Ukulele, anyone?

Lesley Wood (centre) shows Emma Horsman (left) and Lily Daniels how to make jewellery
Lesley Wood (centre) shows Emma Horsman (left) and Lily Daniels how to make jewellery
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WEARSIDERS are being offered dozens of opportunities to try out new art forms.

Sessions in singing to storytelling; poetry reading to jewellery making and ukulele playing to dancing are just some of the many free taster classes arranged by The Cultural Spring, a £2million Arts Council-funded project working in 10 wards on Wearside and South Tyneside.

Cultural development manager Emma Horsman said: “Our two-hour sessions aim to provide residents with the opportunity of trying something new and having fun.

“No previous experience is necessary and absolute beginners will be very welcome. Where sessions prove to be popular, we’ll look at supporting longer projects on a particular activity.”

The next few sessions are:

Tomorrow: 1pm-3pm, a local storytelling and gathering session at Castletown CA delivered by Carol Cooke.

Wednesday: 10am-noon, a jewellery-making session at Boldon CA, delivered by Claire Finlay and 10am-noon, a poetry reading and writing session with Carol Cooke at Redby Community Association.

Thursday: 12.45pm-2.45pm, a creative writing session with Fiona Evans at Southwick Old Town Hall and 5.30-7.30pm, a singing session with Liz Corney at St Andrew’s Church Hall.

An up-to-date list of the sessions can be found at and anyone with an idea for a session to be delivered within the Red House, Castletown Southwick, Fulwell and St Peter’s wards should contact Emma at