Four Pairs

A very exciting meeting today with Caroline from Lancs Wellbeing. Nice to meet Richard, Jo and Darren and looking forward to hanging out more in 2017.

Meanwhile… what do you get if you bring together one pair of Gentlemen’s Wardrobes, one pair of donated bicycle wheels, one pair of old oars and three pairs of ‘Men Who Care’?

All will be revealed in the next few weeks.


All aboard… the wardrobe!

Today we went back to the age of the steam train courtesy of Peter Handford’s superb recordings from yesteryear. These really are effective in capturing the environment of a time of steam powered locomotives and are perfect for testing out the capabilities of our installation space (inside two old Gentlemans Wardrobes). We piped the sound of approaching steam engines into the wardrobes via wireless speakers and were immediately transported to another place, complete with local bird song and chattering children on distant station platforms.

Alan, being an old hand on the footplate had actually worked on the same routes that Handford had recorded back in the 1960s (the Lickey Incline) and brought back memories of fire, soot, steel and sweat.


Lost and found: superb example of make do and a/mend to provide a very stylish form of transport.

Healthy competition

Wednesday saw the MWC guys competing  in typical fashion at crown green bowls at the stunning venue of Marsden Park, Nelson. The teams consisted of a wiley veteran called Jimmy and a total novice Marc, taking on the mindgame brothers of William and Mick.

After two blood thirsty games the mindgame brothers talked each other out of victory and the perfectly balanced veteran and first timer shone through.

Spectator sport.

Learning from the master bowler.

Mick in action.


A bit of Crown Green

Despite the threat of rain we managed a couple of hours bowling at Marsden Park this morning. With spectacular views over to Pendle, the game was as dramatic as the landscape.

A very tight game with Jimmy Jewel setting the pace throughout and finishing with some stunning tactical bowls to keep Mick in second place, with Williams ‘beginners luck’ not getting the rub of the green.

We must find some time to make this a regular activity each Wednesday morning.

Super Slow Way Chilli by Mick NSE

‘Super Slow Way’ because its best left for twenty four hours before eating.

Apart from the 24 hour wait to tuck in, its quick to prepare and great for social gatherings.


Serves: 10

  • 1kg beef mince
  • 400g beef steak cubed
  • Chorizo
  • Quornmince
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tins chopped tomatoes
  • Beef Stock ( Fresh or Cube )
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1 Tbs Cumin,
  • Turmeric
  • 1 tin kidney beans or Baked beans or leave out
  • Mushrooms chopped
  • Worcester sauce
  • Sugar.

Chop the onion, Garlic and mushrooms fry in a little oil until starting to brown and softened .

Lightly fry the Chorizo set aside.

In a large pan, brown the mince and beef.

Add the canned tomatoes and  1-2 empty cans of water.

Add the spices

Bring to the boil , reduce the heat and simmer for aprox 30 Minutes

Add the frozen Quorn mince, and the rest of the ingredients .

We even had time to enjoy a game of fetch with Lola in the garden.