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Our stunning new Craft Hub has been nominated by RIBA as part of the Northern Network Architects Awards. The Camphill Family has helped us to raise funds for this massive project. We have also been able to extend our farm through renting a further 23 acres of grassland. Creative Partnership Award

Creative Partnerships

Pennine has recently been awarded £34 000 to deliver support towards providing support for people who are disenfranchised or disaffected to train and learn new craft and interpersonal relationships and skills to build self esteem and self confidence. This will take place over 3 terms and the programme of training will be adapted to best suit the needs of the participants.

An exciting opportunity also exists to work alongside other organisations who have received awards including Theatre Royal Wakefield, The Art House, Faceless Company, One to One Media Productions and Diva. To read more follow the link creative partnership

New Offices and Reception

We have now moved into our new reception building. We can at last show you a welcoming face of Pennine as soon as you arrive. After the completion of our new Craft Hub work began on converting the former colliery building into a much needed reception and office building.

WelcomeWelcoming entrancemeeting room


Art Exhibition

In 2010, during his final year at Pennine, James Mason created a series of paintings (‘My Life — My Pictures’) inspired, largely, by his course sessions in the RDA stables. He worked hard to prepare and compile a portfolio of art work and was nominated for the Pennine Arts Award, with which he was presented during his Pennine graduation in July 2010. One of his paintings, ‘Still Horse’, won both the regional and national RDA Arts Competition.

As a result of this work, James was offered his first public exhibition, at Greens Health and Fitness Club, Wakefield.

Graduation ceremony

Pennine began piloting ASDAN accredited units/modules with its students 3 years ago. At the end-of-year graduation ceremony in July 2010, all 37 students received certificates celebrating their achievements — 36 students gained ASDAN qualifications, one gained an NVQ 1 in Horticulture and seven an NVQ 1 in Catering and Hospitality.

This fantastic success story was featured recently in the News Section of the Camphill website.

Summer Fair, Saturday 3 July 2010

At our annual Summer Fair on 3 July 2010 we raised about £2500.

The teas and refreshments were very popular, as were the mouth-watering strawberries and icecream (generously donated by Sainsbury’s, Ings Road, Wakefield. The wonderful music was provided by Wakefield Wind Band which performed throughout the afternoon.

Patchwork quilt

Thanks go to the following, who very kindly donated raffle prizes:

  • Val Barnard — patchwork quilt (pictured right);
  • Spawforths — crate of wine;
  • ClearView — binoculars;
  • Earnshaws — bird feeders and water features;
  • Tim Howe — wine basket;
  • Gibson Booth — vouchers;
  • Oldroyds — vouchers;
  • Co-op, Hall Green — chocolates.