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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Community gets creative at spring workshops

A CREATIVE Easter was on offer in North West Dumfries — as part of a four-year project aimed at boosting the community.

Creative Futures Lincluden and Lochside hosted a variety of creative workshops for young people and families over two days in Lincluden Abbey and Lincluden Community Centre.
Organiser Lee McQueen said: “The events held over the weekend enabled local people to come together to develop their creative talents and encouraged people to have a bigger voice within their local community.”
He added: “A lot of great work has happened within Lincluden and Lochside over the years, and we want to continue this by working with people across the board, pulling together lots of creative aspects, as well as focusing on the heritage and culture within North West Dumfries.”
Easter Sunday saw the return of Abbey Antics at Lincluden Abbey.
Throughout the day, medieval monks led a series of workshops giving children and families the chance to learn how to weave, make pens from goose feathers, learn metal work techniques and take part in walking through a labyrinth.
Dragon Egg making workshops were also held, as well as Fairy Walks and a Unicorn Quest.
On Monday, the fun continued with a ‘Hoosewarming’ to celebrate the launch of the Creative Futures project at Lincluden Community Centre.
This event was a chance for the community to meet the Creative Futures team and get hands-on experience of creative techniques, as well as discuss projects and opportunities for local people in the future.
Creative Futures Lincluden and Lochside has been developed by The Stove Network and uses creativity and local history to provide opportunities for young people.
It aims to help develop skills of people in the area, develop their local area, increase opportunities, improve quality of life, prompt more interaction and provide the chance to try out new experiences and thrive as a community.
The next Housewarming event at Lochside Community Centre takes place on Saturday featuring arts activities, information, food and music.

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