“Throw away your mobile phones! Children have found a whole new way to communicate!

Working with artists Helen Morse Palmer and Stuart Bowditch, pupils from Ashingdon Primary Academy and Cold Norton Primary have been exploring ways of sending encoded messages to each other across the river Crouch. Ideas range from coat-hanger zip-wires to flying cows…

Come to the river, see the results and have a chance at decoding the messages yourself. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Join us at 1pm on Tuesday 30th June at South Fambridge and/or Thursday 2nd July at North Fambridge.

The River Crouch Celebration walk will be passing both sides of this ‘ghost crossing’: on Tuesday 30 June the children from Ashington Primary Academy will present them with a flag and helping send messages across the river. The walk continues west to Hulbridge. On Thursday the walkers will be returning along the river bank to the quay at North Fambridge where they will be presented with the Cold Norton flag and again will help with communications across the river.

Find out more about the Stuart and Helen here:





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>

You can keep up-to-date with activities on the River Crouch Festival Facebook Page and Twitter feed.


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