The Boathouse: Celebrating The Way We Were

Posted on the 4th September 2019

The Boathouse Café was immersed into the Victorian era from whence it came last weekend. Pinnies, mop caps, flat caps  and cravats were the order of the day and as you can see, staff and clients looked very dapper indeed!

We know they all love dressing up anyway, but on this occasion it was for The Way We Were – The Boathouse event celebrating Alexandra Park’s history.

Our Community Learning Group has been working for weeks in preparation. They had researched the park’s history dating  to when it first opened in 1865. They learned how the park had been constructed as a response to the Lancashire cotton famine as a means to provide paid employment for the mill workers in those lean times.

Clients created a fact sheet to share their knowledge with visitors. You could say the group members are now experts on the historic Alexandra Park!

Young people on the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme collaborated with our clients for the event. NCS is for 15-17 year olds and provides opportunities to build skills for work and life, take on new challenges and meet new friends. With Pure clients they created fabulous Victorian-themed props including a Punch and Judy style puppet theatre and stand-in cut-outs .(Top tHat!)

The fun at The Boathouse  coincided with Healthwatch Oldham’s Active Health Outdoors Event which offered lots of great activities including canoeing and cycling.

Pure clients also had time to take a tour of the various information stands hosted by other great organisations including cancer support charity Maggie’s, Oldham, (pictured). Why not check out its Oldham Culture Crawl – a great sponsored event taking place on September 27th?

Everyone at The Boathouse loved The Way We Were event so much they are now planning on hosting another one next year. Absolutely spiffing!

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