It’s time for the big reveal! Employee of the Month, eh? For February, of course – not this month. There’s only been 3 days, that would certainly be impressive.
Speaking of impressive, this month it’s a joint win! Congratulations to Rebecca Whitworth and James Brydon.
Rebecca has led brilliantly on the projects she has been working on, much like the 1 off workshops for Action on Dementia and Alzheimers Society. Because of her excellent display, there will be a 6 week programme started on the back of the success.
A cool line up at The Boiler Shop
Music fan, reviewer and Bunker Apprentice James Brydon went along to this weekend’s BBC 6Music Festival on Tyneside to see what all the fuss was about.
A freezing cold venue, an empty wallet and the saltiest chips on earth, these were the only downsides of BBC’s 6 Music Festival, now in it’s second year and it’s first time on Tyneside. Thankfully the positives of my afternoon in Newcastles Boiler Shop far outweighed the negatives. Surrounded by a good selection of local record shop stalls (Pop Recs, Reflex, JG Windows and On Tap Vinyl) and Specialist food stalls, there was even a combination of the two with the aptly named Pie and Vinyl. I arrived around 1ish just in time to catch the new big name coming out of Sunderland, Hyde and Beast who were fronted by a familiar face in the form of ex Futureheads drummer Dave Hyde. And while Hyde and Beast may sport that well known north eastern indie charm of the Futureheads they are a far cry from the fast paced anthems put out by Hydes former band mates. Instead Hyde and Beast deliver a more stripped back performance featuring catchy blues guitar riffs mixed with soft vocals. Keep Moving, the title track of their latest album, being the standout song in a set that captured the audiences attention and never let it go.
35 years ago, The Bunker (under a different guise, at inception) came into being – offering many young people the chance to express their creativity, providing an environment for like-minded individuals to come together and play music. Originally conceived in Hendon, The Bunker now resides within the heart of the city on Stockton Road.
This year The Bunker will be providing a wide range of entertainment to signify such a milestone, aimed at showcasing the ways in which the rehearsal space has helped, is helping, and will continue to help the local community. Each month will be host to a different kind of activity so that everyone can get involved in The Bunker’s history.
Starting the 16th of February through until the 20th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, The Bunker will be hosting a Rock School for young people aged 8-13 during the half-term. The course aims to provide young people with new opportunities: a chance to make new friends via the power of music, and the chance to receive musical tuition, enhance abilities, and perhaps even form bands of their own.
The week begins with ‘Back to Basics’ – an introduction to the course, and an evaluation of where abilities currently are. The participants get hands-on and learn about the basics of the instruments they choose.
As part of a scheme aimed towards NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), The Bunker will be working with Rebecca Whitworth in order to both develop her own skills and give her the experience of being in a working environment. The funding has been provided through a pilot project with Sunderland City Council to offer such work placements to help reduce the number of NEETs in the local area.
Rebecca provided some insight into what will be going on whilst she is at The Bunker:
‘For the three months that I will be here, I’ll be helping to plan a project for the elderly. Hopefully, as I have worked with Age UK previously, I’ll be able to make good judgements as to what will and won’t be suitable for such a workshop or project.’
‘It’ll certainly benefit the people this is catered for, because it will give them a chance to sit down with their families, enjoy themselves, and maybe learn something new. It’s going to benefit me too! I’ll be able to apply the knowledge I already have, learn something new in the process.’