An end to winter’s dark days

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CAROL’S PLOT: By Carol Parker

Those horrible dark, grey days of winter are slowly being replaced with warm, growth inducing ones ... so it’s time to gather my tools and flask and head down to my allotment shed.

I’m always surprised at how well my plot has looked after itself while I’ve been a reluctant gardener; okay there are a few troublesome weeds here and there but with a few hours’ TLC it will soon get whipped into shape.

It’s too early and the ground is too cold to do any planting, but I’m gradually clearing the ground of redundant vegetables and preparing the soil for another year’s bumper crop.

I’ve been asking around to see if anyone would be interested in sharing the growing space with me and have found two people eager to start growing their own vegetables; I’m looking forward to the company and keen to involve others so get in touch if you’d like to be part of a community allotment space.

I’m busy delivering creative sessions for those living with dementia and their carers across South Lincolnshire, funded by Boston Big Local and the Dementia Support Fund. The sessions aim to increase engagement in the arts, raise awareness of dementia, and remove the stigma associated with the disease.

‘Memory Lane’, the Boston group, has been commissioned to co-create a piece of public art, working with myself and mosaic artist Fiona Gurney. The work will be installed for Dementia Awareness Week May 15-21 2016, in Boston, when there’ll also be an added attraction ... why not pop along and see for yourself?!

If you or someone you know has dementia and would be interested in joining the creative sessions, they are held weekly at Tonic Health, in Spalding, on a Thursday from 11am-1pm; weekly at Jubilee Life Centre, in Grantham, on a Tuesday from 1-3pm; and fortnightly at Mayfields, in Boston, on a Wednesday from 10am-12pm.

Sleaford sessions will be starting weekly on a Wednesday from April 13, with the time to be confirmed. See artrovings.wordpress.com/making-for-memory-art-for-those-with-early-stage-dementia/ for contact details and more information on sessions.