This post is the culmination of the Arches Local Make Music Project that started out with Jamie Johnson handing out flyers for what was planned to be a 6-week project at the end of summer 2016. The project was run from Riverside One Studios in Chatham where participants had the opportunity to make and record their own music and work with other musicians, producers and professional songwriters.
We had Future Foundry down on the 30th of March as part of our Community Economic Development plan of having a market at the Luton Road Shoppers car park to speak to people locally about what it takes to run Market.
Future Foundry’s projects bring young people together with people in their communities that can help them progress – creating connections and highlighting pathways. They promote the creative industries and encourage people to be inspired by, and access creative training and cultural events. By bringing together the very different approaches of the creative, environmental and business sectors, Future Foundry acts to resolve the real economic, spatial and social problems faced by our communities.
This week we have been keeping it Local.
On Tuesday, March 14th 2017 Copperhouse Activity Training a local outdoor activity provider we support to run activities took children from a local primary school, All Saints CofE to a local park, Luton Millennium Green that as a community in partnership with other stakeholders are helping shape to our needs. The day was magically captured by a local photographer Steve Tomlin.
We held a successful awareness event at the wonderful Magpie Community Centre Cafe last week where lots of local people turned up to share their opinions, had something to eat and drink. We premiered our new survey on having a market at Luton Road Shoppers Car Park which is part of our Community Economic Development plan and you helped Spice with ideas on the design of the incoming Medway Time Credit.
On Sunday the 18th of December, we held our Christmas Event at Town Hall Gardens with Santa, his Head Elf, Reindeer and armed with a big sack of D&A toys, we had a health bus provided kindly by Orbit homes and workshops making baubles and Santa Logs by Creatabot and Creative Tree Arts and Crafts C.I.C. There were 2 marvellous kinds of soup made and served by Copperhouse Activity Training and refreshments served by Anchorians FC. We also had again some fabulous face painting from Dans Funky Faces.
The event and all activities were free on the day for the price of answering some simple questions and our marvellous community researchers were on hand to ask and record your answers on the day we thank you for all your great comments. Read more
Arches Local Funding Panel held its first funding panel meeting on the 7th of March to discuss applications one was from Copperhouse CIO. Their Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was created to provide expeditions and training to schools and youth groups (centers), as well as developing an ongoing strategy for outdoor activity/adventure for residents in Medway.
Their funding request was successful for via engagement events, activities, and away days’ help influence how local young people and their families, who may not traditionally access outdoor activities might be actively encouraged to be involved. With the main focus of introducing outdoor activities to a large number of young people, with particular focus on the Duke of Edinburgh award in Medway. Offering opportunities demonstrating to both the child and parents that cost should not preclude any individual from participation. Read more
Oiled and Pride of place in the pocket park !
With a big thanks from us all to Dan the Carver and Jen for the wonderful creation they have made from all our ideas. The paint has been added to the carvings done. Now just to add a coat of oil and secure in place.
Also we had a visit from Tesco Bags of Help earlier to see the bench we are very grateful for the funding they provided to make it all possible.
The biggest thanks of course goes to the Arches Local community who provided the inspiration and came out to help with its creation, its been great fun.