Patients gear up for Barnaby Festival

by CWP News - 16 June 2016

Inpatients at Lime Walk Rehabilitation Unit have been constructing and decorating furniture to be displayed at Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival later this week.

Chairs, tables, birdhouses and mosaics have all been created to be displayed at the local event. The group have also created more than 30 signs that will be placed around the town to advertise each exhibition.

The work is part of the event’s ‘Yardens Project’, hosted by community group Reach Out and Recover (ROAR) to showcase the work of a variety of local people recovering from mental health trauma, addiction or personal issues.

Alex, 43, from Chester, is one of the patients at Lime Walk who has been involved with the project. Alex said: “I’ve really enjoyed doing art therapy as part of my rehabilitation.

“I’ve been to four or five sessions now. I’ve enjoyed them all but I really like the work we’ve done for Barnaby Festival.

“I think the furniture and the signs look good. I hope everyone at the festival likes it and has a great time.”

Lime Walk will also host their own exhibition during the festival. ‘Headspace’ is part of the festival’s ‘Maccles-field’ showpiece and will take place from 12pm until 2pm on Thursday 23 June and will include games to measure mindfulness, memory and cognitive performance.

Jane Griffiths is a CWP Staff Nurse at Lime Walk. She said: “Barnaby Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for us to link with the community.

“Our staff and patients are looking forward to interacting with local people to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding mental health.”

Barnaby Festival takes place from Friday 17 June to Sunday 26 June at a number of venues across Macclesfield. The festival includes comedy, film, poetry, art and special appearances from guest speakers. For more information visit

Photo: Alex Jones paints furniture for Barnaby Festival at Lime Walk House in Macclesfield


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