heart School purchased the barn adjacent to the site at the turn of the millennium.

However the closure of the senior school earlier this year means the convent are looking at new ways to make use of the barn as a facility.

Sister Francis with three completed camels
Sister Francis with three completed camels

A crafts design event took place on Tuesday at the barn in which adults were encouraged to create a “unique Nativity Tableaux”.

Sister Francis Ridler of Sacred Heart said: “People were invited to come and make their own designs.

“We are trying to make use of the barn now the school has closed and we have some ideas leading up to Christmas.

Father Mark Hackeson (parish priest) and Meg Heale putting the final touches to the crafts
Father Mark Hackeson (parish priest) and Meg Heale putting the final touches to the crafts

“It’s a lovely pottery room and a great big kiln, so it is a waste not to use it.”

However, she added that the turnout for the event was “a little disappointing” with only three in attendance including Father Mark Hackeson, parish priest from Our Lady of Pity church, and former arts teacher Meg Hearle.

The barn also hosted a craft event on Monday, which six people attended.

Final touches to the crafts
Final touches to the crafts

Sister Francis said the junior school at the Sacred Heart site would like to make use of the barn.

However, she added: “It’s a case of funding really.”

Further events are lined up for the barn including a ‘Festival of cribs’ from December 5-15 where people are invited to view a range of cribs from across the world.

A second ceramic Nativity Tableux design session will take place on Tuesday, December 3 from 10am to noon.

Adults of all abilities can also attend a ‘Make a green man ceramic plaque for your home or garden’ on Tuesday, November 12 from 10-2pm and December 3 from 2-4pm.

Christmas cards can be designed through a workshop on Monday, November 25 from 10-2pm.

Then a Christmas tree decorations workshop will take place on Monday, December 2, followed by a Christmas wreaths session on December 9.

Contact Sister Francis on 01760 724577 or email srfrancis8@hotmail.co.uk.



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