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A festival of Hedgehogs!

Did you know that the collective noun for hedgehogs is 'a prickle of hedgehogs' ? Neither did we!  If you want to look up more delightful collective nouns for animals, take a peek at this list. We especially love 'a sleuth of bears' and 'an ambush of tigers' . Anyway, last Wednesday, a rather large prickle of hedgehogs started to appear on the grass by The Kiosk - all designed by local Kiosk Kids. Part of our Hedgehog Mania event was the task we set children to design Russell the hedgehog, which could be made into a soft toy mascot for The Kiosk by local illustrator and designer Katy Dynes. Never ones to shirk from a good designing task, the kids unleashed their creative sides and this rather good-looking prickle of hedgehogs appeared:

What a good looking bunch!

Katy offers some design advice

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Everyone did really well, and we were amazed to see the creativity of the Kiosk Kids - no two Russells were the same - we had multi-coloured ones, collage hedgehogs, Russells with acorns and leaves and pinecones, fluffy pom-pom noses, hedgehogs on surfboards, pink hedgehogs, green ones...

Katy and Jo, who organised the craft activities, are currently looking at a selection of the entries, which Katy will then use to create the final mascot. Well done to everyone who contributed - Russell will be a really special hedgehog, made up of your ideas!

As well as the craft, we also had a VIP guest - Honey the African Pygmy Hedgehog! She was visiting us with the team from Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital. who talked to everybody about hedgehogs and how we can help them. Honey was a bit of a hit to be honest. We fully expect that diva-like behaviour may follow very soon.

Honey the Hedgehog wows the crowds

We were then treated to a really special storytime with Jane Lambourne from Wassledine. Jane is a storyteller who creates tales that are based on the nature around us. She also carries and exciting trunk of fairytale objects - including the apple that poisoned Snow White; the children were completely spellbound, we have it on good authority that several of them are still speaking in hushed tones about the glass slipper they saw and the hedgehog adventures...

As well as all of this, we had (hedgehog) biscuit decoration, guess the weight of the (hedgehog) cake, and some really rather fabulous face-painting thanks to local students Sophie and Millie. We raised money for the Hedgehog Hospital, and had a brilliant time while we were at it. What a great morning. Watch this (hedgehog shaped) space for the first glimpse of new-look Russell, created by you, coming soon!

It was all summed up very nicely by a lovely customer who left this feedback on our facebook page:

"My girls had a fab time at the hedgehog activity today, my folks took them and raved about it. The lady who ran it -Katie- was fab and really great with the kids and Emma thought it was so cute the way Honey kept trying to hide in the ladies' cardigan! My girls came back very happy and with beautifully painted faces - thank you!"

This kind of event really emphasises how it is you - the local community - who make The Kiosk a really special place to come. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm. Thank you for bringing your imaginative children along to take part in our events and to enjoy them! Massive thank-yous also go to Jane from Wassledine who generously gave us her time, to the team from Shepreth, to Karen Bland for her incredible hedgehog cake and to Jo Midgely and Katy Dynes for their work organsing the event and help with the craft.

Decorate a biscuit...

Guess the weight of the hedgehog cake

Hedghog face paint

Hedgehog Mania!

So we told you that we were planning a hedgehog-themed event. Missed that? Catch up with hedgehog news AND an exclusive interview with local illustrator Kitty Dinners here. Well, we got rather carried away, and made it an even MORE exciting event! If you've got school-age kids, it's that point in the holidays where the children are getting a bit...restless (have we put that politely enough?). So we've put together a programme of events to suit all kinds of wriggly children (and hedgehogs.) The date to remember is Wednesday 28th August! Hedgehog in the wild!

The emphasis of HedgehogMania is on creating a mascot for the Kiosk: Russell the Hedgehog. We want your input! What does Russell look like? What are his favourite Kiosk snacks? And who does he hang out with? Katy Dynes (aka Kitty Dinners) will be on hand from 10am for drawing, collage-making and colouring. We've got handy hedgehog templates for less-confident artists, and lots of paper, pens and sparkly stuff to decorate your creations.

At 10.30 we have our guests of honour: visitors from Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, with an African Pygmy Hedgehog called Honey! They'll be showing off the tiny hedgehog, as well as giving advice on what to do if you find an injured or orphaned hedgehog, and what to feed any spiky visitors to your garden on to keep them healthy.

We'll have a brief pause about 10.50 for drinks and snacks, as you'll need to be sitting comfortably for 11am when we are VERY lucky to be welcoming storyteller Jane Lambourne. Jane specialises in nature-based storytelling, and believes that 'every place has a story to tell' - so she's the perfect person to help us shape some stories and ideas about the wildlife around the Kiosk. This should be one very special storytime at the Kiosk!

Baby African Pygmy Hedgehog

From 11.30 until 12.30 there'll be more opportunities to create your own version of Russell - the winning design will be made into an actual soft toy mascot by Katy - so it's worth having a go - you could be designing a really special hedgehog! As well as craft, there will be facepainting (free!), hedgehog biscuit* decoration (small charge per biscuit). All profits and any other donations from HedgehogMania will go to the Shepreth Hedgehogs - wristbands will also be available for pocket-money prices.

If this has tickled your fancy for all things hedgehog - this is a good place for finding out more 'hog-info.

Oh, and if you've got any soft toys or books that need a change of scene (hedgehog themed or otherwise), bring them along on Wednesday for The Great Kiosk Cuddly Toy & Book Swap - a great way to rejuvenate the playroom!

Sometimes it is wrong to resist pictures of hedgehogs in knitted hats. This is one of those times.

Also on Wednesday is a public consultaion about the exciting new play equipment that will replace the old timber-frame multi-play units in the playground area. The organisers want your ideas, and your childrens' design for a 'signature piece' - designed to the specification of the many young children who play in this part of the playground. The meeting will be held from 12-3 in the play area - please pop along and help shape the future of our park!

See you on Wednesday!

*that's a biscuit in the shape of a hedgehog, rather than a biscuit for a hedgehog, in case you were wondering!

Hedgehogs AND illustrators at the Kiosk!

Kiosk at the Park is not only a meeting place for the local human community, it's a bit of a wildlife hangout too! It would be impossible to work in the park and not be aware of the local animal visitors, not only our friendly canine regulars, but lots of interesting birds - including a very friendly robin, lots of magpies and blackbirds - some squirrels, the odd cat - and a smallish hedgehog. Hedgehogs are fascinating creatures, with their long snuffling noses and spikes; the way they waddle about but can put on a sudden sprint if they see something interesting or threatening. We started to think about this animal community, and thought how nice it would be to imagine what they get up to when the human park people are sound asleep. So we've written about Russell (well, clearly the hedgehog of Russell park would need to be called Russell! Perhaps the park was named after him, in fact?) and some of his friends. And now we'd like you to get involved. What do you think Russell might look like? Is he a naughty hedgehog or is he well-behaved? What does he do at night when no one else is about? Tennis? Does he hang out in the playground? And what's his favourite Kiosk treat?

Local illustrator and soft toy maker Katy Dynes (Kitty Dinners) is going to help us out and will be running a 'design a Russell Hedgehog' workshop at the Kiosk on Wednesday 28th August at 10am-12.30pm . Come down and join in with some designing, collage making and illustrating! Tell us what you think Russell looks like, what he eats and where he likes to play. The final/winning design will become the Kiosk mascot and will be made into a real soft toy by Katy! There'll be more information on this event later in the week - we've got LOADS of hedgehog-related fun planned including a treasure hunt, face painting, cake decorating, and hopefully some VERY special guests! In the meantime, we asked Katy about her illustrating career and influences.

 Illustration by Kitty Dinners

How did you get into illustrating? Was it something you always wanted to do?
K: A little by accident! I've always loved books and drawing and thought I'd hopefully, do 'something in art' when I left School. When I was 19, I went off to do an Art Foundation Course at Bedford College and loved every minute of it- experimenting with a variety of different disciplines. I finally settled on 'Photography' but really, in my heart of hearts, wanting to learn animation. I had a FAB photography tutor, who said he would build me a lightbox, in the photography studio, if I was prepared to teach myself animation, but also learn photography. I bought myself a stop frame camera, a projector and some plasticine and I was off! I loved it so much, I managed to secure a place at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design to study 2D Animation.
However........... when I graduated, I realised sadly, it wasn't the 'moving image' that was my passion- it was the 'setting the scene/designing the characters and telling the story' that I really loved......so I swiftly sidestepped....... and a career in freelance illustration was born!

Which children's illustrators did you admire when you were growing up? Do you have a favourite now?

K: My wonderful Gran had a fantastic selection of children's books for me to read when I was growing up and I loved anything with bright colourful illustrations, but always something drawn with a 'twist' or a 'hidden element'. I had a huge and wild imagination, so I was (and still am!) a great believer in make believe, fairies and magic. Richard Scarry was a favourite Illustrator, as was Arthur Rackham, Cicely M Barker, Ernest Shepherd and Beatrix Potter.
Now, I have many favourites: Arthur Rackham is joined by Dave McKean, Oliver Jeffers, Lauren Child, Lizbeth Zwerger and Jane Simmons.

What are your favourite animals to draw? Do you find any particularly tricky?
K: I love drawing any animals- I find it fascinating to try and work out the best way to capture their personalities and incorporate that in my illustrations. Elephants, dogs, cats and horses are favourites.
However, ask me to illustrate a dolphin...........I might just manage to draw a 'nose' popping out of the water!!! I find them soooooooo difficult!!!
So save the date: Wednesday 28th August is HEDGEHOG DAY! Come down to the Kiosk to meet Katy, help design a Russell mascot for us and get involved in lots of hedgehog-themed fun! We'll leave you with some inspiring work by Katy - just to get you thinking about how you might illustrate a certain young hedgehog...

Painted Illustration from Lawrence the Lion Seeks Work by Miller Caldwell, illustated by Katy Dynes

Image from 'home' by Katy Dynes

Painted Illustration by Katy Dynes

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