Friday 30 August 2013

The Bakery Workshop at Camphill Milton Keynes

Maria Simon runs the Bakery workshop in Camphill Milton Keynes. On Sunday 11th August she gave a talk on bread and the bakery workshop. There are several different types of bread produced in the bakery which are sold in the shop and the cafe and that we can also eat. These include sourdough, wholemeal bread, Mediterranean, sunflower loafs, multi-seed bread, white bread, ciabatta’s and pretzels. Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods. Bread may be served in different forms at any meal of the day, eaten as a snack, and is even used as an ingredient in other meal preparations. As a basic food worldwide, bread has come to take on significance beyond mere nutrition, evolving into a fixture in religious rituals, secular cultural life, and language. Evidence from 30,000 years ago in Europe revealed starch residue on rocks used for pounding plants. It is possible that during this time, starch extract from the roots of plants, such as cattails and ferns, was spread on a flat rock, placed over a fire and cooked into a primitive form of flat bread. Around 10,000 BC, with the dawn of the Neolithic age and the spread of agriculture, grains became the mainstay of making bread.
Alex Fox

Friday 23 August 2013

Fair Play

Fair Play was a production by Festive Road and was performed at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes on Wednesday 24th July at 13:30 and 19:30.
This was the story of two sisters who began their journey on the family farm but everything changed when the Trickster came on the scene (cue:boo, hiss!)
The characters told the story of trade, taking the audience from the fields and power houses of past and present, to the most recent incarnations of market places; the disconnected shopping experience presented by faceless corporations.
Alex Fox

Friday 16 August 2013

Cultural Life Meeting

The Cultural Life Meeting is a meeting that happens every six weeks and the last meeting happened on Tuesday 16th July at 12.30pm. This is a meeting were we discuss what we do in the community and what events happen. Before the meeting started at 12.00pm, the people who went to the meeting could have pizza in the foyer of the Chrysalis Theatre. I thought that going to this meeting was useful since I didn’t know what was happening in the community.
Here is a short list of some of the things that were bought up.
1.       Events:
a.       Open-air Thetre in the Parks.
b.      Music for Willen in support of Willen Hospice.
c.       Haydn’s “The Seasons”.
2.     Evening Activities – Starting times and days?
Sport – Jongbum; Baking – Morghan; Miguel – cycling; Walking – Josune and Rebecca.
3.       Sunday Gathering.
4.       Community Gathering – Friday August 16th.
5.       Michaelmas play – “What Men Live By”
6.       Cultural folders in houses?
Alex Fox

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Bonaventure (Will She Hang?)

Bonaventure is a play by Charlotte Hastings which was performed at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July. The theatre group performing this play was Tread the Boards (TTB) which was founded in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, in 1986.
Set in 1947 as Britain emerged from the austerity of World War II the nurses and nuns residing at the hill top convent of Our Lady of Rheims had to cope with an influx of desperate villagers whose homes are being swept away in fearful floods. A driver and his three car passengers were also forced to seek refuge. But they were not what they immediately appeared and their arrival set in motion a sequence of events that will change some lives forever.
Alex Fox