During February a 4 meter illuminated globe was suspended in the Abbey with a series of events held to highlight issues surrounding mental health. The Light was an art installation designed by artist Richard McLester and a small team.
To celebrate the launch of The Light in Romsey Richard performed Songs of the Light underneath the globe on 4th February. Joining him were a large choir of local pupils from The Romsey School, Romsey Abbey, Romsey Voices and community singers from Poole.
During the performance there were projections onto the globe of interviews with local people giving reflections of what darkness and light mean to them.
These clips were shown again the next day at our Annual Mental Health Sunday service.
Triangulate Trustees committed to donating £250 for two consecutive years to Youth in Romsey to support their valuable work with young people in the town and surrounding area. At a recent meeting it was agreed to double the second year’s donation to £500. A cheque was recently handed to Ian Richards, Trustee for YiR. Ian says ‘we appreciate the community support … your help ensures the good work continues to serve the very real needs of young people in our area’.
See here for more information on Youth in Romsey
Triangulate was the charity beneficiary this year at the recent High Achievers’ concert held by the Romsey Centre for Trinity College of Music. Each year Diane Williams, who runs the Centre, brings together pupils from the area who have taken their grades across the grade range, to perform to family and friends. Bridget Brook from Triangulate attended on behalf of the charity and spoke about the importance of speaking out about mental health issues. A cheque for £415.00 was presented to Triangulate after the concert. This will be used to support services provided for local young people.
Congratulations to the Triangulate/Abbey team who came in at 3 hours 31 seconds in the 4th Rotary Relay Marathon at Broadlands – the brilliant sunshine added to the enjoyment of taking part in this community event. It’s not too late to donate to the team – proceeds will be split equally between Triangulate and Abbey outreach projects. Photos show (left) Matt Brook and David Hewett, together with our next generation of runners and (right) Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey.
This year we decided to use this, our 8th Annual Mental Health Awareness Sunday service, to focus on young people and explore some of the pressures they face. Our thanks go to Simon, our Intern, for his excellent monologue. We then watched a filmed interview between Wendy Herbert, Project Manager at Youth in Romsey, and Tim Sledge. Wendy explained about Youth in Romsey, about the services and support it provides. She talked about working alongside young people to develop their emotional wellbeing and went on to talk about the many pressures felt by young people in today’s society. We hear and see so much on the national news about all of these so it can be no surprise to know that young people in Romsey and the surrounding area are facing exactly the same challenges.
The Trustees of Triangulate are delighted to support the work of Youth in Romsey to the sum of £500 over two years and wish them well in their fundraising to make sure these valuable services can continue.
The Wellbeing Day held at the Methodist Church in Romsey on 07.11.15 was a lovely day with a range of stalls, activities and information stands all promoting aspects of Wellbeing. Throughout the day there were displays in the central area of the newly-refurbished church including dance, gymnastics, chair exercises and a fitness session led by staff from Valley Leisure. Stalls selling a range of produce, gifts and food items and refreshments throughout the day helped everyone forget the wet and miserable day outside. Triangulate had a stand and enjoyed speaking to people about our work and meeting people from other organisations across the town.
Triangulate was delighted to support a second Rum’s Eg exhibition at Romsey Abbey and also with works at the Bell Street gallery throughout October 2015. ‘Stitched’ was curated by Susan Campbell and displayed work by Foundation Degree graduates in Stitched Textiles from Eastleigh College. At the opening preview Siriol Sherlock thanked Triangulate for their support and explained to invited guests how important the work of Triangulate is in raising awareness of the need for workplaces to be mentally healthy environments.
Triangulate is pleased to support the latest Rum’s Eg exhibition. Dovetail – on show both at Rum’s Eg and Romsey Abbey from 5th August – 6th September showcases the beauty and warmth of wood in furniture, sculpture and functi0nal pieces.
Bridget Brook, Trustee of Triangulate, explained that this was a great opportunity to support Rum’s Eg and the Abbey.
A new poster had been designed for insertion in the exhibition catalogue which would be used in future in promoting greater awareness of positive mental health to a wider audience.
Bridget continues: ‘We’ve also been talking with Rum’s Eg recently on how we can work on future ventures to promote mental wellbeing through the use of the arts’.
For more information on the Dovetail exhibition visit: http://www.hampshireartandcraft.org/
Romsey Abbey has expanded its range of books in the Promoting Wellbeing category on sale from the Bookstall. Bridget Brook, Trustee of Triangulate, explains that the booklist was drawn up for the Festival of Wellbeing held in 2014 and since then the Abbey has offered a few titles. In recent weeks the variety has been extended and there is now a selection of books on a range of topics from Coping with Stress and Depression, Mindfulness, Meditation, Living with the Black Dog as well as titles covering other aspects of spirituality.
Triangulate also has a range of free materials available from its information stand in the South Aisle of the Abbey. If you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more, then please direct them to the Abbey. Bridget adds: ‘we know these leaflets go far and wide, taken not only by our own congregation and local visitors but by many from further afield’.
On a bright, fresh and sunny Sunday morning, the Exercising Spirit and Mind team started to collect in the beautiful Broadlands Park for the 2015 Romsey Rotary Relay Marathon.
10 dedicated runners/walkers had offered to ‘pound’ the individual legs of 2.6 miles each in aid of Triangulate and Romsey Abbey.
With almost 60 teams entered, there was a wonderful atmosphere as 10am approached and the “letter A” runners were called to the start. After a noisy countdown from 10 to 1, they were cheered away by all their supporters. Very soon the next runner was readied with incoming runners cheered and welcomed home.
By the time our 10th runner had crossed the finish line, we had clocked up a time of 4hrs 17mins.
Below is a picture of the gallant men and women of Team 24! Everyone a hero and taking part for a very good cause. Thank you to our fantastic team and to all who have and continue to support our work. It is very much appreciated.