Tuesday 5th February was a good day. Seacroft Methodist Chapel was full of people (all wrapped up in their overcoats!) as we marked the fact that we have raised all the money we need to go ahead with the development of chapELFM: the first-ever dedicated arts venue in East Leeds.
We were joined by lots of people who have helped us to get to this stage; including the local Methodists, Councillors, our funders, volunteers (both adults and young people), neighbours, even two Mayors!
Apart from an explanation of the background to the project and plans, the Deli team (who broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month) treated us to a bit of live radio drama; Alex Rushfirth played live; the Lord Mayor and the Children’s Mayor presented Arts Award certificates to some of our young people who are part of the Next Generation training programme: and it was all rounded off with some words of encouragement from poet Helen Burke:
The Green Piano
Do not count the days , but rather LIVE them.
Live them as if your next breath were a shipwreck,
As if your next heartbeat were the centre of a storm.
See that the pot of dreams does not stand empty and
Mend all your many wars with your many selves.
Go everywhere. Do everything.
Show a little kindness – even to yourself.
Do all of this by Wednesday and
Play always a green piano in your mind.
Play it as if your life depends on it which,
By the way, it does.
Set the table and eat there with someone you love.
Walk the enchanted city and walk it well.
Do not collect time in a match box.
If you come to a dead-end, laugh and walk on.
Eat midnight between two slices of bread.
If your cat won’t sing , don’t force him.
If there are only five questions in the world, never learn the answers.
And play always that green piano in your mind.
And know your life depends on it – so PLAY.
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