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Woodland Learning Trip 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

We organised an outdoor learning trip  to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in August, where we learnt more about Scotland landscapes, scenery, wildlife, plants, nature, and the unpredictable weather! This trip has been supported by Forestry Commission for us to learn more about woodlands in Scotland, thank you for giving us this amazing experience.

Our day out was packed with various “adventurous” activities such as forest walks, bird-watching,  foraging, wooden carving, etc.  It was fair to categorise this as an “adventure” for our group, considering many of us have never experienced any form of woodland-based activity.

Ricefield volunteer Debbie McCall has written a blog to share her experience:

Our adventure began at 9am on Sunday 18th August!

Around 17 of the Ricefield team met up at Partick station and from there we all traveled by mini bus – except James and Lin who took the car. Food sorted. Raincoats packed. We were prepared to explore the Scottish wilderness, in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. Lots of misty hills, forests and lochs.

Our first location was the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, known as the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

We took plenty of pictures of the waterfall, stepping on the boulders and pushing through the foliage.  We then took shelter in a little bird hide and observed the birdies eating and tweeting away. The birds were tiny and adorable, from the Chaffinches, Goldcrests, Blue tits and other small woodland birds. At one point a little mouse was spotted munching on the peanuts. The gift shop was very popular – lots of cute soft toys were purchased and the views from around here were breathtaking.

The rain didn’t dampen our spirits. It is Scotland after all, when does it not rain?

Back to the mini bus! We started our journey to explore 3 lochs forest drive, a 7 mile long Forest Drive that took us past three picturesque lochs.

Our first Loch was Lochan Reòidhte, where two dogs were having a whale of a time, jumping in and out of the water. There were some stunning views at this location especially with the misty clouds so low over the hills. We took plenty of photos…mostly of the dogs.

Our next loch was Loch Drunkie. We were hungry and had our much anticipated lunch and snacks. At this point the heavens opened and the rain was a torrential downpour. But we didn’t mind the soggy sandwiches or the squelching mud. This was a true Scottish summer.

During our stroll we discovered a strange instrument in the middle of the pathway. This was like a wooden arch where you pulled at the ropes and rang bells, making all sorts of musical sounds. Lots of catchy tunes were made.

Also we discovered that it’s not always best to avoid the puddles on the path by jumping onto the grass. The forest though looked very mystical, with the long grass, vibrant green moss, toadstools and tall trees that almost touched the clouds.

The third and final Loch was Loch Achray. The weather cleared up and there was finally a glimmer of sunshine. This Loch was surrounded by beautiful Scottish heather which we took a few stems as souvenirs.

To the mini bus!

Our final destination! No it wasn’t the gift shop… though it was very pretty.

It was in fact the wonderful woodcraft workshop with the Green Aspirations team, which took place in a rustic, handmade wooden hut in woodland at Balfron Station.

Paul had given us an introduction to all the tools and how to use them and their limited supply of star wars plasters which all got used. Paul and his team mate, Ian, went through the steps in creating wooden bowls, spoons or my personal favourite… the wands!

These guys were experts therefore made all the whittling and carving look incredibly easy…. it wasn’t. Though it was highly addictive.

There was water boiling in the iron kettle where, at one point,  wild nettle plants were picked and nettle tea was made, which I’ve been told is very good for you! Marshmallows were also roasted on the small fire.

Wood crafting can be addictive! Everyone was really focused on their crafting and some really didn’t want to leave!

We all had a great time with the Green Aspirations Team, and learnt some new skills!

We’ll definitely be back again!

Click here to view more photos of this trip from our Facebook Album.

Volunteer Blog: Ricefield Arts at Mela Festival 2019

Glasgow Mela is Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival, bursting with live music, theatre performances, exotic mouth-watering foods from around the globe and fun for all ages. We had a busy day running our arts and crafts stall, delivering kite making workshop, and supporting kite flying activity at the festival. Some of our volunteers wore traditional “HanFu” to demonstrate Ancient Chinese clothing from Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)

Here, our volunteer Aswad  Choudhry shares his experience of the day.

It was a great opportunity to be able to help out with a wonderful organisation that I’ve been a part of since 2017 and I thought it would be a great idea to help them out with their many activities planned this year in the annual Glasgow Mela on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

The day started at 11:30 in the morning where we were all served delicious pizza before a long day of hard work ahead of us. There were various activities that was offered to the members of the general public such as kite making for the young ones (and adults too) where they can take their completed creations and fly it at the Picnic Hill area in the Kelvingrove Park.

 

There was also a merchandise store on offer from Ricefield Arts where we sold different types of Chinese arts and crafts items which I found really cool and the people passing by were also fascinated by what was on offer.

I had the chance to take photographs of the activities that were taking place along with being able to also help out in the kite making stall and finally flying a kite in Kelvingrove Park which I’ve never done before. I really enjoyed the kite making stall and seeing the members of the public also having a wonderful time in making the kites in different shapes and sizes.

Overall it was a wonderful experience of once again volunteering with Ricefield Arts and would definitely recommend new members to volunteer and help out as you wouldn’t be disappointed and I’m looking forward to the next event.

Mid-Autumn Festival recap

On 17th September, we hosted a Chinese Dessert Tasting Night to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with a wonderfully diverse group of people at The Project Cafe. There were 24 of us and everyone learned about the history of Mid-Autumn Festival, how mooncake came about and witnessed a semi-formal way of preparing and serving tea. Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest celebration in Chinese culture. It celebrates the harvesting of food and is a time when families reunite to enjoy good food and each other’s company. The famous mooncake was served and a favourite amongst the guests. We were lucky to have a bright full moon to gaze upon while our Marie, Ricefield’s Chair, recited her favourite poem called Thoughts in the Silent Night by famous Chinese poet Li Bai. This event is part of Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)’s Cooking Pot programme of which we have been a part of since its inception a year ago!

 

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Here is the menu from the night:

Mid-Autumn Festival:  Chinese Dessert Night

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17th September 2016 @ The Project Café

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Programme & Dessert Menu

Drinks Reception – Special Longan Coconut Juice Mocktail/Nibbles

龙眼椰味无酒精鸡尾酒/ 小食

To start – Chrysanthemum Crystal Jelly 菊花燕菜糕

Mid-Autumn Festival Introduction – Mooncake Tasting/ Storytelling  品尝月饼/ 中秋节故事

Chinese Tea Tasting –Oolung/ Ti Kuan Yin/ Orange Ruffle Flowering Tea乌龙茶/铁观音/花茶

Bakery – Taro Steamed Bun/Ma Lai Gou Sponge Cake /Pandan Cake蒸芋头包/ 马来糕/班兰蛋糕

Dessert soup – Milky Bean Curd Barley Soup / Classic Red Bean Soup  腐竹糖水/ 红豆沙

To end – Oriental fruits 水果 (Snow Pear)

 

Click to download the night’s presentation slideshow

 

Summer Arts Festival events

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We had a fantastic time at the Mela Festival and we are continuing to deliver Chinese art and craft activities in various communities in Glasgow throughout July!

23 July, 12-4pm – Alexandra Park in Dennistoun
24 July, 12-4pm– Springburn Park in Springburn
30 July, 12-5pm – The Bridge Easterhouse – 10 year celebration

Click here for more information on these events

Hope to see you there!


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We are also hosting our next Cooking Pot food event: Mid-Autumn Festival – Chinese Dessert Night on Saturday 17 September at The Project Cafe from 7-9pm!

Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite for £10

Mela on Your Doorstep

Ricefield is very pleased to be involved with Glasgow’s Mela Festival this year, and on Sunday 22 & 29 May we were happy to offer a taster of what it’s all about. For our second date, we joined the diverse Mela on Your Doorstep programme at Netherton Community Centre, from Bhangra dancing and henna tattoos to Ayawara drummers and Bollywood. You could find Ricefield’s iconic red tables in the cafe, alongside the delicious free curry. From there, we wanted to share a range of Chinese culture, and used crafts to get visitors (children and adults welcome!) involved. Charlie and Andrew taught guests how to make their own decorative Chinese lanterns, while I helped with Year of the Monkey themed colouring in. Hui Yun was our origami expert, giving children the chance to learn to make simple paper hearts, to (in my opinion!) more difficult hats and birds. Else was guiding calligraphy lessons, and offering very popular Chinese tattoos; you could spot her artwork on arms throughout the centre. All of our visitors left with their own piece of Chinese craft as a Mela souvenir, and hopefully having learned a little bit more about China. For us volunteers, however, the most memorable moment of the day was definitely taking part in the Mela procession, where we created our own Ricefield lantern dance. We were maybe not as talented as the other amazing performers, but its the enthusiasm that counts!

 

The next Mela on Your Doorstep event will be on 10 July 2016 at the Tramway.

Ricefield will return for the main event, Glasgow Mela, on 17 July 2016.
Come along and join us at Kelvingrove Park.

Written by Laura Matheson

If you would like to volunteer with us at the Mela Festival this year, please sign up here by 13th July 2016, 5pm.

Check out more photos of our Mela events here on our Facebook page

Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner

Here is a recap of our Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner from Ricefield Volunteer, Laura Matheson:

“On Wednesday 25 May, I joined Ricefield at the Project Cafe for their annual vegetarian potluck dinner, carrying my tupperware of spring onion pancakes. The cafe was a great spot in the evening sunshine and the smell of fried noodles was very inviting, as was the over flowing dessert table! This year’s event was part of CCA’s Cooking Pot, and the variety of dishes we shared was definitely in keeping with this programme. Marie, our Chair, welcomed our guests from all over Glasgow, before we gave our own introductions. Ya Hong very kindly brought two dishes, a cucumber salad and potato pancakes, while Else showed off her husband’s excellent, Malaysian-inspired coconut dessert. Family played a part in Marie’s dish also, with her mother offering a helping hand earlier for her red bean soup. Chantel’s traditional Emperor’s Rice Pudding doubled as an art project, where she sent us home with the recipe and challenged us to rival her cooking skills. Sadly, Bella and I were newbies to Chinese cooking, but there wasn’t much of our pancakes and shredded potatoes left at the end of the night either! My favourite part of the dinner wasn’t just the food, but having a chance to share the memories attached to our dishes and to learn more about each other. And of course, home cooked food is the best kind of food. I think we can say for sure that no one left hungry, and that we were all a little inspired to try to bring a bit more of China into our cooking.”

 

May-June 2016 Cooking Pot Events

Upcoming Ricefield + Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Cooking Pot events for May-June 2016:

Chinese Dumpling Night with Ricefield
12 May 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dumpling-night-with-ricefiel…

Ricefield Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
25 May 2016, 6pm
Free
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ricefield-chinese-vegetarian…

Ricefield: Making Dragon Boat Zongzi
9 June 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ricefield-making-dragon-boat…

Wonton Night with Ricefield
30 June 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ricefield-the-glad-cafe-wont…

The first dumpling workshop is part of Voluntary Arts Week and is run by our amazing volunteers who will teach their version of Chinese dumplings and share stories of their family traditions around dumplings and dumpling-making.

All of these workshops are also part of the exciting CCA Cooking Pot project, to find out more please visit the programme at http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/55c8c46a97f38a3d20000002

CCA invites you to join in with Cooking Pot, a new project which will build a community of people who are passionate about food – making, sharing, eating and enjoying. Alongside a programme of events, we’re also looking for participants of all ages, talents and backgrounds to share recipes, cookery skills, tricks and tips with us, which we’ll document in video and text on cca-glasgow.com.

2016 Chinese New Year Activities

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Are you interested in Chinese art and culture?

Do you have some spare time and would like to volunteer, meet new people and gain valuable experience?

We are looking for new volunteers to help with our Chinese New Year events in Scotland. Lunch will be provided on the event day. For our events at Edinburgh and Perth, we have arranged a van to go together as a group from Glasgow and come back together.

Events 活动:
Monday 25 Jan 2016 – Chinese calligraphy (Fai Chun) family activity with NG Homes (4:45pm-6pm)
24th Jan 2016 or 30th Jan 2016 – Volunteers Training and Induction Day 义工培训日 (10:30am-3pm)
31st Jan 2016- Preparation Day for Chinese New Year events 春节活动筹备工作日
5th Feb 2016 – Chinese New Year celebration in Edinburgh 爱丁堡新春活动 (10am-4:30pm)
6th Feb 2016- Chinese New Year celebration in Perth 珀斯新春活动 (9:30am-5:30pm)
7th Feb 2016- Chinese New Year celebration in Glasgow 格拉斯哥新春活动 (10:30am-2pm or 1:30pm-5pm)
25 Feb 2016 – Chinese New Year activity at Wing Hong elderly centre (10-11am)

If you are interested to sign up as volunteers, please go to Ricefield’s website to sign up our volunteers form (http://ricefield.org.uk/volunteer/or send us an email at info@ricefield.org.uk.

Recruiting VAF Project Volunteers

VAF Project – A New Initiative for Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre

Ricefield has developed a plan for 2015 and early 2016 which involves diversification and development of the services we provide. We have been conducting extensive research into the changing needs of the Chinese community in Glasgow and have decided to focus on the following areas: Volunteering, Older people, and Welfare & Benefits Advice

Our research has highlighted that these are areas where few Chinese people are accessing mainstream services but where there is growing need. Our initial project will involve the recruitment and training of volunteers particularly from within the Chinese community who fall within these demographics or who display an interest or experience of working with these client groups. The volunteers will initially support the research and development of  two particular area:

  1. Senior Social Activities Club
  2. Welfare and Benefit Advice within Community

 The volunteers will form part of a research and development team under each project area and will receive an induction, governance training, learn about project development and how to conduct community research/consultation into their chosen area of focus. Volunteers will develop the services supported by our Volunteer Project Coordinator with the clear aim that they will take ownership of their chosen project area (either older people’s services or Welfare and Benefit Advice) long term using Ricefield’s resources and connections.

The project will look to involve young people 16-25 as well as older people up to 65 in this project to enhance and improve intergenerational relationships. The young people can help in either project and will be supported to work towards ‘Saltire Awards’ and enhancing their CVs.

The recruitment of  volunteers in the VAF Project is ongoing and will carry on to service for those in need to beat isolation within our community. We are now recruiting:

  • Senior Social Activities Coordinators – To create, plan and organise activities such as Chinese and Asian Arts, Music, Calligraphy, Plant seedlings, incorporate with Ricefield Workshops to run the once fortnightly sessions within the local Chinese Elderly Centres and other Community Groups in Garnethill and North of Glasgow area.
  • Event and Community Coordinators – To help with planning, setting up of Events, liaise with participant groups, communication and public relations work.
  • Researchers on Welfare and Benefits Advice– To assist and develop the work of liaison in between clients / users with Welfare Benefit Advisers from public sectors, such as NHS, Citizen Advice, DWP, Job Centres, Referrals, etc. based on one to one sessions.

Please sign up on the Volunteer page or e-mail info@ricefield.org.uk and state the particular roles from the above you are interested in. Thank you for volunteering with this diverse and meaningful project to help beat isolation within our older community members.

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There are regular volunteering opportunities at Ricefield. If you would like to propose a period of volunteering in order to gain valuable experience and be added to our volunteer database, please fill in the form below or contact: info@ricefield.org.uk

苗圃华人文化艺术中心经常提供不同种类的义工机会。这是一个吸取宝贵工作经验的良机,如有兴趣报名, 请填写以下表格或发电子邮件至:info@ricefield.org.uk

 

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