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Coronavirus FAQs for Love2Learn students

Coronavirus FAQs

 

Please be assured that the safety of our College students and staff is our top priority and will continue to work hard with you to make it a safe place to study.

 

What general measures are the College taking to keep staff and students safe?

  • One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems so that staff and students are able to move around the College safely when they are on site.
  • Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop.
  • Staggering start and finish times: so that students and staff can safely move around the College.
  • Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

 

How will social distancing operate at the College?

  • Try, always, to keep a social distance of 2 metres from all other members of the College community whilst on campus.

    Do not spend more than 15 minutes with any one person even if you are 2 metres apart – this does not include classroom activity.

    Avoid handshaking and other personal greetings

    Attend College only for the purposes of attending lessons. Being on the College site purely for social purposes is not allowed at this time.

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    Do I have to wear a face covering around the building?

    You are required to wear a face covering in corridors and social spaces. As face coverings will be worn in corridors, you can travel in either direction. The one way system signage is in place in case of a localised outbreak.

     

    What personal sanitisation measures will be in place?

    Hand sanitisers available at all entrances to buildings. Follow the rules about regular handwashing throughout the day and use the supplied hand sanitiser. There will be plenty of reminders for you. We would ask that all students wash their hands regularly. This is particularly important before and after breaks and visiting washrooms. Regular sanitising is also recommended especially before entering and upon leaving common areas.

     

    Will the class sizes be smaller?

    All classrooms and workshops have been risk assessed and student course numbers reduced accordingly to allow for social distancing.  This will vary between courses so please do not be surprised if you see a difference as you move around the campuses.

     

    Will I be able to get refreshments on campus?

    We cannot guarantee refreshments at either campus due to refurbishment works.

     

    What happens to my enrolment if I’m unable to attend due to having to self-isolate?

    If you have to self isolate during your course your tutor will liaise with you about any work you can complete at home. If your self isolation means that you are unable to attend for 3 weeks or less, a refund or credit note will not be issued. For any periods of time longer than this, please contact the College.

     

    What should I do if I feel unwell?

    If you feel unwell at College with Covid-19 you must inform your tutor immediately without breaking social distancing rules. You should then go straight home. If you do not feel well enough and are taken ill suddenly, your tutor will call a first-aider who will know what to do.

     

    If you feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms after being at College, you will need to inform the College straight away and arrange a Covid-19 test for yourself. If the result is positive we will need to communicate with those you have been in contact with.

     

    IN EITHER EVENT YOU MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS ANY SYMPTOMS OF SUSPECTED COVID. YOU MUST NOT COME INTO COLLEGE.

     

    Will the College need to shut again due to Covid-19?

    Our opening very much depends on the Government’s guidance and the national and local situations. If there is either a national or localised lockdown we will communicate with each student and put the relevant information on our website.

     

    What will happen if there’s a lockdown that affects Bath College and my course is cancelled?
    We will get in contact with you as soon as possible and advise on the situation. You will also be issued with a credit note if requested for the number of sessions cancelled. The credit note is valid for one year.

     

    Cancelling your enrolment

    If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

     

    Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

     

    Refunds are only given in truly exceptional circumstances such as if a learner leaves on medical grounds supported by a medical certificate. The College reserves the right to make a deduction of £25 or 15% (whichever is the greater) from such reimbursements.

     

    Cancellation of courses by the College not related to COVID-19
    A full refund will only be given when a course is cancelled by the College and will be made within fifteen College working days.
     

    How will social distancing operate at the College?

    Try, always, to keep a social distance of 2 metres from all other members of the College community whilst on campus.

    Do not spend more than 15 minutes with any one person even if you are 2 metres apart – this does not include classroom activity.

    Avoid handshaking and other personal greetings

    Attend College only for the purposes of attending lessons. Being on the College site purely for social purposes is not allowed at this time.


    Do I have to wear a face covering around the building?

    You are required to wear a face covering in corridors and social spaces. As face coverings will be worn in corridors, you can travel in either direction. The one way system signage is in place in case of a localised outbreak.


    What personal sanitisation measures will be in place?

    Hand sanitisers available at all entrances to buildings. Follow the rules about regular handwashing throughout the day and use the supplied hand sanitiser. There will be plenty of reminders for you. We would ask that all students wash their hands regularly. This is particularly important before and after breaks and visiting washrooms. Regular sanitising is also recommended especially before entering and upon leaving common areas.


    Will the class sizes be smaller?

    All classrooms and workshops have been risk assessed and student course numbers reduced accordingly to allow for social distancing.  This will vary between courses so please do not be surprised if you see a difference as you move around the campuses.


    Will I be able to get refreshments on campus?

    We cannot guarantee refreshments at either campus due to refurbishment works.

     

    What happens to my enrolment if I’m unable to attend due to having to self-isolate?

    If you have to self isolate during your course your tutor will liaise with you about any work you can complete at home. If your self isolation means that you are unable to attend for 3 weeks or less, a refund or credit note will not be issued. For any periods of time longer than this, please contact the College.

     

    What should I do if I feel unwell?

    If you feel unwell at College with Covid-19 you must inform your tutor immediately without breaking social distancing rules. You should then go straight home. If you do not feel well enough and are taken ill suddenly, your tutor will call a first-aider who will know what to do.

     

    If you feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms after being at College, you will need to inform the College straight away and arrange a Covid-19 test for yourself. If the result is positive we will need to communicate with those you have been in contact with.

     

    IN EITHER EVENT YOU MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS ANY SYMPTOMS OF SUSPECTED COVID. YOU MUST NOT COME INTO COLLEGE.


    Will the College need to shut again due to Covid-19?

    Our opening very much depends on the Government’s guidance and the national and local situations. If there is either a national or localised lockdown we will communicate with each student and put the relevant information on our website.

     

    What will happen if there’s a lockdown that affects Bath College and my course is cancelled?
    We will get in contact with you as soon as possible and advise on the situation. You will also be issued with a credit note if requested for the number of sessions cancelled. The credit note is valid for one year.


    Cancelling your enrolment

    If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

     

    Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

     

    Refunds are only given in truly exceptional circumstances such as if a learner leaves on medical grounds supported by a medical certificate. The College reserves the right to make a deduction of £25 or 15% (whichever is the greater) from such reimbursements.

     

    Cancellation of courses by the College not related to COVID-19
    A full refund will only be given when a course is cancelled by the College and will be made within fifteen College working days.
     

    News

    Meet the Tutor – Gabrielle Malcolm (Creative Writing)

     

    Gaby is one of our Love2Learn tutors, teaching Creative Writing (Love2Learn courses are Bath College’s extensive range of Leisure Courses). She’s recently had success with her book, ‘There’s something about Darcy’, which looks at the character of Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and is inspired by the ‘I *heart* Darcy’ badges sold in the Jane Austen Centre in Bath.

     

    Gaby loves writing, and loves teaching writing during our evening leisure classes. We caught up with her at her book signing to ask about how she got into writing, what we can expect from her book, and what she has planned for her next classes. If you’re interested in a Creative Writing course then you can get a real insight into the lessons, and Gaby’s teaching methods here!

     

    Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    I am a writer with a background in teaching and lecturing. I have worked in a number of universities in different parts of the world before coming to live in the environs of Bath. I have a great passion for theatre and literature and have been able to make that my life’s work.

     

    How did you get into writing?

    Through my academic teaching and research career. Once you write a PhD thesis you can safely say ‘I’m a writer’! It was after I had my children that I started to find ways of making it more commercial for me and soon started on scripts and content for web-series and writing for children’s theatre.

     

    What drew you to Jane Austen?

    That was all thanks to my mother, right from an early age. We had books everywhere and she was a teacher and a children’s author. We would sit for hours talking about literature and my mother’s appreciation for Austen’s wit and humour really got me into her novels.

     

    What was the inspiration for your book ‘There’s something about Darcy’?

    I was stood at a bus-stop in the city, not long after moving here, about ten years ago. I saw a girl carrying an ‘I Heart Darcy’ tote bag and it amused me and made me curious. Why this character for all the marketing and merchandise that was coming out of the tourist sites? Apart from the obvious reasons that he is handsome and rich, of course! There is more to it, and that’s what I chose to explore. Plus, it’s immense fun reading Austen again and watching all the adaptations!

     

    Can you give us any sneaky insights into the content of your book?

    A couple… How Darcy is like a superhero, for example. And the connections between a hero like him and an anti-hero like Count Dracula. You also get to read some of the behind-the-scenes stories of the shooting of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Darcy (there, I’ve mentioned him now!).

     

    Where can we pick up copies?

    It’s available from 11th November, online and in bookshops, and from the publisher (Endeavour Quill) website. Plus, you can get a signed copy from the Jane Austen Centre bookstore online.

     

    How did you get into teaching Creative Writing?

    I came onto the Love2Learn programme to teach some leisure literature courses, about Austen and other writers, and as the demand for writing courses grew I stepped in to teach some of the groups and it’s grown from there.

     

    How do you structure your Creative Writing courses?

    I’m a nuts and bolts, bread and butter kind of writing tutor. I encourage creativity, but I also support potential writers into publication. I look at what’s right for you, what’s your style or preferred genre, and I help you to develop that and find a route into publication or further study. From Love2Learn I’ve had students successfully complete the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, get agents, and get published. So, it’s really up to you how far you want to take it. Be warned – it’s hard work!

     

    What do you enjoy about teaching Creative Writing?

    The students. The characters I get to meet! I have made some great friends over the years and seen them go from strength to strength. The recent winner of the Creative Writing Love2Learn prize, for example, Teresa Fowler. She is now a published poet. Her collection ‘Mixed Rhythms and Shady Rhymes‘ is amazing – I highly recommend it! It’s rare for poets to get into print and she did it with her first collection! It’s published by BLKDog Books, London, and is available online. We’re a talented bunch on the L2L writing stream!

     

    Why do you think Creative Writing and Literature are important?

    It’s about communication, the human need for story-telling, and the way that we grow in the world and help to shape it. Literature can open doors, and it offers so much enjoyment and opportunity. There will always be the need for it, to expand our horizons. And, take it from me, print books will never disappear. They are as strong as ever, in tandem with digital tech. There are also more ways of getting published now than at any time in the history of the human race – so be part of it, I am!

     

    When can we enrol on the next course?

    Courses are open for January and the rest of 2020. I offer 10 weeks of Creative Writing, and also 5 weeks (intense!) courses on Writing for Children, Writing for Publication, and Writing for Theatre. And my wonderful talented colleague Dr Kate Mattacks teaches alongside me on the 10 week course as well as delivering her own course on Writing for Well-Being. This gives you the therapeutic angle on creativity and self-expression.

     

    What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

    Persevere, and believe in what you want to do. Rejection is standard. Most of the time, most people, will not want to read what you write. It only takes ONE acceptance, one person saying ‘Yes’ for you to get an agent or a publisher, so keep going!

     

    What’s in the works for you for the future?

    I am planning more non-fiction, entertaining reads. And I’m working on a novel!

     

    If you’re feeling inspired by Gaby you can enrol on one of her courses by clicking here, or you can see our whole range of Love2Learn Leisure courses by clicking here.

     

    We wish Gaby the best of luck with her new book, and we’re looking forward to seeing the next novel!

    Apprenticeships, News

    Meet the new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community at Bath College

     

    Bath College has appointed a new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community.

     

    Paul Gilmore has worked at Bath College for 16 years, starting as a lecturer in joinery before progressing to Head of Technology in 2018 and into his new role this Spring.

     

    His new remit is to oversee the development of Apprenticeships, Love2Learn leisure courses, free courses and Adult Community Learning.

     
    Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in B&NES, so Paul’s first objective is to work with local businesses to develop the apprenticeship provision to suit local demands.
     


    How do you plan to improve quality of delivery of apprenticeships?

    By ensuring the apprenticeship is tailored accordingly to suit the needs of the employers and the individual, the apprenticeship will be planned in a partnership with the employer to make sure that a high level of training take place at college and whilst the apprentice is in the workplace. The progress of the apprentice will be closely tracked and monitored by the assessment team to ensure the development and skills of the apprentices meet employer’s needs and the training needs of the apprentice. The college is also committed to providing high quality facilities for all college based training which is complimented by highly qualified staff who undertake regular continuous professional updating.
     

    How do you plan to improve communication with employers?

    We aim to provide an effective and timely recruitment service to our employers to meet their requirements and organisational needs, communication with the employer will take place frequently as part of the apprentice’s progress reviews meetings. We value input from our employers as this helps shape and develop our apprenticeship offer.
     

    How is Bath College meeting employers’ needs?

    The college will continue to review its apprenticeship offer in collaboration with our employer network to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets our local, regional and national economic needs and skills shortages. As a college we are aware the changing landscape in the workforce and we remain committed to training and upskilling employees and apprentices that benefits our employers and the relevant sectors.
     


    What benefits do apprentices get from their Bath College apprenticeships?

    Any Bath College apprentice will be fully supported and guided through their apprenticeship programme which will encourage the individual to take ownership over their own development and career progression. The additional advantages of being an apprentice ranges from earning whilst being trained and receiving a national recognised qualification at the end of apprenticeship programme.
     
    To find out more about apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
     

    Love2Learn, News, Student Spotlight

    Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

     

    On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

     

    Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

     

    Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

     

    Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

     

    Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

     

    Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

     

    Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

     

    Love2Learn, News

    Try Pictorial Quilt Making this New Year

     

    In the new year Bath College will be bringing you a brand new leisure course, Pictorial Quilting. This will be led by Penny Leaver Green, professional textile artist and Love2learn student herself. Penny is a graduate of Leamington Spa and Exeter University and currently works from her studio in Bristol as a professional textile artist and freelance interior design consultant.

     

    We caught up with Penny to ask about the new course and what it entails.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What is a pictorial quilt?

    Over the past 10 years I have developed a method of quilt- making called ‘pictorial quilting‘. This is a simple but effective form of quilt-making which allows the maker to explore a theme or idea within individual squares and then work on the quilt topper as a whole. It is a is a non-traditional technique which allows for freedom of expression and personal creativity and can be as simple or sophisticated as the maker wishes. The essence lies in illustrating moments, ideas or objects through stitch and fabric to create a personal and individual piece of work.

    Pictorial quilts can be made to celebrate a birthday, marriage or christening, explore a personal story or journey, investigate a favourite subject matter e.g. birds, or flowers, an event in family history; or just reflect this moment in time.

     

    How did you develop the technique?

    While my children were young, I felt compelled to make work for their bedrooms. This was, perhaps, the motivation to become a full time textile artist. At the time I made a few quilts for them based on nursery rhymes. Over the years I have periodically returned to making quilts on a variety of themes, from exploring native British birds as an A-Z quilt, to a very personal quilt made during a transition period in my family’s life. I have also undertaken private quilt commissions.

     

    What can students expect to gain from the course?

    Students will leave the course with their own small quilt and the techniques required to continue to make pictorial quilts at their leisure. They will have explored blackwork, appliqué, ribbon work, free machine embroidery and the skills required to design and stitch the quilt.

     

    Do you need any prior skills?

    Students need to be able to use a sewing machine and to hand stitch at a basic level.

     

    If you would like to sign up, you can find the course here.

    You can follow Penny’s work online and on Twitter and Instagram.

     

    Until December 21st 2018 you can get 5% off all Leisure Courses with code MINCEPIE5, perfect for trying something new in the New Year!

     

     

    Catherine Roberts, Printmaker at work

    Love2Learn, News

    Love2Learn Printmaking student’s work in prestigious London exhibition

     

    Bath College Printmaking student, Catherine Roberts, has been selected to have her work displayed at the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London.
     

    The National Original Print Exhibition, established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), is an international open submission competition celebrating the best of contemporary printmaking.
     
    Catherine’s piece ‘After Käthe’ is one of three prints she made that got through the competition to appear in the exhibition.
     
    After Käthe

    Catherine’s work is usually abstract this piece is inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, a German Expressionist artist best known for her print, the Weavers.
     
    Catherine has taken the Love2Learn printmaking course for the last three years following her Fine Art degree.
     
    She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to create this work without the Printmaking course at Bath College.
     
    “The teaching staff are knowledgeable and really helpful and there is a great atmosphere.
     
    “Despite not living locally, I keep coming back for the course from Swindon as the facilities at the college are excellent.”
     
    ‘After Käthe’ is on display on display at the National Original Print Exhibition until 30th September. Catherine hopes to have her work on display next year’s exhibition.
      
    For more details about the Printmaking course, click here.

    Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

    Events, Fair, Floristry, Hair & Beauty, Love2Learn, News

    Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

    Bath College opened its doors to brides-and-grooms-to-be looking to add their own personal stamp on their wedding day.

     

    The Wedding Fair had a wide range of local exhibitors, as well as information on evening/Saturday courses in crafts that would be perfect for adding a DIY element to visitors’ upcoming weddings.
     
    The College offers part-time Love2Learn leisure courses in floristry, cake decoration, photography, graphic design, pattern cutting, jewellery, make-up artistry, video editing, threading, nail art and millinery, all of which generated a lot of interest.
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal, with bridesmaidLaurel Penrose, Principal, opened the inaugural Wedding Fair with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon. She was delighted to be presented a beautiful bouquet, prepared by floristry students, by a young girl in a bridesmaid dress from Solitaire Brides.
     
    Attendees were wowed as they approached the College with Fizzbox bar, a converted horsebox, outside the doors, as well as a beautiful vintage VW Beetle from Lovebug Wedding Cars.
     
    Other exhibitors included The Cake Architect, Boo Delicious Sweet Cart, Paul Gillis Photography, Bath Bridal Hair, Bunting by Jen, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Suave Owl Menswear, Bath Function Rooms and more.
     
    The College were delighted to hold their first Wedding Fair and are already planning the next one, which will be early 2019.
     

    Image of Exhibition Space

    Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

    Love2Learn ‘Take Part’ Exhibition showcases Bath College student talent

    Last week Bath College held an exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent from part-time leisure course Love2Learn students.
     
    The work exhibited was from a wide range of disciplines including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
     

    The exhibition ran for four days, with a grand opening evening at which students were presented awards by The Mayor of Bath and the Deputy Principal of the College. The award categories were Fine Art, Design Crafts, 3D, 2D, Design/Photography and Student of the Year.
     
    Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal said: “The College is very proud of all its learners including Love2Learn and the Take Part show is an excellent example of why it is important to the College to show off learner work to the wider community.
     
    “The annual show is a clear demonstration of learners’ commitment and creativity as well as local talent. Thanks and congratulations go to all learners and staff who worked hard to put such a high quality show together.”
     
    The calibre of the pieces was extremely high, leading to visitors purchasing much of the work displayed.
     
    Maureen Hosier won the Student of the Year award. Stephen Handley, the course leader described why she won: “Maureen has a dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious both for tutors and fellow students. Her work always has a glimpse of humour and we never detect the hard work; so effortless is the result.
     
    “She works with scrap metal but moreover a great student or Artist is the one who inspires others to go explore alternative or new disciplines to see or think in a different way.
     
    “This is an Artist. She is an Artist.”
      
    Award Categories and winners
    Fine Art Prize – Eve Davis (Life Painting)
    Design Crafts Prize – Beatrice Varna (Glass)
    3D Prize – Julie Watt (Ceramics)
    2D Prize – Bernadette Burt (Printed Textiles)
    Design/Photography Prize – Victoria Mazurek
    Student of the Year – Maureen Hosier (Sculpture and Sculpting in Metal)
     
    The next exhibition will be held in Spring 2019.
     
    If you would like some more information about our Love2Learn courses click here
     

    News

    Love2Learn Part-time leisure course students to showcase their work in exciting exhibition

    Bath College Love2Learn students are holding an exhibition to showcase the work they have created during their part-time leisure courses.

     

    College students told us that they wanted fun short courses they can do with friends, courses to learn ‘what they’ve always wanted to do’, as well as courses to help them with life and work. With this in mind, Bath College created a range of Love2Learn courses.
     
    The show will exhibit work from a wide range of the disciplines on offer including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
     
    The art work will also be available to purchase from the gallery space.
     
    The show is running from Wednesday 11th April to Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm at 44ad Artspace, 4 Abbey St, Bath, and is exhibiting some work from some very talented students.
     
    If you would like more information about Love2Learn courses click here.
     
    Photograph by Michal Wegrzyn, Ceramic art by Clare Hubble
     

    Annual Love2learn exhibition @44AD Art Gallery

     

    A four-day exhibition at 44AD Art Gallery will showcase the creative talents of students studying part-time Love2learn courses at Bath College.

    Work at the exhibition will include fine art paintings, photographs, jewellery, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Work at the exhibition will be on sale, giving people an opportunity to purchase original works from emerging and established artists.

    An open evening will take place on Friday March 31st from 6pm to 8pm and all are welcome.

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