WHEN, back in April, four friends set themselves the challenge of cycling from Oswestry to its French twin town Combs-la-Ville they also wanted to raise money for two charities close to their hearts – Sands UK and Kicks Count. Not forgetting their local community, Team Smells Like Toast, as the cyclists are called, also asked Oswestry Rotary Club to nominate 4 local charities to benefit.

One of these local charities was Qube – Community Action which this year celebrates 25 years providing art, wellbeing and transport services for the community in North Shropshire and the border counties. Qube’s share from the ride, plus a top up from Oswestry Rotary Club fundraising, amounted to £150 which will contribute to the costs of running services such as Volunteering, Dial-a-Ride, their Shopping Service, Tuesday Social Club and Shopmobility plus hosting business and professional development courses. “We are very grateful for all help in providing these services – particularly when they have been raised by such a tremendous challenge!” said Vanessa Baldry, the Qube’s Arts Development Officer. Oswestry Rotary Club President David Davies visited Qube recently to present Vanessa, with the donation and took the opportunity to drop in on Gobowen Primary School pupils’ workshop being run by Media Active. Qube is currently hosting ‘Matisse: Drawing with Scissors’ the Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre. A grant from the Mary Hignett Bequest Fund, administered by Oswestry Rotary Club, has allowed 5 days of primary school workshops to be held to explore the work of this world famous artist. Impressed by the media work in which the pupils were engaged, David commented “If Matisse could do this work when confined to bed in his 80s, just think what he could have done with the technology that these pupils have available to them. It’s good to see the benefits of the work of Mary Hignett’s bequest.” The exhibition ‘Matisse: Drawing with Scissors’ runs until October 29th at Qube, Oswestry.


(L-R) Qube’s Arts Development Officer Vanessa Baldry receives the donation from Oswestry Rotary Club President Dave Davies.

Gobowen Primary School engage with the Qube’s Matisse exhibition and Media Active workshop.



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