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 years. Working 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
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.