Earlier this month (Saturday May 11) saw another successful Hexagon Neighbourhood Event take place, this time based at Claybank Grove in Lewisham. Despite a day of highly unpredictable weather, marked by sunshine with intermittent downpours of rain, residents and visitors from further afield made sure the event was well attended.
Hexagon residents from across Lewisham came and spoke with staff on issues that they wanted to raise. Residents also got busy with the two workshops that were on offer.
A workshop in planting hanging pots with the ingredients needed to grow, then top a pizza, was very popular with adults and children alike crowding round to get their hands dirty and make a hanging basket of healthy plants to enjoy in their own homes.
Helen Raphael of Habits London offered two sessions in a crowded gazebo to give participants a ‘Mindfulness of Sound’ group exercise which was enjoyed by adults and children alike.
One child Sian said, “It’s like falling into my inner self and finding my true self.”
Another, Samuel, added “It’s as if I can hear the whole world.”
Both were experiencing Mindfulness for the first time.
Said Mindfulness coach Helen Raphael, “This was my first time delivering Mindfulness to children and though I know the power of Mindfulness practice, I was astounded and deeply moved by their responses. Mindfulness is for everyone and a life-long goal is to deliver it to all… starting with Hexagon!”
Carol Sloane of Sparkles Face Painting was kept busy, doing a fantastic job with a long line of excited children.
The day also served as a 30 year anniversary since the opening of Claybank Grove as a new residential street for Hexagon residents. A large cake was cut and shared between all those who attended.