Wednesday 25 September 2013

Camphill Milton Keynes (Open Day)

Camphill Milton Keynes had an open day on Saturday 14th September. It started at 2 pm and finished at 5 pm. There were several workshops that were open and these included art and crafts, food processing, the bakery, the tools repair workshop, the weavery and the gardens.

Stall in the foyer of the Chrysalis Theatre.

Stalls on the grass area

Helping to make bread

The Bakery stall.

Pressing apple juice.
The tools workshop
Making baskets
The Weavery.
Playing games.
Alex Fox

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Interview with Mark

How long have you lived in the community?
I came here in 1969, when it was just in Pennyland.
What house do you live in?
What workshops do you do? (Which one do you like the most)?
I did gardening and the tools workshop. I liked the tools workshop the most.
What activities do you do (like evening class or painting)?
I did cookery.
What responsibilities do you have in your house?
I do some cooking and cleaning.
What do you do at the weekends?
I go to TORCH (for blind people), sailing and riding.
Would you like to share anything with this newsletter?
What did you do before you came to CMKC?
I was in Delrow. Before that, I ran a farm.
What are your hobbies?
Radio, films, painting.
Is there anything you do not like?
Alex Fox

Friday 13 September 2013

Camphill Good Food Book and the Nutrition Conference

Camphill Milton Keynes now has a specially made cook book to be used in the kitchens of the houses were residents and co-workers live. It is called ‘Camphill Milton Keynes Community Good Food’. The residents of Appleyard House chose the name of the cookbook. Lots of people were involved in producing it and they formed a working group who had meeting which were monthly and they lasted for a couple of hours. During these working group meetings there were discussions like about what recipes would be healthy. Some of the recipes came from people who worked or live in Camphill Milton Keynes while others came from the Grub4Life team who helped us to produce the cookbook. The people involved in helping to produce the cookbook were me, Asuncion Bacos, Csilla Leszl, Damian Zibu, Dominic Grant, Elaine Bradley, Jeremy Cooper, Julia Funge, Maria Matthaei-Hanak, Morgan Work, Shirley Owens, Thomas Craven and the Grub4Life Team. Grub4Life is a nutrition bases organisation which puts the application of good nutrition into practise across a wide spectrum of business areas. The Camphill Good Food Book has recipes, menu planning, example Eating Plans, Self Service Meals, Nutrition resources, Cooking Tips and Food Health and Safety. The idea of a cookbook came about because a lot of people have put on a lot of weight, so a cookbook could show people what is healthy.
On Tuesday the 3rd of September, there was the Nutrition Conference and the launch of the Camphill Good Food Book. People who spoke at the conference were Shirley Owens who is a Camphill Manager and Nigel Denby who works for Grub4Life. There was a slide show which told people about healthy choices. We learnt about how we could cut down on fat, sugar and salt and that we need fibre. We received copies of the Camphill Good Food book and during the tea-break we had delicious and healthy snacks. It was suggested that a walking group starts twice a week and that people could walk around one of the lakes near Camphill Milton Keynes.

Nigel Denby
Shirley Owens
Photograph of the Conference
People receiving copies of the new cookbook
Healthy food
Alex Fox

Thursday 5 September 2013

Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

On Saturday 31st August, a group of residents and co-workers from Camphill Milton Keynes went to see the Special Olympics which was held at the University of Bath. This was the country's largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, held every four years. Over three days of competition 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales could compete in many different sports including gymnastics, football, running, the long jump, table tennis and badminton.
There were 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities, 600 coaches, more than 3500 family members and supporters, 500 event volunteers, 120 sports officials and 17 regional delegations from across Great Britain.
The National Summer Games provides a life changing and inspirational opportunity for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to compete at a national level.
They also provide an opportunity to highlight the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities and support a shift in attitudes towards those with disabilities.
I thought that this was a fun day out.
Alex Fox