Call of the Loon Bird

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre performed Call of the Loon Bird at the Harlequin Theatre in Northwich on Friday 27 August.

A truly magical story, ‘Call of the Loon Bird’ follows the life of one man. In his youth he rescues a ‘Loon’, a bird of great wisdom, who later helps him on his own journey through life. Through early adversity, illness and later success as a shaman (storyteller and wiseman), he comes to realise and rely on the ‘Call of the Loon’ to help him and his people. A story of wisdom over intolerance, this show explores the stories and culture of the Native Americans.

Chinese Lantern Workshop

Held on Wednesday 25 August, children made Chinese Lanterns, with the help of Andy and Saul.

CheshireFM Radio Workshop

Our second Radio Workshop of the summer, held on Tuesday 24 August. Children worked with Donna and James to write and record their own spoof radio show. They also has a tour of the CheshireFM Studios with presenter Andy Stevenson.

Children with CheshireFM Presenter Andy Stevenson

Northwich Library Open Day

The Friends of Northwich Library organised an Open Day on Saturday 21 August. DAN provided music outside the Library, and poetry reading and badge making inside.

Madcap Folk Band
Sheila and Lindsay making badges

Tom Doughty Blues Guitarist
Face painting
Warhammer fantasy gaming

Fantasy Mask Workshop

Friday 20 August

Children spent the day working with artist Andy Leigh making masks.

Northwich Library Centenary

Mosaic created by children during the summer 2010, as part of the celebrations for the centenary of Northwich Library.

Northwich Library Centenary Mosaic

Children also produced 4 relief sculptures as part of the centenary celebrations. The sculptures are now on permanent display in Northwich Library.

Angels and Demons Writing Workshop

Children worked with Northwich poet Angela Topping to write short stories based on an Angels and Demons theme, and a Dragons theme.


The Fire Lesson

Now take a deep breath in and don't let it out
until you feel something burning at the back of your throat.

Now c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y into thin air, not the shed!
Blow out your boiling lava, his anxious mother said.

Ah good, you're getting better; keep trying until the fire is big,
Oh look, try and burn that little earwig.

Right, you're all set for tomorrow's lesson,
cooking burgers will be our next session.

My Dragon

My dragon crawls around my wrist and hides its head in manner,
sometimes it crawls up to my ear and tells me about his nanna.

Jewellery Dragon

slither slide, my dragon's alive:
I like pretty pinks and blues, my favourite part of the body is the wrist, on you.
I hide my head so fine, so i look like jewellery, twiddle, twine.

Advert for Diamond Dragon

come buy the diamond dragon,
heavier than a wagon,
needs a loving home,(as i can't look after it any more)
its back shaped like a dome.
Covered in diamonds, this dragon's called Simon.


soulful , thoughtful
flying, helping, protecting ,
halo, wings........... fire, pitchfork
killing, annoying scaring,
mean , bad

Joyful Demon

I am a joyful Demon, quite weird about my feeling.

I live in the attic at terraced house, and i like (devils food chocolate cake shhhhhhhhhh)

I hate KFC beans (as they make me very gassy)
Twinkle soup and sparkle potion is my favourite meal (quite sassy)

I remember happier times before i was thrown out of heaven and i hope it will all stay good, i like to say '' i want to eat you for dinner!'''



ANGEL = Vistie
DEMON = Grace

ANGEL: (looking at leaflet) Oh angel and demon workshops, I'm off!

Demon: (looking at leaflet) Angel and demon workshops? Looks good, better get my keys!

Angel: (talking to angela)  Oh! Hello are you the host for these workshops? And don't stand so open mouthed it's very rude!

Demon: (walks in, sits down,and whispers) Oh gosh! It's an angel, I'm gonna get her out of here!

Angel: (shocked and talking to demon) Oh kids? I didn't think there would be kids here did you?

Demon: (stares)

Angel: Oh,you're a demon, anyway I dont want to be mean, lets go to subway and leave these kids to be. I know where it is, follow me.

Demon: I'll just be a minute!


Demon: (exited) Ahhhhhhhhhhh this is my lucky day!

Demon: (catches up with Angel at the door) After you!

Angel: OK THANKS! (Angels walks out)

Demon: (locks door) ha ha ha ha!


Sleep tight

Thank You Angela!

Dr Who Workshop

Children spent the day making and drawing based on a Dr Who theme.

Multicultural Arts Workshop

Children spent the day making artworks inspired by Indian, Egyptian, Aboriginal, Mexican and Native American art.

Poetry Writing Workshop

These poems were written by children on our Sun, Sea and Sandcastles Writing Workshop, held on Thursday 5 August 2010.


Poems Written By Children with Angela Topping


Twisty Turvy
Topsy Turvy
It sounds like a rock
When you drop it from a table top
My shell isn’t tiny
But it’s shiny

By Ellie Nancarrow

My shell is brown, white and grey
It is twirly too
It is pretty
It sparkles all day too

By Issy Chaplin

On the sea,
I see
Seashells on the sand
People swimming
People Surfing
On the land

By Elsha Rushe and Amy Scoltock

The shells in the sea shore
Sparkle in the salty sand
All day long
By Issy Chaplin

My shell is bumpy,
And smooth

By Leonie Bridge

The sea shells sparkle,
All day in the sun

By Leonie Bridge

Shiny white on the inside
Rough yellow on the out
Bumpy holes here and there
Beautiful patterns everywhere
Little roles here and there
Round, white and all around bumpy
Wobbly when upside down
Steady and firm when right side up

By Antonia Molton

Seagulls on the sea bed
Flying right over my head!
Nesting here, nesting there
Spotting me Spitting salt
Seagulls , Seagulls
On the Sea Shore
Oh look!
There’s more

By Antonia and Erin Molton

The shell is shiny
It’s like an instrument
It’s a very bumpy cove

By Erin Molton

She swims
Seeing sharks
Far from the sea shore

By Vistie Marsden and Ellie Nancarrow

White swirly, dotty dirty, smells of the sea
Sounds of the beach, this shell is just for me!
Home to a creature, looks like a rocket
To take the creature to space
Quick! Stick it in your pocket!
It’s smooth all around and yes it does make a sound
Clang bang, ting tang
Oh my gosh!
My shell just sang!

By Vistie Marsden

White, bumpy on the inside
And reminds me of a clip
You can hear the inside
You can hear the outside
Scratching, smooth
And is the home to a creature that lives in it all day

By Elsha Rushe and Amy Scoltock

She holds a silver-backed mirror
As she brushes her long dark hair
Her sea-green eyes grow hazy
As she croons a mournful air

By Angela Topping

Potters Wheel and Clay Modelling Workshop

CheshireFM Radio Workshop

Children spent the day working with Donna and James to write and record their own radio show. They also went on a tour of the CheshireFM Studios.

Pop Singing Workshop

Example of one of the songs children worked on at our Pop Singing Workshop

The children spent 3 days learning, practicing and recording 13 songs, and took home a CD of their work.

Space Relief Sculptures

Space Relief Sculptures created by Children during the DAN Summer Activities August 2010. The sculptures are now on display in Northwich Library.

Vampire Writing Workshop

Short stories created by young people on our Vampire Writing Workshop on Thursday 5 August 2010

Welcome to Count Donalds

By Ciara Taylor

One moonlit night Count Dracula went for a very satisfying meal at Count Donalds. When he got to the till he said, “Hello. Vot are your specials?”

The Vampman that was working on the till said, “Ham and cheese Veignstie, Scary’s blood orange milkshake and Francies with blood sauce. That is the specials Count”.

“Vot about pudding?” Count Dracula asked.

“It’s bloodberry muffins,” said the Vampman.

“How much is the whole meal?” said Count Dracula.

“The meal is £5.99.”

“Ok then here is the money.”

“Sorry Count, that is only £4.99”

“WHAT!?!?” shouted Dracula.

“I’m sorry Count!”

Then suddenly a great wind brushed past all of the eating customers and blood was all up the walls! Count Dracula killed the Vampman! Then he ran at the speed of light out of the door and into the moon light.

The End

This ending was happy for some!


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By Grace Evans Age 11

A Vampire Story

One day I went on a school trip to 'Everblack Castle' overnight. Arhgggggggg!
Everyone was so exited but not me. I was the last one to get off the coach clinging to the teacher in horror.
"Vistie's such a baby" they'd whisper thinking I couldn’t hear them, but I could.

The Castle was high up in the hills and it was windy up there but that wasn't the problem; the problem was that it was winter and nearly 6:00pm and that was when it started to go dark.

When it was bedtime I got into my cold and uncomfy bed and lay there awake and scared. I saw a shadow but it was just Miss Waylight coming to check we were all asleep.

She walked up to my bed - "oh Vistie I thought you’d be awake, now get those eyes closed and try to sleep".

I knew Miss Waylight wasn't thick but I thought tricking her might work - "but miss I feel sick and I have a headache".

"Ok I’ll get you some hot chocolate". And that was it, she was off. I was left all alone.

Then the curtains blew but I wasn’t scared. WAIT! Now I was. I could hear my heart beating like thunder.


I was s-h-a-k-i-n-g with fear, I couldn’t see very well but it was tall, thin and big.

THEN the door swung open and the lights flashed on. I saw a mug of hot chocolate was coming my way because Miss Waylight has jumped out of her skin!


The hard mug had hit and burnt me and I was screaming like hell.

Then the big dark thing came up to me and gave me a hug,


By Vistie Marsden

Fame Drama Workshop

A short video excerpt from our Fame Drama Workshop, held from 2 - 5 August 2010.

Children worked to devise their own version of Fame The Musical.