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All aboard at Shire Oak

Monday morning brought Granny bursting into Shire Oak Primary, Headingley where some fantastic Ferrish were on board. The hall buzzed with excitement, Madame Esmerelda was delighted to meet some boys who could really dance ballet and the Granny had her windows polished and weeding done to a very high standard - not to mention watering the Purple Pansy...
All the Ferrish finally agreed at the meeting to risk their lives and sail acrosss the stormy seas to rescue Granny from the Worzlum...find out what happens next week. 
Meanhile, see the children's pages for some fantastic recipes already posted including Brussel Sprout lollipops - Granny will be making them for tea tonight! And Carry is busy investigating where the name 'Ferrish' came from and will report back soon....

From the Children at Holy Family

At the end of Day One of Granny, the chidren of Holy Family Armley wrote the company letters telling them their favourite bits of the day.
Here are some of the excerpts...
"That was brilliant! The best story I have ever heard. The best bits were when we argued about the broken statue and when Miss Noble was being Charlie!" Jonathon.
"My best bit was when we had to do the house work because we had to go on our knees and then stand up - it was fun!" Rory
"I loved it when we all pretended to be the Ferrish people and pets and plants. Thank you so much for a great day!" Eve
"Thank you so much for th wonderful day that you have done. My favourite part was when I got told off by Miss Noble. My second favourite part was when I went down the slide" from Mollie from the Ferrish Land.
"My favourite highlight of the day was when we brought our Grannys to life. I was a granny playing rugby! P.S. hope to see you next week." Bradley
"My best moment was when I got the talking stick and said the speech at the Ferrish meeting because it makde me feel proud and happy. Thank you for coming." Abigail of Ferrish Land.
"Thursday 19th of January 2012 was brilliant. My favourite parts were the time Ouzle knocked on the door and when we went down the slide" Callum of the Ferrish people.
Thank you for all your letters. We all loved the enthusiasm with which you took on all the roles and became part of the story. You were great! Can't wait for next week.
Luke, Carry and Martin.

Participation and funding

An interesting David Edgar led debate on the public funding of the arts in the Guardian last week ...
"Almost all the documented social benefits of the arts have been achieved not by people attending plays and concerts but by those who participate in them. And while many publicly funded arts organisations have participatory programmes, most public money still goes to subsidise people sitting or standing silently looking at other people do things (or, in the case of books and pictures, things they've done). Unless the current balance of arts funding between – say – the London Symphony Orchestra and Burnley Youth Theatre is to be reversed, most public funding will continue to go to activities whose value is hardest to measure."
Well participation is us!