Manna House

"Manna House works for the benefit of the public in South Lakeland, providing advice, advocacy and a drop-in support centre for those who are homeless, vulnerably housed, lonely or needing help."

This week at the Skills Café we were stirring it up making Christmas cakes in readiness for the festive season. It certainly stirred up memories of Christmases past and we all made a wish for a happy and healthy 2018! We made two big cakes for the Manna House Christmas Getaway and also mini cakes – one for ourselves and one for a gift.

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So lovely to welcome Jemma back to Manna House today, really fantastic to see her doing so well at University and felt really great that she wanted to pop in and help in the kitchen today. She made this carrot cake for Winter Shelter Team Leaders’ lunch and meeting on Thursday this week. Just needs icing now…

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At this week’s session we were rolling out white clay  into letters spelling out ‘Wind’ and ‘Sun’ to go on our Christmas tree in the Parish church in December. Janet, our pottery pal, took our work away to be fired. We will be decorating , painting and making more baubles nearer the festive season on Wednesday 29 November. And, naturally, we’d love to see you there. (Also pictured are some delicious […]

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This week at the Skills Café we were working on the theme of The Wind and the Sun, an Aeosop’s fable, where the wind and the sun have a competition to see who is most powerful. Their challenge is to get a horseman riding by to take off his cloak. The Wind blows furiously and only makes the man pull his cloak tighter around him. The Sun comes out and […]

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At Manna House, October is Winter Shelter Volunteer Recruitment month. We have a great team of experienced volunteers from the past 3 years but it really is the more the merrier for this project. And we’re aiming to get 30 more people on board before volunteer training starts in November. We ask our volunteers to commit to one night a week between 1 December and 28 February (excluding 24 to 27 […]

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At this week’s Skills Café, we diced and spliced our marrows to make cakes and cheese-and marrow-muffins and, while they baked, we were treated to excerpts from Richard’s life story (which he is writing up at the moment) – lots of fishy tales (!) about his passion for angling.

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The lovely Shannon, from Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal,  has been leading and inspiring Sew What? – our Monday morning craft group especially for women – for a while now but now her working hours are changing and it’s becoming more difficult for her to do this regularly. We have a lovely store of materials and fabrics waiting to be made into beautiful objects, for sale or just for fun, and […]

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The last Skills Café of September was all about making a merry noise (and having a bit of a dance, too). Nela had invited her friend Colin to bring his keyboard along and he treated us all to a morning of Reggae music and lots of other genres. Singing, drumming and other percussion instruments filled the whole of Castle Lodge with good vibrations and sweet music. Sylvie even entertained with […]

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The Random & Remarkable Jumble Sale was a triumph of gathering up what someone else has spilled! Thanks are due all the Manna House staff, clients and volunteers who haggled for hours with a steady stream of eager and lucky bargain hunters, as well as made and served gorgeous refreshments. And the Sale did just what we needed it to… Strange mechanical unknown – gone.  Puzzles – gone. Mega amounts of […]

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