School arts project update
  • 14 04 2015

School arts project update

Source: Steve Loader

Excitement is building at primary schools in Burham, Eccles and Wouldham – we have a matter of days to run before judging in the Tri-history Arts Project or 'Why I Love My Valley' competition.

Co-sponsored by Peters Village developer Trenport and its site contractor Bam Nuttall, there is £3,500 worth of prize money at stake, comprising voucher prizes for individuals, as well as up to £2,000 in cash for the winning school to spend on a specific project or equipment from the school’s ‘wish list’. 

There are also runners-up prizes in both categories.

It was named the 'Tri-history Arts Project' to highlight the diverse heritage of the Peters Village site: ancient history including Bronze Age, Ancient British and Roman habitation; rich social/industrial history from the more recent past, notably the cement industry and the people who worked there; and the diverse natural history that Trenport has worked hard to conserve.

Competition organiser and Trenport Community Liaison Manager Shirley Boards explained: “Individually and collectively, the schoolchildren could choose any of the three themes to show 'Why I Love My Valley', but it is noticeable that several have chosen the social/industrial theme as a tribute to forefathers who will have worked or depended on the former Peters Works.

“The children have been mentored by our consultant Kent artist, Charles Newington, during the competition and everything is building nicely towards the judging on April 22, with a prizegiving on April 29 at Burham Community Centre.  We welcome parents and residents to attend an exhibition of the children's artworks on 29 April from 3.15 to 6.00 p.m. at the Centre.

“We are already confident that material created by the children will live on by being reproduced or inspiring art work that can be used to enhance the Peters Village development.”

Pictured: Artist Charles Newington with Wouldham Primary School pupils Ophelia (left) and Sami