This special place fills us with love…

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A few weeks ago I spent the afternoon with the Over 55s group – the ‘Recycled Teenagers’ – at Sutton House, the wonderful Tudor National Trust property in Hackney. They meet once a week to tell stories, dance, write – and sometimes to do art projects too. It was Valentine’s day, so we focused on what the group loved about Sutton House, with everyone suggesting ideas which we formed into a collective sentence reflecting the feelings of the group. Since the house used to be known as ‘The Bryck House’, we also had a brick theme, so we recycled some old foamboard to make a brick for each person, decorated them with woven paper, added a gold border and then the words, before fixing them to the wall in a proper bond pattern. I think the sentence they came up with is really touching and lovely – and the bricks look like precious objects or possibly luxury chocolate bars…

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