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Welcome to November’s edition of Rockaway Park's newsletter. It's been another busy month, with lots going on here and some exciting developments! We have a cracking punk gig lined up with XSLF, Spanner & Psychic Junk on the 13th November and another Alternative Market on Sunday 14th November, plus a new Yoga + Roast Club, more workshops lining up and plans for a forest school... so read on and we hope you will join us for some of the fun!
XSLF, Spanner & Psychic Junk Gig
Saturday 13th November
Book Tickets HERE
Sunday 14th November
This popular event features a wide range of independent traders selling handmade items, along with live music and Rockaway Park's signature Vegan Sunday Roast.
New Yoga + Roast Club
This new event on the Rockaway calendar starts at 11am with a yoga class, hosted by Mad at the Rockaway House, followed by a scrumptious vegan roast dinner at the café.
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Music Rehearsal Studio Black (Temple) Cloud Opens Its Doors!
We’re excited to announce that sound engineer Bri Doom is now running the Black (Temple) Cloud Studios at Rockaway. Former engineer and producer with Studio 1in12 at the infamous 1in12 club, Bradford, for 21 years, Bri would love to hear from musicians looking for cheap hire space, kitted out with a PA, drum kit, amps and cabs (BYO breakables). Hours and access are flexible, with additional equipment for hire on request, or you can bring your own. Rates are £6 per hour (minimum 4-hour sessions).
So, if you want to MAKE SOME NOISE and would like more info, or you want to book a rehearsal, please contact:
Community Forest Garden Update
Bluurg TV has made a short documentary about our progress in the community forest garden as a follow-up to our first video, filmed back in March. Click on the link below to see it on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t seen it yet, the first documentary (How it All Began) is also on the channel
We’re so grateful for all the donations we’ve received since the garden launched – not just money, but some beautiful trees, plants and seeds. We’ve also had some amazing volunteers help us transform the garden by creating new vegetable patches; clearing brambles to create more raised beds and paths; planting trees and harvesting an abundance of vegetables, salads, fruits and herbs for the vegan café. Our new water irrigation system has been set up, which captures rainwater from the roofs of the yard and channels it to the upper layer of the garden to keep everything hydrated.
The next stage involves extending the system to the rest of the garden, as well as planting more fruit trees over the next few weeks and setting up community compost bins for people in the community to deposit their waste. So, there is still lots to do, but the difference in the last six months has been incredible!
If you would like to get involved in the garden project by sharing either your time, knowledge or skills, or by simply visiting to enjoy the views, then please contact our wonderful head gardener, Josh:
If you would like to donate to help with the next important stage of the garden project, then please visit our crowdfunding page HERE.
Everything is gratefully received and even the smallest seed helps – thank you!
Rockaway Workshops & Courses Update
Here at Rockaway Park, we’re committed to engaging with the local community and beyond. With a wealth of talented craftspeople, artists and musicians all keen to share their skills and experience in a supportive and inspirational environment, our series of workshops are open to everyone and kept as low in price as we can make them. Our programme is developing all the time, so watch this space! Updates to the programme will also be made on our website HERE, which will include some layout changes soon for ease of accessing info and making bookings.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from people who are interested in any of our workshops being run again, as well as hearing suggestions for additional workshops or other collaborative educational projects. So, if you’d like to get in touch to offer feedback, or to collaborate with us on a creative workshop, please contact:
Forest School Announcement
We are delighted to announce that we’re currently working with CURiOSiTREE – Forest School of Arts & Movement, as well as the organiser of Valley Fest to set up and grow a forest school at Rockaway. We aim to open in January and we’re filming a video in a few weeks’ time to let parents and children know what it’s all about, as well as reach out to the community to gain their support and interest. We’ll keep you posted as our plans develop and share the video once it’s produced!
Film Shoot at Rockaway
And talking of filming, a few weeks ago, we played host to a film crew recording a video for training purposes. It’s set in a festival context, and rather than build a festival set especially for the video, the crew were recommended to try approaching us to use Rockaway. As part of this particular project, the crew kindly offered to share some of the stills they took while filming the shoot (above).
We’ve helped make a lot of films and videos here over the years, and as time goes by, we will share more of them with you. We have a wide range of potential locations, from vintage caravans in the woods, to full on music stage sets... and everything in between!
If you think Rockaway could help with any film project you may be working on, please don't hesitate to reach out to us HERE.
Family Friendly Music Events
Finally, we’re looking to build upon our regular Sunday roast and entertainment sessions to include family friendly music events. So, if you’re in a band, or perform solo, and would like to be involved, then please get in touch through the link below!