Here we are at last – just a few months shy of 7 years since we moved to The Old School, thinking that it looked like an interesting ‘project’, even though we weren’t exactly sure of our plans for it back then. After considering (and rejecting) the possibility of a microbrewery, an antiques emporium, a music studio and all manner of other things, we settled upon making the building a place of education once more.
Today we held our first craft workshop, with people coming from across Lincolnshire for a one-day ‘Introduction to Bookbinding’. With instructions on the chalkboard and diligent students around the tables, focusing intently on their work, it feels like new educational life has been breathed back into this beautiful old Victorian building.
Our students have worked hard all day, and will leave with one hand-bound hardback notebook and a small sewn paper pocketbook that they have made, along with a goody bag of bookbinding paraphernalia to allow them to practise their newly-developed skills at home. They also enjoyed a fabulous ‘afternoon tea’-style lunch provided by Zara from the Sebastopol Inn, just around the corner from the Old School.
We are now looking forward to running and hosting lots of other events and workshops. If you are a crafter, artist and/or trainer and would like to consider the Old School as a venue for your own workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!