River Crouch Celebrations 2015 brought together 8 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.
Working in partnership with Rochford District Council we developed plans and gathered support for the River Crouch Celebrations from a host of people – sailors, teachers, writers, ‘do-ers’, artists, enthusiasts, community leaders, walkers, historians and volunteers – to name a few.
In the lead up to the festival Ali, Richard and a team of 8 local artists worked with schools and communities in 8 villages, reconnecting communities on either side of the River Crouch. Read about the individual artists’ projects here:
10 large scale silk flags were inspired and created by the people from each village, which joined 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. For more information and to share your stories of River Crouch, please like the Facebook Page or follow the project on Twitter.
See photos from the walks on Flickr, and see an interactive record of the walks on the links below via Social Hiking:
“Today I have had the most enjoyable day of the time I have been Chairman, the work that all of you have undertaken over a long period to make this last week so good, the joining up of the schools both sides of the crouch , will I feel sure, will continue for a long time.
Getting my feet wet getting off the boat etc, has taken me back to when I was young, so many people who did not know about what was happening at Hullbridge, found it entertaining.
A very very big Thank You to you all , best wishes to all, and when you start another project I know it will be as good.”
Cllr Heather Glynn , Chairman Rochford District Council.
Project Manager: Sarah Badell, Rochford District Council
Funding is gratefully acknowledged from:
The original River Crouch Celebrations page, that was current during the event, has been archived HERE