Wolvey Village Community Project: Sixty Years of a Village at Play

Wolvey Parish Council’s intergenerational community arts project, exploring ‘Sixty Years of a Village at Play’, was part of the village’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This innovative project was made possible through the artists helping to write a successful funding bid to Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Programme. The project explored the play and leisure interests of the local community and looked at how play has changed over the past sixty yearsWorking across the generations, the artists involved Wolvey’s Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-school, Over 60’s, Environmental Group, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Class 3 from Wolvey School, a group of young people and the Local History Group. Members were invited to show and tell about their play and leisure interests and experiences using creative approaches. Outdoor play was promoted and new creative play ideas explored with artists. Responses were captured to share across the different groups and generations in the village. Other community members contributed to the project by sharing their play memories and photos of play and leisure from family and community group photo collections. These, along with the project process and the many drawings and creations from children and adults, grew into Wolvey’s BIG portrait of a Village at Play.

 

TheVERYidea artists helped the community of Wolvey work together to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and provide archive material for future generations. It shared and celebrated the Jubilee weekend with the project’s interactive exhibition that was held in the village hall and a ‘Picnic in the Park’ where the project’s BIG Play Event took place, facilitated by the artists.

The project has bought young and old, groups and individuals together in a way that many people thought would be impossible to do, maybe pushing everyone a little outside their comfort zone but what a result. The evidence is plain for all to see, the laughter and fun experienced by all who took part in the process, culminating in a fantastic Jubilee Celebration.”

Wolvey Parish Council

 

“We feel we are helping record the past for the future.”

Over 60’s Group members

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”

George Bernard Shaw (1856 -1950)

“We found the whole experience enjoyable

and would love to get together again with

Pre-School. Great for developing imagination.”

Miranda and Morgan, Baby and Toddler Group.

 

 

“What a pleasure and a joy it has been during this Jubilee year to witness the ever changing and extremely interesting story of “A village

at play” 

Geoff Lewis, Local History Group

A project book was produced for the community and a copy was placed in a time capsule for future generations to discover.

 

 

 

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BIG Play event 4 June 2012
BIG Play event 4 June 2012
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Brownies 26 March 2012
Brownies 26 March 2012
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Environmental group slide
Environmental group slides
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Exhibition of Play, 2 June 2012
Jammin 29 March 2012
Jammin 29 March 2012
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Jammin and stuff 29 April 2012
Local History 26 March 2012
Local History 26 March 2012
Over 60's
Over 60's
Over 60's
Over 60's
Over 60's
Over 60's
Pre-School & Baby & Toddler Group
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Pre-school & Baby & Toddler 29 Feb 2012
Baby & Wolvey Toddler Group
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Pre-school & Baby & Toddler 29 Feb 2012
Pre-school & Baby & Toddler 29 Feb 2012
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Wolvey Baby & Toddler Group and Pre-School
Wolvey Baby & Toddler Group and Pre-School
Wolvey Baby & Toddler Group & Pre-School
Wolvey Baby & Toddler Group
Wolvey Environmental Group
Wolvey Environmental Group projecting map of Wolvey on Church
Wolvey Environmental Group, Moth Night
Wolvey Environmental Group, Moth Night
Wolvey Environmental Group, Moth Night
Wolvey Environmental Group, Moth Night
Wolvey Environmental Group, Wolvey Church
Wolvey Environmental Group, Wolvey Wetland
Wolvey Environmental Group, Wolvey Wetland
Wolvey Explorers, creating roller coaster cake animation
Wolvey Explorers, creating roller coaster cake animation
Scout group 27 March 2012
Scout group 27 March 2012
Scout group 27 March 2012
Scout group 27 March 2012
Scout group 27 March 2012
Wolvey Scout Group
Wolvey Scout Group
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Wolvey Y3 pupils
Wolvey Y3 pupils
Wolvey Y3 pupils
Wolvey Y3 pupils
Wolvey Y3 pupils