A Busy Year!

It’s been a very busy year for Creative Café, and pottery wasn’t the only Time & Tide project that the participants undertook! Textiles artist Mandy Bangerter teamed up with the Café to produce an unusual project, in which participants painted a 5-metre high sail. The sail is now proudly on display at the Classic Boat Museum’s boatyard in Cowes.


Time & Tide also inspired some of our Christmas sessions, with members of the Café making decorations inspired by the projects. These adorned the Independent Arts entry in the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, and the tree was much admired by all!

2019 has seen the introduction of some new sessions, including an Independent Living presentation, an internet safety workshop, crochet and knitting sessions, and needlepoint. There have also been some old favourites such as movement and curling.

Creative Café has been grateful to receive a grant from Asda to purchase some sewing machines, and are once again working with Mandy Bangerter on some dinosaur based textiles banners, which will be displayed at Dinosaur Isle later in the year!



Time & Tide comes to Creative Cafe

Independent Arts are running a new project, Time & Tide. Funded by Arts Council England, Time & Tide positively celebrates the Isle of Wight’s ageing community and our natural and cultural heritage.

Through partnership with Age UK, Southern Housing Group, local museums and galleries, Time & Tide offers older people an exciting island-wide programme including creative workshops, museum visits, and pop-up exhibitions and touring collections to inspire and engage older people.

Of course as part of Independent Arts it was only right that Creative Café became part of Time & Tide and March was the month. As part of the ‘In The Footsteps Of Giants’ module of T&T our participants had the chance for a trip out to Dinosaur Isle in Sandown. The first ever CC field trip!!

After loading up the minibus the group spent a great hour at the museum being given a guided tour of all the exhibitions, taking plenty of photos on our iPads as they went.

Full of enthusiasm from all they had seen and learned at Dinosaur Isle the CC participants then had the chance to get creative, and dirty!!!

Artist Neil Treagar joined the Café for two weeks to run a pottery masterclass on all things prehistoric and the results were quite something!! The participants had a great time creating an array of different creatures which were then taken away to be fired in Neils kiln. They were painted on their return.

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The pottery workshops were followed up by another great session on the iPads, editing & printing the photos taken at Dinosaur Isle, and this concluded our month of Time & Tide. Watch this space though!!! Time & Tide will make it’s return in the summer.


Time & Tide is running community Heritage Cafe sessions in the Island Libraries throughout the year. For more information on Time & Tide and how you can get involved please follow the link to our website.



So what’s new?

After a ‘blog break’ we have plenty of catching up to do!!!

Christmas saw our CC participants enjoying a Crafty Christmas Party with the lovely Marilyn.  The music jingled away in the background whilst the participants made some lovely Christmas baskets full of shimmer & shine. Of course mince pies a plenty were enjoyed by all!

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In January the CC participants turned their hands to textiles. A two week course gave them time to complete some beautiful pieces using various sewing techniques and machine skills. Mandy Bangerter, our textiles expert, will be back to the Café soon.

The next few weeks saw the return of photography, Mindful Chair Yoga and crafting with Marilyn. A very interesting Singing for Breathing taster session was followed by Tai Chi. It proved very interesting and was the quietest the group had ever been!!!!

More to come…………

DanceMakers came to Creative Café


Independent Arts run weekly DanceMakers groups across the island and Creative Practitioner Michelle Hainsworth (leader of both Newport and Freshwater groups) came to visit the Creative Café ladies and spread the joy of dance!

The group enjoyed a gentle warm-up using familiar ballet choreography and then were given the opportunity to create their own dance motifs using only a paper plate.


What would your dance move be if you were given a paper plate?

For more information about Creativé Cafe or DanceMakers call Independent Arts 01983 822437 or visit our website http://www.independentarts.org.uk.

Creative Café Timetable October 2017 – January 2018

We have a range of activities on offer over the next few months.

Join us on Monday mornings 10am – 12pm at  Newport Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street. Sessions are completely FREE and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided too!

Any questions just give us a call 01983 822437.

Monday 23rd October Mosaics
Monday 30th October DanceMakers Taster Session
Monday 6th November Photography
Monday 13th November Silk Screen Printing & Felting
Monday 20th November Silk Screen Printing & Felting – continued
Monday 27th November Kurling
Monday 4th December Dance Workshop
Monday 11th December iPads
Monday 18th December Xmas Party with Festive Art & Crafts
Monday 25th December CLOSED – Christmas Day
Monday 1st January CLOSED – New Year’s Day
Monday 8th January Textiles
Monday 15th January Textiles – continued
Monday 22nd January Photography
Monday 29th January Mindful Chair Yoga

Felt, Flowers & Candle Holders

Over the last few weeks Creative Cafe have been getting crafty with some cute D.I.Y’s. Introducing  quick and easy tea light holders that would be the ideal handmade gift.


The Creative Cafe gang also enjoyed a new addition to our timetable – Textiles! New Independent Arts practitioner Mandy Bangerter brought along a beautiful array of scrap fabrics and taught us all how to make fabric flowers. These could be used as napkin rings or as an embellishment to any item or clothing. Picture a plain tote bag with these lovely additions at either end of the strap.


Finally, the ladies were presented with a wonderful surprise. Previously, a few of the Creative Cafe goers had created their own individual garden scene out of felt during an Art session. Independent Arts Art practitioner Marilyn Bersey has been busy stitching all these scenes together and created the most spectacular wall hanging!


We couldn’t be prouder of the wonderful work our group creates each week, what a talented bunch. If you would like to join the fun we meet every Monday morning 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Newport Methodist Church Hall on Quay Street. Sessions are free with tea, coffee and biscuits provided however, donations are always welcome.

See you there!

“We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.” – John Fowles

Last month at Creative Cafe, the group enjoyed a Creative Writing session run by one of our talented practitioners Ann Emery. The group tried their hand at poetry writing with the theme ‘Time’ at it’s heart.  For some, this was their first time putting pen to paper and the results were astonishing!

The group worked together bouncing ideas around the table and created two fantastic pieces of writing. The first poem was inspired by listening to the classic song ‘Catch a Falling Star’. The poem is titled ‘Putting in my Pocket’. The second poem is titled ‘The Colours of Time’.


Putting in my Pocket

That embroidered Majorca handkerchief,

Little dog Max

One photograph of my complete family

My crochet hook

Pen and paper

Small book of words

The twinkle of my daughter’s eye

My mother’s smile

A pocketful of time

Written by members of the Creative Cafe,  July 2017


The Colours of Time

Yellow and gold

Romantic walks on harbour wall,

Ancient ships rocking to the

Rhythm of our hearts, promises

Made within the magic of

The moment.

Rainbow bright

Colouring in the days,

Celebratory carnival of life,

Children playing on the beach

Living it up – before it is all

Too late


Repetitive, like a wind up

Gramophone, meandering and

Swaying along, remembering

Other places, and seagulls, making

Strange noises


Walking, through fields, woods

Wild flowers, showers of rain

Rustling leafy hedges, till leaning

On a gate, one

Panoramic view.


Night time, disturbed nights,

Waking too early. Listening to

Cats fighting, and somewhere, 

Lemon and dark sugar mixed

Bitter sweet.


Odourless, till we give it a reason

To come alive. Days, nights, arching

Across the sky. Stretch too long or

Shrink too short – can you

Tell the time yet?

Created by participants at  the Creative Cafe July 2017