On Saturday 14th December the Saturday cafe will have a special festive feel. Our new winter breakfast and lunch menu will be available and we will be cooking up some seasonal savoury and sweet treats to get us into the festive spirit!
We are also running our first mini art and craft sale that we hope will become a regular feature on Saturdays. This month we will have work from some of our artists so if you’re stuck for some gift ideas we may be able to help. There will be an array of handmade ceramics, jewellery, textiles, artwork and knitted items all available to buy. This months exhibition is also open for viewing, with work by Beth Smith and Kevin Hickson for sale.
The cafe will be open as usual from 10am – 4pm. With lunch served until 2.30pm. Live music and a raffle will also be a feature.
We hope you will be able to join us for a cosy warm day of food, music and crafts.
This weekends craft sessions are:
Morning session – polymer clay Christmas crafts. (10.30am – 12.30pm)
Our afternoon Batik session starts at 1.30pm , finishing at 3.30pm
Our exciting collaboration with Seven Jazz is reaching it’s climax for this year and we are offering a chance to celebrate at Christmas with some Festive Jazz!
On Sunday 15th December at Inkwell
£7/£5 concessions, under sixteen’s free.
The doors open at 1pm, music starts 1.30-4pm.
There will be three bands, all of them originated at the Seven Jazz workshops, all featuring original material.
Dom Moore Septet is Dom on guitar,John Murdoch sax, Louise Mauborgone sax, Phil Green trumpet, John Fisher piano, Steve Crocker bass, Will Powell drum.Hear them play “Call”
“Abtuse” features Becca McSharry vocals, Brian Whittington sax, Alex Celik: Trumpet, Simon Marshall: Drums, Martin Briggs: Guitar
Trevor Prinn: Bass. Hear them play “Song for Bilbao”
Will Powell’s “Short Stories” has Will on guitar, Anfre Celik on keyboards, Tom Welsh bass John Settle drums . Hear them play Yama
We hope you will be able to come and join us for some Festive Jazz at Inkwell.
It’s been nearly a year since we started our partnership with Food Cycle and we are very proud to be supporting their mission to tackle food poverty, social isolation and waste food. Inkwell and Foodcycle are shortlisted for a partnership award at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards this month. Their vision at FoodCycle is to have a world where communities unite so that no good food is wasted.
Every first Saturday of the month at 7pm we open up our space and serve delicious food prepared by the Food Cycle team to our local community. Surplus food donated by Sainsbury’s is transformed into hearty wholesome dishes prepared by volunteers, who are supported to learn new skills, work as part of a team and gain self confidence.
They are always looking for new volunteers and everybody is welcome to get involved – whether you’d just like to help chopping veg for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning or you are a culinary expert and would like to do the food pickup and plan our menu for the day…there’s a role for everyone. Please contact Sally on 07947501221 or email email@example.com
This month Food cycle are back at Inkwell on Saturday 8th December. Come along and enjoy a delicious two course meal ( for just £3) help us tackle the issue of food waste, support mental health services and a great cause.
It seems autumn is gradually shifting away and winter really is approaching fast. The official start of winter isn’t until the solstice on December 21st… but when does winter really feel like it’s begun? Is it when the clocks go back and the the nights descend? When the heavy frosts prevail or when that still muffled silence envelopes us in heavy snowfall?
Photo: Amanda Burton
The fiery colours of Autumn still linger on a few remaining shrubs and trees and soon these will become beautiful silhouettes of a glorious summer past. We’ve had spectacular summer weather this year and we took every opportunity to bask and enjoy the sunshine on offer. Gardens were bursting with colour and the plants and crops thrived this year. The harvest was ripe with offerings.
Photo: Kevin Hickson
The onset of winter can bring mixed feelings for us all. Some look forward to the dark beauty of the winter months and the icy, snowy scenes, perhaps spending more time indoors together with families and friends and preparing for the festive season ahead. Others feel very differently, especially those who suffer from mental illness. Many find this time of year brings hardship, sad memories, feelings of isolation and increased pressure and stress.
Tuesday Nights at Inkwell have been the home of mindfulness sessions for nearly six months now. The sessions include two led meditations and a tea break.
The group is a friendly mix of people interested in acceptance and befriending towards their experience.
The sessions run from 5.30pm – 7.30pm Tuesday Evenings and are facilitated by Steve Hart who is an experienced Leeds Mind Peer Support facilitator.
Cost £5 ( waged)
£2.50 ( unwaged) we accept donations if you cannot afford this.
We have some exciting news regarding our website and blog!
We are currently working hard on improving our website so it’s easier to navigate round for all our web visitors. Feedback from our users suggest that certain areas of information are difficult to find and we want to let you all know we have taken this on board and plan to fix this as soon as we can.
So….there may be some maintenance and updates carried out in the next few weeks which means the site may not function fully. Please bear with us and we do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. We plan to keep disruptions down to an absolute minimum.
On another note….we are also very excited to introduce a new writer for our blog…..Amanda Lynsdale.
Mandi has been volunteering at Inkwell on the Tuesday café since May 2013, and has recently become involved in writing blogs for the Inkwell website.
We’re really excited to be announcing that we will be collaborating with Seven Jazz Leeds to bring “new shoots” young Leeds jazz groups to Inkwell to hear and cheer on Sunday afternoons, starting on September 8th with Steve Hanley’s “Orion”.
The Seven Jazz Voices choir led by jazz tutor Nicki Allan will also be back at Inkwell on Monday evenings this autumn starting September 16th. For more information on this please click here.
It’s the last Instrumental night of the year at Inkwell this Friday and we’ve got an all star line up for your entertainment including:
The Matinee Band
The Black Sox
As usual, we’ll be raising funds for local mental health projects and general awareness of mental health issues too so come on down and see some great entertainment safe in the knowledge that you’ll be helping some good causes.
There will be Local award winning Real Ale, wine and soft drinks at the bar plus bar snacks available.
Doors open at 7pm
Entrance is £3 on the door.
Hope to see you Friday!