Rebirth of Chatham Carnival 🎭

Saturday 9th of July saw the long-waited return of the Chatham Carnival! More than 20 years in the making, we were really proud to be involved it was great to again get to speak to lots of people living in and beyond our Big Local Area.

Every Thursday in the run up to the main event, we engaged in creating carnival-themed banners, bunting and headdresses. We even created a large tree for the carnival where we would ask people to attach leaves to this tree with a message of what they liked in the area and wish to see more of.

It was a brilliant team effort, with the whole community coming together in this way. There was lots to do at this festival of fun, live music and activities for all the family – and best of all in this current cost of living crisis it was all free!

We really look forward to being involved again in next years Carnival and for many more years to come together and celebrate.



All aboard the Kentish Lady 🛥️

On the 6th July we embarked on a boat trip through Upper River Medway with a fantastic group of local residents from Pembroke Court and members of our wider patchwork group.

The day saw us leave Chatham via coach in the morning, to boarding the Kentish Lady in Maidstone where we motored along the beautiful River Medway for several hours.

There was a British staple for lunch, fish and chips, which one resident remarked it was the best fish and chips they've ever eaten.





Jubilee celebrations at Pembroke Court 👑


May Fit & Fed 🎳

You guessed it, Fit & Fed was back in May/June half term. 

The programme continued as it left off in Spring, two sessions a day over three days at Luton Primary School. 

Over 60 young people each day were immersed into a world of sporting and creative activities provided by Nucleus Arts, Olympia Boxing, Sport On Your Doorstep, Street Games, etc. All topped off with a nutritious lunch. 

We now begin preparations for our summer programme to ensure its a summer not to forget.  

Here’s a glimpse of the fun we got up to this time around! 


Spring Fit & Fed 🏸

Thanks to our partners and Medway Go, we were out again running Fit & Fed for two sessions a day over four days this spring half term at Luton Primary School. 

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Medway Eyes at Luton Primary School

In February, we were pleased to visit Luton Primary School alongside Medway Task Force to view the fantastic creations from their eye themed art week, as a part of the wider Medway Eyes project.
The bar was set high due to experiencing their Elephant Project exhibition less than a year ago, but once again, we were all blown by the sheer number and quality of art on display that spanned the entire school.
Keep your eyes peeled to see what's coming very soon to a street near you. 

February Fit & Fed 🏓

Thanks to the support of our partners, we were out running Fit & Fed again this windy and wet February half-term.

Despite the weather, we were able to continue to offer more than just multisports this time around too, as Nucleus Arts joined us again twice a day.


The icing on the cake for this half term was Mike, the community chef, who joined us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday making nutritious quesadillas, nachos and tacos with our young people. See you all in easter 🐣

Is This Luton Road's First Street Tree? 🌳

Luton Road was, until now, one of Medway’s few Victorian roads that had desperately been without street trees in modern time. Urban greening has been one of our flagship projects at Arches Local for the past few years, so we’re pleased to announce that the first street tree in a generation, perhaps ever, has been planted in Luton Road.

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Town Hall Gardens Community Event 🏞️

On Saturday 22nd January we joined Medway Council to bring the community together to discuss improvements to Town Hall Gardens as part of the Safer Streets initiative.Read more

Festive Fit & Fed 🎄

Thanks to our partners and Medway Go, we were able to run Fit & Fed on the run up to Christmas for the very first time at Luton Primary School. Similar to our fantastic October programme, we were able to offer more than just multisports this time around too. Nucleus Arts joined us twice a day and Creatabot popped in too, for a myriad of creative and engaging activities.

This three-day programme was made even better by a delicious hot festive lunch donated by Forks and Corks for all the young people to enjoy.
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