January and February have been a great couple of months for the project, as we continued to grow our regular events, workshops and screenings and introduce some new ones.
Afternoon Tea Ceilidhs
Our monthly Afternoon Tea Ceilidhs have been growing with every month since our first one in October. People of all ages from all over Skye and Lochalsh have come out in all weathers to sing, dance, make friends and enjoy a strùpag and homebaking. A fantastic way to give ourselves a boost on a Monday afternoon and beat those winter blues. Please keep your eyes peeled for the next one, which will be at The Skye Gathering Hall on Monday 26th March.
Step Dance Taster Sessions
Continuing with the theme of dance, Sophie Stephenson of Sophabulous Steps led two taster workshops in February, one in Breakish Hall and the other at Aros. Percussive style Scottish step dance is a fun, active and social activity for all ages. The groups started with stretching and a warm up, before learning some strathspey, reel and jig steps.
Everyone who came along had a hoot! Above is the group at Aros, and below at Talla Bhreacais.
Relaxed Film Screenings at Aros Community Theatre
Our monthly Dementia Friendly Screenings continue to be a hit. Attendees have recently enjoyed Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris.
Our next screening will feature Judy Garland, Easter Parade on Monday, 19th March. We have also enjoyed welcoming parents, guardians and toddlers to the cinema for relaxed screenings of Ferdinand and Coco.
Musician, Donald Livingstone has recently begun leading sing-alongs in south Skye, following the success of his Christmas sing-along at Aros. He led a Burns Sing-along for attendees of the Sleat Lunch Club at Hotel Eilean Iarmain. Over the next couple of months, he will be bringing his music and song to An Acarsaid Care-home in Broadford for residents and their friends and family.
Researcher, Rosaidh Phillips and artist, Caroline Dear have been working with pupils of Raasay Primary School on a project researching local Gaelic place names.
They are now in the process of creating a map and leaflet with Caroline, which will be shared with the community and visitors to the island.
Rick Taylor and Pam Allan brought their recycled tins, balloons, tape, table-tennis balls and sticks to Tigh na Drochaid NHS Day Centre in Portree. The first session was spent making musical instruments.
The second session was spent making music. Both workshops were full of laughter and fun for all who took part!
More Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You activities
Other recent activities have included monthly Creative Writing workshops at both Portree Library with Maoilios Caimbeul and An Crubh, Sleat with Rody Gorman; weekly Movement for Health sessions for older people with Meena Watts at Tigh na Drochaid NHS resource centre and Creative Writing Sessions for pupils of Bun Sgoil Shlèite in Gaelic and English with playwright Mairead Bush.
There is information on upcoming workshops and events on our website, facebook page, and the West Highland Free Press What’s On section as well as our What’s on leaflet.
As always, we welcome contact from groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in getting involved in Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01478613649 to get in touch.