Children from St Cedd’s Primary School in Bradwell on Sea and Canewdon Primary School in Canewdon are working with artists Josephine Melville and Chris Matthews as part of the River Crouch Celebrations

Starting from two local landmarks, St Peter on the Wall at Bradwell and St Nicholas at Canewdon, the two schools are looking at the links between the locations and their communities. Both are linked by the 7th century visit of St Cedd to Essex. He brought the Christian gospel down from Northumberland and famously arrived at Bradwell to found the chapel there before the gospel then proceeded on to Canewdon. This historical link will be celebrated by creating a ribbon with the pupils of St Cedd’s to be wrapped around St Peter’s chapel before it travels on to Canewdon with the Crouch River Festival walkers on Saturday 27 June.

This link  between the two communities will be explored by the children in both schools creating modern versions of medieval pilgrim badges and celebrated in short theatrical pieces looking at the wider histories of both communities.

The  Crouch River Festival walkers arrive at Canewdon on Monday 29 June here they will collect another flag at the school. The walkers will process from the school through the village to St Nicholas’ church where the Bradwell ribbon will be joined to another ribbon created by the pupils in Canewdon and the two ribbons will be wrapped around church. The bells may be ringing! Watch this space for times and more details.

500x360rivercrouch04Children from the class at Cedd’s Primary School, Bradwell on Sea, with Rev. Brigid Main, Kevin Bruce (local historian) and David Thrope (local resident).
500x360rivercrouch03Class teacher Miss O’Keefe and Jo Melville with the Bradwell silk flag based on the children’s designs.





The Cadewdon ribbon being painted using stencils created by the children.


Join us as we celebrate the River Crouch


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!

To take part please register here via Eventbrite>

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