'The River and what it means to me'
  • 17 02 2016

'The River and what it means to me'

Source: Steve Loader

Archaeological surveys ahead of developing the new Peters Village community show how much the River Medway meant to past cultures living there.

Now their young modern-day descendants are being asked to visualise the role played by Kent’s great river, and turn their thoughts into exciting art for the second Tri-History Arts Competition – 'The River and what it means to me' – for primary schoolchildren in the area of Peters Village.

The competition is co-sponsored by the Peters Village developer Trenport Investments Ltd and its site contractor Bam Nuttall.

Primary schools in Wouldham, Burham and Eccles have all agreed to enter their Year 5 (aged 9-10) pupils and compete for a generous £900 worth of prizes, comprising £250 for the gold prize and £10 for each of his/her classmates, £150 for silver, £50 for bronze and the chance to win voucher prizes for highly commended entries.

But why the ‘Tri-History Arts Project’? Competition organiser and Trenport

Community Liaison Manager Shirley Boards explained: “We wanted to highlight the diverse heritage of the Peters Village site. As Trenport’s pre-construction archaeological survey showed, the area has much ancient history with evidence of Bronze Age, Ancient British and Roman habitation.

“But there is also a rich social/industrial history from the more recent past, notably the cement industry and the people who worked at the former Peters Lime and Cement Works – the brown field site in Wouldham, from which Peters Village is developing. 

“And there is, of course, a diverse natural history that Trenport has worked hard to conserve.

“The schoolchildren can work to any one of those three topics to show 'The River and what it means to me'. The Year 5 age group was chosen, as they are the oldest pupils not encumbered by 11-plus studies. 

“Last year’s inaugural competition involved all pupils at the three schools, but it had already been agreed that this would only happen every third year, in order to keep the teachers’ and pupils’ workloads more manageable.”

“However, we have supported this year’s competition launch with a series of mentored art workshops for the children, and we will also soon announce an independent judging panel.

“Last year’s entries were of an extremely high standard, so the judges’ task will not be easy!”

MAIN PICTURE: Eccles primary school children hard at work

...and more pictures of concentration, from children at the Burham and Woulham schools.

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