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Hello,
 
This week I have been on the interview panel for a rural arts organisation looking for a new General Manager and I’ve been asking candidates about how they will foster relationships, build partnerships and develop collaborations - in particular to help advance the ambitions of a programme that is inclusive, diverse and accessible. It has been inspiring to hear people’s ideas and in particular to see many of them mirrored in what we’ve been doing here. I can’t stress enough the importance of a strong network - a network made up of committed volunteers, supportive partners, sympathetic neighbours, ambitious staff and brave funders. The ecology of our network at intoBodmin is rich and diverse and I regularly find myself drawing on it for support and inspiration - be that in the form of advice from our superb board of directors; or practical help from volunteers when the drains block or the paint peels; a catch up with collaborators to hear about how a project is going or ideas for a new project or a chat with a stranger in the cafe which brings about some wonderfully constructive feedback! I recently delivered a lecture to Plymouth Uni students about theatre producing and told them the most valuable use of their time was to get to know people - not just funders and directors, not even other artists, but people in the pub, on the bus or at the library. I dedicate a lot of time getting to know people, sharing my ideas and vision and the growing success and reputation of intoBodmin in in no small part down to those conversations. So, while these have been difficult to nurture and especially difficult to start over the last 8 months, I am really looking forward to having more of them as we start to move out of our current isolation.
 
Until then
 
Fin
BODMIN'S WINDOW WANDERLAND
BODMIN'S WINDOW WANDERLAND!
Sat 5th-Sun 13th Dec | 5:30-8:30pm daily | Free

intoBodmin with Bodmin Christmas Lights Committee need your help to transform our streets into a magical outdoor gallery this winter. Make a display in your flat, house, business, school, campervan, shop, or in your front garden! It could be as simple as a candle in a window, or you could go all out and decorate the whole house. Anything goes! Let’s light up Bodmin!
What's On | intoBodmin
Tickets for any of our events which take place in person are limited due to the need to maintain a safe distance. We work hard to make our venue and each of our events Covid safe, and all tickets are fully refundable if we have to cancel or postpone due to Covid. If you have any questions please feel free to EmailUs@intobodmin.co.uk.

Homemade Christmas gifts: FELT SOAP WORKSHOP 
The Old Library Cafe | Sat 5th Dec | 11am-12:30pm
 | £3 
Wet felting is a wonderful, tactile craft suitable for complete beginners, adults and children alike. Join us for a special workshop where we will be making and decorating bars of soap with wool from sheep grazing right here in the heart of Cornwall! You’ll create the perfect Christmas gift, or a treat for yourself! Suitable for families with children aged 7+.

David Mynne's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Old Library | Thurs 10th at 6pm, Fri 11th & Sat 12th Dec at 3pm & 6pm | £15 inc. mulled wine & mince pie on arrival

Spend an evening with Ebenezer Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous, old miser! Dickens’ original words with added silliness. Celebrate the festive season with a mesmerising one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story: A Christmas Carol. Bah! (Now with extra Humbug!)

PAINT & PINOT
The Old Library | Fri 18th Dec | 7pm | ​£20 (inc. glass of wine on arrival and all materials)
Turn wine into watercolour with a beginner’s lesson in the techniques of watercolour painting. Learn to paint an original Lowenna Designs painting with step by step instructions to guide you along the way. Drink a glass of wine, create a beautiful painting and enjoy a fun evening out. Paint and Pinot is the perfect night out for art lovers, even those who have never picked up a paintbrush before! Give it a go! No experience necessary, join us in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. 

JACK FROST'S STORYTIME
The Old Library | Weds 23rd Dec | 1:30pm & 4:30pm | £8 inc. juice & a festive treat for children 

Join Jack Frost and The Snow Queen for a delightful collection of festive stories. Jack and Snow have been traveling across the world to find the most Christmassy, Snowy and Adventurous stories and now they are coming to Bodmin to share them! A family friendly storytelling event ideal for getting into the festive spirit. The show includes specially commissioned music, projected animation and lots of sparkle. Coppice Theatre uses puppetry, storytelling and music to delight audiences aged 5+. 

A SONG FOR US: Be the inspiration for Gwenno's next music composition!
intoBodmin, Carn to Cove and Hall For Cornwall have joined in partnership with Bristol based producers Sound UK on a national music project to celebrate the power of music in bringing communities together. Cornwall's 'A Song For Us' will feature acclaimed South West musician Gwenno, who will write a unique song inspired by the people of Cornwall and performed by a collective of local ensembles, musicians and orchestras. The composition will be streamed online alongside other new songs by Gavin Bryars (East Riding), Skinny Pelembe (South Yorkshire), Seth Lakeman (Devon) and This Is The Kit & Bucky (Bristol). From January 2021, you are invited to upload your own original songs performed solo or as part of an ensemble or share a song that holds special meaning for you. A Song for Us will capture the union and solidarity that was apparent during the clap for the NHS, the extraordinary response to the NHS volunteer army, the small acts of kindness. Follow the story at www.asongforus.org.

THE OLD LIBRARY CAFE OPENS AGAIN!
The Cafe and Takeaway will be open from Thurs 3rd Dec. Weds–Fri, 10:30-2pm. Visit the website to see Christmas opening times and more. 
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY: THE WATER (UP)CYCLE
We're looking for a freelance artist/maker to design and fabricate a perpetual motion water installation in our garden. 

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND INFORMATION SESSION
Tues 8th Dec | 12pm-2pm | Online
Join Arts Council England Relationship Manager Philip Butterworth for conversation about Arts Council updates, information and priorities and to explore funding opportunities and programmes. Co-hosted by Hall For Cornwall & intoBodmin. 

INTOBODMIN'S FUTURE IS LOADING...
We're ready for a change of direction. Tell us what you love about what we do, or what you think we could be doing better, and you could help determine the future of intoBodmin. 
What's On | Our Friends

BODMIN'S FIRST ONLINE NATIVITY!
Deadline to take part: Sun 13th Dec 
Want to ensure all your friends and family members can see your child in a Nativity this year? Well now you can! Light and Life Church are creating Bodmin’s first Online Nativity in the form of a video which will premiere online on Sunday 20th December. All children are invited to send a photo of themselves dressed as their favourite character(s) for inclusion in the film. Every child who takes part will receive a free copy of the story book of the Nativity on which the film is based.

Help provide food for Bodmin families during school holidays
There's still time to help engage children in science and art with DISCOVERING 42
7 ways to Help Combat Loneliness This Christmas
#ConnectMe | Celebrate Your Street! Create a joint celebration with your neighbours.

If you love what we do, why not donate the price of a ticket and help us keep going?
If you want to help us get back on our feet once things get a little brighter, please consider donating the price of a ticket (or any amount) by Paypal, send us a cheque or email us for bank account details. We're feeling the strain from having to cancel our events so if you can afford to give, every £1 will help. The link to donate is on the bottom of each page of our website, or get in touch for more information. 

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