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I am grateful for the role of Timebank in this Soap Making Workshop

" I am grateful for the role of Timebank in organising and promoting this event , and also holding it at the venue Cherry park house, what a great facility to have available for workshops like this!

I really enjoyed this workshop. Julie did a great demo and explained the process very well " - Robert (Timebank Member)





The May workshop at Cherry Park House was great fun and very informative. Our own pieces of soap are well 'cured' in the meantime, ready to be put to good use.




I always love the discussions that develop at such workshops, as we get to know our community members just that little bit better each time. And find out "how things work".

Who knew about soap berries ( or laundry nuts) or that Kumarahou has a lathering effect and is also called 'gumdiggers soap'?

And who came up with the idea of making soap the way we learned to make it? According to Google the story goes:

Ancient Mesopotamians were first to produce a kind of soap by cooking fatty acids – like the fat rendered from a slaughtered cow, sheep or goat – together with water and an alkaline like lye, a caustic substance derived from wood ashes. The result was a greasy and smelly goop that lifted away dirt.

Fascinating stuff ! We all agreed that it is amazing what pools of knowledge our community has and we sure all loved our year at Cherry Park House. Thank you Taitokerau Timebank.


One more workshop to come in June and apparantly Anouk will teach us all about "Making, mending and repairing clothes". More info later.


See you on the 5th June at Cherry Park House, the workshop is from 12:30 to 2:30pm.


Ngā mihi, Barbara



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