Days 13 – 14 #5ways2wellbeing

Day 13 #5ways2wellbeing was a KEEP LEARNING day for me. Always on the hunt for new tasty recipes, I tried my hand at blueberry muffins for breakfast and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Day 13


Day 14 – a bit of all #5ways2wellbeing

I’ve been looking forward to this day for a good few months. All the preparation, planning and funding talks were worth it.

Beauty and Utility Arts have received Leicestershire County Council ‘Hi 5’ funding to run a four week intergenerational project with participatory artist Lisa Pidgeon and film maker Trevor Cobbe. The project will work with EMH Homes Prior Park and Lewis Charlton School, Ashby de la Zouch. The theme will be the 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1, linking in with a Lewis Charlton’s 2014 focus.

We will be using reminiscence objects, images and poetry to stimulate discussion and participants will work together to produce two wall hangings; one for Lewis Charlton and one for Prior Park.

Today we spent our time getting to know each other – our names and favourite activities and sharing them with the group.  



We started our discussions about WW1 with some poetry, read out loud by two group members. The first was a pro war poem by Leicester born Jessie Pope called ‘Who’s for the Game?‘ which makes war and fighting sound like an unmissable opportunity. The second poem, the well known ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen is a response based on the realities of being a soldier on the front line. 

Participants from Prior Park talked about their own families being involved in The Great War and the stories and objects passed down to them. We then compared some of life today with back then, thinking about the computer games played by B against the 16 year old boy in 1914 with no prior knowledge of fighting. 

Towards the end of the session we started thinking about all the animals that helped during the war; horses, pigeons, dogs and most surprisingly the elephants and camels mentioned in a previous post.

Lisa showed the group the Paul Nash inspired background she’d prepared and next week we’ll be getting our fingers busy, drawing and sewing – can’t wait.




About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (
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