A grand day out

A grand day out

Recently, we gave community groups from across our region the opportunity to sample a fantastic exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

The Clockwork Garden, which opened at the end of July and runs until November, is an immersive and interactive show from national children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales. It is designed to spark imagination and creativity across all ages and offers lots of opportunities to explore all different types of creative play.

Working in partnership with the museum, who offered the special guests free entry to the exhibition, we funded the transport for coach loads of visitors through groups offering support to vulnerable and disadvantaged families. Giving the opportunity for these people, who may not otherwise have been able to visit, has made a real impact and is something we are very proud to have been able to support. Our members have asked us to ensure that we are investing our profits to make a real difference in the community and are keen to support groups that help other people.

Our Chief Executive, Colin Fyfe, said: “Supporting our local community is at the heart of our Society and sharing our local heritage in arts and culture is a strong way to do this through making things accessible for everyone.

“This funding gave people the chance to experience something they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to and will hopefully have planted the seed to continue these experiences in the future.

One individual responsible for bringing 78 adults and 73 children from Stanley, County Durham, was Kevin Howe. Speaking about the day he said: “You cannot put a price on the benefits to the individuals who attended and the resulting impact on the community.

“For some, this was the first time they had ever been out of the area, for others the first time in a museum – the excitement they felt and atmosphere they created was electrifying.

“Due to costs, we’ve never been able to organise a trip like this so we cannot thank Darlington Building Society and The Bowes Museum enough for making the impossible, possible.”

We have been working closely in partnership with The Bowes Museum to support a variety of groups.  Other initiatives include the support of a young parents group; monthly sessions at the museum managed by Barnard Castle YMCA and One Point. Running from April to August and funded by the members of Darlington Building Society, the sessions included craft activities, a trail in the museum, snacks and activities aimed at helping the parents and children with language, confidence and communication skills when in public and groups.

Alison Nicholson, Fundraising Officer at The Bowes Museum, said: “The support of the society has made a real difference to everyone attending the young parents group, it’s made it possible for those often apprehensive of museums feel welcome which is hugely important to us.”

The Clockwork Garden is open to visitors until November 5th with Darlington Building Society members able to take advantage of 2 for 1 entry.

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We are delighted to be exhibition partner for Clockwork Garden, an immersive and interactive show promising a magical experience for all ages, from the national children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales.