Hive has a winning week

It’s been a great week at Hive, we have embarked on our first Introduction to Silversmithing course, the participants in our Thrive sessions have created some wonderful animations, our Independent Drop-In has been bustling and we have won a Silver Award. All in all there is a positive atmosphere in the place.

Elaine Douthwaite ran the Introduction to Silversmithing course last Saturday and we have seen some beautiful pieces of jewellery from those that attended. One of our participants gave me this feedback,

I attended Elaine’s silver ring making day course at Hive. It is a great location right in the heart of Shipley and is very friendly and safe. The group was nice and small and I learned to saw. I made my future hubby his wedding ring! Wow.

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Another student said, I really enjoyed the Silversmithing day course. It was really worth the time and money to make something that means a lot. On my ring I have engraved a small message for my fiance!!

Our next Silversmithing course will take place on Saturday 12th December. For more information call 01274 598928 or email us at

I know I know, you are desperate to find out what we have won this week…but first let me tell you how wonderful it has been to see so many of our Independent Drop-In users this week. Hive has 3 fantastic studios for you to use as part of your membership. Our ceramics studio is spacious, well equipped and very friendly, as is our Woodwork room and our Visual Arts studio. Keep up to date with studio availability via our live calendar.

And finally… I am incredibly proud to announce that Hive has won a Silver Award in the Yorkshire in Bloom 2015 competition. The judges had this to say,

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Led by project co-ordinator Claire, a group of HIVE volunteers have cleared an overgrown patch of land in Shipley and created a small but fascinating garden dedicated to growing dye plants and other plants connected with the dyeing process. This garden is the hub for site-based dyeing activities and for outreach projects which have engaged many community groups, individuals young and old, and people with mental health issues.

A fantastic multi-coloured patchwork hanging created entirely using plants from the garden and with each patch made by a HIVE volunteer or client was a wonderful example of what could be created from such a resource. A parallel could be drawn with a delicious meal created from a small productive garden!

It was good to see that Claire and her team had been mindful of the future of the garden beyond the Heritage Lottery funding and have secured funds both for a mental health project (Flourish) and from Kew Gardens as part of their ‘Grow Wild’ initiative.

Well done to everyone who has been involved with the Hive dye garden.

Have a great weekend everyone.


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