Friday, 30 May 2008


Today marked a emotional last visit to Marlhill Court. The sheltered home is in the process of closing, scattering tenants (aged 65 to 97) all over Stockport and beyond. We’ve been working there, every week, for 3 years and it feels like we’re leaving an extended family. I feel very privileged to have met so many wonderful people, with so many stories to share and reminiscences that reflect a broad spectrum of human experience. We have met creative, articulate and clever people who never had the opportunities for further education. Many left school at 14, and didn’t touch drawing or creative writing until recently. But when given the encouragement and the materials to do so, in later years, have left their lasting, meaningful mark with text and art.

I’ll miss the tea, the cakes and most of all of all the people at Marlhill. Good luck and keep in touch.

P.S a very happy Birthday to Beaty for tomorrow, and thanks again to Rebecca for the wonderful strawberry cream tea x

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