The “River crossing puzzle” designed by Alan and Sue will help year 5 pupils look at the River Crouch in different ways to try understand where they and their town fits into the Essex landscape. The artists are in residency in the school as part of the River Crouch Celebrations.
There will be visits to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, a talk from the RSPB, plus the children will catch the ferry across the River Crouch to Wallasea to view their town from the “other side”.
The idea is to eventually create a “Bio-degradable time capsule”: the children will make paper casts and a clay tile of objects that they collect from Burnham on Crouch, these will be enshrined into a paper casket to be ferried and buried in the new Wallasea Island RSPB nature reserve. A GPS marker will show its burial site.
The project culminate on Sunday 28 June when the River Crouch Celebration walkers arrive to collect both the Burnham on Crouch flag and the casket to ferry it over to Wallasea for the school.
River Crouch Festival 2015 brings together eight towns and villages from both sides of the river to gather, share and create stories through arts projects that celebrate the River – its role in the past, its present but unseen beauty and the potential it has to benefit the community in the future.
Join artists Ali Pretty and Richard White on a 100 mile walk, over 8 consecutive days, through countryside and coast along the north and south banks of the River Crouch. Ali, Richard and a team of 8 local artists have worked with schools and communities in eight villages, reconnecting communities on either side of the River Crouch. Ten large scale silk flags have been inspired and created by the people from each village, which will join the 100 mile walk, ending with a crossing of the river from South Woodham Ferrers to Hullbridge for a celebratory Feast Day on Saturday 4 July. Join the walk on foot or online, meet at the ghost crossings and other special places along the way.
Click here for more information, including ways to follow the walks and how to sign up to one, two or all ten of them!