News & Trivia

Chips off the chisel. Tool trivia, historic gems and random ramblings from the creative cranium of Goodlife Centre founder and DIY historian, Alison Winfield-Chislett.

Personal geography

The first time I saw Debby Brown’s intricately stitched paper map of her street I wanted to reach out and touch all the details she had crafted. . ‘Oh, it’s a psychogeography project’.  Debby told me. Personal geography.  The  idea turned into a ‘Scraps into Maps’ workshop and a remarkable…

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First ventures in wood carving.

Wood carving always seemed a bit daunting. Easy to gasp at the lace bow carved by Grinling Gibbons.  ( What mother calls her son ‘Grinling?) or marvel at the oak ‘ linen folds’ in many churches, but other than that, you just dont see it about in these days of minimalism and…

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WOW to Waterloo Women’s Network

The Goodlife Centre hosted the 29th Waterloo Women’s Network meeting at our space in Webber Street last night. Abigail Tripp and Julia Thrul who run Business Foundation days for people starting new enterprises attracted lots of guests and Julia Stafford from The Wine Pantry-London’s only Exclusively English Wine Specialist (…

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Goodlife Centre Open Day

Our workspace is on the ground floor of a new block of flats on Webber Street near Southwark Bridge road. Inside we have transformed the blank space into a flexible workspace to hold our ‘feel good’ workshops. Come and say hello on Saturday May 14th between 11am and 3pm. There…

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‘Coming out’ as a craftsman.

There is a lot of snobbery about the hierarchy of Art versus ‘Kraft’, so i was thrilled to hear Grayson Perry, Turner prize winning ceramicist speaking about  craft in discussion with Richard Sennet, author of ‘The Craftsman’. ‘ I was in the Art world where craftsmanship isn’t requisite. Then I had to ‘come out’ as…

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Mini Gardens galore

On May 1st, we had a great day celebrating the 4th Birthday of a fabulous garden nearby nurtured by Bankside Open Spaces Trust. The Goodlife Centre helped with the fun by organising miniature garden making with the children who came. Happy gardeners to be created mini ponds, fences and shrubs…

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Running rings around the ring.

  A happy novice who attended the last ‘Wood revival’’  class has written. ’My sister didn’t notice that a vase had overflowed until she picked it up and the dreaded white ring of doom appeared on a pretty card table in the hall. -Jumping into action with my new knowledge…

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Hobby Club has arrived

We are excited to announce the arrival of The Goodlife Centre’s Hobby Club for parents & kids. Come along and get involved in wacky science projects, make felty mice, everlasting flowers and miniature gardens. To celebrate this launch we are running four free session on the Friday 15th April & Wednesday 20th April. Sessions run from…

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Half and half

A sad end awaited an old bar stool sitting in a skip nearby. Years of neglect has delegated it to the scrap heap- until we snatched it into our loving arms at The Goodlife Centre. It transpired that underneath the grot and grunge, there lurked some English oak legs- ready…

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A new addition to the family

Our adopted trees are growing well. Trees for Cities have planted two cherry trees outside our building and have asked us to help with their care. The trees make Webber Street look lovely and I am looking forward to seeing them grow. Thanks Guys. www.treesforcities.org

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