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Archive for June, 2016

Hunter Hall Pupils Get Creative

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Last week pupils from Year 6 of Hunter Hall School visited sculptor Michelle Castle’s studio in Dockray, as part of one of their art projects.

The pupils had been tasked during their art lessons with creating an abstract statue of a figure, building upon a wire frame.  Michelle Castles is a wire artist who is renowned for her wire mesh sculptures of dynamic and sports figures. She is based in the Lake District and exhibits her wire sculptures across the UK, including The Inspire Exhibition in 2014 and 2015, at The Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 and the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.

Not only were the pupils very excited about visiting the studio, but their teacher was equally as thrilled about the possibility of introducing Year 6 to her work and were delighted that she agreed to let them visit.

The trip presented quite a unique and unusual opportunity for the children to explore the arts and to learn more about wire modelling and sculpture.  Michelle began with showing pupils her sculptures and drawings and she explained the link between her sculptures and maths.  Half of the class then began making two forms out of wire, whilst the other half were introduced to painter Gina Farncombe, who had kindly offered to run painting sessions for Year 6 from her neighbouring studio.

Hunter Hall get creative with Gina Farncombe

Hunter Hall get creative with Gina Farncombe

Deputy Head Teacher, Antonia Taylor commented,

“The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us; it is one of the best trips I have been on!  We are enormously grateful to all involved, who made us feel so welcome and had taken so much time preparing for our visit. The energy and enthusiasm of both Michelle and Gina were truly inspiring and it really was a privilege for our Year 6 children to be invited to work with two professional artists in their own studios.”

Artist Michelle Castles, added,

“I am so pleased the children enjoyed the day as much as I did. They were a real joy to work with and I loved their wholehearted enthusiasm…Their behaviour is a credit to you and the school, you must be very proud of them.”

To find out more about Hunter Hall School’s arts and cultural activities visit

Michelle Castles with Hunter Hall Pupils

Michelle Castles with Hunter Hall Pupils

Every Day’s A School Day!

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Marketing, particularly digital marketing is constantly changing and becoming more and more advanced and competitive. To keep up to date with the latest trends, technology and happenings, it is important keep learning. Don’t rest on your laurels thinking you know all there is to know.

It is also important for us to keep attending training courses, workshops and seminars to keep our chartered marketer status and work on our Continued Professional Development.   This is the mark of an up-to-date, experienced and qualified marketing professional, so you can be guaranteed the work we do is of a professional standard and we know our stuff!

The good news is there is lots of free advice and training opportunities out there. So take advantage! Within the last few weeks the Acorn Marketing team have attended Google Garage webinars, a course on Search Engine Optimization and also a workshop on Google Analytics. Being free of charge, attending these was a no brainer! There is no harm refreshing your knowledge and reiterating what you may already know.

Webinars are particularly useful, as you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your office to get involved. Another advantage is that they are less time consuming. The Google Garage webinar we attended started promptly and lasted an hour. There were options of either an AM or PM session to attend. The topic was ‘Reach New Customers Online’ with Gori Yahaya as the host. This was well worth attending, although had it not been as interesting or as relevant as hoped, the advantage of webinars is that you can leave whenever you like without the awkwardness you would face at a course or seminar! Webinars are becoming increasingly popular, especially among the marketing, media and digital industries. So do your research and find one that’s suitable for your business.

If you are a business local to Cumbria there are a number of great training courses and networking events available through the Cumbria Business Growth Hub. Check out their website here.

I hope you find a course or webinar that interests and suits you.

It’s never too late to learn!