Creswell Gets More Creative

Junction Arts are thrilled to have been awarded further funding for Creswell Gets More Creative from the People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery East Midlands.

We are now able to take this already successful project to the next level. Not only will we continue to deliver a programme of fortnightly arts workshops for people living in and around the Bolsover village of Creswell, participants will be taking the initiative and planning two workshops a year for the local community.

This project has been running for four years now and those taking part have recognised the value of being involved. They are intellectually and creatively stimulated and also the enjoy benefits to their health and wellbeing by coming together on a regular basis, sharing their life stories, making friends and offering support when times are hard and they want to share these benefits with others.

A project steering group develops the programme along with the project coordinator and delivery began in August and will continue until 2024.

Cresswell Gets More Creative group photo with Christmas Wreaths they made during a Workshop.

Christmas Wreath Making

The final workshop of 2022 took place on the 9th December and was delivered by florist Sheila Robinson who ran a Christmas wreath making activity. Using greenery foraged locally members made some really beautiful wreaths to adorn their doors. This workshop brought to a close another truly inspiring programme that was enjoyed by members who come together every fortnight to be creative in the company of friends.

Coming up in 2023 is yet another exciting programme, and we’ll be working with more talented artists and crafts people from across Derbyshire and further afield.

Silk ribbon embroidery
Ann Esders  from Heirs & Graces in Matlock shared her skills, showing the group how to embroider with ribbon, an embellishment technique that employs silk ribbon and thin woven ribbons to create floral designs. This was an embroidery style new to everyone and it certainly required a degree of concentration but once the basic techniques had been mastered some beautiful floral images were created.

Felt pots
On the 19th August we travelled to Beeley, a picturesque village in the Peak District to take part in a workshop delivered by Jude Shore. Jude is a master felter and she showed the group, step by step how to make a small felt pot. It was quite remarkable how the 3D form emerged, it took patience and a lot of faith in Jude’s method and, true to her word almost miraculously the spherical pot appeared!

“Thank you for organising the felted pot workshop – it was a fabulous session and I had a wonderful day …. I love my pot!” Lynne

 “The workshop was so relaxing and fulfilling, thank you.” Helen

Christmas gnomes
There’s nothing like being organised for Christmas and even though it was still September the group  enjoyed making a decorative Christmas Gnome light. With a bit of knowhow from artist Pam Roberts this is a great way to reuse and recycle old clothes and plastic bottles to brighten up those dark winter nights!

Ceramic wind-chimes
In September artist Tracy Bramley led a workshop to make a beautiful ceramic wind-chime featuring leaves and natural forms. Tracy took all the individual pieces away to be fired and strung and returned them two weeks later to the delight of everyone.

Silk Painting
We welcomed back artists Gail Stafford to share yet another of her skills, silk painting. This is a process that can’t be rushed and was delivered over two x four hour sessions. The variety of designs was wide ranging and the final pieces were stunning.


People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants.