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Writing Our Way From Loneliness to Connection.

Posted on September 9, 2019

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Kerryn Alt is hosting this short course over four weeks of writing for wellbeing workshops. You will use creative writing exercises in a small group to explore our experiences of loneliness and connection. These workshops are facilitated by trained practitioners with a focus on the writing process. Some mindfulness practices are included, as well as tea, coffee and cake, of course.

Designs for Life: Craig White of White Design

Posted on September 5, 2019

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The LILAC housing scheme in Leeds is a co-housing community of 20 eco-build households. The homes and land are managed by residents through a Mutual Home Ownership Society, a pioneering financial model that ensures permanent affordability.
Join Architect Craig White for an exploration into alternative affordable housing.

WHY family fun day

Posted on August 1, 2019

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a fun filled fabulous Frome event. enjoy stalls, face painting, bouncy castle, food and drink. as well as the fabulous Rocktopus.

‘Amy & Alice, Two Sculptors, Two Stories’ – Sue Bucklow & Phylida Shaw

Posted on May 28, 2019

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Writer, Phyllida Shaw will share her research into the work of Alice Meredith Williams, which includes the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle and Casting The World Curator, Sue Bucklow, will shed some light on the little acknowledged life and work of Amy Singer , daughter of John Webb Singer, who shared a studio with Camille Claudel and was mentored by Rodin.

Statues Slavery and Empire by Dr Madge Dresser

Posted on May 20, 2019

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In collaboration with Casting the World project, Frome Society for Local Study welcomes Dr Madge Dresser, a visiting research fellow UWE and retired Associate Professor of Social and Cultural British History, University of Bristol. an illustrated talk revisiting our monumental heritage, which will include a focus on work produced in Frome by J W Singer and Sons. Statuary which is found in many parts of a now changed world.

Architecture Club: Bio-diverse Communities Sarah Jones-Morris

Posted on May 15, 2019

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Join landscape architect and urban designer, Sarah Jones-Morris for an exploration of our relationship with the natural world and find how putting bio-diversity at the heart of our urban environments is essential for our future survival. Sarah Jones-Morris is the director of Landsmith Associates based in Bristol. 


Posted on April 24, 2019

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Join us for two acoustic sets, including singer-songwriter Phil Cooper, recently featured on BBC Radio 6 BBC Music Introducing show with Tom Robinson.
Sara Vian will be performing a 30-40min set at the exquisite Rook Lane

We’re also delighted to announce that local legend and the mind behind Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, will be giving a talk and taking questions at WHYacoustic.
WHY receives no central government funding so relies on community fundraising and the generosity of individuals and grant-making trusts to survive.

Architecture Club: New Boundaries with Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi

Posted on April 18, 2019

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A talk by Chris Romer Lee on his practice’s collaborate work with artists and water. Linking with the Rook Lane Exhibition ” Casting The World, The story of JW Singer & Sons’ via his relative Hamo Thornycroft. Thornycroft not only had multiple sculptures cast by the Singer Foundry in Frome, but also came from a family of world famous naval engineers.

Architecture Club: Farm to Fork with Fergus Fielden

Posted on April 8, 2019

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Fergus will present a range of projects from the practice’s own self-build studio on a city farm next to Westminster Bridge through to Charlie Bigham’s factory, a new 6000m2 kitchen in a quarry near Wells and winner of the RIBA 2018 Building of the year south west. Along the way he will talk about the practices cultural work including The Weston, a new gallery embedded into the hillside on the eastern boundary of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and how craft, materials and a deep reading of sense of place shape their work.

Architecture Club: In search of Rural Architecture with Graham Bizley

Posted on April 2, 2019

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Graham Bizley is an architect and writer based in rural Somerset. He established Prewett Bizley Architects with Robert Prewett in 2005 and moved out of London in 2011 to set up a Somerset office.

Rook Lane Chapel

Available to the community as the perfect setting to showcase skills and artistic talent, this prestigious venue is used for performances and exhibitions.

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For information on hiring the venue for events/ exhibitions please do not hesitate to contact us directly to discuss available dates & times.

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This magnificent Grade I listed building in the heart of Frome, Somerset provides the most elegant and timeless of surroundings for your special day.