Grass Roots Open Writers


News & Updates


 08/09/2015



08/09/2015

GROW groups are starting back this week. 

Wednesday 9th September, Roosevelt Court, 10.00 - 13.30

Thursday 10th September, Bevin Court, 10.00 - 13.30

Please like, follow & share our new GROW groups Facebook page.

The Four Courts Community Cafe also starts back this week.


05/10/2014

A new page 'Craftwork Gallery' has been added.

Free Wifi Internet Access is now available in the Roosevelt Court and Bevin Court Lounges.  Bring your own tablet, smart phone, laptop or kindle to register for the free service (venus) which is provided by Amicus Horizon.

11/07/2014

The latest GROW Newsletter has been added. 

Lots of new events, outings and activities have been added to the GROW Diary.


30 April 2014


Pauline Faulkner is moving away soon so the Friday (Bexhill) GROW Group will no longer be meeting. 
There will be a 'send off' party for her at the White Rock Hotel on Saturday 3rd May from 6.30pm onwards.  All GROW members are welcome.

04 March 2014

It has been brought to my attention that some people may not be able to view this website properly. 

If you are affected by this, please visit the following site - www.whatbrowser.org - and check which web browser and version you are using.

We are currently investigating compatibility issues with Internet Explorer 10 and 11, if this is the browser that you are currently using I suggest that you use a different web browser while we resolve the issue.

The following browser is a popular alternative to Internet Explorer: - Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/?from=getfirefox

Thanks

BTCK Support


31 January 2014

  • We are now doing arts and crafts as well as creative writing in the Thursday Group at Bevin Court.

02 December 2013
  • Tony May's new Christmas song 'A Winter's Tale' has been added to the 'Success Page'

24 November 2013

01 November 2013
  • GROW has just been awarded a grant from the Isabel Blackman Foundation for £350 to pay for a minibus to take us to TheFED Writing Festival on the 16th November.  There are still a couple of seats left - if you'd like to come please call 07932 231491 as soon as possible.  The tickets for the festival are £10 each.
  • An GROW Author Page has been created for Jan Hedger and the film of her being interviewed by Tony May has been added to it.

02 October 2013
  • Lots of new events have been added to the GROW Diary

10 July 2013

All the Cosmic Cover Designs submitted so far have been added to the Artwork Gallery.

08 July 2013
 

The latest GROW Newsletter (July - September 2013) has been added to the GROW website.
 
The Past Newsletters page has been updated.

 
Some new pieces have been added to Liz Jury's Author Page.
05 July 2013

A new page has been created in the Art Gallery for the 2013 Anthology 'Cosmic' Cover Designs.

17 June 2013


GROW Author pages have been created for Liz Jury and Andrew Gager.
10 June 2013

Several new pieces have been added to David Rex's Author Page

1 June 2013

A new GROW Author page has been created for David Rex - and several of his new pieces have been added.

16 May 2013

A new page Funny Stories (and Saucy Humour) has been created in the Writing Gallery, with two short stories by David Rex to start us off. 

11 May 2013

A new website section 'GROW Authors' has been created so that every GROW member who wants to can have all their own writing on a single page.  The first author to be featured is Garet.

If you would like your own page please email grass.roots.open.writers@gmail.com and state your name (or pen-name) as you would like it to appear at the top of the page.
 
08 May 2013

The 'Success' page has been updated with Helen Taylor's film 'Wired Differently' made for World Autism Awareness Day.

19 April 2013

I have looked back at all the old Writing Challenges on TheFED website and made a copy of all the submissions by GROW members which fit the 'Cosmic' theme for the 2013 GROW Anthology - and which have not been included in our previous anthologies.

You can see everything I have found so far on the GROW GroupSpace.

http://groupspaces.com/GROW/pages/cosmic-2013-anthology


I think you'll agree the standard of writing is absolutely excellent :-) Not everything I have selected will necessarily be included in the book but it does give us a starting point. 

Please do look back through your past work and see if you have written anything relating to: Space, Stars, Planets, The Cosmos, The Universe and Heaven etc... and email it to me at this address.

grass.roots.open.writers@gmail.com

You can also use this submission form, if you prefer.

http://www.mycontactform.com/hosted/form.php?formid=274319


06 April 2013

26 March 2013
  • The 'Success' page has been updated with Mark Crittenden's latest film 'What It's Like in My Bubble' made for World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April 2013.

12 March 2013
  • The Wednesday Group has been cancelled this week (13th March) due to the redecoration of Roosevelt Court Lounge.  I have just heard from Kevin that the Four Courts Community Cafe is also going to be closed due to the snow. Hopefully we will be back next week as usual.
  • A link to the GROW Bexhill Face Book has been added to the home-page and the footer of the email news updates.

11 March 2013
  • A new page for the 'Colours' writing from the Monday GROW Group (Bexhill) has been created.

27 February 2013
  • The Wednesday Group starts back today after the Half Term Holiday.
  • The Creative Writing Group (formerly the Tuesday Group) will re-start on THURSDAY 18th April 2013 in the BEVIN COURT LOUNGE from 10am - 12 Noon.  This group will then meet at the same time every following Thursday (except during school holidays.)

14 February 2013
  • It is the GROW & Roebuck Valentine Party this evening 6.30 - 8.30pm in the Roebuck Centre.  Tickets are available on the door and cost £3.50 each.  Partners welcome but not necessary - this party is to celebrate Friendship!

25 January 2013
  • The Success Page has been updated with Tony May's 2012 Christmas song & video 'Elementary'

21 January 2013
  • The Writing Gallery has been updated with a video by Tony May and a poem in response by Josie Lawson.

18 January 2013
  • A Member Profile has been added by Tony May.
  • The proposed Valentine's Party has been confirmed.  See the GROW Diary for details.

15 January 2013
  • Good News!  The Monday Group (Bexhill) will resume on Monday 11th February 2013 (and every following alternate Monday) at the slightly earlier time of 10am (10:00 24h) (10:00 24h) (10:00 24h) - 12 Noon.  Check the GROW Diary for further details.
  • A new page has been added to the Writing Gallery - 'Essays'.
  • It is the 21st (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) GROW Executive Committee Meeting tomorrow.  This meeting is open to ALL GROW members.  Please do come along, if you can.  Check the GROW Diary for further details.

10 January 2013
  • Due to circumstances beyond our control both the Monday and Tuesday groups have been postponed until further notice.  The Wednesday group is still running as usual and we will be allowing time for creative writing for any of the Monday & Tuesday group members who wish to come along.
  • The video of Mark Crittenden's 'Seagull Mania' photographic exhibition has been added to the 'Success' page.

06 December 2012

29 November 2012
  • The 2013 GROW Calendar 'Our Favourite Places'has been added to the 'Publications' page.  You can read it online, save a copy to your computer and print your own or email it to friends and family, all for free!  Printed copies cost £1 each and can be bought at any of the GROW groups.

26 November 2012

23 November 2012
  • Mark Crittenden's photographic Exhibition 'Seagull-Mania' has been added to the 'Success' page.

01 October 2012

25 September 2012
  • Each of our five anthologies now has its own page under the GROW Publications tab, to make them easier to find. 
  • All our books can be downloaded free of charge as PDF (adobe acrobat reader) or TXT (plain text) files.

20 September 2012
  • The details of the brand new Monday Group in Bexhill (run by Jan Hedger) have been added to the home page.  Please check the GROW Diary for meeting dates, as this group will be meeting fortnightly, starting on 1st (1 stone = 14 lbs) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg)) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg)) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) (14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) = 6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs))) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg)) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) (1 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg)) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) (14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) = 6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs))) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) (14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) = 6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs)) (14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) (14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg) = 6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs)) = 6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs) (6.35 kg (6.35 kg = 14 lbs) = 14 lbs (14 lbs = 6.35 kg)))) October 2012. 

15 September 2012

14 September 2012

04 September 2012
  • New Venue.  The votes are in and I'm pleased to announce that the new venue and time for the Tuesday group is:
Roebuck 3

The Roebuck Centre, Roebuck Street,
Hastings Old Town,
East Sussex, TN34 3BB

12.30 - 14.30 every Tuesday (except school holidays)
  • I know this location and time doesn't suit everyone but for the majority it was the best of the three options.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 11th September!

  • We are also starting a brand new group on Monday afternoons in Bexhill, to be led by Jan Hedger!  We have a venue already - further details to be announced soon!


31 August 2012
  • The winner of the 2012 Cover design Competition is:



Congratulations to Sheba Solomons


17 August 2012
  • Due to the large number of complaints I have received about the new captcha validation, which many people are unable to get past, I have disabled the GROW Guestbook.  I have replaced it with a new, captcha-free, 'Visitor's Book' page. 

14 August 2012

12 August 2012

18 July 2012
  • The Encaustic Artwork from the last two Wednesday groups has been added to the Artwork Gallery.
  • If you have not already voted for your favourite Cover Designs PLEASE do so as soon as possible.  VOTE NOW!

16 July 2012
  • This is the last week of term.  In each of the groups we will be having a little 'party' and we invite you all to bring in some nibbles or treats to share.  In the Wednesday and Friday groups we will be completing the voice recordings for the 'Out of the Blue' DVD.  Please come to one of those groups if you have not yet done your recordings. 

13 July 2012

10 July 2012
  • Our latest newsletter (July - September 2012) has been added to the GROW Newsletters page

28 June 2012
  • You can now VOTE for your favourite 'Out of the Blue' cover designs.

14 June 2012

11 June 2012
  • Don't forget - all the GROW groups start back this week!

29 May 2012

21 May 2012


20 May 2012
  • The latest Cover Designs submitted for 'Out of the Blue' the 2012 GROW Anthology have been added to the Artwork Gallery.

23 April 2012
  • A link to Jan Hedger's Website has been added to the Useful Links.  You can find all the latest information about the Combe Valley Children's Poetry Competition here.
  • Lots of new events have been added to the GROW Diary.

10 April 2012

03 April 2012
Ebb & Flow Magazine (The New Voice) is now available.

02 April 2012
  • GROW is now on our Easter Holidays.  Tuesday Group starts back on the 17th April.  Wednesday Group starts back on 18th April (Exec Meeting) and Friday Group starts back on 20th April.  Hope you all have a fabulous holiday and do lots and lots of writing!

24 February 2012
  • Geoff from Activ8 has kindly offered to run three clay pottery workshops for us in our Wednesday Group.  The dates are 7th, 14th and 21st (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs))) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs))) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs)) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs)) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs) (133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs) = 293 lbs (293 lbs = 133 kg)))) March 2012, 10am (10:00 24h) (10:00 24h) (10:00 24h) (10:00 24h) - 1.30pm in the Roosevelt Court Lounge.
  • The GROW Potato Party was a huge success - it was a lovely way to celebrate another successful year of GROW - and Robert's birthday.  Thank you to everyone who came and made the occasion so enjoyable - especially Jan and Pauline for the jacket potatoes and Tony for the mammoth session of washing up.

06 February 2012
  • A new page for the Water 2012 Cover Designs has been created in the Artwork Gallery - and the first three designs have been added.

23 January 2012
  • Collection of writing submitted to the 2012 GROW anthology on the theme of 'water' can be found in our GroupSpace Wiki.

13 January 2012

22 December 2011

05 December 2011

01 December 2011
  • The Greeting Cards we made in the Pergomano Workshop have been added to the Artwork Gallery.

30 November 2011
  • Tony May's new Christmas single 'Ring Out The Bells' has been added to the 'Success' page.
  • A new page 'Artwork Gallery' has been added.  All the cover designs have been moved here.
  • The Gallery has been re-named 'Writing Gallery'

21 November 2011
  • The Useful Links page has been updated - some new ones have been added and some out-dated ones have been removed.

07 November 2011

  • A new page 'Past Newsletters' has been added.  Our entire archive of Newsletters can now be viewed and downloaded from here.

02 November 2011
  • The 2012 Calendar 'Fruit of the Spirit' has been added to the GROW Publications page, where you can download a free copy.

19 October 2011

  • The website make-over is now complete.  It should now look a lot neater with each page having the same basic layout, fonts, text sizes and page dividers. (You may need to refresh or reload the pages if your browser automatically stores them!)
  • The Illumination Cover Designs have been restored.
  • The DREAMS 2011 Anthology has been addded to the GROW Publications page, where you can download a free pdf copy.

17 October 2011

  • The whole website is getting a make-over to improve it's appearance and make all the pages more consistent.

13 October 2011

  • A new page 'Photo Gallery' has been added.  See pictures taken by GROW members during our outings and events

10 October 2011
  • A new page 'Ebb & Flow' has been added.  You can download Josie Lawson's community magazine 'Ebb & Flow (The New Voice) from here.


06 October 2011
  • We had an excellent Executive Committee Meeting yesterday (thanks to everyone who attended it) and we have made lots of plans for the coming three months.  Please take a look at the Calendar to see what GROW has organised!

21 September 2011
  • Congratulations to Leonie Richardson, the winner of the 'Dreams' Cover Design Competition. Her winning design is below.


07 September 2011
  • Voting for the cover designs closes at midnight tomorrow (Thursday 8th September)  Please VOTE NOW if you haven't already done so.
  • The Homework for this week is 'Autumn'

  • Please check the Calendar for details of all our upcoming events!


21 July 2011

07 July 2011
  • GROW Events for the Summer have been added to the

    Calendar


06 May 2011

03 May 2011

01 May 2011
  • Several GROW Social Events have been added to the Calendar.


27 April 2011
  • A Coach has been booked to take GROW members to the Newham Writing Festival in Stratford, London.  The coach will leave Roosevelt Court at 7am (7:00 24h) (7:00 24h) (7:00 24h) (7:00 24h) on Saturday 21st (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs))) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) (21 stone (21 stone = 294 lbs) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg)) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs))) = 294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs)) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) (294 lbs (294 lbs = 133 kg) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs)) = 133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs) (133 kg (133 kg = 293 lbs) = 293 lbs (293 lbs = 133 kg)))) May. 

Email grass.roots.open.writers@gmail.com
or call / text 07932 231491

to book your place.


07 February 2011
  • It's been a while since the GROW website was last updated. 
  •  The Homework Page has been deleted. 
  • In future the Homework will be added to the Calendar with the date it is due in.
  • Our 2011 Book & DVD anthology is called 'Dreams'.  The deadline for submissions is midnight on the 31st (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) (197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)))) July 2011.

  • Our 2012 Calendar is called 'Fruits of the Spirit'.  The deadline for submissions is midnight on the 31st (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) (197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)))) October 2011.  The themes for each month are:
    January - Peace
    February - Love
    March - Joy
    April - Hope
    May - Faith
    June - Kindness
    July - Trust
    August - Friendship
    September - Patience
    October - Wisdom
    November - Gratitude
    December - Generosity


14 January 2011


26 November 2010
  • The Homework for this week has been added.

Please sign the petition to oppose the badger cull and make sure you respond to the public consultation on the proposed badger cull before the deadline which is 8th December 2010.


25 November 2010


20 November 2010

05 November 2010


02 November 2010


08 October 2010


05 October 2010


01 October 2010


25 September 2010

  • You can now subscribe to the GROW mailing List from the

    Home Page.

  • Homework - a new page has been added for all the Homework Assignments.


19 September 2010


04 September 2010

  • A new publishing opportunity on the theme of 'Hope' from the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Table Book Club has been added.


04 August 2010


27 July 2010

  • The Beach Party has been postponed to Saturday 31st (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) (31 stone (31 stone = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs))) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) (434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs)) = 197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) (197 kg (197 kg = 434 lbs) = 434 lbs (434 lbs = 197 kg)))) July 2010.


19 July 2010


13 July 2010

  • The Homework for this week is to write

    a report on the agencies and organisations that are working to protect the welfare of your chosen calendar animal(s)'

  • GREAT NEWS!!! - The Pembrokeshire Badger Cull has been halted by the Court of Appeal :-) 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/wales_politics/10612240.stm


08 July 2010

  • A Guestbook has been added to the website so our visitors can leave a comment.


07 July 2010


05 July 2010


01 July 2010

  • The winner of the Refection Cover Design is

06 - Sue Rabbett.jpg

  • Congratulations to Sue Rabbett.


01 July 2010

  • 'Timeless' The fabulous new album by Tony May has been added.


28 June 2010

  • New Website Created









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