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The Good Life Flax Project 2022

In partnership with Super Slow Way’s Homegrown/Homespun project the Good Life project piloted growing flax in Pendle in 2022 with great success!!!

This project provided opportunities for our volunteers to grow a crop, harvest it and be involved in the process of turning the flax into a piece of linen fabric.

  • On the 20th April we prepared the soil and sowed flax seeds in a raised bed and woad seeds into seed trays. Germination was slow and patchy initially but by June the flax and woad were growing well.
  • 13th July purple poppies growing amongst the blue flax made a beautiful display.

We harvested the flax on 11th August. Harvesting involves pulling the stems by hand so the whole plant, roots and all come up. Loose soil is easily shaken off and the next stage is retting or rotting the outer stems.

The flax can be left on the ground to dew ret (rot) but needs turning frequently or laid in trays of water to rot the outer stem.

We left our flax in trays of water.

The next step is stooking, stacking a pile of flax and tying it into a bundle to dry. When the stems snap easily and the outer stem flakes off the fibre is ready for carding.

After carding with wool combs the flax is ready to spin. There was a lot of residue that could be processed further to extract the shorter lengths called tow but we didn’t have the time to do this. The process of producing the flax fibre ready for spinning.

This is the amount of flax that we produced from our 4 metre plot. The stems could have been retted longer and the stooks left to dry further. The stems that were at the perfect dryness snapped easily, shed the outer stem easily and produced long lengths of fibre.

Unfortunately our woad dying was not successful. We made the dye bath which produced the typical sherry red liquid and added washing soda and poured to increase the oxygen but the required blue colour was very pale and on adding spectrolite to produce the magical blue didn’t happen. We had a wishy washy blue, green, yellow colour but the process was demonstrated.

We dyed some of the flax with some blue dye and made a simple loom from a cardboard box. We had a go at weaving and wove all the fibre and produced our piece of linen!

We added some embroidery and backed the linen fabric onto a wall hanging.

Not exactly a pair of jeans and the finish is quite rough but we experienced the process from seed to fabric and learned a lot along the way.

The Good Life Flax project grew this piece of linen from seed in 2022 – what a marvellous achievement!

Everyone on the project played a part in sowing, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, retting, stooking, breaking, carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving.

Fantastic Results for PLT!

Following the production of Pendle Leisure Trust’s first Social Return on Investment report in April 2019, another one has been produced by an external evaluator – and again, demonstrates the value of Pendle Leisure Trust to Pendle.

After a difficult couple of years during the pandemic, this report shows the huge impact the Trust’s facilities and activities make to people’s lives.

A creative approach was undertaken to engage with customers and those who took part in the evaluation responded very positively.

The evaluator focused on three main categories to ask about changes to people which were the impact of physical health, mental health and social impact.

The results show the extra value, such as the social value and outcomes that the Trust makes to the residents of Pendle.

The stand-out results confirm that:

In addition to the headline stats, the feedback derived from carrying out this evaluation is really encouraging.

Quotes from customers include:

“It’s clear that Pendle Leisure Trust continues to provide value for money and has maintained its Social Return on Investment figure even through the challenging time of the pandemic.”

Eating The Canal

Eating the Canal is a project exploring the edible possibilities of The Super Slow Way Linear Park, a 20 mile stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal running from Blackburn to Pendle.

What has Pendle Leisure Trust been up to – and achieved – in the last 12 months?

How many people do you think visited our facilities between April 2021 and March 2022?

Do you know what we invested in?

Have you seen – or used – the new equipment and unique functional training suite we have had installed?

All the facts, figures and notable achievements have been compiled in our Annual Report.

Following a very challenging year, the Trust’s major accomplishment was to survive and achieve full business recovery following the COVID-19 Pandemic, which it did with support from our key partner Pendle Council.

Pendle’s premier leisure provider not only did this, but achieved so much more as well – including developments and investments across its facilities.

With physical and mental health and well-being at the forefront of everything it does, the Trust continues to deliver lifestyle improvement and wellness opportunities through a range of activities and services at its seven facilities throughout Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick.

The Trust’s aim is also to be environmentally responsible and it achieved another positive step with a reduction in energy consumption in 2021/2022.

Alison Goode, Chief Executive of Pendle Leisure Trust, said: “Although times have been challenging these last couple of years, we survived and can be proud of what we have achieved.

“Now it’s a case of onwards and upwards to get us back to where we were just before the pandemic – in one of the best positions we had been in for years – and to plough ahead with some very exciting projects we have in the pipeline.”


Read all the facts and figures here.

We’ve created a video of our achievements – please take a look.

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Could this free program help you or someone you know?🤝Pendle Leisure Trust are working together with Colne Open Door Centre to enhance the lives of 10 local people through social interactions, confidence building, and general fitness. For 10-weeks, Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne will be holding free weekly Olympic-themed exercise classes for the 10 selected individuals, giving those who need it, a reason to leave the house.

🌟Our goal is to empower people who may not have the luxury of accessing a gym, equipping them with the skills and confidence to change their outlook on life. We aim to demonstrate the simple but transformative power of exercise in improving well-being and life satisfaction.

When❓ Every Thursday starting from 25th July at 1:15pm - 2.30pm

💪There are no fitness exclusions, complete beginners to experienced welcome. Let’s feel better together!

⬇️If this sounds like something you or someone you know could benefit from, enquire about a place on our program using the link below: loom.ly/-wCYpYk

#ColneOpenDoorCentre #LeisureForAll #HealthandWellbeing #ColneCommunity #SafeSpaces Colne BID
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Stunning will go and see this week ♥️ Nelson’s allotments are dear to me and the people in the community there.

📣Check out what we've achieved as a Pendle Leisure Trust between April 2023 and March 2024. It's been an exciting, busy, but rewarding year for us. See below to find out some of the things we've been up to in the last 12 months!

💜Thank you for your continued support for our trust. We can't wait to grow even further this year 🙌

#pendleleisure #GymSwimClasses #Activo #nelson #colne #barnoldswick #leisureforall #leisure
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📣Check out what weve achieved as a Pendle Leisure Trust between April 2023 and March 2024. Its been an exciting, busy, but rewarding year for us. See below to find out some of the things weve been up to in the last 12 months!
💜Thank you for your continued support for our trust. We cant wait to grow even further this year 🙌
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This afternoon was a warm one, here on the allotment. Today we focused on giving the plants outside and in the polytunnels a good drink 💦🪴 ☀️ ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon was a warm one, here on the allotment. Today we focused on giving the plants outside and in the polytunnels a good drink 💦🪴 ☀️

🏡 Fed up of being stuck in the house?
🧍‍♂️ Would you like to meet new people?
🌿 Do you enjoy being outdoors?
💭 Would you like to gain new skills?

If yes, then The Good Life Project could be the place for you! For more information on getting involved or volunteering, visit our website: www.goodlifeproject.co.uk/

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🏡 Fed up of being stuck in the house?
🧍‍♂️ Would you like to meet new people?
🌿 Do you enjoy being outdoors?
💭 Would you like to gain new skills?
If yes, then The Good Life Project could be the place for you! For more information on getting involved or volunteering, visit our website: www.goodlifeproject.co.uk/
#goodlifeproject #volunteering #outdoorvolunteering #horticulture

This afternoon some ladies from the women’s group attended an art session with Sarah A Arts at the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm hub in Burnley.

We built on the images taken at last week’s visit to the farm and wildflower meadow 🍃 I think you’ll agree - their art work is amazing!
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This afternoon some ladies from the women’s group attended an art session with Sarah A Arts at the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm hub in Burnley. 
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We had a lovely time. Some gorgeous work created and relaxing vibes xx thank you

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 🎉

If you’re needing a little support, here’s who to call ☎️
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A wonderful offering from our friends at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm 💚Embrace the healing power of nature with our Rewilding Outdoor Therapy sessions at the Meadow! 🌿 Join us for a rejuvenating walk through the wildflower meadow and woods. Limited spots available, so book your session now! 🌺

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A wonderful offering from our friends at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm 💚

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The Tuesday women’s group have been cracking on with lots of weeding over the last couple of weeks and have made such a difference, don’t you think?! 🌱😀 ... See MoreSee Less

The Tuesday women’s group have been cracking on with lots of weeding over the last couple of weeks and have made such a difference, don’t you think?! 🌱😀Image attachment

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Incredible, what a difference. 👏❤️

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This week’s Food Safari group had some special guests. The children (and their parents) loved spending time with the lambs from Paul’s farm and trying to feed them 🐑 😀Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Brilliant, the children loved it

If you have a couple of hours to spare THIS SATURDAY (20 April) and fancy some fresh air, why not pop along to help with various park management tasks at Ball Grove Park in Colne, 10am - 1pm?
Meet at Winewall car park.
Please email parks@pendle.gov.uk to let us know you're coming.
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What a difference a bit of sunshine makes!☀️ The ladies in the women’s group made light work of weeding the overgrown path this afternoon 👏🌱xx ... See MoreSee Less

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🧠 With April being #StressAwarenessMonth, we thought it would be a great time to highlight the stress-relieving and many other impacts of The Goodlife Project...

🟢Reduces Isolation - we provide a safe and friendly entry into community engagement in a green setting
🟢Build Relationships - facilitated through teamwork and group membership opportunities
🟢Develop Skills - physical and social skills along with taking on responsibilities
🟢Build Confidence - opportunities to adopt minor leadership roles and partake in horticultural projects

🤗💚We aim to help even more people in Pendle who would benefit from the above. All shares, donations, fundraising, volunteers help to carry on our mission. You may be helping someone close to you by raising awareness of The Goodlife Project!

🔗Read more about how to spot the signs of stress in Pendle Leisure Trust recent blog post: loom.ly/31oqVBg

#TheGoodLifeProject #mentalhealthawareness #horticulture #therapeuticprogramme #allotments #communityprojects #volunteers
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🧠 With April being #StressAwarenessMonth, we thought it would be a great time to highlight the stress-relieving and many other impacts of The Goodlife Project...
🟢Reduces Isolation - we provide a safe and friendly entry into community engagement in a green setting
🟢Build Relationships - facilitated through teamwork and group membership opportunities
🟢Develop Skills - physical and social skills along with taking on responsibilities
🟢Build Confidence - opportunities to adopt minor leadership roles and partake in horticultural projects
🤗💚We aim to help even more people in Pendle who would benefit from the above. All shares, donations, fundraising, volunteers help to carry on our mission. You may be helping someone close to you by raising awareness of The Goodlife Project!
🔗Read more about how to spot the signs of stress in Pendle Leisure Trust recent blog post: https://loom.ly/31oqVBg
#TheGoodlifeProject #MentalHealthAwareness #Horticulture #TherapeuticProgramme #Allotments #CommunityProjects #Volunteers

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Awesome sence of pride knowing I made this sign during my time volunteering! It's a incredible place highly recommend

I love being a volunteer with the Good Life, gardening and talking together brings benefits to everyone. Come and join us on Wednesday or Thursday. Everyone is welcome.

Claire Judson Michaela Hay x

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