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ART FIX: Islanders create “ultimate” reuse shed

ART FIX: Islanders create “ultimate” reuse shed

Friday 19 November 2021

ART FIX: Islanders create “ultimate” reuse shed


From CD cases to windows, pallet boards to walls and fallen branches into door handles...a group of islanders have created a shed using only recycled and reused components, including an old metal frame found in a hedge.

Every Friday, Express presents a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

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Reuse, recycle, rebuild

Clients from Acorn Enterprises, which support people with a disability or long-term health condition with work and training opportunities, have built a shed entirely out of recycled and reused components.  

The build took two years and used an old metal frame from the plant nursery found embedded in a hedge in 2019 as the roof. Other items were sourced from around the Acorn site in some way, including paving stones and a door from old polytunnels and nails and screws sourced from Reuse or from dismantled pallet boards.

In addition, the charity’s clients used roofing felt that had been donated as well as a fallen branch to create a handle and CD cases to build a window. The walls were constructed from old pallet boards and wooden display units previously used in Acorn Reuse.

Many of the tools used during the construction were also donated.

The shed will be used by Acorn clients, who have a disability or long-term health condition, who work on the allotment.

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Pictured: Tim Le Breuilly and Rik de Louche in the plastic bottle greenhouse they made with Acorn clients last year.

“The shed will be used for potting on and working in when the weather is inclement,” Acorn Training and Development Coordinator Rik de Louche said. “It will also be used as storage for non-dangerous tools. The shed was two years in the making but that includes eight months of lockdown. One client has led the design and construction but many clients have helped complete the build.”

Last year, the charity’s clients gave a new meaning to “bottling it up” by creating a greenhouse out of recycled bottles and bamboo.

“Drainpipes will also be added to the shed and rainwater collected in the water butt,” Rik added. “We will use this to water the plants in the plastic bottle greenhouse, allotment planters and other areas.”

 

Standing ovation for choir’s first performance

A choir formed by employees of social enterprise Beresford Street Kitchen recently received a standing ovation for its first public performance. 

The BSK Choir was at the Royal Best Western on Sunday as part of an event organised by the Progressive School of Music to raise money for Jessie Mutero. The founder of inclusive dance company ‘Little Extra Love’ and mother of one-year-old twin daughters, Aquila and Starla, was diagnosed with secondary lung cancer in July 2020.

Earlier this year, doctors told her the tumours had regrown and that doctors weren’t able to remove them and since then islanders have rallied to raise money to support the family’s living expenses, as well as supplements Jessie takes to try and rebuild her strength.

Islanders have so far donated over £40,000 to a page set up by Jessie’s childhood friend Ashleigh Taylor as well as helping raise over £5,000 at a previous event hosted by the Progressive School of Music. Sunday’s event raised an additional £3,000.

 

Rouge Bouillon on the small screen

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Pictured: Everyone at Rouge Bouillon donned their fanciest dress for the sing-a-long.

Students and staff from Rouge Bouillon Primary School will be on TV tonight (Friday 19 November) as part of BBC One’s ‘Children In Need’ event.

Earlier this month, the school took part in a fancy dress sing-a-long to the new Calvin Harris/Tom Greenan song ‘By Your Side’, which was filmed and will be broadcast tonight between 19:00 and 22:00.

The BBC Big Fancy Dress Sing Along for Children in Need aims to raise £250,000 for children and young people across the British Isles to help them with their mental health.

 

Ramparts for Headway

There are only a few days left to grab tickets for the event hosted by local arts collective RampArts in support of Headway Jersey Sunday 28 November.

To raise funds for the charity, which supports islanders affected by a brain injury, the collective is bringing together live music and an art auction at the Royal Hotel.

Rich Allo and Ella Grace will be the opening acts, taking to the stage at 19:00.

A visual presentation of the RampArtists included in the auction – Barney de la Cloche, Aaron McMullen, Ricky Lewis, Danielle Mullins, Jonny Swift, Kelly Eastwood, Kevin White, Theo Jenner, Ali Robinson, Tim Bullock, Ricardo Santos, Carlo Zen and Stefan Riccio - will be screened at 19:30 before the single meal course. 

Monty Taft will then take to the stage at 20:30 before the premiere of Ricardo Santos’ Headway song and music video, filmed by Slingshot films. A longtime supporter of RampArts with Robbialac & CIN Paints Jersey UK, Ricardo wanted to produce a “euphonious” song for Headway Jersey, a charity close to his heart. 

Tickets are £30 and all proceeds from sales and the auction will go to Headway Jersey.

 

Relive the 80s

Jersey Museum is putting on a special screening of John Nettles favourite episode of the iconic Bergerac detective series,which has been organised by BBC Jersey to support Children in Need. It will be playing between 10:00 and 16:00 - bookings will not be needed.

 

L’Esprit de Noël

For youngsters looking to get into the Christmas spirit early, the Alliance Française will be hosting an afternoon of crafts tomorrow (Saturday 20 November) between 14:00 and 16:00, Participants from four to 12 will get to learn how to make their own Advent Calendar.

A Christmassy goûter and a screening of “Santa & Cie” by Alain Chabat (in French with English subtitles) will follow at 16:00 at Jersey Museum 

Next Friday (26 November), the Alliance will be hosting a raclette night from 19:00 at St. Andrew’s Community Centre. 

 

Dig up your roots!

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Pictured: The library is inviting islanders to become detectives and investigate their past.

Next Friday (26 November), between 10:00 and 12:30, Jersey Library is inviting islanders to become a detective and unearth their ancestors. Using the printed and online resources available for free at the library, the team will show participants how to find the keys to unlock their past.

A ski resort up north

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Pictured: Russell Layton's latest work was playfully inspired by French piste maps.

After giving a fishy twist to John Singleton Copley’s famous painting ‘The Death of Major Pierson’, local artist Russell Layton has designed a playful parody of the classic French piste map.

In his latest satirical piece, titled ‘Les Platons 150’, the highest ‘peak’ on the north coast cliffs, is transformed into an imaginary ski resort, whilst the dramatic bays become epic mountain scenery, cliff paths are ski-runs with distinctly Jersey names, and tiny cliff-top woods are sprawling alpine forests.

Loaded with visual puns that will resonate with anybody who has lived in Jersey, the high quality digital pigment print on archival cotton paper, is available in a limited edition of 15 through Private and Public Gallery. 

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