Arts, Photography & Crafts display show to take place at the Park Inn

On Sunday 29th October the Southend Alternative City of Culture 2017 celebrations will be coming to the Park Inn Hotel on Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL. As part of the Art & Photography month of the campaign an exhibition of local art, photography and craftwork will be taking place in order to raise money for the Music Man Project.

The show will run from 11am to 4pm featuring a number of talented individuals who will be showing off their work throughout the day. Admission is free however there will be a number of stalls selling artwork directly from local artists themselves.

If you would like to exhibit your art or creations please fill out the entry form below.

Entry Form

 

Southend’s Traditional FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE, now in its 5th year, features Southend Band, Southend Wind Orchestra and The Orpheus Singers

The Orpheus Singers, Southend Band and Southend Wind Orchestra will combine for their traditional FESTIVAL of REMEMBRANCE on Saturday 11th November, under the baton of Musical Director David Clark. With Sir David Amess MP, Southend Mayor Cllr Fay Evans, Castle Point Mayor Cllr Brian Wood, and Military Personnel in attendance, this is always a popular concert in the performers’ diary.

November 2017 will be the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres. This battle was a campaign of the First World War fought by the Allies against the German Empire. The battle took place from July to November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres. Passchendaele lay on the last ridge east of Ypres. Within the programme of music in this year’s FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE the Band, Orchestra and Choir will be performing a commemorative piece entitled ‘Passchendaele’. Major Simon Haw MBE of the Coldstream Guards composed this work as a tribute to the brave men who gave their lives in 1917 at Passchendaele, in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Also included in the varied programme of music this year is a medley of songs from the great “swing” era entitled the Kings of Swing which includes – Begin the Beguine, Ain’t Misbehavin, Moonlight Serenade and Chattanooga Choo Choo. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heartclubs Band. It hit the album charts back in 1967 and the Band and Orchestra will combine for their toe-tapping rendition of the Brilliant Beatles.

There will be the traditional Service of Remembrance conducted by Reverend David Pierce and the Presentation of the Standards as The Last Post plays.

The concert proceeds will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion.

Royal British Legion partner with Blade Education for Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance

The Leigh-on-Sea branch of the Royal British Legion have joined forces with local not for profit company Blade Education to create the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Leigh Town Council and Southend Borough Council, the project aims to reconnect school children with the importance of remembrance.

SSFR is currently working with schools in Southend, Leigh, Shoeburyness and Westcliff to build a Children’s Poppy Exhibition in November. This exhibition will be held at the Rose Garden below the Southend Cenotaph the week before Remembrance Sunday.

Project Artist Mary Lister is leading the poppy making lessons with children of all ages with the aim of making around 3000 clay poppies in the run up to the exhibition.

If you would like your community group to make some poppies, or have a story of a relative who was around during the Great War era, or are interesting in volunteering for the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance, then please contact ssfr@blade-education.org.uk or see the project’s website www.ssfr.org.uk

Southend United celebrates the Alternative City of Culture

As part of the Southend Alternative City of Culture celebrations that have been running throughout 2017; Southend United recently joined in on the action by dedicating their home game against Blackpool to the campaign. The match, on Saturday 30th September, was part of the campaign’s sporting celebrations which Southend United took the lead on.

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, attended the game alongside the Mayor of Southend and the Town Crier who announced the teams prior to kick-off.

After the match, which saw Southend win 2-1, Sir David said:

“I was absolutely delighted that Southend United agreed to take the lead this month in celebrating sporting excellence in Southend. We have a number of local sporting organisations in our town and at the heart of it is of course our football team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Southend United for all that they do to engage with the local community, particularly their youth work and sport programmes in our local schools.

Southend United Captain Anton Ferdinand joined us at the launch of the Alternative City of Culture in Westminster at the start of the year. He took the opportunity to share with the assembled guests his passion for Southend United and the sporting excellence in our town. I am delighted that today’s programme included a penalty shoot-out between sporting fans of two seaside towns.”

Calling all Artists, Photographers and Craftspeople!

 

On Sunday 29th October, Southend Alternative City of Culture will be holding an Art, Photography and Crafts exhibition at the Park Inn.

Following the success of the ACC17 launch in Westminster in January which included many artists, photographers and craftspeople from Southend; the show promises not to disappoint. The event will run from 11am to 4pm featuring a number of talented individuals who will be showing off their work throughout the day. Admission is free however donations for the campaigns charity, the Music Man Project, would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to be a part of the exhibition and would like to display your art please get in touch by emailing Julie Cushion at cushion389@btinternet.com

Music Man Project to Perform at London Palladium

Back by popular demand, the award-winning Music Man Project presents ‘Music is Magic at the London Palladium’, featuring children and adults with a learning disability from across Essex, Suffolk, Sussex and London.

Performing songs from The Music Man Project songbook by David Stanley, over 100 uniquely talented musicians will be supported by the Music Man Band, Choir and surprise celebrity guests. In a truly unforgettable evening of uplifting entertainment, Music is Magic will also feature a world record attempt for the most number of triangles played at the same time!

Described by OFSTED as “an outstanding resource for schools” and by Royal Mencap as “truly inspiring”, The Music Man Project is the UK’s only full-time specialist music education service, providing life-changing performance opportunities for people who face extraordinary challenges every day of their lives.

This celebration of the magic of music includes the ‘Ukulele Army’, ‘Concerto for Trumpet, Trombone and 1000 triangles’, ‘You Can Play the Russian Way’ and the Amazon chart-topping charity single ‘Music is Magic’.

“…joyous, warm and engaging” – The Royal College of Music
“…spectacular and inspiring, a night like no other” – Music is Magic at the London Palladium, 2015

The concert, which is part of the Southend Alternative City of Culture celebrations, will be taking place on 15th October 2017, starting at 6pm.

www.themusicmanproject.com

Southend Celebrates UK-Indian Cultural Ties

Members of the public recently joined Kinetika for their 10-day Silk River art walk which culminated on Sunday 24th September. Kinetika are an internationally renowned company responsible for the art installations that led the Athlete’s Parade at the London 2012 Olympic Games to the delight of approximately one million onlookers.

The walk was part of this year’ Totally Thames, and Southend celebrated the UK’s rich cultural relationship with India by hosting a spectacular 10 day ‘art walk’.
Silk River featured twenty colourful hand-painted Bengal silk scrolls, each 6 metres high, which explore the unique relationship between London and Kolkata, India, and reveal the stories of those who live and work on the river and the connections they have with parallel communities living alongside the Hooghly in West Bengal.

Following the London Silk River walk, a twelve-day performative walk will take place alongside the river Hooghly, India, from Murshidabad to Kolkata. Along the journey together from Azimganj, Murshidabad to Botanic Gardens, Kolkata, on boat, foot and by train, participants will engage with contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians, and participate in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings. More details about the India walk can be found here: http://www.silkriver.co.uk/india-walks/

Remembering the Few; Southend gathers for Battle of Britain Service

On Sunday 17th September, the Mayor of Southend, local dignitaries and members of the local community gathered to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at St Johns Church.

The service was attended by local veterans and their families, members of the Royal British Legion and military cadets. A parade proceeded from the Naval and Military Club at 11am with the service starting at 11:30am.

The famous battle is regarded as having been a divisive turning point in the Second World War. Over 1,500 British servicemen were killed from July to the end October in 1940 whilst the battle took place with 1,744 out of 1,963 aircraft destroyed. As a result of the outstanding bravery of the RAF, a potential invasion of Britain was prevented.

Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance

From Thursday 9th November to Saturday 11th November the Royal British Legion Leigh-on-Sea Branch and Blade Education will be teaming up with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Leigh Town Council and Southend Borough Council to run a project called Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance.

 
The aim of SSFR is to reconnect school children with the importance of remembrance. As part of the project a number of schools in Southend, Leigh-on-Sea, Shoeburyness and Westcliff are working together to build a children’s poppy exhibitions in November this year.The exhibition will be held at the Rose Garden below the Southend Cenotaph the week before Remembrance Sunday.

 

If you would like your community group to make some poppies, or have a story of a relative who was around during the Great War era, or are interesting in volunteering for the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance, then please contact ssfr@blade-education.org.uk or see the project’s website www.ssfr.org.uk

 

SSFR Leaflet

Southend Carnival

The annual Southend SummerCare Carnival paraded through the seafront on Saturday 19th August with over 60 floats and acts. Attracting over 20,000 people, the carnival procession included colourful floats, exciting acts, dancers, bands and big costumes. The procession was led by the Town Crier, Keith Davidson and the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans waving to the crowds from an open vintage top bus (Picture 1 and 2).Sir David Amess MP showed his appreciation of some of the floats taking part which included the Royal British Legion Leigh Branch, Save Southend A&E (Picture 4) and Southend Alternative City of Culture (Picture 5) which was raising money for Southend Mencap and the Music Man Project. Sir David thanked all those participating in the procession and the Southend Carnival Committee for putting on the event and enjoyed the great carnival atmosphere.