Borderland Voices a charity promoting Health and Well-being through the Arts



Imagined undersea worlds

Prompted by images of some very weird and wonderful sea creatures, people first drew what they wanted to create in 3-D, then worked out how to try and do it. This involved stitching, sticking, stuffing, embroidery, applique and wire sculpture, to name but a few. The creatures that emerged included one-eyed alien squid, sea-stars, sharks, coral reefs, jellyfish and more besides. Their creators gave them all suitable underwater worlds to inhabit.

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Marlene’s Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning

Marlene’s 2nd Cancer Support coffee morning here at BV was as successful as the first. A steady flow of visitors (many from BV – thank you) munched their way through the mountain of scones she’d baked & enjoyed chat. Initial takings after expenses - £190, but she’s been promised matched funding, so total could be £380. Congratulations Marlene; it takes a lot of work & planning.

Greece – landscape of legends

There’ll be more images, including covers in Greek lettering, but here are a few early examples.





















Richard recently won the Volunteering through Adversity award at Staffs Moorlands Volunteer Star Awards. Well done Richard!!

We’ve received small grants recently from the Masons, Leek Town Lands & Leek Rotary; our thanks to them all.

If you know of any possible sponsors for BV, please tell Andy.


The Nov 2019 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page

The 2018-19 Annual report has been added to the newsletter page

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At our annual general meeting last month we welcomed 3 new trustees: Mark and Bonnie (both attend the writing group) and Pauline, a friend of Sheena’s. This greatly strengthens our board, bringing new skills and ideas to the management of BV.

Coming soon to the website: our illustrated Annual Report 2018-19, the story of our year. For a hard copy, contact Andy. (The accounts highlighted the increased difficulty of raising money to maintain our activities; any fund-raising ideas welcome.)

People worked hard and enthusiastically to conjure up 3-D sea creatures against an underwater background.
A few examples appear inside; expect more when Richard returns from holiday.

Advance notice: Christmas lunch is now booked for Tues. 10th December, at Tittesworth as usual. If you’d like to come, please let Andy know a.s.a.p. Uniform price: £16.95.