Example Ideas

Retreat for a Composer

Paul, Christian songwriter, travelled by rail from Hertfordshire and treated himself to creative space in his busy, family life.

“I thought it would be an ideal place to spend some time on my own and with God to pray and prepare for what I need to be to doing this year. I had a great stay at The Old Mill Centre! A beautiful, peaceful and relaxing location for a truly inspirational weekend retreat - both personally and for my music - and I wrote a song while I was there.” Paul Banderet, Carry the Banner Music www.ctbmusic.co.uk

Non-Residential Rehearsal Space

Getting musicians together who live in different parts of the country can be really tricky, as was the case for Ailith and Jon, who needed to practice for a performance at a wedding:

“Thank you for a convenient rehearsal space between Leeds and Newcastle.”

National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) Drama Project

NCAS works at local, regional, national and EU levels to empower young people and influence professionals and policy makers to continually improve service quality, outcomes and services for care leavers. They run a national project (funded by central government) called "From Care 2 Work" which aims to improve the employability of young people as they make the transition to adult life.

The “From Care 2 Work” project team designed a drama project that gave care-experienced young people from all over the country the opportunity to produce and film a piece of drama that was featured at a national event in London during Care Leavers Week. The drama project included tailored theatrical training from Sarah Osbourne (Yew Tree Theatre Company) to include voice projection, improvisational drama skills, physical training and scene writing. All the training, rehearsals and filming took place at The Old Mill Centre.

  • “What a lovely setting and a beautiful house.” Harriet
  • “A fantastic place to be. Loved my time here.” Tom
  • “It’s a lovely place to stay and I thoroughly enjoyed the activities” Shannon
  • “It’s been a fab time. What a great place.” Emma Brace, NCAS www.ncas.org.uk
  • “Such a magical resource.” Sarah Osbourne Yew Tree Theatre Company www.yew-tree.com
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